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Swedish church to drop Bibles in IS-controlled areas

Group to use drones to deliver electronic Christian message and ‘pass on the hope and love’

Fimage of a drone (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
Fimage of a drone (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

A Swedish church group plans to use drones to drop thousands of tiny electronic Bibles in areas of Iraq controlled by the Islamic State.

The Livets Ord (Word of Life) evangelical congregation hopes to influence Iraqis with the Christian messages of the Bible.

“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,” the group wrote on its Swedish-language website.

The actual air drop will be carried out by another, as yet unnamed, group.

“The Bibles are the size of pill boxes and have a display. They require no electricity, but work on their own,” Livets Ord mission director Christian Åkerhielm told broadcaster SVT. It was not clear what language the texts were in.

Livets Ord denied media reports that their actions constitute an attack on the Islamic State.

“The project has been in the media portrayed as an ‘attack on IS,’ or with the terror group as the main target. This is not true,” it said in a statement on their website.

The electronic Bible air-drop is done “in parallel with humanitarian efforts, medical team in refugee camps and distributing food and clothing to the needy,” it said.

Livets Ord sends missionaries to many countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Israel, and India.

The organization is also very supportive of Israel. Over the past 25 years it have sent more than 13,000 people to educational courses in the Jewish state. It also funds and operates “Operation Jabotinsky” which helps Jews from the former Soviet Union emigrate to Israel. The group claims to have helped 18,000 Jews move to Israel.

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