A Christian church in Sweden plans to deploy drones in parts of Iraq that are currently controlled by the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS). But unlike the American military, they won’t be dropping bombs. The church plans to drop electronic Bibles.
“The Bibles are the size of pill boxes and have a display. They require no electricity but work on their own,” the church’s mission director Christian Åkerhielm told Swedish TV broadcaster SVT. Åkerhielm also rejects characterisations that the mission of dropping Bibles is aggressive and instead told the Washington Post that it’s “closer to traditional smuggling of Bibles”.
The church, known as church Livets Ord, or “Word of Life” in English, gave a demonstration of the drones at a recent church service and posted the photo to its Instagram page. It appears to be a Phantom DJI 4 model.
Åkerhielm told the Washington Post that the church would be hiring a contractor to carry out the mission. It’s not immediately clear who that contractor would be, how many drones would be operating, nor when they planned to execute their mission.
“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,” the church said in a message on its home page.
It’s also unclear both how many Bibles would be distributed and whether the electronic Bibles will be in English, Swedish, or Arabic. [Washington Post]