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

Tuesday, October 29

Israel/Palestine/Jerusalem


Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus feeding the multitude, how a seemingly insignificant amount, given to Christ, fed more than 5,000 with 12 baskets left over. This miracle of giving, blessing, and abundant result continues.

In 1995 the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb transformed an area underneath his church into the International Center of Bethlehem. Today it is part of a larger group known as the Diyar Consortium.

“The young people in Palestine and in the Arab world, who constitute more than 55 percent of the population, must sense that there is a life before death for which it is worth living,” says Dr. Raheb. “They deserve a life in dignity, in peace, and in freedom. What started as a tiny mustard seed has grown into a large enterprise that reaches more than 60,000 people each year. In our work, we do not want to wait until peace throughout the earth becomes a reality; on the contrary, through our work, by means of a policy of small steps, we want to give an example of what Palestine could and should look like today if there were vision, faith, a will, and the right management of resources.”

Likewise, Dr. Bishara Awad founded the Bethlehem Bible College. It was started in 1979 at a local Christian school with nothing but a vision and twenty dollars. Yet their greatest assets are the students and graduates who are trained to be pastors, educators, counselors, Sunday school teachers, and tour guides. 

Today the college boasts 115 full-time students and provides a powerful and much-needed Christian witness in the community and training so that young native Arab Palestinians can minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to their own people.

Imagine what God could do with the gifts, talents, and resources that God has given to you!

Elder Doug Dicks, PC(USA) regional liaison, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and Egypt

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries, continued
SABEEL Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem: Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, director • St. Luke’s Hospital, Nablus: Dr. Walid Kerry, general director,Dr. Yacoub Alol, medical director • Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies: Father Timothy Lowe, director • Wi’am-Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center: Mr. Zoughbi Zoughbi, director • The YWCA of Palestine (East Jerusalem): Ms. Mira Rizek, national general secretary

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Michelle Schulz, PMA
Wilma Scott, PMA/OGA

Let us pray

Compassionate Christ, Lord of all people, races, colors, and creeds, give us compassion to see the other, courage to cross over the barriers that separate us from one another, and commitment to live lives worthy of your calling. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 12; 146
First Reading Ezra 5:1-17
Or alternate First Reading Lamentations 1:1-5 (6-9) 10-12
Second Reading Revelation 4:1-11
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:1-9
Evening Psalms 36; 7

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