Advocacy

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Travel

Christians in the Middle East have told us, over and over again, that the best way for Christians in North America to support them is by traveling to the region and seeing first-hand the ways that God is at work.

The Reformed Church in America coordinates trips to Israel and the Palestinian territories several times a year. For more information about these trips, contact Joshua Vis.  

Check out this series of posts about how to select a tour to Israel and the Palestinian territories: 

So You're Going to the Holy Land? 
What Kind of Israel/Palestine Tour Should I Go On? 
Questions to Ask about Your Trip to Israel/Palestine 

 

Support

We encourage you to support the following organizations with prayers and gifts:

 

Baraka Presbyterian Church

This small congregation in the West Bank is the church that Mary Feddema, a member of Church of the Servant, grew up in as her parents were missionaries there. The OSJ supports the church by including them in OSJ Prayers regularly.
 

Bethlehem Bible College

This Palestinian, evangelical college has worked with a number of international partners, including the CRC, to strengthen the Palestinian Christian community through education. Hope Equals groups used to stay in the dorms there when in Bethlehem.

 

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

This non-profit organization was started by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb to support the work of the Diyar Consortium, the Christmas Lutheran Church, and Dar Al-Kalima University, all in Bethlehem. Dr. Raheb recently spoke at the World Communion of Reformed Churches gathering in Germany.
 

Christian Peacemaker Teams

This Mennonite organization is the most active international, Christian organization working on the ground to empower Palestinians for non-violent resistance.  Hope Equals partnered with them on the last trip that they brought to Israel/Palestine in 2014.

 

Holy Land Trust

A Bethlehem-based organization doing community development in the West Bank and educating international visitors. Hope Equals partnered with them for the first three trips they organized.
 

Musalaha

A Christian organization seeking reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. A number of CRC folks interested in the region are familiar with their work.
 

Pilgrims of Ibillin

This organization was started by Elias Chacour to support the education of diverse children and youth, side-by-side, to cultivate peace.  The students and teachers include Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Jews
 


Friends of Sabeel

A number of folks in the CRC in Canada are an active part of this organization.