"Packed out church tonight as I got to reveal our brand new mission project," the pastor's caption on Instagram said.

"@livetsord will start using military drones, three meters wide, to drop thousands of electronic Bibles over closed areas in the Middle East. Let's pray the message of God's love in Christ will conquer that of darkness and hate!"


The apparent logic of the Swedish church Livets Ord, or "Word of Life," is that by using a tactic that simulates the airstrikes that have traumatized a region, they will bring light and love and maybe convert some Muslims to Christianity.

"We start our project in a few weeks and hope to drop thousands of Bibles," the church's website says. The Bibles are "pillbox"-size and will supposedly be dropped from high altitude by a contractor hired by the church.

Faced with scorn from the media, Christian Akerhielm, the church's missions director, has emphasized that the drone campaign adds to their good work in the region, which involves distributing aid at refugee camps.

"The project has been in the media portrayed as an ‘attack on IS’ or with the terror group as the main target. This is not true," Akerhielm said, referring to the Islamic State. "This mission's project is closer to traditional smuggling of Bibles, and it is not connected to any military or aggressive action in any way."

The evangelical church was founded in 1983, and its founders have since left it and converted to Catholicism. It is a massive entity in the city of Uppsala, an hour's drive north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm. It is run by the charismatic preacher Joakim Lundqvist, who introduced the drone mission to church attendees.

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It is unclear whether the church or its contractor would require some kind of security clearance to carry out the airdrops. The Bibles are electronic but don't need to be plugged in to work. One assumes they have been translated into Arabic, but that isn't indicated in any of the publicity around the mission.

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