Sr. Paulette’s third annual delegation to Israel/Palestine arrived yesterday. The nine travelers are beginning their trip in Jerusalem. Here’s their first report:
Hello everyone from Jerusalem!
This is our second day and what a day this was! First we met Sammie who heads the Pontifical Commission in the Holy Land! He showed us how the Christian numbers have gone down so immensely the last 15 years due to the Occupation of the Palestinian land. He showed us some hopeful movements by the churches, but the situation is still desperate.
Then we visited the Holy Sepulcher and the Ethiopian Community of monks and nuns who live on the rooftop of this holy site. How beautiful they are!
Of course we had a tasty Palestinian lunch and then began to make our way up to the Jewish Wailing Wall and over to the mosque where it is said that Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac. That mosque is HUGE and is made Of the tiniest glittering mosaic pieces on the outside.
From there we were bused to Mt. Olives. From this high altitude we could see how the WALL is snaking around Palestinian villages to kind of strangle their way of living.
Oh we also got a young Woman who works for the Lutheran Church here to tell about Victoria Hospital l on Mt Olives.—it takes in only kids and adults from Palestine who are suffering from cancer or diabetes–good work!
How varied the people we met! How hard some groups work to keep Christians living in this land of Jesus’ birth! How unjust to take away people’s land and their source of livelihood! How much faith and endurance it takes to live over here! ….I just keep learning so much….I wish you all could be here!
Much love always!