Brother Andrew’s ‘Light Force’ Releases Today

As Hamas claims responsibility for the recent deadly suicide bombings in Israel, renowned missionary and Open Doors founder Brother Andrew released Light Force: A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire (Revell), providing an in-depth look at the Palestinian-based resistance movement.
Light Force details Andrew’s embrace of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and further shares his accounts of approaching Hamas and other feared organizations as an ambassador for the Church. In addition to presenting Palestinian Authority’s Yassir Arafat a Bible for his daughter’s first birthday, Andrew also writes about his private meeting with Hamas founder, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, in 1997 at his home in Gaza. Yassin was assassinated by Israel, March 22, 2004.
Paralleling the recent bus bombings by Hamas, the deadliest in nearly a year, Andrew recalls in Light Force an onslaught of similar attacks in 1994 during the first intifada:
“…On April 6, at the end of the Muslim forty-day period of mourning, I heard the news on BBC. A twenty-five-year-old man had blown himself up with a car bomb, killing eight and wounding forty-four in Afula, a town just south of Nazareth. Hamas claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for the massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque.
One week later, a man detonated a bomb, killing himself and five others on a bus in the seacoast town of Hadera. Again Hamas claimed responsibility. With horror I realized that the conflict had escalated to a new level with human beings willing to go into Israel and kill themselves, taking with them as many civilians as possible. For the first time I heard reporters use the term suicide bomber.”
Co-authored by Al Janseen, Light Force doesn’t present a political solution to end the festering Middle Eastern conflict. However, Brother Andrew and Janssen make it clear that the Church will be an essential element to achieving true peace in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Furthermore, Andrew has often stated that the best way to help Israel is to win her enemies to Christ.
An estimated 200 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ. Today, Open Doors International is working in more than 60 countries to strengthen the Persecuted Church, sustaining indigenous Christians in hostile lands so they can continue to spread the Gospel to the majority around them. In addition to delivering Bibles and other study materials, Open Doors provides literacy, pastoral and vocational training and advocates on behalf of those who are persecuted for their faith. For more information on Open Doors, visit www.opendoorsusa.org or call 1-888-5-BIBLE-5.

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