The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Jadallah Shihadeh

A half-dozen Palestinian boys playfully mob Pastor Jadallah Shihadeh as he walks through the Lutheran Boys' Home in Beit Jala near Bethlehem. He is like a father for many of the boys. He frets about raising money to keep them fed and clothed, writing letters to foreign donors into the wee hours several nights each week.

He also worries about his own children, especially since late October when bullets from Israeli snipers killed his neighbor and crashed through his office — piercing the couch where his daughter, Klara, does her homework.

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