Instruments of Christ's Peace
For the team, Marilyn Borst
Highlights of this day for our Outreach Foundation team:
The Church of the Visitation which commemorates Mary's visit to Elizabeth; time spent with Outreach partner Bethlehem Bible College (we met with one of the professors there, Daniel Bannoura); a visit to the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem where Angie Saba shared about the ministries through which the church is seeking to bring hope and a future within its Palestinian context (Diyar Consortium) even while our drive in and out of Bethlehem forced us to confront the specter of an unjust Separation Wall...
At the end of the day, we met, as always, for devotions and prayer. So timely, given what we had seen, that Rev. Deena Candler would choose to have us reflect upon Ephesians 2:
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
And this is why we continue to be grateful for the work and witness of this small but faithful and prophetic Church in this place because THEY are the instruments of Christ's peace in this fractured land...
The Outreach Foundation
Bethlehem Bible College
Diyar Consortium مجموعة ديار