Doing it Wounded in South Carolina

Posted by on May 3, 2018

Doing it Wounded in South Carolina

“Great to meet you, we’re pumped to be here tonight with you guys!” “Good to meet you too, we’re excited to have you…” the youth leader paused, glanced down at my left arm, and then at the small pedal-board I was carrying in my right hand, “So…ahh, is that all you’ve got tonight – like for instruments?” “Oh, this?  Yeah, here’s the thing…” That’s how the conversation had started two hours...

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Taking a Stand in South Carolina

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018

Taking a Stand in South Carolina

“Hey man what’s up? How are you doing?” The young man lifted his eyes and gave me a once over, then nodded in my direction. “Sup. Doin’ pretty good.” He was slouching in a worn blue hoodie with his hands pressed into the pockets of his dark jeans, and I would’ve said that his expression was skeptical without being malicious. Not a bad start, actually, but now came the potentially awkward part....

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What Really Went Down in Bethlehem – Kailah’s Version

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

What Really Went Down in Bethlehem – Kailah’s Version

“I think tonight might actually end up being more of a children’s event than a youth event…” My dad and I were stepping off the stage after a soundcheck in the West Bank. “Really?” I looked around the room and noticed a few little kids climbing up the giant BMX ramp that our team had spent the afternoon setting up in the center of the event hall. He might be...

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A Crisis of Conscience in Jerusalem

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018

A Crisis of Conscience in Jerusalem

I was doing everything in my power to appear calm, collected, and confident. But internally I was fighting a war. We were minutes away from taking the stage in the heart of Jerusalem for an historic collaboration between the Christian and Orthodox Jewish communities, and I was deeply conflicted. Not about the collaboration – that was the thrilling part.  Gifted speakers and musicians had...

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Four Bullets in Bethlehem

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018

Four Bullets in Bethlehem

“When the people in my city learned that I was a Palestinian who was a Christian and also believed in God’s plan for the Jewish people, many people became very angry…” A few of the small crowd of Americans seated in the large, white-tiled meeting room in the West Bank shifted in their chairs and the room went still. “But God gives me strength, and I MUST proclaim the message of the new life that...

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