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Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Last Day: It is the end of the tour and there is one interchange of the hundreds that sticks with me. It occurred in Detroit when a Conservative Jewish Rabbi turned to Sami Awad, a Palestinian Christian, and said: “I respect everything you say. I look at you and I know that with you I have a partner.” A Jewish Rabbi declaring his unqualified support for what an evangelical Christian is saying. Is Sami showing us a new apologetic? Demonstrate the Gospel before you proclaim it. Seems like that is what Jesus did–heal, deliver and then speak. Maybe what we need to pray for courage to love, and power to heal, and then the words to speak.
Posted on 15. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Nine: There is more news about the boarding of Yonatan’s boat en route to Gaza. An official is quoted as claiming that Yonatan, “has joined the ranks of Hamas.” The source also states that Reuven Moskovitz, the 82-year old Holocaust survivor on board “has probably not learned anything from the terrible past.”
Clearly, the response to that harsh accusation, I should think, is that Mr. Mokovitz apparently learned the most important lesson of all from his suffering–how to forgive. And therein lies the only hope for a lasting and a just peace in the Middle East.
Posted on 10. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Seven: Yesterday, Elik Elhanan, whose sister was killed by a suicide bomber, informs me that the commandment most frequently repeated in the Old Testament is to provide hospitality to the stranger. Interestingly, it is a divine command that compels Elik the atheist to resist the inhospitality exhibited by the Israelis to thousands of Palestinian “strangers.” Yet, millions of theists turn a blind eye to this injustice against those whom the biblical commands us to love. It is the atheist who is getting it right and we purported Christians who blithely keep getting it wrong. The irony is almost too heavy to bear.
Posted on 09. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Six: Lynne Hybels, wife of Willow Creek pastor, Bill Hybels, invited us to join about 30 close friends and church leaders in her home. Looking at Sami Awad, to her right, she tells the group in her living room, “I want to introduce you to my hero.” This is real. You can feel it in her tone and see it in her eyes. After spending a week with him, I understand what she is saying. It’s not every day you hang out with a man who stands in front of tanks and bulldozers with nothing in his hands but faith, hope and love.
Posted on 05. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Four: We have driven through the night from New York City and arrive at our hotel in Arlington, Virginia at around 3:00am. Not the most pleasant hour to arrive in a new town. The air conditioning on the bus was set on maximum overdrive and I had nothing with which to ward off the persistent gales of hyper-cooled air. Not a whole lot of rest this trip. What is worse, we have all of 3 hours before we need to rouse ourselves and put on our “game gear” to travel across town to the National Press Club in Washington, D. C. so Sami Awad can be interviewed by the Middle East Broadcasting Corp.