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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Saturday, October 26



Younger students work puzzles.

Photo credit: Carol Hylkema

In 2002 Pal Craftaid established a relationship with the Rawdat El-Zuhur School in Palestinian East Jerusalem. While the school admits both Christian and Muslim students, it is based on Christian principles and led by Christian Palestinians. It is an oasis in East Jerusalem amid the Israeli military occupation, checkpoints, and separation walls. Approximately 220 children, nursery through sixth grade, attend Rawdat. Many others are not admitted for lack of space.

Rawdat El-Zuhur uses the curriculum provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Education but enhances it with English and French, computer skills, music and dance, and a period of dialogue each day that encourages children to express themselves and trains them in using democratic processes. The partnership with Pal Craftaid supports these enhancements.

In March 2011, members of the Pal Craftaid board traveled to Israel/Palestine to deliver a $40,000 check to the school principal and board. A very special day of visiting classrooms, watching the children sing and dance, and fellowship with the principal and board members completed the visit.

God has blessed Pal Craftaid through its relationship with the Rawdat El-Zuhur School and through the gifts of many friends. Sales of the Pal Craftaid inventory of Palestinian olive wood sculptures and needlework at church and alternative Christmas events will continue to support Rawdat and other Pal Craftaid partners who labor to usher in just peace in the Holy Land.

—Elder Carol Hylkema, member, Littlefield Presbyterian Church, Dearborn, Michigan; and former moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network

Let us join in prayer for:

Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East (The Anglican Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East): The Rt. Rev. Suhail Dawani, bishop • St. George’s Cathedral: The Very Reverend Hosam Naoum, dean and pastor to the Arabic speaking congregation, Jerusalem • St. George’s College, Jerusalem: Rev. Dr. Graham Smith, dean • Diocese of Jerusalem, The Venerable Luay R. Haddad, Archdeacon of Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, executive secretary and office director • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib Younan, bishop • Greek Catholic (Melkite) Church of the East: Archbishop Elias Chacour, Greek Catholic (Melkite) bishop of Haifa, Nazareth, Akko, and all the Galilee • Al Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza: Ms. Suhaila Tarazi, director • Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, Gaza: Mr. Naim Kabaja, director • B’Tselem—the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: Ms. Jessica Montell, director

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Deborah Schenck, BOP
Jeanie Schmuckie, FDN

Let us pray

Dear Jesus, friend of children, we are grateful for the Rawdat El-Zuhur School, for their love of children and love of learning, and for helping each child to become a grateful steward of the gifts you have given him or her. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 122; 149
First Reading Ezra 4:7, 11-24
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 44:1-14
Second Reading Philemon 1-25
Gospel Reading Matthew 12:33-42
Evening Psalms 100; 63

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