The Presbyterian Church has been involved in mission efforts in the Middle East for nearly two centuries. The denomination’s long-standing witness in Israel and Palestine has spanned a range of efforts. Presbyterian World Mission supports mission co-workers, works with partner churches and contributes to refugee relief and resettlement. Our work and that of our partners combats hunger and poverty and supports the ministries of local churches. We also sponsor travel-study seminars that promote education, health and leadership development and offer vocational training programs and self-development projects. Our work supports peace, justice and human rights movements and engages in constituency education. We also mobilize advocates to influence public policy.
Since 1948, Presbyterian General Assemblies have repeatedly addressed the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine. The Presbyterian position has consistently been to affirm the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state within secure, internationally recognized borders and the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to the establishment of a neighboring independent, sovereign state toward the end of establishing a just and durable peace.
Kate is serving on the ministry team of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. She assists U.S. Presbyterians visiting the Holy Land and facilitates Presbyterian involvement in volunteer opportunities. In addition Kate helps build relationships between U.S. Presbyterians and church partners in Israel and Palestine. Find out more about Kate’s ministry here.
Victor and Sara Makari
Victor serves as the the Regional Consultant for the Religion & State Program of the Diyar Consortium in Bethlehem. The Program was launched in 2008 to respond to the urgency for a visible and proactive witness of the Christian communities of the Middle East. Victor also serves as Regional Liaison for the PC(USA). As such, this position facilitates relationships between PC(USA) and church partners in Israel-Palestine. Sara serves as the editor of Diyar Consortium’s English-language publications.
The Israel-Palestine Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies. For more information, contact the moderator of the IPMN.
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, those who have participated in the trips campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions. Learn more