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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Catalysts for peacemaking, especially where minorities are persecuted, where justice is denied, human rights are suppressed or reconciliation is needed.

Keep Hope Alive

One of the Five Marks of Mission widely adopted as an expression of contemporary Christian mission is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”. It has been a delight therefore to participate in the Keep Hope Alive, olive planting project organised by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA\YWCA and the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) with 21 internationals from Denmark, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. A total of 12,000 olive tree saplings were funded by international donors this year.

The program included planting internationally-sponsored olive trees in Palestinian fields, with Palestinian families, that are under high threat of confiscation due to the Israeli colonies (settlements) expansion, israeli apartheid wall, settlers' bypass roads, or Palestinian farmers facing difficulties maintaining their land due to the frequent settlers' attacks. Hence, the presence of internationals was not only to provide physical support, but also to provide protective presence, show solidarity to the farmers' families in order to Keep their Hope Alive.

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The Jahalin Bedouin

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, director of Jahalin Solidarity campaigns for the Bedouin community of Al Khan Alahmar in the Wadi Kelt region. Overlooked by the illegal Israeli colony of Kfar Adumim and facing a demolition order as well as occasional settler attacks, the 35 families seek to live and prosper on their historic lands they have lived on as refugees since 1952. Their school is made of mud and rubber tyres. Find out how you can become an advocate for the bedouin.

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EAPPI in Palestine

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme are seeking participants for our Human Rights Programme in Palestine and Israel in 2020. EAPPI have asked Peacemaker Trust to help identify individuals who might be interested in applying. EAPPI provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation. Based in the West Bank and Israel in 2020 for 3 months’ service. Expenses covered and living allowance + benefits offered. For more information and to download an application pack please see:

Garth Hewitt on Refugees

Has Brexit had an impact on British attitudes toward refugees and asylum seekers? That’s a question I put to Canon Garth Hewitt, troubadour, gospel singer and protest song writer. Garth was also until recently, a trustee of Peacemakers. Visit Garth Hewitt’s website

Asylum Seekers and Refugees 

SWVG are a group of volunteers who befriend and support adult asylum seekers and refugees in the Southampton area. I am presently undergoing training to become a visitor. SWVG seek to improve the lives of asylum seekers in the Southampton area and support those that are destitute. 

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Rise up Together for Justice: Kumi

Sabeel Jerusalem, in partnership with many international organisations, have launched an initiative called Kumi Now – Each week the Kumi Now project will highlight a different organisation working to raise awareness about specific issues in Israel-Palestine, provide information about an issue of injustice through the stories of those effected, and promote a creative nonviolent advocacy action. I have contributed a chapter on Morally Responsible Investment and another on Christian Zionism. 

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Book Aid

Carl from Book Aid collecting another 15 boxes of donated bibles and theological books from around Hampshire. Since 1988 over 30 million Christian Books and Bible have been shipped to book hungry areas thanks to the generosity of British Christians.

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Future Projects

God willing, I will be in the USA on a lecture tour in March, assisting with an exhibition stand at Spring Harvest in April and returning to Rwanda to help train pastors and youth leaders in May. Your prayers appreciated. More news next month.

Please Support Peacemakers

Peacemaker Trust is a faith ministry. By the grace of God, we are entirely dependent on your prayers, advocacy and financial support.

We are thankful that 70% of this year's budget is already pledged or funded. However, we need to raise a further £14,000 to respond to the opportunities and requests received to assist with projects in China, Iran, Palestine, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda later this year.

Please consider making a one-off gift or regular monthly donation. To give regularly, please download a standing order form and return to your bank. 

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