An evangelical church from Sweden is planning to drop thousands of electronic Bibles to areas controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq. With the goal of spreading the word of God, the church will be using drones to distribute Bibles in hopes of converting the locals to Christianity.
"Our ambition is to pass on the hope and love of the Christian Gospel to a population living in closed areas where they are being denied human rights," Livets Ord Church mission director Christian Åkerhielm told in an interview with Swedish TV channel SVT.
The Swedish church Livets Ord, or "Word of Life," is set to start its project in the next few weeks. By utilizing a tactic that simulates the airstrikes that have traumatized many people in the ISS-controlled areas, the church aims to bring light and hope to Muslims.
The Bibles that will be delivered are translated into Arabic. Also, they are electronic but don't need to be plugged in to work.
Word of Life church also said its congregations and affiliated organizations have testified that there is a huge spiritual awakening now in the Middle East. It added that thousands of people turn to Jesus and the need for Bible is very huge.
The evangelical church was established in 1983. It has a huge congregation in the city of Uppsala, an hour's drive north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The drone mission was introduced by the church's charismatic preacher Joakim Lundqvist.
According to its website, Word of Life church is a home for people from all walks of life. It is also a place where people come together to talk about Christ and one another. One of the missions of the church is to reach the corners of the globe to preach the Gospel.
As of now, ISIS is believed to be holding 3,500 people as slaves, CNN reports. Most of the enslaved are woman and children from the Yazidi community. There also reports that the group has Christian hostages.
ISIS aims to establish an Islamic state called a caliphate across Syria, Iraq and beyond. Even though the terror group is reportedly losing its territory in Iraq and Syria, where it mainly operates, it has still over 22,000 fighters despite thousands of airstrikes by the international coalition led by the United States.