“As the people of Palestine face their worst time without yet a just peace, the 2 percent who are Christians [there] are impelled by the gospel to be ministers of reconciliation, brokers of a just peace and apostles of love," said Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan.
Younan spoke to 75 Lutherans at a "Witness and Mission" conference July 4-6 in Bethlehem.
Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, told participants that the "unique" witness of Lutherans is crucial in Palestine. "We preach the good news of Jesus Christ with the power to transform the people here, who need to see themselves as actors, not spectators," he said.
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