Julia Fisher talks to Nihad Salman – Today we’re in Bethlehem where there is a small evangelical Christian community living amongst a majority Muslim population. Nihad Salman is the pastor of the Emmanuel Evangelical church situated close to Manger Square and the Church of the Holy Nativity built over the place where tradition has it Jesus was born. Nihad has seen his church grow from just a few, to a sizeable congregation. Having seen many Christians leave Bethlehem for a better life in the West over recent years, Nihad is concerned for the children and young people in his church. Recently he organised a church conference to bring the entire church family together for a few days. The day before the conference was due to start, disaster struck as Nihad 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.