Jul 5 2012
Muslim Landlord Evicts Jerusalem Church [Excerpts]
Recently in Jerusalem—a city known for extreme conflict between Jews and Muslims—the Christian community is also taking some heat.
According to the Voice of the Martyrs USA, Pastor Steven Khoury of Holy Land Missions has received a 30-day eviction notice from the church's landlord. Khoury is forced to find a new place for his congregation to meet.
Soon after getting news of the eviction, the congregation of Holy Land Missions started a time of fasting and prayer.
“The pressure from the Muslim community is so strong that the landlord is given no other choice but to do this,” Khoury says in a message to the Voice of the Martyrs USA. “With just 30 days left to move a church community, another Band-Aid solution of renting a place is not a viable solution. Our church community needs permanent roots.”
The going hasn’t been easy for Holy Land Missions even before the eviction notice came. On several occasions, the church members were physically assaulted and the church was vandalized.
“We are fortunate in the last few years to rent from a kind and moderate Muslim family, but it has come with a price,” states Khoury.