Food, glorious food…

August 1, 2010

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The Abdinnours are wonderful hosts and, in my last night in the Holy Land, they took me to Pasha’s Restaurant in East Jerusalem.

The table was loaded from a magic tray – the food just seemed to keep on coming!

And, like a fool, I ate my fill…. only to be asked what I wanted for my main course. The main course, which I won’t even attempt to spell, consisted of what looked like a whole lamb atop a ton of rice.

Delicious… and finished off with a hubbly-bubbly.

A great end to a satisfying, but tiring, fortnight.

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All done

August 1, 2010

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The car is loaded with the leftover snacks, the laptops, screen, projector and other resources.

The coaches are due shortly and I have been presented with a lovely memento of my time with Kids4Hope and Youth4Hope.

I just hope and pray that funding is available from somewhere to maintain these valuable programmes that seek to strengthen the skills base of the young people who are part of the Christian minority in the land where our shared faith began. God bless them all.


And now, the end is near…

August 1, 2010

Not eschatologically speaking of course or, rather, I hope!

It’s the last day of the camp. Breakfast has been had – and there are one or two young people who are feeling the effects of dancing into the early hours.

Moving from here requires 3 coaches… one for the German group who are continuing their visit with a few days in Galilee. One for the West Bankers to get them to Bethlehem bus station so that they can catch local transport to Ramallah, Zebabdeh and other West Bank villages and one bound for Jerusalem for those few folk with a Jerusalem ID – and me!

It’s been a good camp, although it has suffered from falling between 2 stools: training and cross-cultural encounter but, nonetheless, the young people will return to wherever they are from knowing a bit more about life in another part if the world, and with friends there.

For me there are meetings to finalise plans for the September FURY visit and to look at what Youth4Hope might try to develop over thd next 12 months….