MUSALAHA is the Arabic word for reconciliation. It is also an organization based in Israel that specializes in the reconciliation between Palestinian and Jewish believers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Founded in Jerusalem by Dr. Salim J. Munayer in 1994, Musalaha works with the two communities of believers torn by strife and mistrust and brings them together around their shared faith in Jesus Christ.
Salaam, or Shalom–peace is an elusive thing in Israel and Palestine, but thanks to the work of Musalaha, dividing walls are coming down and communities of trust are being built one person at a time as hearts are touched and lives are recommitted to the message of hope and reconcilliation brought by a shared Saviour.
HOPE has formed an agency agreement with Musalaha to bring hope and healing to hurting individuals in Jesus name and to help bring Christ’s message of reconcilliation to the holy land.
Salim J. Munayer, PhD, Founder of MUSALAHA
HOPE Outreach of Canada recognises that reconciliation is an important biblical theme. Believers are called to be personally reconciled to God, “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Rom. 5:10-12).”
But as His followers, we are also called to be like him in our service, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation (2Cor. 5:17-19).”
HOPE Outreach believes this ministry of reconciliation is vital to the future of the holy land. That is why we have engaged Musalaha to carry out projects specifically targeted to bring Christ’s message of reconciliation to Israelis and Palestinians.
The desert is a place where, biblically, God’s people wrestled with Him and the difficulties in their lives. It was also a place of great spiritual growth and maturity.
Today, Musalaha takes Jewish and Palestinian Arab believers into the desert together to live and worship together; to tear down the walls that divide them so that hopefully by the end of their encounters, they will have made new friends in Christ.
Groups share camel treks, jeep tours, and hiking trips through the deserts of the Sinai, Negev (in Israel), or Jordan. the desert is a uniquely neutral atmosphere, where everyone is in the same position, working together to negotiate the hardships of the desert sun or a stubborn camel. The challenges of survival and cooperation provide an excellent occasion for relationships and open communication. Each trip has been a unique experience of cultural and spiritual discovery.
Desert Encounter with Musalaha
Women of Aboud
Through this 2016 HOPE Outreach project, Palestinian women are receiving leadership training which will equip them with the tools necessary for becoming agents of change in their own society, as well as provide them with a framework for meeting with Israeli women on equal footing. It will also equip them for organizing and implementing community development projects that help bring about change in the local communities.
Because of cultural bias, often women are restricted in the educational and occupational options available to them. Thus training is essential. It is also unique in that it not only trains women for work in reconciliation activities, but it also brings Palestinian women together in a framework where they can be challenged and grow together on a local level that will equip them to become reconcilers on a national level.
Canada – October 2012
Dr. Munayer visits Canada periodically to share the story of Musalaha’s ministry, to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the conflict and more specifically, ways to address reconciliation. He has taped two interviews with Crossroads Communications – one of which you can view below.