Twitchy computer access affected blog posting while in Palestine, but
it seems to have ended up on my profile page. So, if you're interested in
the rest of the planting information, please go to my profile page and
We spent our first day with the Keep Hope Alive program touring Bethlehem, including the views from Shepherd's Field of both the newer Palestinian apartments, and the increasing expansion of Har Homa and the wall around the last hillside in the valley. Baha from the Joint Advocacy Initiative for the Olive Tree Planting Program is a wonder! We then traveled to various parts of the greater Bethlehem communities, including parts of Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and the surround hills. We walked the group of 32 of us through Bethlehem along the contours of the Wall, and then went to visit two of the refugee camps, one by bus and one on foot. Our planting group includes people from Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and a group of 6 of us from the USA.
Tonight the group met at the YMCA in Beit Sahour to study Kairos Palestine, and I have given Joint Advocacy Initiative one of the copies of our Kairos study for their library. The UCC is coming this week to talk about Kairos with the executive committee of Kairos Palestine.
Tomorrow we go to the muddy fields to plant for the first time. It's cold and rainy and damp, but our spirits are high!