love came down at christmas

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that the holidays have passed, a new year has begun and work is about to start again in earnest. Though to be honest, work in Tiberias only slowed; it never really stopped. In a place where neither Christmas nor New Year are official holidays, getting much of a…

release from darkness

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. (Isaiah 61.1) I can’t believe it is December and the start…

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…