The book is started!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Monday, April 23, 2007

I went to the Ramallah Friends Meeting Sunday morning.  As I sat in the peaceful silence, I felt a sense of all the Palestinian Quakers who used to go to the meeting (it's down to a handful now) and all the Friends School children who attended.  Words started forming in my mind for the first chapter of the book -- so I wrote them down and felt the blessing of the cloud of witnesses upon my writing and my ministry.  What an awesome God we serve! 

Chapter 1

Hope School opened its doors in Ramallah in 1869. Its goal was to educate girls, who up to that date, had no hope for education. This is the story of enduring hope in Ramallah through the Friends Schools.
Then later I began writing about the history -- here's the beginning:

Ramallah, a little Christian village like many others in Palestine, was visited by Eli and Sybil Jones in 1869.  Amazingly, they met Jacob Hishmeh who spoke English.  As they held their meetings for worship and shared the love and hope of Christ, Jacob translated.
Following a preaching meeting for women that Sybil led, she met 15-year-old Miriam Karan on the streets.  Miriam asked if a school for girls could be opened and she volunteered to be the first teacher. As the Jones' left the area to go north to Beirut, they left money with Jacob Hishmeh to open the girl's school with Miriam as teacher.  Hope School opened in August, 1969 with 20 girls.
Friends Schools became pioneers in women's education as they opened four other day schools within four years with 50 girls attending.  For 17 years, Jacob Hishmeh supervised these growing schools, before leaving to go to Jerusalem.....


So Enduring Hope, the book, is becoming words on paper. The interviews are continuing as I collect more data and the inspiration for writing is being supplied. 

Thanks for all your prayers -- keep them coming! 
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