Peace. Love. Joy. Hope. During this holiday season we reflect on how the flame of a small lamp and the birth of a helpless child reveal the power and intention of God’s presence in the world.
But in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, many are struggling to find reasons to celebrate. Today, the cycle of fear, hatred and violence is worse than ever. Furthermore, since our programs this summer, the world has changed. Syria’s countless refugees and the recent string of terrorist attacks remind us that the conflicts plaguing the Middle East now affect everyone, everywhere.
Jerusalem Peacebuilders works to promote peace instead of violence, love not hate, joy over fear, and hope in the midst of despair. In spite of recent events, we remain committed to advancing peace and reconciliation among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land and beyond.
To this end, we have already begun organizing new programs in Jerusalem, New Haven, Houston and Brattleboro. With the help of our partners Kids4Peace and Camp Allen, these programs will bring together newly arrived refugees to practice interfaith citizenship, as well as empower adult and teenaged Americans, Israelis and Palestinians to become leaders and peace-builders.
But we need you to stand with us. Give the Gift of Peace this season by investing in the work of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Be the Love, share the Joy, send the Hope that reveals the power and intention of God, and you will change lives.
Donation cheques should be payable to “Camp Allen” and sent to Jerusalem Peacebuilders, 3300 Chimney Rock, Suite 301, Houston, TX 77056. Please designate “JPB” in the cheque memo-line. Our operational partner, Camp Allen, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible (EIN 74-6016479).
Peace. Love. Joy. Hope. By your generosity this season, may you fill your home and homes in Jerusalem and beyond with these blessings.
Nicholas and Dorothy Porter
Co-Founders, Jerusalem Peacebuilders