• 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
  • January 12, 2008
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    A prominent evangelical pastor asks Evangelical American Pastors to learn more about Evangelical Palestinian Christians.

    Dr. Bob Roberts Jr. is the founding pastor of NorthWood Church, a fast-growing church near Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX and is a leading practitioner and writer on glocal—local and global—transformation of individuals, churches, communities and nations. He tries to draw the attention of the Evangelical Church in the USA to the plight of Palestinian Christians.

    Special For "Come and See", Jan 13, 2008

    Evangelical American Pastors - Meet Evangelical Palestinian Pastors!
  • December 20, 2007
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    Will the last Mideast church leader be sure to turn off the lights?

    No one knows precisely how many of the Middle East's 293 million people are Christians, but nearly everyone acknowledges that Middle Eastern Christianity has been in steady decline for decades. In some local areas, officials record declines of 75 percent or more. Recent violence in the region is accelerating that decline. Some observers estimate that the region's population of 10 to 15 million Christians will continue to spiral downward during the next 50 years.

    David Aikman, Christianity Today, Dec 17, 2007

  • December 07, 2007
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    Christmas goes relatively unnoticed in the country of Israel. Only 2% of the population observes the holiday and this small celebration is lost amidst the Menorahs and Chanukahs of Jewish Hanukkah and the feasting of the Muslim Eid al-Adha. Nevertheless, some places make a special effort to draw attention to the holiday in a unique way.

    In the boyhood home of Jesus, Nazareth Village is celebrating the season by presenting its eighth annual recreation of the Nativity story in a series of guided evening tours. Guests are invited to walk by candle light along a path following Joseph and Mary on the donkey as a guide re-tells the timeless story of the birth of Jesus.

    Hannah Byrd, Special For "Come and See", Dec 7, 2007

    Nazareth Village Begins Annual Christmas Candlelight Tours
  • November 29, 2007
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    On November 11, 2007 a small group of exhausted but determined cyclists rode through the gates of the Nazareth EMMS Hospital. The backs of their bright yellow shirts bore the words: ‘Cycle the Holy Land’ and their exultant expressions told the tale of five arduous but thoroughly rewarding days trekking across Israel in an effort to raise funds for the Hospital. The group cycles every year as a fundraiser for Nazareth Hospital and this year’s proceeds were raised specifically for the addition of four new operating rooms.

    Special For "Come and See", November 29, 2007

    Cycling the Holy Land for the Nazareth Hospital
  • October 10, 2007
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    The second edition of Al Kalima, the bulletin for the Nazareth Center for Christian Studies (NCCS), was released in September 2007 with the title Paving the Way for Theology, for Life, picturing Rev. Dr. Bryson Arthur on the front page on the day the new parking lot was paved. Dr. Arthur is the director of NCCS. The magazine, published by NCCS, seeks to communicate not only what is happening at the Center, but also to relay current events in the Galilee evangelical scene.

    Special for "Come and See", October 10, 2007

    Interesting articles in the second issue of Al-Kalima
  • July 24, 2007
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    "It's hard to convince Americans that Palestinians are more than just terrorists," admits a Southern Baptist Christian worker who serves among Palestinians across the Middle East. "But these are needy people who for the most part are oppressed and marginalized. The Bible teaches us that 'God so loved the world,' but most of us think 'the world' is people who are like us. We try to help people understand that 'God so loved the world' includes Palestinians."

    Erich Bridges, The Baptist Press, Jun 28, 2007

  • July 10, 2007
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    Dr. Bill Baker arrived in Nazareth in 1950 as a child of Baptist Missionaries. He was 9 months old. His family spent 10 years in Nazareth, while their children attended the Nazareth Baptist School (NBS), together with the local children. Bill never graduated from NBS. He only finished the 5-th grade, while he continued his education to become a professor in the Middle Eastern Department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

    In the evening of June 2, 2007, NBS held its annual graduation ceremony with more than 500 people present. Before the 72 graduates of NBS were awarded their diplomas, the General Director of the school came to the podium, introduced Bill and invited him to come forward to receive a certificate of graduation.

    Special For "Come and See", July 10, 2007

    Nazareth Baptist School Honors Baylor University Professor