At 6:25 this morning, news was received that Rami’s body had been found at a location near the Teachers’ Bookshop in Gaza were he had spent most of his time running the bookshop. Signs of bullets and knife stabs could be clearly seen on his body. His head was crushed, brutally killed.
Rami, 29, leaves behind two young children, and a pregnant wife. The funeral took place at 16:00 today. No group or party has claimed responsibility.
Ayyad's mother, Anisa, said her son had telephoned his family after he was seized. "He said he was going to be with the 'people' for another two hours and that if he was not back (by then), he would not be returning for a long, long time," she said. "Rami died defending the Bible. Rami paid in his blood for the sake of Christ."
The Jerusalem Post reported that the Interior Ministry run by Hamas condemned the killing and said it launched an investigation.
"This grave crime will not pass without punishment," the ministry said in a statement.
Around 1.5 Million Moslems live in Gaza and about 3,200 Christians, most of them Greek Orthodox – and a rather smaller Evangelical Community of less than 200. Relations between Gaza's Moslems and Christians are generally good, and have not deteriorated since Hamas wrested control of the strip in mid-June.
The Bible Society in Gaza has received previous threats and vandalism. However, the support from the community has been very well noticed because of the humanitarian role that the Bible Society has been taking the last four years in the strip.
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Watch this video of Rami's funeral (In English and Arabic)
We share your sorrow at the loss of our dear Brother, Rami who lost his life for his faith and now wears the crown of the martyrs. We want to express from the Israeli Messianic community our solidarity in love and support for Rami Ayyad's family and co-workers. Rami's death brings a strong reminder to us all that indeed Jesus' call on our lives to preach the Gospel of truth may require of us to pay the ultimate price. May God give us all the grace to not be found lacking.
Nevertheless, this is a time to weep together and I would be most grateful if our sincere condolences from the Israeli Messianic community could be communicated to the Ayyad family and to all the Brethren of Gaza.
Evan Thomas (pastoral team of "Beit Asaph", Netanya)
Musa Alawi, Pastor
Church of God, Aboud and Lod
The church is here for such a time as this. We must not run. Joshua 1:1-9; Deut 31:6-8. 2 Tim 3:12.
We will be praying for his family. We will be praying for those who took his life. We will be praying that his sacrifice will yield the fruits of righteousness that his life exhibited while he was with us.
We know that what others meant for evil, our Lord Jesus will turn around for His good! '...Lord Jesus, help us be as faithful as our Brother, until death!'
'For our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and His righteousness. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, we will wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ, the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!'
Rami has paid the ultimate price for following his master.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul to the death.
And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away.
We pray for you, brothers and sisters in Gaza, be courageous and let your light shine! HE has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE.
To his wife family and church. Our prayers, and thoughts are with you.
My thougts goes to Pauline, the two children and the little child inside her. If you read this, I just want you to know, that i´ll pray for you and your three children each day. May God give you strength and all you need to live the life that is yours today. May he always be near you and go through all the pain with you.
I´m so sorry for your painfull loss - A.A.