Letters from the West Bank, Part 1
How Technology Can Build Bridges across the World within the Body of Christ...
|The formation of global networks and partnerships has
become a crucial leverage point for church transformation. Not only
do such partnerships and networks raise awareness of the mission field,
but they link even the smallest churches with the movement of God's Spirit
around the world.
Net Results offers another look at church vitalization from a non-North American viewpoint with this series on the Christian Church on the West Bank in Palestine. We hope it will inspire and guide you in leadership development and resource sharing. This is a world in which all you need is one teenager with a modem (or one senior citizen with a global consciousness and five extra minutes in the day) to link with Christians on the other side of the globe. Put that in your worship and celebrate it!
- Tom Bandy, Senior Editor
Dear Net Results Readers:
|An excerpt from the e-pen-pal project:
"My name is Noor, which means 'light.' I'm 17 and in the 12th grade. I like to eat very much but I also like to play sports - especially volleyball and tennis. I have four brothers and one sister. I don't have pets because they frighten me. Instead I have a lot of pink teddy bears in my room. Zababdeh is a beautiful village beneath the blue sky. In the future I would like to be a designer.
As a farewell gift, one of our supporting congregations in suburban
Chicago gave us a digital camera, which we use constantly to maintain our
two websites. The first site is an overview
of our work in the village and also a gateway to more information about
a variety of topics: Arab Christian communities, our supporters (both financial
and spiritual) in America, and the current conflicts in the Middle East.
The second is a daily journal that includes
pictures, audio, and video of our lives here - from the olive harvest to
the Islamic call to prayer, from trips to Jerusalem to sounds from the
nearby military camp. In addition to monthly email updates and articles
for church newsletters, our websites are a window into our ministry, personalizing
our work and putting a human face on this war-torn part of the world.
The result for our partner churches has been remarkable. There is an immediacy to our work here for congregations and their mission committees back in the States. Instead of being a mere line-item in the mission budget, our ministry has become alive and tangible for our supporters, feeding a growing passion for mission and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world. And similarly, as missionaries located far from home, we feel blessed by the prayers and support we received daily by email. One day, no doubt, we will return to the States.
|Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders are mission workers in the Palestinian Christian village of Zababdeh.|