For over 8 months, my wife and I had the privilege to live in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the place where the Lord Jesus Christ was born. We were there from approximately April 2013 to January 2014 with a couple excursions out of country during that time. We were volunteering at the Diyar Consortium, a Lutheran-based cultural organization, who’s goal is to give the Palestinian people abundant life through community building, development and outreach. We really got to experience first-hand the beauty of both Palestinian culture and Israeli culture. But since we spent the bulk of our time in Palestine, we primarily got to experience Arab culture daily.
It was so wonderful. We never knew how truly beautiful the culture was… the hospitality, the food, the language and the deep-seeded importance of family. We were blessed to have formed life-long friendships, to have heard intimate stories of life on both sides of the wall, to have worshiped every week with the Palestinian Christians and to have become part of many families there. It was really hard to leave, but a big chunk of our hearts will always be there.
I could go on for hours about our time there… but to get a better idea of our day-to-day and the wonderful people we got to live and love with, visit our blog here: Living to Love
As far as this photography blog goes, I wanted to showcase a little bit of what life looks like there and what one might see if they were to visit: the people, the streets, the religious parts, the countryside, the churches, the art, and aspects of the complicated political situation.