Open Doors: Ministry among Arab Christians in Israel
A new and unusual door opened for us to minister among Arab Christians in Israel. The precious brothers and sisters we met live in a difficult place. There are roughly 3.9 million Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, less than 2% of them are Christians. Among these Christians, only 3% are Evangelical. We were privileged to preach in two Arab churches and received a warm and loving reception from everyone. There are two well-established Bible Colleges among the Arabs in Israel, one in Bethlehem and one in Nazareth. It was inspiring to sit with Dr. Jack Sara of Bethlehem Bible College and Dr. Azar Ajaj of Nazareth Bible College. These men are working to train up the next generation of godly Palestinian leaders.
Much thanks to our friends, Pastor Ken Koontz and Pastor Duane Jarman for helping us make these strategic connections. We have been invited to return and believe that God will allow us to do that in the future. We were also able to spend some meaningful time with Doctors Alex and Lena Kravtsov, who lead a Messianic Congregation in Haifa, Israel.