On Monday morning I had the privilege of meeting with a church leader who seeks to serve a diocese which spans five countries facing so many troubles and conflicts that it is often difficult to know where to begin our praying.
The Most Revd Bishop Suheil Salman Dawani (centre in the picture, our Synod Clerk Revd Brian Jolly on the left) is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in January and the 14th Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem in 2007. He was born in Nablus, West Bank in 1951 and is married to Shafeeqa Fu'ad Massad; they have three daughters, Sama, Tala, and Luban.
As Diocesan Bishop, Archbishop Dawani serves the 27 parishes spread through the five political regions of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. He also chairs the Boards of more than thirty education and healthcare institutions spread throughout the five countries of the Diocese, including Gaza. The diocesan schools, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation and vocational training centres provide the best possible services while reaching out to assist those who cannot afford to pay for services and strengthening the Christian presence in this region.
Please continue to pray for:
- those indigenous churches who work with some of the poorest in these biblical lands
- the work for peace and reconciliation
- those of all faiths (and none) who jostle side by side in these lands, that they may seek the common welfare of all people
- the crisis faced with refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, and all those churches and organisations seeking to provide emergency and long term aid