the perseverance of hope

On each visit we make to Gaza, we go to some of the vocational training centres run by the Near East Council of Churches. This time, we went to the Gaza and Qarara centres to learn more about the work they do. The Gaza Vocational Training Centre trains 14-17 year old boys, many of whom…

the beauty of gaza

When one thinks of Gaza and of all the images portrayed by the media, beauty probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. And yet, Gaza is stunningly beautiful. It is, of course, part of the Mediterranean coastline, with long sandy beaches which, as soon as the sun sets, come alive with young people…

we try to stay

I've now been to Gaza four times, three times this year alone. But no matter how often I’m there, nothing quite prepares me for the experience.  I get up early as the sun is rising, turn on lights which always work when I want them to, take a shower with plentiful hot clean water, make…

that all may have life, abundantly

It’s been a year since I started walking the Israel National Trail with a friend. We go when our schedules — and the temperatures — allow, walking a segment here, a segment there, twenty or thirty kilometres at a time. We’ve now walked over 330km along a winding path from the Lebanese border to Tel…