The following email came to the UMNC this morning from Hope Secondary School, a high school on the West Bank where Dr. Melissa Tolene Rura worked during the summer of 1998. Our hearts and prayers go out to them right now. Please pray with us.
From Hope School:
We here at Hope School are very concerned about the situation in this land. Although we are safe here and far from the danger, we grieve for the people on both sides who are suffering. On Thursday, July 17, at 6:00 pm local time, we want to host a prayer service at Hope School. We have invited Christian leaders from many denominations to join us in prayer for peace.
This is our prayer:
“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Lord, let your Spirit enter into the hearts of those in the Holy Land and be a lamp unto their feet and a light to the path of peace in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
May we ask you to join together with us as we pray for peace in the Holy Land? If you feel you can support us in prayer, please respond to this email so we can include you as a participant in the service.
Following is a note from the Chairman of the Hope School Board:
Hope this email finds you well in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amid this gloomy situation prevailed in the Holy Land, we need your prayers to bring peace and calmness for the innocent people. We need your prayers for Hope school and all those who live in the Holy Land.
Please find the link below.
God Bless you
Hope School Staff
Another update from Hope School:
“The situation in the Holy Land is getting worse; violence between Israelis and Palestinians is escalating subsequent the mutual kidnapping and killing of innocent people. This is a new kind of war, “the war of kidnapping” where the victims are always innocent people.
This week, Israel and Hamas escalated their military confrontation, with Israel carrying out extensive air attacks on Gaza, in response to heavy rocket fire and authorizing a major call-up of army reserves preparing for an extended campaign against militants in Gaza.
At Hope school, we have nothing to do but to pray for Almighty God to bring back peace and calmness to the area. We believe that God is protecting our guests, children and premises. On the other hand, our programs and activities went regularly at this point and everybody is doing his work without interruption. We trust : God is with us, protecting us, blessing us and responding to our needs for “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13 ”