When I showed up in Lebanon in October 2016, the stark reality I observed was that very few women hold positions of power or authority in large institutions here — especially political institutions and religious institutions. A year and half later and this is still the case — if you were expecting me to declare a massive revolution took place that shook up the ranks and made way for wave of women at the proverbial “table” then I must disappoint.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
O Lord, we often do not understand why injustice continues to prevail in our world, or why your Divine purpose remains hidden from our eyes while we witness political oppression and hear the human cry for freedom. We witness your mighty acts in history: You look with favor on the lowly, and your mercy is for those who fear you from generation to generation; you show strength with your arm and scatter the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; you bring down the powerful from their thrones and lift up the lowly. We bear witness to your love for the world you created and, with those who await your mercy and justice, we pray: “hosanna,” “save us.” Amen.Read more
Exactly a year ago we left the U.S., left family and friends, left a familiar environment and lifestyle, to come to another place and people we knew and loved. In the past year here in Beirut, Lebanon, we have been privileged to enter the world and the hearts of those among whom we are serving in the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches of the Near East (UAECNE) and Haigazian University, thanks to the support of Global Ministries and the Armenian Missionary Association of America. In playing a supporting role in the various tasks we are given, we are helping the churches and institutions continue to be salt and light in the Middle East through worship, education, outreach, children’s and youth ministry, ecumenical cooperation, and much more.Read more
It was dusk and the smoke of tear gas still hung in the valley like a benign cloud with the occasional whoosh of new rounds streaking the light grey sky. We had finished our late lunch of chicken fettuccine with Nawal and her mother and the lovely Janna.
We came to spend International Women’s Day with three generations of Tamimi women. What better way to celebrate Palestinian women then to spend time with them - cooking, laughing, and even singing and of course talking about what was happening in the village and who was still imprisoned. 17 people were kidnapped, detained, or arrested in the past two weeks including 8 minors. There was great concern that Mohammad who was still recovering from being hit with a rubber bullet in his head would be arrested once they deemed him “healthy enough.” Ahed’s trial was scheduled for Sunday. It seemed we didn’t talk too much about her in case our words might somehow affect the outcome.Read more
The Israeli parliament has passed a law that allows the minister of interior, Aryeh Deri, to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of "breach of loyalty" to Israel. Under the new measure, Deri, will be able to strip the residency of any Palestinian whom he deems a threat.
Lord, help us remain loyal and faithful only to your commandment of love, justice and equality. We pray for Jerusalem and its people, we especially pray for the change of heart of the Israeli decision makers to abandon their terrorizing ways to silence our cry for freedom. Lord in your mercy…Hear our PrayersRead more
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi just spent her 17th birthday in Israeli military detention. Tamimi was arrested by Israeli soldiers at her home in December, taken into custody, and charged with several offenses including some relating to her physically assaulting an armed Israeli soldier who entered her family’s property on December 15. Like other Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank, Tamimi is subject to Israeli military law under which, as human rights groups have documented, they routinely experience ill treatment.Read more
Two hundred refugees rescued in the last few hours. Naso (FCEI): “Our humanitarian commitment has an evangelical soul”.
Rome (NEV), March 12, 2018 – Two operators from Mediterranean Hope (MH) – the refugee and migrant program of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI), are presently involved in several rescue missions being carried out by the Open Arms tugboat, operating on behalf of the Proactiva NGO.Read more
As many of you know, getting my visa for my upcoming Global Mission Intern (GMI) placement has not been easy. My term in Hungary ended at the close of September 2017, and I have been back in the United States ever since, preparing for my next placement with the Evangelical Church in Greece. During my time in the states, I’ve been itinerating and traveling all over the country to speak with congregations about my work with the Reformed Church in Hungary. So far I’ve spoken at churches in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts, and more.Read more
YWCA of Palestine on International Women's Day: Palestinian Women Fight for Freedom and Equality Even when Israel Jails Them
Dozens of Palestinian women and girls are spending International Women’s Day in jail. More than 10,000 Palestinian women have been imprisoned over 50 years of Israel’s military occupation. There are currently 58 female prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention facilities, including 10 girls. They are held in Hasharon and Damon prisons held in Israel and thus, in violation of Article 76 of the Geneva Convention. They are subject to all kinds of abuse and violence including confiscation of their belongings, deprivation of family visits, prolonged solitary confinement, psychological and physical torture, and various kinds of sexual violence such as beatings, body searches, and sexual harassment and rape.Read more