"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake. Even though I walkthrough the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff,they comfort me." Psalm 23
Times of crisis can test our faith like no other. We often ask, "How can we make sense of suffering?" Yet, it is often amid the suffering that we see more that we are the many hands carrying out God's work in the world. The last few months have surely been a dark valley for many of us but we must remember that even in the darkness God is there.
Due to COVID-19, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is facing a severe revenue shortfall that may require them to lay off valuable employees. This Giving Tuesday, help us honor the hard work and sacrifice of the ELCJHL's employees and avoid layoffs by making a donation today.
For an in-depth understanding tune in later this week with us for Session 3 of the Peace Not Walls (PNW) 2020 Virtual Series Webinar with the ELCJHL Schools. PNW is a peacebuilding initiative of the ELCA in Palestine and Israel.
When: Saturday, May 9: 7-8pm Jerusalem time
(9-10am PT / 10-11amMT / 11-12amCT / 12-1pm ET)
What: Session 3 will be a conversation with Dr. Charlie Haddad, Director for Education for ELCJHL schools, and Georgette Hazboun Rabadi, Principal of the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour about the impact of the pandemic on the schools, and how they are responding.
Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, began in Palestine in the evening on Thursday, April 23rd at the first sight of the new moon. The many Muslim students of the ELCJHL and their families will mark the month by praying, fasting, and, eating together. The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle and thus comes two weeks earlier every year in the solar Gregorian calendar. Wish a Ramadan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadan) to your Muslim friends and family.