The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



January 11, 2009

Global connections through campus ministry

A reflection at the end of the day
January 9, 2009

I had the privilege of sitting with the Mitri Raheb during dinner at the International Center of Bethlehem. Raheb is the pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and is the visionary behind the center.

As we chatted he asked about the pastor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the small neighboring congregation (Pastor Gail Riina, now serving at Syracuse University Campus Ministry and St. James, Amherst). Then he introduced me to Naim Odeh, the administrator of the center's Guest House. He and his two sisters studied in Buffalo and worshipped at St. James with Riina.

Raheb thanked me for the ministry of Riina that he said had helped these three young people become church leaders. All three are now active congregational leaders back at Christmas Lutheran.

When we ask whether our campus ministries make a difference, you should know that they are part of God's work changing lives all around the world.


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