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United Methodist Missionary in the West Bank, Palestine, and Israel

Dec 30, 2004
A New Assignment -- Tonga

Great Books (Imm Mathilda & Thru Eyes of Victims)
The Israeli Security / Apartheid Wall
100% Tsunami Assistance

Casey at Christmas[Bergton, Virginia] Since my last update, I've been given a new place of assignment -- Tonga. I don't know much about it yet, but I'm excited about serving the community in the South Pacific. I'll be leaving in a couple of weeks, so I guess I'll have to start packing -- and cleaning up the mess I have left around mom's house. I'll continue to update this site with frequent information about life in the Kingdom of Tonga.

I hope your Christmas was fantastic! It was my first Christmas home in three years, and it was so great to spend it with my family. (If you can't be in Bethlehem for Christmas, it sure is nice to be home.) I especially liked opening gifts with my niece and nephews. I'm not sure if Casey (age 4) or I had the most fun. It was nice to get together with relatives on both sides of the family.

But of course it was impossible to celebrate Christmas without my thoughts going back to my friends in the community around Bethlehem. More

 

The tragic news of the many victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean has been on my mind a lot. I sure don't have answers as to why these things happen, but I'd like to try to do something to support the devasted communities that survive. Our church has an excellent program for assisting the people in need. One hundred percent of your gift goes to relief and recovery efforts. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has a website that can receive your donations:

http://www.methodistrelief.org

Peace Action :

Nassar Land Case

It's a good idea to keep folks who make important decisions updated on how you feel about various issues. Write them a note.

Fact :

Intifada
Palestinian
Israeli
Children Killed
480
104

67% of Palestinian children live below the poverty line.

38% of Palestinian children are anemic.

23% of Palestinian students and 36% of teachers are unable to get to school on any given day.

(from UNICEF, printed in Ha'aretz, Dec 1, 2003)

Israeli Municipal Policies
(Palestinian) East Jerusalem
(Israeli) West Jerusalem
Swimming Pools
0
36
Playgrounds
2
1,451


(from JCSER Fact Sheet on Municipal Services, 2002)

Bob MayBeautiful and historic Palestine is my current place of assignment. I live and serve in the West Bank. My service includes working for peace and humanitarian organizations. I focus on enabling and empowering the local community -- sharing technology skills, teaching classes, developing websites, and documenting life here. I'll try to post things in Bethlehem that are not being covered in the international news. Daily life in Palestine (for both me and Palestinians), routines, problems, work, fun, friends, etc. I just tell it like I see it. Feel free to share or copy any material from this site.
Peace, Bob

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