John Munayer in Jerusalem

Dear Friends,

This week, please join us in prayer for John Munayer in Jerusalem.

Regarded as a holy city by the Abrahamic faiths, Jerusalem is home to several sites of sacred significance, such as the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and al-Aqsa Mosque. Following the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, Israel annexed West Jerusalem and Jordan annexed East Jerusalem. Since the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel has controlled territories also claimed by Palestine (West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip) and Syria (Golan Heights). Today, both Israel and Palestine regard Jerusalem as their capital. According to 2020 data, 59.9% of Jerusalem’s 951,000 inhabitants are Jewish, 37.2% are Muslim, and 1.7% are Christian. As war between Israel and Hamas rages on in Gaza, where four hostages were rescued and 274 Palestinians killed in a recent raid, please continue to pray for ceasefire and just peace.

 
John is pursuing a PhD in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh (UK). His dissertation proposes a new Palestinian theology rooted in the late Ottoman practices of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The region of Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire from the sixteenth century until the end of WWI. John teaches at Bethlehem Bible College, edits for the Journal of Palestinian Christianity, and works at the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue as Director of International Engagement. Check out John’s 2022 article, co-authored with his brother Samuel, for Studies in World Christianity: “Decolonising Palestinian Liberation Theology: New Methods, Sources, and Voices.” John’s father is Salim Munayer, the 2009 Scholar Leader of the Year.
 
John shares the following message:

Thank you for this prayer initiative. 

The above is a recent picture from Eastern Easter (May 5). I was in one of the processions for personal and research reasons. Easter took on a whole new meaning for me in light of the reality in the Holy Land.   

Prayer Requests

Pray for safety for my family and me amid the war. (We live in Jerusalem.)

Pray for wisdom and steadfastness as I navigate this complicated and difficult period.  

I am involved in many ministries and projects in Israel/Palestine, so please pray for energy to continue, so I do not burn out.

Pray for a ceasefire and for the suffering to end.

Best,

John Munayer

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