Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lutheran youth undertake summer encounters

The July calendar from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) features youth of the church and their plans for summer encounters.

These and previous calendar pages can be useful in congregation newsletters, study groups and prayer circles. You can find download the calendar and photo at the ELCJHL calendar web page:

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ELCJHL young people are gathering for a number of different adventures this summer both within the ELCJHL and with international partners.

At the end of June, Pastor Sani Ibrahim Azar took about 50 youth 16 and under up to Nazareth for an ELCJHL Youth Retreat. This trip was easy to plan because those under 16 don't need a permit.

Unfortunately, the Israeli civil administration didn't give permits for 5 of the 10 young men from the Boys' Home in Beit Jala to go to our ELCA partner synod in New England to visit and go to a camp. So 4 of the boys will have to go through the Amman airport on their own to the states (West Bank people cannot use the Tel Aviv airport).

Pastor Imad Haddad from Beit Sahour accompanied youth from the Beit Sahour school choir and debke dancing team to Finland in June, where they performed and got to know their partners.

Pastor Azar of Redeemer church is also taking both a group adults and a group of youth on separate trips to their partner church in Bad Toelz, Germany. Thanks to all of our partners who are sharing these opportunities to enable our young people to learn from one another and build bridges between nations and churches.

(Prayer) Gracious God, watch over our young people and those they visit as they travel and gather this summer in all different places and surroundings. Guide their feet and shape their minds and hearts into strong and faithful leaders in our churches, society and homes, living with all neighbors in peace and justice. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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