Yesterday we took a trip with Andrew and Stevie, who are staff workers at the base, to Nablus in the West Bank of Palestine. Tucked away in the back of our Land Rover were some boxes of Jesus videos en route to a new temporary Bible Society book shop right in the heart of Nablus. Nablus has a military imposed curfew from 6pm to 6am, and its government buildings have been bombed voraciously by jets and bullet-ridden by tanks and artillary. Many surrounding villages have had their access roads blocked off by large mounds of dirt to keep the people from driving out. Nablus is the biggest city in West Bank and many terrorists have originated from here including some from the recent attacks. We had to go through a couple of military checkpoints, showing our passports and answering various questions such as,”Why are you going there?” to which we would reply, “We are touring the Holy Land!”
With funny looks on their faces they would ask again, “Are you sure you want to go there? If you want to go there I won’t stop you.”
Its not exactly quality treatment for the Palestinians at these checkpoints. I’ve noticed an Israeli soldier pushing a Muslim lady back rather hard and telling others to get back away from the post and wait.
We prayed for the book shop together with the shopkeeper after we arrived. He only has a permit to keep the shop open for a month. He hopes to have English teaching held there because there is apparently a huge demand for it. So huge, that the locals don’t care that the textbook is the Word of God. The shopkeepers spirit was definately a strong one, and his prayers showed much faith. Such is necessary for serving the Lord in a place like Nablus.