Books Not Bombs to the Middle East
Faithful America, the online peacemaking program of the National Council of Churches, USA,
is launching a campaign through Church World Service to buy school supplies for Lebanese children. School as it has previously been known will probably not resume for Lebanese children for some time, but Church World Service is partnering with the Middle East Council of Churches to give as much a semblance of sanity and order to these children’s lives as possible. (I only hope for similar campaigns for the children of the Gaza Strip who are continuing to suffer while global attention is focused on Lebanon.) While this may seem like a small action amidst the spiral of violence, I believe all creative campaigns like this should be supported. These are “creative transforming initiatives” for peace as my mentor, Glen Stassen is fond of saying. You can read more about the program
and take action to support it here: http://www.faithfulamerica.org/article.php?id=78
and, if you have an mp3 player, you can listen to the conversation between Faithful America’s Vince Isner and Aline Papazian, a Lebanese relief worker with the Middle East Council of Churches here: http://www.cyprop.com/faithfulamerica/alinecall.mp3 .
Dear God who blesses peacemakers and not warriors, help us find ways to be peacemakers, now.
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