Reconciliation

For the team, Marilyn Borst

We began the day with one of The Outreach Foundation's ministry partners, Musalaha: a non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, based on the life and teaching of Jesus. Musalaha, which means "reconciliation," was founded in 1990 by Dr. Salim Munayer. Since its creation, an executive board of Palestinian and Israeli community and church leaders has led this ministry of reconciliation in taking steps towards unity in a fractured land where justice seems elusive and peace, a far off dream. Small steps towards embracing "the other" are made through children's camps, youth treks (by camel), into the desert, and women covenanting to a two-year program of retreats and dialogue and of sharing their lives with one another – often across a seemingly insurmountable divide between Arab and Jew. Salim reminded us that reconciliation takes much time but that when it occurs, it is like leaven in a loaf – a tiny amount can be transformative! A highlight of our site visits today was the Church of Pater Noster which commemorates Christ's teaching his disciples the Lord's Prayer. The walls of the courtyard are covered with ceramic plaques which show the prayer in over 60 languages!