It’s been a while since our last post, but the last few days have been incredible. Our team just got back from the north of Israel. We spent a night in Haifa and then drove over to the Sea of Galilee. Being at the location where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount was so powerful and beautiful. Our film, “They Shall Be Called,” is based on Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

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The four people we have interviewed for the film are striving to be peacemakers in such a complicated conflict, and they refuse to give up. Over the last few days, we have learned so much about what it means to be a peacemaker through the stories and thoughts they have shared with us. During our second interview with Nachum, he said that it is not about being a peace activist, but it’s all about trying to genuinely love one another. And in order to love others, you must first change your own heart, which requires vulnerability and the process of forgiving the other. Once that happens (which takes time) peace will follow. We got to visit Mohammed in Ramallah (he’s in the 7-minute film), and he talked about the importance of changing within before changing the whole situation. He said that the Palestinians need to learn how to love their direct neighbor, other Palestinians, and then they can learn to forgive Israelis and love them.

The hope the people have here is real, and we’re thankful we get to be a part of what is happening in this region. We truly believe that people like Nachum, Mohammed, Elias and Liat have the power to go against what society teaches and start loving one another, which changes everything.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthinas 13:13.

-Anna

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