Church's Drones Will Drop Bibles on ISIS Territory

Swedish church wants to convert Syrians
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2016 12:08 AM CDT
Doing the Lord's work?   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – What people living in ISIS-controlled areas really need is Christianity delivered by drone, an evangelical church in Sweden has decided. The Uppsala-based Word of Life church says it plans to use military drones to drop thousands of Bibles over parts of Syria in the hope of converting Muslims, CNET reports. "Let's pray the message of God's love in Christ will conquer that of darkness and hate," the church said in an Instagram post. The church plans to drop Arabic-language electronic Bibles, which will not need to be plugged in to work.

The church's missions director says the plan "is not connected to any military or aggressive action in any way," but has a lot in common with traditional smuggling of Bibles into places like the Soviet Union, the Washington Post reports. On its Facebook page, the church says the Bible drop is happening in parallel with the church's other work in the region, including providing medical care in refugee camps. It hasn't responded to a post from somebody worried that ISIS will harshly punish anybody caught with a Bible—and that extremists will now target the church's headquarters in Sweden. (Read more ISIS stories.)

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