From: Northwestern Ohio Synod (419) 423-3664 [info@nwos-elca.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 8:43 AM
To: bobjansic@willard-oh.com
Subject: An Update from Israel - 8.31.2017
A Message from Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
"
How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
    who announces salvation,
    who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
    together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
    the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
    you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
    
(Isaiah 52:1-7) 
A view of Jerusalem taken by Bishop Beaudoin.
These are the words that were ringing in my ears as I stepped into the dust and hills of Jerusalem. 

King David, King Solomon, Ezra, Nehemiah, Peter, Paul, and of course Jesus all walked among these same hills and in this same dust. It is humbling and holy to experience walks and walls that are thousands of years old.
We also toured the security wall that divides the Israelis and Palestinians. I will share details regarding the security wall when I return. 

Tomorrow, we will meet with Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land

Please keep our group in your prayers.


A Few Comings and Goings

From Monday, August 28 through Wednesday, September 6, I will be traveling through Israel and Palestine with a contingent of ELCA Bishops, Pastors, Deacons, and Lay Leaders. 
Our purpose is to find places of hope and people who long for peace. We will be meeting with Palestinian and Israeli authorities, journalists, interfaith activists, religious leaders, and refugees.
 
My personal goals are 3:
1. Build relationships with people who long for peace in Israel and Palestine.
2. Be a witness to the peace of Jesus Christ
a. A witness grounded in the Theology of the Cross
b. A witness filled with God's resurrection promise to "make all things
new".
3.  Offer the resources of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Northwestern Ohio Synod, and provide a place where people who are far from one another may safely gather to pray and to plan for God's gift of peace.  
 
2017: The Year of Grace Memory Verse
 
Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"

Bless you, 

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin


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