The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Signs and wonders

In Palestine they appear in common schoolrooms

Helicopters, not angels, hovered over Shepherds' Field near Bethlehem this Christmas. Unlike angels, the aircraft didn't deliver messages of divine favor but of fear and the lust to control.

If you want signs of grace and the wonder of God's favor, forget about Bethlehem's skies. Look instead to Bethlehem itself and to the West Bank. There you will find schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine).

Inside these classrooms, a revolution of mind and heart is happening. Three thousand students (6 percent Lutheran, 31 percent Muslim, 61 percent other Christian) are learning to sing the Lord's song amid the din of battle.


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