Militant Muslims Firebomb Church in Kyrgyzstan; Flames Stop at Open Bible

Christians said they saw a “sign from God” following a firebombing attack by Muslim militants on an evangelical church in Kyrgyzstan. The flames burned through much of the interior but stopped at the open Bible on the altar.

“This is an amazing sign,” said a man identified only as Paul, from Operation Mark, a partner of Release International in Kyrgyzstan.

“This happened once before when Communists set fire to a Pentecostal Church during the night. The Bible and that building survived too, and there is no doubt the church in Kyrgyzstan will survive — and continue to preach the gospel.”

Release International, a persecution watchdog group, reported on Monday that the radicals doused the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji-Say with petrol, setting it on fire as a way to carry out revenge for outreach efforts.

The attack took place last week, with the fire spreading through the pews and altar cloth, but stopping right before it could touch the open Bible.

Firemen arrived to put out the flames, and no one was reported hurt, as the church was empty at the time of the fire.

Christians, who are a minority in Kyrgyzstan, say that they have been facing increasing opposition to their Gospel outreach efforts, with Operation Mark warning that tensions are getting worse.

Besides radical attacks, believers also face challenges in the face of the government, which forbids missionary work. The restrictions are found throughout countries in the region.

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Source: Christian Post