• 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

  • 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
  • March 24, 2008
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    Police and sappers were once again dispatched to Ariel's IDF Street during the Purim holiday Friday morning. A few minutes earlier, a man had knocked on the door of the Leibovitz family home and left a cardboard box with the boy who answered the door. "It's mishloach manot, a Purim gift basket," explained the visitor before disappearing.

    The boy and his older brother trembled with fear. Their parents, who were out of town, ordered the boys by phone to get away from the package and call the police. In another residential building, 50 meters away, a bomb planted in a Purim gift basket had exploded the day before.

    By Yair Ettinger, Haaretz, March 24, 2008
    Loving Jesus, fearing the neighbors in Ariel
  • March 19, 2008
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    A special reception was held on Saturday, the 8th of March, for Dr. Rev. Dale Thorne and his wife, Anita, in the Nazareth Baptist School hall. Baptists from Nazareth and veteran teachers of the Nazareth Baptist School (NBS) attended this reception.

    Rev. Thorne served in Nazareth for 17 years (1966-1983) as a Baptist missionary and General Director of NBS. After leaving Nazareth, they moved to Haifa wherein Rev. Thorne served as Secretary of the Middle East and North African Region for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention until they returned to the U.S. and started a new church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In January 2008 they returned to Israel in order to start a prayer center in the “Jerusalem House” in East Jerusalem.

    Special For Come and See, March 9, 2008
    Dale Thorne returns to Nazareth after 25 years
  • February 14, 2008
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    On the 12th of February, 2008, Professor Aaron Ciechanover, the 2004 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, visited the Nazareth Baptist School at the invitation of the Principal of the school, Dr. Ousama Moalem.

    Professor Ciechanover shared with his listeners a touching encounter he had after he won the Nobel Prize. A cancer victim approached him at a reception and told him that he has been dying from the disease just a few weeks before, but thanks to the medicine that was developed as a result of his discovery, he overcame the disease and recovered.

    Special For "Come and See", Feb 14, 2008

    Nobel Prize Winner Visits Nazareth Baptist School