Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 18:29

Olive trees : keeping hope alive

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In a pot outside our back door stands a thin little tree.   It is about 4 ft high and looks far too weak to carry its burden of inherited history, supposedly representing wisdom, peace, prosperity and happiness.  

To support the Palestinian farmers, we have for 7 years made a collection at Abbey URC so that olive trees, destroyed to expand illegal Israeli settlements and bypass roads, can be replaced with new saplings. and demonstrate Palestinian land.

Our collection this last Christmas amounted to £811.25; enough to provide 55 plants. Coved-19 has and will restrict the groups of people from several countries who help the farmers plant the trees, and the manager of the Joint Advocacy Initiative in Beit Sahour tells us that the trees we have sponsored will be planted later in the season.  He sends his thanks to us for expressing solidarity with Palestinian growers and for ‘Keeping Hope Alive’, which is the title of the olive tree campaign.  I have a few calendars and leaflets left for anyone interested.  Please let Geoff know should you wish either.   

Israel/Palestine has been our choice for the URC 'Commitment for Life'   for several years.  The coffee refreshment money after Sunday worship, together with donations from those who keep money jars or boxes, resulted in £303.42 for the 2020 total.   With many thanks.

Jennifer and Geoff P

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