A group of Christian evangelists have been beaten with iron pipes after it was discovered they were handing out Bible to locals in an ‘undisclosed Middle Eastern location,’ according to Shoebat.
Three Christian missionaries have gone missing in the Middle East following their release from a hospital earlier this week.
Bibles for Mideast, a group of missionaries that delivers Bibles to underground house churches in 17 countries in the Middle East, announced on Tuesday that it is believed that three of its young missionaries were abducted by “Islamic terrorists.”
Pastor Paul Ciniraj, the director of Bibles For Mideast, revealed the information to WND on Tuesday. He identified the missing missionaries as “pastor Stephan, pastor Samuel and evangelist James.”
The ministry’s website explains that Samuel, 29, James, 30, and Stephan, 32, who are all Christian converts from Islam, were hospitalized on Sunday after being ambushed by Muslim extremists as they were preaching to a man they met on their way home from prayer service.
As evangelism and apostasy are both punishable by death in some regions of the Middle East, the ministry reports that the militants shouted “Allahu Akbar” and yelled “kill them” as they beat the preachers with iron pipes and desecrated their Bibles.
Fortunately, passersby on a bus stopped and chased off the radicals and transported the men to a nearby hospital. James, the evangelist, was reported as being in critical condition.
While in the hospital, the three missionaries said they sensed they were being watched “with a cruel intention” and asked the doctors to discharge them.
“But our pastors did not reach home,” Ciniraj told WND. “We tried to get them by mobiles several times, but [there was no response].”
“We suspect they are kidnapped or abducted by [the] car driver himself with his friends who traveled as fellow passengers,” Ciniraj added. “We suspect they are terrorists. God knows.”
Please pray for the safety of these missionaries and for safe return.