• September 19, 2008
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    “Why did you come back?” It’s a question people ask my wife and I when they find out that we used to live in the U.S. until we came back to live in our hometown, Nazareth.

    If I put a dollar into my savings account every time someone asked us this question, we would not be millionaires, but at least a $1,000 richer. I always try to tell them in a way or another that living abroad is not all that simple and fun. My wife Gosayna tells them that the fact we came back says something!

    But why did we come back?

    by Habib Karam and Gosayna Karam, Special For "Come and See"

    Why Did You Come Back?
  • September 17, 2008
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    “Ramadan is the biggest TV viewing time in the Middle East and North Africa. As soon as sunset comes and Muslim families break their day-long fasts, many sit for a big meal and watch TV. Local TV channels compete to capture the biggest audience share, and they know that violent and controversial films can help,” says David Harder, SAT-7’s Communications Manager.

    SAT-7 is offering Christians a positive alternative of Bible-based programmes, 80 per cent of which are made in the region by Middle Eastern Christians.

    Christian Today, Sep 4, 2008
    SAT-7 offers peaceful alternative to violent TV programmes over Ramadan
  • September 11, 2008
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    The Mar Elias campus, a complex of Christian educational institutions in the village of Ibillin near Shfaram, covers a steep slope. It includes a kindergarten, an elementary school, a high school and a university, which, according to information provided by the Council of Higher Education, is likely to soon become the first Arab academic campus in Israel.

    The senior vice president of these institutions, Dr. Raed Mualem, knows no rest. His main project at the moment is expanding studies to branches in Nazareth and Mi'ilya, a Christian town in western Galilee, at a planned investment of tens of millions of dollars. About 1,300 students are now studying in the various educational frameworks in Ibillin. "We are apparently the first in the country to offer pedagogical continuity, from kindergarten through high school and university," says Mualem.

    By Ora Kashti, Haaretz, Sep 8, 2008
    Mar Elias schools: investing in excellence
  • August 08, 2008
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    Before Samirah El-Betjali discovered San Bernardino Arabic Christian Church last year, the Jordanian immigrant struggled through English-language church services, understanding only bits and pieces.

    "I didn't enjoy it," El-Betjali said in Arabic, her 18-year-old son, Marrwan, translating. Now the San Bernardino woman can worship in her own language.

    By DAVID OLSON, The Press-Enterprise, July 31, 2008
    San Bernardino Arabic church - Serving Arab immigrants
  • July 24, 2008
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    Few months ago an important essay was circulated among Christians in the Holy Land. "Come and See" re-publishes this essay due to its important and unique contribution in helping us to better understand Hebrew-Speaking Catholics.

    For a Hebrew-speaking Catholic living in Israel, fostering Jewish-Catholic relations isn't simply a part of the faith, it's a way of life, according to an Israeli priest.

    Jesuit Father David Mark Neuhaus, who comes from a Jewish family, is the secretary-general of the Hebrew-speaking Catholic Vicariate in Israel, known also as the the Association of St. James, and serves as the priest in charge of the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Haifa.

    By Karna Swanson, Zenit, June 8, 2008
  • July 02, 2008
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    In an attempt to inspire and empower the local church in Israel and the Palestinian Authority to reach out to their people, a conference was held last weakened in Jerusalem under the title “Back to Jerusalem”. The conference was organized and sponsored by Life Agape, the local ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC).

    The conference is the first stage in the "Back to Jerusalem" Campaign. According to Rajai Samawi, the project leader: "the goal of the project is to empower the participants to be ready for the outreach week that will follow the conference, where the locals and the International guests will have the opportunity to minister to people in different parts of Israel, using Sports, Music and Drama - together with personal visits".

    Special For "Come and See", July 1, 2008
  • July 01, 2008
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    For the members of First Baptist Church in Palestine (Texas), sharing names with a Middle Eastern territory of Palestine has led to a connection with Christians on the West Bank.

    Pastor Jay Abernathy said a BBC news team taking a Sunday detour from President Bush’s ranch in Crawford gave him the idea to capitalize on the shared name.

    By Carrie Joynton, The Baptist Standard, June 24, 2008

    Name
  • April 30, 2008
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    Rhadia Qupty was invited to participate in a one day conference of the Friends of Sabeel of The Netherlands held at Zeist.

    Rhadia gave a presentation on Complex Identity: as Christian Arab/ Palestinian Israeli.

    She traced her life story starting with her birth in Haifa, Palestine in l944, growing up in the Baptist Orphanage for Palestinian children who were left with no families after the 1948 war, studying in the USA, and then returning to live in Nazareth and serve among the Arab Community as a social worker

    Special For "Come and See", April 30, 2008

    Rhadia  Qubti – A complex identity of a Palestinian Israeli Christian
  • April 09, 2008
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    Though he is little known in the West, Coptic priest Zakaria Botros — named Islam’s “Public Enemy #1” by the Arabic newspaper, al-Insan al-Jadid — has been making waves in the Islamic world. Along with fellow missionaries — mostly Muslim converts — he appears frequently on the Arabic channel al-Hayat (i.e., “Life TV”). There, he addresses controversial topics of theological significance — free from the censorship imposed by Islamic authorities or self-imposed through fear of the zealous mobs who fulminated against the infamous cartoons of Mohammed. Botros’s excurses on little-known but embarrassing aspects of Islamic law and tradition have become a thorn in the side of Islamic leaders throughout the Middle East.

    Raymond Ibrahim, National Review Online, March 25, 2008

    Islam’s ‘Public Enemy #1’
  • March 26, 2008
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    The Middle East isn't known as a breeding ground for comedians. So it was no loss to the region when stand-up comic Nazareth Rizkallah emigrated to America when he was 19.

    He's performed all over the United States. Everywhere he goes, evangelicals love him.

    But he's careful to play down his Palestinian roots among his audience of fundamentalist pastors and congregations, at least until the show is over. The churches he performs in are largely ignorant of their Palestinian brethren, while ironically sending political and financial support to Israel.

    Josh Dulaney, March 22, The Sanbernandino Sun

    Palestinian comedian stands out in stand-up