This past Sunday I had the privilege of worshiping Allah in Bethlehem. I am currently with a group of five volunteers from Resonate Global Mission on a learning tour of the Holy Land. On Sunday we attended the worship service at Immanuel Evangelical Church. The service was conducted in Arabic with English translation over headphones. I especially enjoyed the lilting music of the "oud" or lute as we sang praise songs in Arabic.
Christians in Bethlehem are among the oldest followers of Jesus in the world. Acts 2:11 tells us that people from Arabia were among the many others who heard the apostles speaking in their own language as the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost.
So for over 2000 years,Christians have been worshiping God in the Arabic language, giving praise to Allah, and following the teachings of Yasuo (Jesus). I have been tremendously blessed to have had the opportunity to worship with my Palestinian brothers and sisters in the birthplace of our Savior.