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Palestinian initiative

October 2015

The Palestinian Bible Society (PBS) has been encouraging and equipping churches to reach out with love to their communities.

Throughout Ramadan earlier this year, PBS urged Christians to engage with two new initiatives to help them serve their neighbours in this 99 per cent Muslim territory, in a practical way.

Every evening during Ramadan, PBS staff, members of the Palestinian national force, and volunteers from churches, went out onto the streets of Zababdeh, a town in Jenin Province in the northern West Bank. They offered packs of dates and bottled water to people unable to get home on time to break their fast.

Nashat Filmon, executive secretary of PBS, said, ‘It was a simple gesture of care that was so appreciated by our Muslim brothers and sisters. Thousands of people were talking about it on social media, and Christians in other towns who heard about this also began similar initiatives’.

It also hosted a special iftar or ‘breaking fast’ Ramadan dinner for prominent people in Jenin Province, which was attended by more than 500 people, including the deputy governor.

Mr Filmon added: ‘If you spread love, people will receive it. If you spread hatred and animosity, they will receive it. So we decided to send out a message of love. In the light of what Islamic State is doing, killing and displacing hundreds of thousands of Christians, this gesture of love and compassion by Christians is very poignant’.

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