What is this word "waqf?" In an Arabic country you might see most of the same letters on a stop sign. So what is being stopped?
Before I left for this trip it was my understanding that Israel had reclaimed their rightful ownership of the Holy Land from a terrorist group named Hamas. Over the past four weeks, I have learned many things to challenge this viewpoint.
Israel has occupied the minds of Palestinians for 66 years and has instilled in them enough fear that they are able to exercise a high level of control over the West Bank without having to actually do anything. How far will you let it go before you take a stand?
Israel launched 34 air raids in Gaza Tuesday morning (not where the teens were from nor found), and the authorities discuss what actions to take next, while the nation and world mourn this tragedy and offer support to Israel.
Mother Teresa once said, “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”
We visited the Church of Nativity this week. It was an old building under construction, full of middle aged European-American tourists snapping photos left and right.
Mariano, Sarah and I went to a time of prayer hosted by a Muslim Inman, a Jewish woman and a Christian pastor. We ended the time together by all joining hands as we formed a circle and sang, "We Shall Overcome." Amazing! Moving! Most were weeping as we prayed...
As a long-term resident in countries where dictatorships have come and gone, new theological movements have come and gone, short-term volunteers have come and gone, one thing is for certain: humans seems to love swinging on the pendulum.