Superintendent, Jeff Anderson, received the following prayer request from one of our partners in Palestine: Dina Katanacho of the Arab Israeli Bible Society.
Everyone thinks that there is going to be a war here, so now people are afraid to leave their homes! Newspapers reported that there were several attempts of kidnapping by extremists.
An atmosphere of revenge, hatred, fear, violence, killing and hate language is spreading fast like a virus in the country , in many towns inside Israel and in the Palestinian territories.
Many demonstrations are taking place at Arab towns inside Israel, and in Nazareth as well, just two minutes away from the Arab Israeli Bible Society. On the morning of Sunday July 6, one of our pastors Mousa Allawi who is going to attend our Alpha conference on the 11th of July this week has been attacked with Rev. Attallah Issawi by Israeli settlers.
Both pastors were going to church but were stopped by a group of settlers. The Israeli army was there too but did not interfere. Rev. Attallah who was the driver was informed that the Israeli settlers will hurt them. He responded quickly and made a U-Turn cruising away as fast as possible. The same settlers threw big stones at them breaking the rear windows and damaging the body of the car. Then they chased them for almost 5 kilometers until Attallah entered a nearby Palestinian town. They were safe.
My husband and I called Rev. Mousa who lives in Ramla near Tel-Aviv area to check on him. Mousa expressed his deep gratitude for God’s grace and for the safety of all the passengers of the attacked car. He reminded us of many Christians who believe in God’s sovereignty and who are grateful for every extra day in our lives. "We live for the Lord and we are ready to serve Him wherever he leads". Rev. Mousa was not only thankful for his safety but also expressed his willingness to serve the Lord wherever is needed. He is willing to continue to extend the Kingdom of God in dangerous places.
We as an Arab Israeli Bible Society are committed to love, to spread the prayers of forgiveness and be peacemakers as the Lord command us so that His Kingdom will spread and His principles will be ruled on our aching land.
We need your prayers for protection, peace, and wisdom on how to spread peace in the midst of this violence. Pray for our Alpha conference on the 11th of July that is going to be held in Jerusalem, some people are afraid to attend .
Last, pray for all the persecuted and the ones who suffer injustices especially in Israel and Palestine. Let us commit ourselves to spread the Kingdom of the Messiah among both Palestinians and Jews. Christ died for both of them
Arab Israeli Bible Society
Click here for an article related to the kidnappings written by a theologian living in the land.
Former Covenant missionaries Andy and Jenell Pluim are leading a team from across the ECCC serving in Quito, Ecuador from February 8-17.
In recent years we’ve been serving Sumaco, a small village in the eastern jungle to support that community after surviving a devastating earthquake and encourage them in agricultural development and children’s ministry.
This year, the Evangelical Covenant Church of Ecuador (Iglesia Pacto Evangelica del Ecuador, or IPEE) has asked us to bring a team to Quito to help in renovations to their pastors and missionary guesthouse in the heart of the city, to support the ongoing training and care for their pastors. The team will also partner with a Covenant church Compassion program for children in the afternoons.
Please pray for the team as they serve and build relationships with our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters in Christ. Read more about our partnership with IPEE here.
THIS WEEK several ECCC churches will be hosting a special event done in partnership between the ECCC and World Vision. The event is called Hope for the Holy Land and is an opportunity to hear from an Israeli and a Palestinian perspective regarding the issues of that region. We will have guests from Israel and Palestine present as well as World Vision and ECCC staff.
This is an opportunity to hear stories and ask questions. The evening promises to challenge and inform. We are interested in having a Christ honouring dialogue that seeks to love in his name. We invite you to come and discuss with us.
Dates and locations:
All events start at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.
Feb. 4 - Nelson Covenant (Nelson, BC)
Feb. 5 - Hope Community (Strathmore, AB)
Feb. 6 - Faith Covenant (Breton, AB)
Feb. 7 - Gateway Covenant (Prince Albert, SK)
Feb. 8 - Minnedosa Covenant (Minnedosa, MB)
Feb. 9 - Faith Covenant (Winnipeg, MB) Sunday morning service at 10 am and evening service at Holy Community Covenant at 7 pm