Hello from Jerusalem! We are now in the middle of the summer, and it is hot and dry here, with little hope for relief from the heat as we move into August, one of the hottest months of the year. July has also been one of the busiest months for Musalaha, as we had three different summer camps for children. We have also had a number of groups that have come to help with the camps, and to go on our study tour, which has been a great blessing for us, and hopefully for them as well. I would like to share a bit about these camps with you, and remember to check out the photos of the camps on Musalaha’s facebook page.
The first camp was held in Beit Sahour, for children in the Bethlehem area, and it was a great success. It was organized by Musalaha’s women’s group, and took place July 6th to the 11th. This camp was special because it was for Palestinian Christian and Muslim children, and they were able to play together, make friends, and learn about God with their neighbors that they do not usually interact with. At this camp a group from the Calvary Community Church in California, and they were a huge help. We thank God for their participation.
The second camp was Musalaha’s annual Children’s Summer Camp, which took place at the Baptist Village, and brought together around 70 Israeli and Palestinian believers, ages 8-12. It took place July 20th to 24th. The children had a great time playing games and doing all types of activities, and learned a lot as well. The theme of the Bible teaching was Stories from the Life of Daniel, and they had a great time making a cinematic interpretation of the story of Daniel and the Lion’s den. This camp was blessed by having a group from the Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (or EV Free), also in California. They were wonderful to have, and helped make this year’s camp one of the best ever.
The third camp is actually still going on, and ends on Saturday, from July 27th to August 1st. It is also being organized and run by the women from Musalaha’s women’s groups, and also focuses on bringing together Palestinian Christian and Muslim children, and giving them a chance to get to know each other. This camp is taking place in the village of Zababde, and has over 130 kids in attendance. A group from the Kensington Community Church in Michigan is helping with this camp, and the initial reports are that it is going very well and that they are doing a great job.
We are so thankful for all the groups that have come to help us this summer, all the efforts they have made and the love they have spread. None of these camps would have been possible without them, and without you as our supporters. Please keep all the children from these camps in your prayers as they go back to their normal, everyday lives. Ask that God would become a major part of their life and that the lessons they learned at camp will not be soon forgotten.
Thank you all, and God bless,
Salim J. Munayer Ph.D.
Family Leadership Conference – Germany
August 14-21, this conference will bring together leaders from both the Israeli Messianic Jewish community, and the Palestinian Christian community, as well as their families. It will focus on leadership training, and reconciliation activities for the whole family, and will give the participants the opportunity to develop friendships with each other. The conference will be in Langenstienbacher Hohe Biblekonferenzzentrum. Please pray for the planning and organizing that is going into this project, as well as for safety in travel, and that God will truly bless them all.
Bridgebuilders Conference – Norway
August 6-18, this conference will bring together a group of 10 Israeli and 10 Palestinian young adults, as well as a group of Norwegians as they travel to Norway and engage in reconciliation training. For this project, Musalaha is partnering with the Palestinian Bible Society, Caspari, Bridgebuilders, fri kirken and Den Norske Israelsmisjon. Praise God that all of the visas and flight tickets have been taken care of, and please pray that it will be a time of great growth for all the participants. Also remember them as they travel and pray for good weather!
Budget Proposals, Grant Applications
As we move from the summer into the fall, Musalaha’s staff will be gearing up for a new year of activities, and this involves compiling a Budget Proposal for 2010. We will be evaluating all our projects, and planning what will happen in the upcoming year. Please pray for wisdom throughout this process. We are also working on a number of different grant proposals and applications. Please pray for our staff as they work on these important forms, and that God will provide for the many activities we have planned. We also need to pray for our staff this summer, that they will be able to have some time off, and relax, as they have worked especially hard this summer. We more than tripled our summer activities this year, with three summer camps, women’s meetings, training, etc. Every department has been extremely busy and rest is needed to begin the next year with the strength and energy to see it through.
Writer/s Needed Urgently!
Musalaha is in desperate need of writers who can work on anything from editing articles, to preparing the newsletter and grant proposal writing. We are looking for a volunteer who can come for a few months (minimum 3), and help with all our writing needs. Preferably someone with experience in grant-writing, journalism, or a similar background. Please pray that God will send us the right person, and if you know anyone, let us know.
Contributions to Musalaha can be sent to Musalaha directly, or to the following organizations in the USA and Europe. Please write the checks to the name of the organization (e.g. The Andrew Christian Trust), and in a letter designate the funds to Musalaha.
P.O. Box 52110
P.O. Box 238
Medina, WA 98039-0238
Tax ID # 91-1960797
CH – 4153 Reinach
PC – Kto. – 40-33695-4
D – 79541 Loerrach
Sparkasse Loerrach (BLZ 68350048)
The Andrew Christian Trust
Rockwood, Storth Road
Cumbria LA7 7PH
Registered Charity Number: 327845
You can also make a secure online donation simply by visiting our website, www.musalaha.orgThank you.
Salim J. Munayer, Ph.D.
Director of Musalaha