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    American Pastor Offers Public Apology to Palestinian Evangelicals
American Pastor Offers Public Apology to Palestinian Evangelicals Roberts began the interview by asking Awad to share his touching testimony with the members of his church, and then followed by questioning him directly about key points of his faith. He also asked him about his thoughts and feelings on the current situation in Israel and how he relates to the Jewish people. At the conclusion of the interview, Awad presented Roberts’ church with a gift from Bethlehem Bible College for Northwood Church . It was an olive wood carving of Jesus washing Peter’s feet. In response, Roberts removed a bowl and towel from beneath a nearby bench and told Awad that the Lord had laid it on his heart to perform this act of humbling himself in front of everyone gathered in the room that day.

As he said these words, he removed Awad’s shoes and socks and began to wash his feet. Awad seemed very surprised but deeply moved. As he washed his feet, Roberts beg an to apologize for the actions of the Church in the west, for its injustice and discrimination against the Palestinian Christians. He asked for forgiveness and encouraged anyone who felt called to come down and lay hands on Awad and pray for him . Many responded and a large group gathered around him to pray that the Lord would raise up strong Palestinian believers in Bethlehem and throughout Palestine and Israel to carry out the Great Commission and bring glory to His Name.

The following is a link to the summary of this interview, taken from Robert’s personal blog - http://www.glocal.net/2008/02/11/foot-washing-interview-with-bishara-awad/

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