Hope Still Rises

May 29, 2021

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Saturday 29/5/21

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your prayers, phone calls, emails, letters, WhatsApp messages, and for standing with us in this very difficult time we are going through. The fire has caused so much damage. We lost a big number of new planted trees, between 3-5 years old and mature trees between 20-30 years old. The fire department’s report concluded that the fire was deliberately started. However, who was behind it remains unknown.

Hope Still rises.

With this big destruction, it is not easy to stand up again but Hope still rises even from the ashes. We are determined to continue this journey without giving up despite the current struggles. We are people of the resurrection!We have to stand up and start acting, continue to rebuild what was destroyed, and replant the trees of hope for generations to come.

We would like to ask you to keep us in your prayers, to continue sponsoring trees and to come and help in preparing the ground and in planting new trees.

Our path is difficult but we need to keep moving forward with faith, love, and hope in action.

Thank you for your prayers, support and solidarity.

Blessings and Salaam.

May 26, 2021

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May 21, 2021

Today was a very hard day. While we were on our way to the farm after picking up some farming tools from Bethlehem for ploughing, we received a phone call that left us with no words. The neighboring farmers informed us that our farm was set on fire. Our day took a sudden shift as we rushed to the farm, tried to secure water to extinguish the fire with our very limited sources on the farm, and call for help! It was appalling to witness the rapid spread of the fire to more fields damaging thousands of olive, almond, and grape trees. Thankfully, we were able to control the situation with the help of family members and nearby villagers after spending seven hours in the smoke.

It was very devastating to see that all of the new trees that we planted and watered for the past five months were gone in seconds. To this moment, we do not know the cause of the fire or who was behind it. We will inform you as soon as we know more.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers

Blessings and Salaam

Easter Greetings 2020

April 9, 2020

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I hope my message to you finds you well and in good health during these uncertain times as Covid-19 paves its way rapidly across our communities and societies affecting our daily lives, altering social, political and economic structures, and introducing fear and panic amongst all.

It is of big importance to stand together in the spirit of solidarity these days, to support, encourage and look out for one another as we all go through this dark tunnel.

Apart from the continuous political, social, and economic pressures we are facing in Palestine, Covid-19 has recently found its way to the city of Bethlehem and managed to spread out to various cities in Palestine. Bethlehem as an example, has been under lockdown for a month now following the declaration of state of emergency as soon as the first Covid-19 case was detected, which required people to remain indoors, introduced limitations on movement, and caused for public spaces to immediately shut down in order to stop the virus from spreading out.

At this time, going from Bethlehem to the Tent of Nations is not as easy since most roads are closed, and people are not permitted to move freely. In addition to that, all our short-term and long-term volunteers as well as many visiting groups who were planning to come in March, April and in the next following months had to cancel, which will also affect us economically. Currently, there is a lot that needs to be done on the farm from planting to ploughing, which we could not also carry out and had to postpone due to the current situation.

In such depressing times, we shall find our comfort and strength in our Lord by welcoming Him into our hearts, minds and souls. During this Holy Week, we shall commemorate the unconditional love that has been sent to us by God through Jesus Christ. On Holy Thursday, we shall remember the sign of love and humility as Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples before the Last Supper. On Good Friday, we shall remember Jesus Christ’s passion, crucifixion, sacrifice, and death for the sins of mankind offering us a new beginning. Many had thought that the cross was the end of the story, including the disciples of Jesus, and that all hopes had died with Jesus on the cross. However, the cross was not the end, it was the path to resurrection and into a new life where death was not the final word. It is the proclamation of Jesus Christ’s victory over death, in which we commemorate and celebrate on Easter Sunday.

Today, as we go through this difficult time facing hopeless situations, we should always remember that we are the people of hope; we are the people of the resurrection, we need to stand up, wash away this victim mentality, renew our strength, and become again the ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘the light of the world’. 

Dear friends, the dark clouds of Good Friday brought showers of rain watering the ground. They brought hope and new life in preparation for the LIGHT on the day of resurrection. This is the good news of the resurrection.

 HE is not here for HE is risen!

Happy Easter. 

Stay safe and healthy,

 

Daoud Nassar & Family

 

 

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