Frohe Ostern 2020

April 10, 2020

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Liebe Schwestern und Brüder

Ich hoffe, dass es euch gut geht und ihr euch in diesen ungewissen Zeiten guter Gesundheit erfreuen könnt, denn Covid-19 verbreitet sich rasch in unseren Gemeinden und in der Gesellschaft. Unser tägliches Leben ist betroffen, verändert die Gesellschaft sowie politische und wirtschaftliche Strukturen und verbreitet überall Angst und Panik.

Es ist äusserst wichtig, in dieser schwierigen Zeit im Geist der Solidarität zusammenzuhalten, uns um unsere Nächsten zu kümmern, einander zu unterstützen und ermutigen, denn wir gehen alle durch diesen dunklen Tunnel.

Neben dem fortwährenden politischen, sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Druck, dem wir in Palästina ausgesetzt sind, hat  Covid-19 kürzlich auch den Weg nach Bethlehem gefunden und verbreitete sich in verschiedenen Städten Palästinas. In Bethlehem z.B. herrschte während eines Monats Ausgangssperre. Nun folgte die Notstandsverordnung, sobald der erste Covid-19 Fall festgestellt worden war. Die Menschen müssen zu Hause bleiben, die Bewegungsfreiheit ist beschränkt und öffentliche Orte wurden sofort geschlossen, so dass sich der Virus nicht verbreiten kann.

Zurzeit ist es nicht leicht von Bethlehem aus zum Zelt der Völker (ToN) zu gelangen, da die meisten Strassen geschlossen sind und man sich nicht frei bewegen kann. Zudem mussten alle Volontäre, die für kürzere oder längere Zeit bleiben wollten, ihr Vorhaben absagen, desgleichen mussten Besuche vieler Gruppen annulliert werden, die geplant hatten, im März, April und in den nächsten Monaten zu kommen. Dies wird uns auch in ökonomischer Hinsicht in Mitleidenschaft ziehen. Im Moment gibt es so vieles, was auf dem Land getan werden muss, angefangen beim Pflanzen und Pflügen, was wir nicht beenden konnten und nun wegen der aktuellen Situation verschoben werden muss.

In dieser deprimierenden Zeit finden wir unseren Trost und die Kraft bei unserem Herrn, indem wir unsere Herzen, Sinne und Seelen für IHN öffnen. Während dieser Heiligen Woche müssen wir der unbedingten Liebe gedenken, die Gott uns durch Jesus Christus gesandt hat. Am Heiligen Donnerstag erinnern wir uns an das Zeichen der Liebe und Erniedrigung, als Jesus vor dem letzten gemeinsamen Mahl die Füsse seiner Jünger wusch. Am Karfreitag erinnern wir uns an Jesu Leiden, Kreuzigung, Opfer und Tod für die Sünden der Menschen, womit ER uns einen Neubeginn schenkte. Viele dachten damals, dass das Kreuz das Ende der Geschichte sei, auch Jesu Jünger, und dass jegliche Hoffnung mit Jesus am Kreuz gestorben ist. Das Kreuz war jedoch nicht das Ende, es war der Weg zur Auferstehung in ein neues Leben, in dem der Tod nicht das letzte Wort ist. Dieser Verkündigung Jesu Christi vom Sieg über den Tod gedenken wir am Oster Sonntag und feiern dieses Geschenk.

Heute, da wir durch diese schwierige Zeit hindurch gehen müssen und uns mit hoffnungslosen Situationen konfrontiert sehen, müssen wir uns stets vergegenwärtigen, dass wir das Volk der Hoffnung sind; wir sind das Volk der Auferstehung, wir müssen aufstehen und unsere Opfer Mentalität überwinden, unsere Kraft erneuern und wieder “das Salz der Erde” und “das Licht der Welt” werden.

Liebe Freunde, die dunklen Wolken des Karfreitag brachten Regenschauer und bewässerten das Land. Sie brachten Hoffnung und neues Leben zur Vorbereitung auf das LICHT am Tage der Auferstehung. Das ist die frohe Botschaft der Auferstehung.

ER ist nicht hier, denn ER ist auferstanden!
Frohe Ostern!
Bleibt behütet und gesund!

Daoud Nassar und Familie

Easter Greetings 2020

April 9, 2020

in News

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

 

 

Christmas Message 2018

March 27, 2019

in News

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16.

We live in a world that is full of conflicts, wars, darkness and hate. We are all burdened with bad news almost on a daily basis. Where are we today with all of what is happening around us? What is our message at Christmas time and for the New Year?

We always like to talk about things, put together plans and even give solutions to any problem in this world, but the real challenge we face is how to put the word into practice. Jesus said, “You are the Light of the World.” It is not about the word, but about the action. By being the light, we can make the change and not just by talking about it. This is the witness that we always need to carry.

As this year comes to an end, we look back and are thankful for God. HE always blesses us with enough strength to overcome the Negatives with Positives, Hatred with Love, and Darkness with Light with our simple message of Refusing to be an Enemy.

So far this year, we have had 9,804 visitors on the farm, including volunteers from all over. All were inspired by our story, went back home inspired and encouraged to become change-makers in their own communities.

Thank you so much for your friendship, for your prayers, for your solidarity and for your support.

We wish you all and your families a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year 2019. May God give you, and us, the power to continue to be change-makers. Let us walk together in this coming New Year with Faith, with Love and with Hope.

Blessings and Salaam,
Daoud & Family

December 2016 Newsletter

December 8, 2016

Dear Friends, Greetings from the Tent of Nations.  Almost the year 2016 is coming to an end; it was a difficult year for our region, with more downs than ups. We would like to share with you the latest news from the Tent of Nations, the situation on the ground, our concerns, but also to […]

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Christmas Message 2015

January 18, 2016

Tent of Nations Christmas Message: Dear Friends, Greetings from Bethlehem! It is something special to celebrate Christmas in the place where the WORD became FLESH. More than two thousand years ago, the shepherds who were also living under occupation came to see the newborn KING. Hopelessness, frustration, and fear didn’t stop them from making this […]

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Tent of Nations Fall 2015 Newsletter

December 2, 2015

Tent of Nations Farm People Building Bridges Fall 2015 Newsletter Dear Friends, We would like to wish you a blessed Christmas and holiday season with your loved ones. In this deteriorating political situation in Palestine, we find comfort in thoughts of love, hope, faith, and justice. We pray that, wherever you are, you are able […]

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Tent of Nations Fall 2015 Newsletter

December 2, 2015

Tent of Nations Farm People Building Bridges Fall 2015 Newsletter Dear Friends, We would like to wish you a blessed Christmas and holiday season with your loved ones. In this deteriorating political situation in Palestine, we find comfort in thoughts of love, hope, faith, and justice. We pray that, wherever you are, you are able […]

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Tent of Nations Summer Newsletter in German

September 8, 2015

Zelt der Völker Menschen bauen Brücken Newsletter Sommer 2015 Liebe Freunde Seit längerer Zeit habt ihr nichts mehr von uns gehört, aber wir sind noch immer hier und kämpfen für Gerechtigkeit. Wir möchten euch über die letzten Neuigkeiten von der Landwirtschaft berichten, sowie über die Rechtslage und die Herausforderungen betreffend Grundbesitz, aber auch die bisherigen […]

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Tent of Nations Summer Newsletter

September 5, 2015

Tent of Nations Farm People Building Bridges Summer 2015 Newsletter Dear Friends, It has been a while since you’ve last heard from us but we are still here working hard to achieve justice. We would like to share with you the latest news about the Tent of Nations farms including the legal situation, the challenges […]

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Christmas Message from Bethlehem December 2014

December 22, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers, In few days the year 2014 is coming to an end, a year was full of fear, despair and darkness, and still no security, no stability and no peace. In the Middle East and in other areas of the world, we see a brother against his brother, a nation against another […]

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