In April of 2011, I had the incredible privilege of spending a month with a ministry called Musalaha in Jerusalem.  Their organization is dedicated to reconciling Israelis and Palestinians by bringing together Christians on both sides of the divide and giving them opportunities to love one another.

Although I was amazed at how deeply hatred and prejudice ran in the Holy Land, I was equally amazed at how effective Musalaha was at harnessing the power of the kingdom of God.

There is hope for Palestinian refugees like this one!

By joining them on one of their challenging “Desert Encounters,” I got to watch firsthand as Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews survived the wilderness together.  After hearing story after story of changed hearts and minds, I left with the belief that reconciliation truly is possible.

It will be a long and difficult road to peace, but with organizations like Musalaha tirelessly devoted to reconciliation, “peace in the Middle East” doesn’t seem quite so impossible!

 

Walls

If we ever want to see peace in Israel, the walls of our own hearts will need to fall down…

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The Basics: Part I

Now that I know a bit about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, perhaps I can help you put some of the pieces together too!

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The Basics: Part II

How much do you really know about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Find out the basics here…

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World Next Door Uncut – Episode 10

Join us in this episode for a visit to the wilderness!

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Into the Wild

Deep in the wilderness, walls of separation began to fall away…

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Photo Gallery: The Desert

Now that you’ve read about our trip to the desert, it’s time to see what it looked like…

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Refuge: Part I

While visiting two refugee camps in the West Bank, I was surprised by what I found…

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Refuge: Part II

What lies ahead for Palestinian refugees around the world?

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An Eye for an Eye

Can kind, peaceful people really support terrorism?

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A Rallying Cry

As I leave the Holy Land, the simple words of an old Palestinian woman echo in my heart…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Denise said... 

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    May 11th, 2011 at 12:20 pm  

    I had the unique opportunity to visit Jordan, Israel & Rome wayyyy back in 1984. Do they still charge “one American Dollar” to sit on the back of a camel or donkey and get your picture taken?? That was the going price then. I thought (with the global economic crisis) it might be up to about $5.00 or more now?? I know… not a very important question to ask in light of your intense posts about terrorism and reconciliation
    … I just had to ask!:)

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