This Friday, Carl Medearis is hosting a video conference call with Sami Awad – one of the true Palestinian leaders of peace and reconciliation.
And you are invited to join in.
I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Sami over the last couple years, both in Palestine and here in America, and I can honestly say that there is NO ONE I respect more in terms of actual peacemaking. No one. People refer to him as the “Palestinian MLK” or the “Palestinian Gandhi”…and I think they’re absolutely right.
Here’s what Carl has to say about Sami and this Friday’s conversation:
I first met Sami Awad several years ago while taking some friends to Israel and Palestine. We were visiting with the President of Bethlehem Bible College. And it just so happens that the founder and President of BBC is Bishara Awad – Sami’s father.
A short backstory for context. At this point we had already left Lebanon and were living back here in Colorado. We had worked with Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon for years. I saw their misery. Felt their pain. Also experienced their anger – often unbridled and unreasonable anger.
I would say to them “You know how much we love you and are with you, but for every stone you throw and every outburst you show, you set your cause back for living a normal life by ten years. What you need is a Palestinian Gandhi type figure. Someone who will love their enemy through non-violent actions. Where is that man?”
So when I met Sami on that day in 2006 in Bethlehem, I cried. Like a baby. Wept. Broke down. Here was the man I had dreamed of and prayed for. Here was a Palestinian – living in the West Bank – who said things like “More than a two-state solution, what Palestinians need is equality. Freedom. And that comes from within them, not from the outside.”
He said, “If my enemies are Israelis, and Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies’ than I have to ask myself how I’m doing with that.”
But the clincher in this new friendship was when I heard he had traveled to the Nazi death camps for ten days – “To feel the pain of the Israelis.” He understood that if he was going to love his enemies, truly love them – or as he says “Become one with them as you would love your spouse”, then he had to understand them. Including the pain of their history. He spent the night in a gas chamber. He wept where they had wept. And it changed him forever.
Today he will be meeting with President Obama – hopefully personally. Sami knows that the Israelis are hurt. That they react to the Palestinians out of the pain of their history. “Never again” is the cry of the broken Jewish hearts. And “who better to heal their wounds then their neighbors – us” says Sami. Amazing.
This is who we will be talking with on Video this Friday at noon Mountain Time. You will be changed by that conversation if you join in with us.
There is a small fee to make this possible. And the only reason we are charging you for these conversations, is that it’s costing us a lot of money to host them and we’re trying to come close to break-even. This is the first of our monthly calls with people of this caliber, and these live calls are available exclusively to our premium subscribers at Middle East Experience.
So, here’s what you need to do.
2. You will then receive instructions via e-mail before Friday on how to join the live call. Follow the instructions.
Carl & Chris