On any given day, a Google search for the word “Israel” or “Palestine” will invariably lead to headlines about war, terrorism or military strikes, painting a grim picture of a hostile territorial fight that Americans usually only see through the lens of news camera.
Growing up in Ramallah, a city in the Palestinian territories that sits about 10 miles from Jerusalem, Terry Ahwal witnessed one atrocity after another.
A Palestinian Christian, Terry was born in 1956, and at the time, the city was 95 percent Christian; however the number of Christians has decreased drastically.
Father Bill Turner shares his Holy Land experience
You have a passion for the Holy Land. Can you tell us about your involvement in Bethlehem?
First of all, I see the Holy Land as our mother Church – it is where the Church began. I always felt there was some deeper personal connection as well, but I didn’t know what it was until I had my DNA checked and discovered that I am 15 percent Arabic! As a Canon of the Holy Sepulchre, I belong to the Jerusalem Church as well as the Diocese of Lansing. Bethlehem is part of that Church.
Deacon Greg Hall, who helped liberate the miners, talked to FAITH
“I kept thinking, ‘What would I do if that was my brother down there?’” says Deacon Greg Hall. “My faith affected the job. We realized the chance of being successful was very small. It was a job that had never been done before. It technologically could not be done. We were going to need the hand of God to be with us.”
As vice president of mission integration for Genesys, a Catholic health system in Flint, Andy Kruse gets to mix his faith with his career. He says, “I am not sure if I pursued the job or the job pursued me.”