by Elli Atchison, World Vision
While the Holy Land was again experiencing acts of violence and terror, a varied group of people gathered in a church in Orlando, Florida.
- men and women,
- people of color and whites,
- Christians, Muslims, and Jews,
- Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians,
- Pastors and an Imam,
- a CEO and unemployed,
- children and elderly,
- people from all walks of life,
- most of them strangers with only one thing in common
They were all seeking a word of HOPE for a land that is often characterized as hopeless.
This gathering was one of the final stops on a two-week “Hope for the Holy Land” tour that traveled across the United States, discussing what it means to be Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice, and Pro-Jesus. The diverse group in Orlando all joined together in prayer before listening to the perspectives shared by the three keynote speakers. Read more
Organization Highlight: Holy Land Trust
The conflict gives rise to a wide range of perspectives and opinions. Whether individuals represent a particular political identity, nation or ideology; be they Muslim, Christian, or Jew, one thing many people agree on is that this is the “Holy Land.”
The verb “to trust” is the foundation of any relationship that seeks to move things forward, especially during challenging times; without trust there is no future. The word trust is also taken from “trustee,” meaning to hold on to something, guard it and care for it.
Combining these two concepts, the name “Holy Land Trust” projects the belief that the Holy Land belongs to no particular group of people, but to the Creator of all. It is sacred to all humanity, and as trustees of this land, we are its caretakers. We carry a responsibility to maintain it, nurture it, and see it prosper. Read more