The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Revival at Augusta Victoria Hospital

As I paced the hall that day, I never thought that one day you would be running the hospital."

Such was his father's response when Dr. Tawfiq Nasser took administrative leadership of Jerusalem's Augusta Victoria Hospital in January. Neither did Tawfiq's mother envision her newborn son's bassinet being replaced by the desk of the new hospital administrator/chief of operations.

Tawfiq's birth on Aug. 19, 1964, at Augusta Victoria was by his parents' choice--not only because they were Palestinian but because it was the best hospital available to them. They knew the value of the Lutheran World Federation's witness in that institution of Christian service. Nasser's bassinet next to the children of refugees born that same day was prelude to the calling and commitment that brought him back to Augusta Victoria 33 years later.

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