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A Letter from Luis Bush

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

We prayed in a garden on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives, very near the spot where Jesus and his disciples came to pray the night of his betrayal. We prayed for peace... for reconciliation... for oneness among Arab Christians and Messianic Jews.

My wife, Doris, and I were in a meeting with a group of believers: Arab ministers of the Gospel, Jordanian and Palistinian Christian leaders, and Messianic Jews. Bishara Awad, founder and president of Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem, had convened the conference in July 1997. Nearly 50 years before, Bishara and his Palestinian family had become refugees after loosing their father to a stray bullet during Israel's fight for statehood.

The 10/40 Window
The 10/40 Window is the region between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude, extending from North Africa through East Asia. It encompasses nearly four billion people, including most of the world's Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.
During the conference, Ilan Zamir, President of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel, had openly shared his struggle to find identity as a Messianic Jew in Israel. Moved by what he had heard, a Jordanian Christian brother called a few of us aside to pray that the peace that can come only through Jesus would rule over this, the biblical heartland of the 10/40 Window.

Out of that conference, and the evening of fervent prayer that ensued, this booklet was born. It is a call to God's people throughout the world to pray with and for their brothers and sisters who live in the heartland of biblical faith. They fervently plead for believers everywhere to join them in praying that Almighty God will bless their homeland with peace; not the politicians' kind of temporary "absense of hostilities," but the true peace that only Jesus Christ can bring.

Luis Bush
International Director
AD2000 & Beyond Movement

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