Time flies and the world around us is changing fast. Both the challenges that we face and the opportunities that come our way continue to increase. The following is a quick recap of what has happened in the last 8 months.
Our last post on this website was in September 2016. Since then, Sondos started working full-time in a local hospital as a chaplain while studying for her Masters degree. She is able to help people from all kinds of faith background or no faith at all. Michal went into writing-mode after her trip to Indonesia to work on her PhD dissertation and is nearing the finish line for that. All this has meant that neither of us has had much time or energy to continue writing for this website- which is sad for us, because we greatly enjoy it!
However, what has not changed is our commitment to grassroots Muslim-Christian peace-building. In the Spring of 2016, the volunteer work we do to bring people of both faiths together really grew with several large events and people from neighboring cities asking us to come start something similar where they live. So the Summer was spent strategizing how we can maximize our time and better help others start similar initiatives so the work would not fall squarely on our shoulders, but could continue to grow.
Besides continuing the local grassroots organizing, speaking engagements, winning peace awards, and peace trainings, together with our two favorite mentors in this work, we started a 9-month leadership course for Muslim and Christian volunteers that are ready to head up the work in their local cities. We are now nearing the end of the first year of this course, and it has been exciting to see the grassroots initiatives that have come out of it. A few of the trainees have moved across the United States and even to other parts of the world and are using what they learned to start similar work there.
Although at times we may get impatient or overwhelmed with the great need for the work that needs to be done to help more Muslims and Christians understand and truly love each other, we know that it is ultimately only possible with the guidance coming from God.
Thus, as our own circumstances and the world around us may have changed in the last 8 months, our commitment to do God’s will for our lives has only increased. We are so grateful for the way He continues to guide us and look forward to what is next!
We pray many more people both locally, nationally, and around the world will catch the vision of the need for us to address missunderstandings and be a blessing to a hurting world around us.