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Palestine: "How dare we not pray for a miracle"

Two girls in the West Bank. Photo: World Vision

Two girls in the West Bank.
Photo: World Vision

“How dare we not pray for a miracle.”
-Dale Hanson Bourke, December 16, 2013

Thank you to those who joined our “Christians in the Holy Land” conference call last week to have a conversation about what it means to be Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestinian, Pro peace, Pro justice, and Pro Jesus. As Mae Elise Cannon and Dale Hanson Bourke led the discussion, we were moved by their stories about the plight of the church, the poverty of the people, and the continual conflict in the region.

Mae, Senior Director of Advocacy & Outreach – Middle East for World Vision USA, shared with us the work of World Vision in the Middle East, with stories of hope and reconciliation. Dale, author of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, shared her journey of education from one who knew little about the situation to now becoming a passionate advocate for peace in the Middle East.

What are possible next steps for you?

1. Initiate a learning community
Join with others passionate about this issue and learn together. We suggest you begin with Dale Hanson Bourke’s book, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers.

2. Attend an event at World Vision’s upcoming speaking tour
World Vision is arranging an upcoming speaking tour in late January February, featuring Charlie Abou Sadda, World Vision’s Director of Church Relations, and Sahar Vardi, an Israeli peace activist from the American Friends Service Committee. We will be in Chicago, Portland, Seattle. In Canada, we will be in Nelson, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Let us know if you are in these cities and would like to learn more about attending an event.

3. Invite Mae to speak to your community!
Mae  speaks with churches and communities across the nation on issues of poverty and justice, and the connection between a personal relationship with God and outward actions of kindness, mercy, compassion and advocacy. Her expertise in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and her passion for peace and justice in the Holy Land present an opportunity to learn how Christians are positively contributing to peace, and adopting a stance that is truly pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace, pro-justice, pro-poor; a stance we believe ultimately glorifies God. Mae and World Vision additionally have relationships with experts around the world, and would love to introduce them to your community. Contact her team to arrange your event.

4. Start a conversation about issues in the Middle East with Israeli, Palestinian and American women of faith
Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust. Sami has engaged himself locally, through promoting and engaging in nonviolence, and globally through visiting and speaking in different countries, communities, political and religious organizations in places around the world. Sami maintains that women are key to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is mobilizing local leadership development programs and opportunities for women of faith to come together and stand for peace and justice. Contact Mae’s team to be part of this project together.

5. Pray for the Holy Land through the Prayers for Peace initiative.
Violence and chaos in the Middle East have left many around the world hopeless and feeling helpless. Prayers for Peace provides a way for Christians of diverse political and theological backgrounds to stand up for peace and unite with a special focus on prayers for the Holy Land. Prayer is the single most imporant response. We must pray for peace. As Dale challenged us, “how dare we not pray for a miracle.”

 

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