The Peace team from the Mennonite Churches is back from Bethlehem, where they helped in rebuilding the Christmas Lutheran Church.
One of the members of the team writes his impressions.
David Kreider, Special for Come and See, Harrisonburg, VA, June 16, 2002
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May 30, 20023033 reads"People are in need, and we want to share God's love in a concrete way," said Paul Lawrence, a Southern Baptist worker among Palestinian Arabs who is coordinating the project. "There is a real feeling of hopelessness among the Palestinians. They don't see their lives going anywhere. There's no future in their dreams."
Baptist Presss,May 29, 2002, By Erich Bridges
May 23, 20023210 readsDenton Lotz, General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance writes a letter to the Israeli Ambassador to the US: "We are very concerned about the state of our minority Baptist groups in all of the Middle East and Israel".
The wife of Gaza Baptist minister has not been allowed to return home after a visit to her family in Jordan.
Special for Come and See, May 23, 2002
May 20, 20023751 readsEleven persons will travel to Bethlehem, Palestine, on May 23 to lend support and encouragement to people seriously affected by the recent Israeli army occupation of the West Bank town.
"We pray for strength and perseverence and for vision on the part of all of us as Christian brothers and sisters to be effective ministers of reconciliation in these difficult times".
Special for Come and See, May 19, 2002
May 20, 20023539 readsChristian Arabs in the Bethlehem area are getting back to normal life - which includes plans to emigrate.
"We have no political agenda except survival".
"Even 20 years ago France and Italy defended the Catholics, and the British protected the Protestants, and the Russians the Orthodox, and now they have stopped looking eastward".
Jerusalem Post, Matthew Gutman May. 16, 2002
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May 07, 20023097 readsThis is another way for silent voices to be heard," said Bishop Ann B. Sherer of the United Methodist Church. "We need to hear what has happened to Palestinians who have been forced from their land without compensation and many now remain homeless."
By the Rev. J. Richard Peck, United Methodist News Service, May 7, 2002
May 02, 20023314 readsCardinal Roger Etchegaray will participate directly in solving the crisis in Bethlehem caused by the Israeli Army siege around the Basilica of the Nativity, since 30 days ago.
According to Israel Radio, Israel Defense Forces will not permit Pope`s envoy to visit Bethlehem`s Church of Nativity
Special for Come and See, May 2, 2002