Sunday, October 14, 2012

In the beginning...

I have had a deeply-abiding interest in the Palestine/Israel “conflict” since visiting there with a United Methodist study group in 2008.  It was an incredibly eye-opening experience, and I came home determined to do whatever I could to share what I had learned.  At the same time, I have been looking for a way to serve – to give back for the many blessings I have received in my life.  When I learned about the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), it seemed like a good "fit" for their needs and my abilities.  You can read more about EAPPI on the sidebar to this blog, and on their websites ( and

I will take my first step on this journey later this week when I travel to New York for Volunteer in Mission training with the United Methodist Church.  Later, I will receive additional training with EAPPI in Washington, D.C. and Jerusalem.

In the meantime, I ask for prayers (or "good thoughts" if you aren't religious).  I also ask that you continue reading this blog - or, better yet, subscribe -  and spread the word about it.  Finally, if you wish to make a financial contribution, you can send a check to First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, OR 97201.  Please put "EAPPI" on the message line so it will be credited to me.  

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1 comment:

  1. Hello Dee, Marie here. I think & pray for your continued success to follow your dreams, as I have for years! Thank you for your courage to commit to that in which you believe. I've been looking for T/Darbys & Your Email. Thank you for the Email I received today. Stay well. As always, you remain in our prayers.Your Sister, MarieTam