The Recent Olive Tree Meeting
Speaker: Nihad Salman
The pastor of Immanuel Evangelical Church Bethlehem
Nihad shares his story and bring news about the small group of evangelical Christians still living in Bethlehem and the West Bank.
The latest Olive Tree meeting
Speaker:Evan & Maala Thomas
Evan and Maala Thomas live in Netanya, Israel where Evan is pastor of Beit Asaph Messianic congregation. He is a good friend of the OTRF and one of our advisors. As well as being a well respected Messianic leader in Israel, he is also a brave voice in the area of reconciliation, always ready to go the ‘extra mile’ in order to build relationships with Arab and Palestinian Christians. Reconciliation is an area that is often misunderstood and sometimes heavily criticised. Evan has shown time and time again that he is not afraid to put his reputation on the line in order to stand shoulder to shoulder with his Palestinian brothers and sisters whilst at the same time not compromising on Biblical truths about Israel and the Jewish people.
The previous meeting – Labib Madanat
The Inaugural Olive Tree Meeting – Speaker: Labib Madanat
Listen here to the recording
Labib Madanat is not only the director of Bible Society work in the Middle East (overseeing the work of both the Jewish BS and Palestinian BS in Israel/West Bank), he is also a close friend and advisor to the OTRF and a man who (unusually) genuinely carries God’s heart for the region for both Jewish people and Palestinian/Arab people. He describes himself as a Palestinian.
Labib’s parents are Jordanians.
He was brought up in the Old City of Jerusalem (where his father was a pastor) and lived there for most of his life before moving to live in Amman, Jordan a couple of years ago. He speaks fluent Arabic, Hebrew, English and German. He is a passionate evangelist and loves sharing his faith particularly with Jewish people because, as he says, ‘I get their full attention!’ He and his wife Carolyn are also involved in helping refugees who are fleeing Syria into camps in northern Jordan. So he is a man with his finger on the pulse.