Dear Friends & Colleagues,
The conflict in the
Today, the first set of reports from our member bodies in the affected areas was received – from the United Christian Council in Israel (UCCI), ,
As we continue to pray and urge all sides to cease the hostilities, let us consider the specific needs of our Palestinian, Lebanese and Israeli brothers and sisters living in the battle zones. Below is a copy of UCCI’s statement, a brief summary on Lebanon and a report on the situation in the West Bank.
To all who pray for the peoples of the Middle East,
We have entered into a time of great stress and uncertainty in the
The IDF has been carrying out strikes against targets that have affected many people. We personally know people from a local evangelical organization who have been evacuated from a town just outside of
The situation in Israel is also bad. In the north, people are living in constant fear of rocket attacks. They are basically living in bomb shelters. Normal life is disrupted, to say the least. From the moment that rocket warning sirens begin, the citizens have one minute to react. The people feel cornered and scared. Some personal friends of ours are living in the north where there have been many rocket attacks from . They are a young couple who are expecting their first child. They are safe but they have already packed their bags just in case they need to evacuate.
Over and over we see that the larger population is effected by the actions of a minority. Pray that those with extreme views will be brought to reason, nothing less than a miracle can bring this about.
Pray also for moderation and that voices of realism can speak reason to those who make decisions which bring life or death.
The greatest threat is escalation. Please pray with us that the crisis will not spread to other countries and pray for a decrease of the attacks on both sides.
Please pray for a quick end and a lasting solution to this conflict
Refugees living in south of and
The situation here is difficult. Different areas in the country face different challenges. First in
Our concern is that all of the above will drive people to join radical groups and increase the hatred. Our assessment is that the current policy will encourage extremism. The church finds itself in the middle of the situation and is affected like the rest of society. It is trying to witness in this situation of daily survival.
In the West Bank, the situation is bad but better than in
In Israel the whole
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Yours In Christ,