Shalom and Salaam

The City of Peace; an admirable ideological aspiration. Yet in reality Jerusalem hosts perhaps the most conflicted, warring peoples of the world today. It is easy to either fall in love with Jerusalem or to be driven away by the chaos and conflict. I for one have fallen in love, primarily on account of this:

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Yet although the city has a lot to offer in way of food and souvenirs, there is little peace to be had by anyone. Too often beautiful views, homes, and lives are separated by division and hate.

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But people press on, always hoping for better days to come;when they can all experience the peace they hope for.

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                                 We are hoping to bring these thoughts of hope and peace to the lives of people here in the West Bank and facilitate them through our music. Yesterday we met with Reem, director of Al-Mada, where we will be volunteering for a couple days. Al Mada, is a NGO that uses music and music therapy for social and developmental changes. You can read more about them here. We are excited to begin working there this coming Monday and begin speaking into young lives.

Since we don’t start workshops until Monday we decided today would be a good day to do some sight seeing before we become busy with the music workshops. We spent some time in the Old City of Jerusalem, meandering around and taking in the sights and smells. Although it was Saturday, (the Jewish holy day) and some tourist sights were closed, we were still able to see some of the main attractions. We hope to return soon to see some of the sights we were not able to see today.

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The Western (Wailing) Wall

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In front of the garden tomb

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                                                                                                                                                                                Some of the time was spent deciding which way to go. Yet in the end we ended up where we were supposed to be all the while, in the City of Peace, striving to bring hope and healing through playing music and building relationships. We are excited to be on this journey and to share it with you!

Peace,

John

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