Greetings from Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ.
It is something special to celebrate Christmas on the spot where the WORD became FLESH. It is wonderful to be on the place where the Angles were singing: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace”.
More than two thousand years ago, and at the time when Jesus was born, the people of Palestine were living under occupation. Hopelessness, frustration and fear were everywhere in the country and in Bethlehem too. During that time the King of peace was born, he brought the message of hope and Peace for all Nations.
Today, we the people of Palestine are still living under occupation. Every day we see how trees, homes and lives are destroyed and more land is confiscated for the expansion of settlements, by pass roads and the apartheid wall. We are living now in hopelessness, in frustration and in fear. So many questions for us Palestinians are left in the year 2009 without answers. To where we are going, we don’t know!
With the end of this year, we complete 19 years of legal battle to prevent our farm from being confiscated. We are people who believe in Justice, we are proud of the work we are doing in defending our land in a non violent way taking the teachings of Christ as our example under the slogan: “We refuse to be Enemies”. We want to resist and overcome the evil, not with evil, but with good.
The message of the Tent of Nations is to transform the hopelessness, the frustration, the pain and the fear into a positive power that is able to change Lives and motivate people to go on and achieve their dreams and visions. Faith, Hope and Love are the foundation of our work.
In the year 2009, we had more than 4000 guests visited the Tent of Nations, including hundreds of volunteers who came and helped in the different projects we ran throughout the year.
For all who visited, helped and supported the project in the year 2009, thank you so much for your support, for your solidarity and for all your prayers.
We wish you happy celebrations and a wonderful new year full of hope and love. We ask God to renew our strength for this coming year. We are God’s hands on this earth; let us work together for justice, for peace and for bringing the Light to all Nations.
Blessings and Salaam
Daoud Nassar & family
Tent of Nations
-People Building Bridges-