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The smallest of worlds… and a story of good work coming from the Holy Land

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Tonight I had the opportunity to experience a different effort aimed at reconciliation in Israel, one which contradicts common images.   For all its security, the Israelis have a long tradition of providing medical care to children in need, regardless of where they are from.  Borders don’t matter.   In Tel Aviv, there is a hospital, called Save a Child’s Heart, that is world famous for its congenital heart care.   In Jerusalem, there is a christian organization called Shevet Achim, that provides a shelter for families with children needing care at Save a Child’s Heart.   They began by working in Gaza, and the West Bank, but now provide a place for families from Syria, Jordan, and Iraq (maybe others).   The organization is kind of like a Ronald McDonald’s House, but on a global scale.   What makes the group unique, is that it is a group of staff and volunteers who live together in community.   They share a home on “Street of the Prophets” (Ha Nevim Street), and have a few apartments down the road from it.  It is a small old building.   People come and work for a week, or a few days, or a few months, or longer.   Tonight there were people from Scotland, Denmark, Germany, the US, and elsewhere.   There was also a father of one of the children, a Kurd, from Northern Iraq at dinner at the end.

They start each day with worship together.  They are non-denominational, and seek to build christian community in the purest sense.  They don’t fight or argue about doctrine, and when someone comes who wants to argue about theology, they usually don’t stay.  They actually spend 2 hours each morning in worship and scripture study, then go do the work of the day.  They eat their meals together (although some of them are off-site), and eat dinner in community.


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