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Vandalism incidents against Christian holy
sites in Israel have increased this year.
Photo: Grauesel / Wikimedia Commons

Calvary Baptist Church in Jerusalem is the latest target in a string of vandalism incidents against Christian holy sites in Israel this year. The church, which is led by an Arab-Israeli Christian pastor, was vandalized on November 12th.

"The sign pointing people to the church was defaced," states Pastor Steven Khoury. He also adds that vandals burned a door of the Trappist Monastery in Latrun and spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti. In October, the Church of the Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion, near Jerusalem's Old City, was defaced as well. In February, anti-Christian graffiti and slurs against Jesus were spray-painted onto another Jerusalem church (for more information, click here).

Khoury's ministry -- Holy Land Missions -- preaches the gospel to both Jews and Palestinians, while also bringing worldwide awareness to the persecution of Christians living in the Holy Land. The ministry reports that throughout the country, there are about 15,000 evangelical Arab-Israeli believers who face persecution daily.

Please pray that Christians in this area will remain strong spiritually and serve as instruments of God's peace in the midst of hostility. May those in authority handle such incidents with wisdom and discernment. Pray that those hurt by these malicious acts will have forgiving hearts toward the perpetrators.

To learn more about the opposition of the Church in Israel, visit the Israel Country Report.