Swedish free church to drop bibles into Isis areas
At a meeting in Uppsala, the Livets Ord (Word of Life) organization presented how drones flying at a high altitude would release thousands of small, electronic bibles into Iraq.
“The bibles are the size of pill boxes and have a display. They require no electricity, but work on their own,” its mission director Christian Åkerhielm told broadcaster SVT.
“Our ambition is to pass on the hope and love of the Christian gospel to a population living in closed areas where they are being denied human rights,” Livets Ord wrote on its website.
It said another organization in the area would be carrying out the operation, but did not name the other group.
“We start our project in a few weeks and hope to drop thousands of bibles,” it said.
A spokesperson later told The Local that the operation was not intended as a provocation.
“This missions project is closer to traditional smuggling of bibles, and it is not connected to any military or aggressive action in any way,” he said.
Founded in the 1980s, Livets Ord is one of relatively secular Sweden’s largest and arguably most controversial free churches, often accused of a sect-like image. Its founders Ulf and Birgitta Ekman left the church in 2014 to convert to Catholicism.
It also runs a series of evangelical schools for children. The current leader of the Christian Democrat party, Ebba Busch Thor, who is from Uppsala, attended one of them until she turned 16.
Life word spreads Bibles over Iraq
From the air, over areas of Iraq, will be dropping small electronic devices, charged with Arabic Bibles and information on how to get to know Jesus. The initiative is included Swedish Life words.
“Bible spread” will take place with drones that can fly at high altitudes and over large areas.
The small electronic devices, with Bibles and text, do not need to be connected to a computer to be viewed. They stand to be released from the high altitude and will spread over the areas that the IS controls in Iraq.
“Our ambition is to pass on the hope and love that can fit in the Christian gospel to a population living in closed areas where human rights are denied it,” writes the Word of Life on its website.
Bible proliferation will be implemented in cooperation with another mission organization. But more can be at the Word of Life not say what the organization is.
“We will start our project in a few weeks and hope to dropping thousands of Bibles,” announces the Word of Life Missionary Department.
Pastor Joakim Lundqvist revealed plans for Saturday evening’s meeting of the European Conference in Uppsala. During the meeting, flew a small drone over the meeting in the church hall, to exemplify what a drone is. Joakim Lundqvist meeting urged the visitors to put other things aside to share the Gospel with other people.
– Life is not about us and our comfort, but about other people and their salvation, he said, among other things, when he told us about the different missionary effort.
During the evening also took up an offering for the purpose. Each unit costs about 150 crowns, according to the word of life.
The Word of Life to release Bibles over the ISIS-areas
Word of Life Church will, with the help of drones, spread the Bible to areas controlled by the IS. – Bibles are great as pill boxes, and has a display of said Christian Åkerhielm, mission director at Word of Life to SVT News Uppsala.
It was at the Word of Life Europe Conference in Uppsala plans were revealed, writes The world today . When presented bet by a drone flew over the audience and demonstrated how the “Bible lip” to go to.
The idea is that drones will fly over the IS-controlled areas of Iraq and drop the Bibles to people. It is not about some heavy books without electronic bibles. According to the Word of Life will not require any computer to access the content.
– Bibles are great as pill boxes, and has a display on. They require no electricity, no work on its own, says Christian Åkerhielm, mission director at Word of Life to SVT News Uppsala.
Starting in the fall
Bible spread is expected to start in the autumn, and it is hoped that as many people as possible can take part of the message of the Bible, tells Åkerhielm.
– The Bible has been found in all its forms through time, and we want to spread the message to those who need hope, for the Bible’s message gives hope.
It is an organization based in the area who will conduct the campaign, but it is not about any military drones to release the Bibles, according to the Word of Life. And to spread Bibles to remote areas is nothing new, says Åkerhielm.
– Personally, I came to think of how Christian organizations smuggled Bibles to the Soviet Union in the 80s, so to try to spread the Bible to areas in difficulty have been made a long time.
Is there any danger that the IS itself can use the technology in any way other than what you intended?
– I can not exactly technology, but I have trouble believing that one with ease can do it.
Åkerhielm is careful to point out that the spread of Bibles is only one of many things that the Word of Life works with on the spot.
– Above all, we work with humanitarian assistance. We have education, food project and many other projects across the Middle East.
Church to bomb ISIS-controlled Iraq with drone-delivered bibles
A Swedish church unveiled their plans of using drones to drop thousands of small electronic bibles on Iraqi areas controlled by the Islamic State terrorist group.
The Livets Ord or Word of Life church in Uppsala, one of Sweden’s largest evangelical free churches, revealed that it wants to reach out to the victims of war by flying drones in the Middle Eastern country.
“Our ambition is to pass on the hope and love of the Christian gospel to a population living in closed areas where they are being denied human rights,” it said on its website.
Apparently, the church decided that drones would be useful in carrying out this ambition.
“The bibles are the size of pill boxes and have a display. They require no electricity, but work on their own,” Christian Åkerhielm, the congregation’s mission director, told broadcaster SVT, as reported by newspaper The Local.
The church also revealed that it would be working with another unnamed organization in order to complete the mission on the ground.
“We start our project in a few weeks and hope to drop thousands of bibles,” the church said.
The organization recently held the Europe Conference 2016 on July 24 to 31 and hosts a week-long travel tour to Israel, which it considers “the most important place in your life.”
Senior Pastor Joakim Lundqvist referred to Word of Life as “more than a church building” intent on spreading the Gospel across the world while Åkerhielm considered The Great Commission as “of highest priority, we sense its urgency and therefore reach out into many countries and cultures across the world.”
Minority Rights Group reported last month that the Christian population in Iraq drastically dropped from 1.4 million in 2003 to under 250,000 today. The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh) militant group captured most parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014 where the group established its self-proclaimed Caliphate. The extremists waged a religious war against all unbelievers of Islam and vowed to kill all apostates.