The other Young Adults and Global Missions and I are safe. Our communities are safe. On that note...
In light of recent violence in this part of the world, (but not in my general region) I am posting asking for all reading this to keep the people here, living here, my new friends their families and the family I am building here.
The community here that lives here day in and out. The Palestinians, Israelis and those in Gaza all need your thoughts and prayers.
There are people just like you and me, with hopes, dreams and families.
Peace must be promoted on all sides. Keep this in mind in your daily interactions especially those of you reading this in America.
America must stand publicly for peace on all sides.
"An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind."
It is true, violence will not solve a thing and the media right now does not do justice so please take heed what you consume in your daily news.
I am posting links to where you can reach the news sources we use here.
www.bbc.com > BBC is good for general summaries and wide topics world-wide.
* A New site informed today (Nov 19th) www.mondoweiss.net
Also link to a good organization Churches for Middle East Peace for more information (well-rounded trusted source) that can help answer some questions and give you information.
I am posting this to say that YOU (readers!) knowing about the communities here. The individuals I encounter everyday, you can be a part of that and a part of the support in promoting peace.
There are faces to numbers. And their is a difference between a government and its people.
(Above are students from my school taking a time of silence and prayer for Gaza and all those involved.)
By being informed, prayer and just acknowledgement and concern for all parties in the situation.
*Here also is a link to my fellow YAGM volunteer's blog and his recent sermon he gave to us at The Sea of Galilee
I encourage awareness and simple acts in daily life to informing each other on your brothers and sisters here in this part of world.
Do what you can in your local communities whether its prayer, well-rounded news consumption and being open to others ideas, but calling on local representatives or federal change if possible to promote the idea of PEACE on all sides.
Here is a link to my fellow YAGM volunteer, Laura Millher beautiful blog post that gives insight into the concerns here, love and prayer.
Thank you for your love, prayers, attention and consideration.
My community and I send love and fellowship from thousands of miles away as people for a common desire of peace, acceptance and love.