Julia Fisher talks to Labib Madanat. He is from a Jordanian family but spent much of his life living in Jerusalem. After studying in Iraq, he gave up what could have been a lucrative career in irrigation to become Director of the Palestinian Bible Society. That was several years ago. Today he is Director of Bible Society work in the Middle East and oversees teams of both Palestinian and Jewish believers. We met recently in the Alliance Church in Jerusalem, built in 1890. It is strategically placed in the city and has played an important role over the years as Labib now explains.
Our aim is to build bridges… To build bridges of understanding and support, in a spirit of reconciliation, between believers (both Jewish and Arab) in the Holy Land (Israel and the Palestinian Areas) and Christians worldwide.