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Friday, February 28, 2014

Project Tamimi family, Israel

Beautiful day in Jerusalem
In the picture on the left you see Naem and Faten Tamimi. We came in contact with them through a dear sister in a church in Germany. She has helped ans supported them for years and she asked if we were willing to visit this family and encourage them. So, here we are, enjoying a beautiful day at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Naem was born in a Palestinian Muslim family in Jerusalem and Faten in an Arab Christian family in Bethlehem. Their different back grounds could not keep them from falling in love, and against all odds they decided to marry. Over the years they were blessed with five healthy children. A romantic story, right? But there is more...

Naem and Faten did not do much with the faith of their parents, but several years ago they both came to a living faith in Jesus Christ. We do not want to go into details on this blog, but their decision lead to problems in their families and neighborhood.

After an accident Naem lost his job and at the moment he works only a few days per week, doing jobs here and there. That is not enough to provide for his family. He would like to make extra hours (and income) as a cab driver. He has all the necessary paper work to do this, all he need is a good reliable second hand car. He is looking out for an affordable car (for example a 7-seater Skoda) that can serve as a family car as well. 

The family wants (and needs) to move to another neighborhood in Jerusalem in the near future, but they do not have the money at the moment. We would love to help them. Why? Because we believe that we should help each other as believers. In the Middle East political and religious relationships are very complicated. But really, we would like to keep it simple :) It is the faith in Jesus Christ that binds people together and that brings peace, whether you have a Jewish, Arab, Palestinian or Gentile background! We need each other now more then ever.

We would be really grateful if you decided to stand with us and help this family. You can send your gifts to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U, make sure to mention Project Tamimi.

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