Church is set on fire by Islamic radicals, but Bible on altar is undamaged
Publicado em 11/01/2018
A church was targeted by religious intolerance by Muslim extremists in Kyrgyzstan who set the church on fire. Nevertheless, the case gained international repercussion because the Holy Bible that was in the pulpit was not burned in the fire. The temple belongs to a Baptist community, located in the small town of Kajsay, in the region of Issyk-Kul, border area with China. The church is made up of Kyrgyz and Russians, and now believers are searching for a new place of worship, with renewed courage as they consider the preservation of the Bible as a sign that they stand firm in the faith. This is an incredible sign, "said the missionary Paul. "Something like that had happened here long ago, when communists set fire to a Pentecostal Church at night. The Bible and the temple also survived. There is no doubt that the church in Kyrgyzstan will survive and continue to preach the Gospel, "he added. Police have confirmed that traces of Molotov cocktails have been found on the site and have admitted that it is a case of "arson." However, believers consider that there is unwillingness to solve the case. "We do not believe the police find and punish those who burned our church," said one member, according to Release International . Radio and TV broadcasters reported on the case and caused a "major public outcry." Police have downplayed the lack of clues about those responsible, saying the attack was "organized by those who do not like the church and Christianity in a Muslim country." Christians in the area are complaining about the behavior of the police, since instead of investigating those responsible for the crime, they are questioning who financed the construction of the temple, how many members they attended and other minor issues. Before the actual attack, there was an incident in August 2017 when the walls of another church were marked with threats: "We're going to kill you."