Christians "Not Void of Hope" in Israel, Palestine
The Israel-Gaza conflict has continued for six weeks, resulting in over 2,000 deaths on both sides. As the violence continues, Israeli and Palestinian Christians say that they are holding tightly to their faith.
Yohanna Katanacho, academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College said that the time of suffering is “not void of hope,” despite many mourning the losses of family members and homes.
Christians have turned to God in prayer; they have now called on Christians around the world to lift them up in prayer as well.
“We feel strongly that our position is to enlist prayer for all the people on all sides of the conflict,” said Jerusalem Prayer Center director Dale Thorne.
“When we replace worry with prayer and anxiety with thankfulness, we experience God’s peace, which will control our emotions and thoughts and keep us centered in Jesus the Messiah,” Thorne said.
Israel resident Audrey Martin said that Christian and Messianic Jewish congregations in Israel have united to pray for their Palestinian brothers and sisters that are suffering during the time of crisis.
A senior missions strategy leader for the Middle East urged people around the globe to pray that Christians’ hope may be translated to those who most need it as the conflict wears on. “Pray that as we weep with those who have lost loved ones on both sides, we would be able to share the hope that we have within us, he said.
Publication date: August 25, 2014