Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd-24th, 2015 First Lutheran we will have a special opportunity to view products and creations in wood created by the hands of Christian artisans in and around the Holy Land. The Rishmawi Family has been designated as the representative for these wonderful Christian artisans and are authorized to show their olive wood carvings.
The tradition of Olive wood carvings in the Holy Land has been handed down from father to son since the 12th century. Due to the difficulties the last few years in the Middle East, tourism has been dramatically reduced and these folks have suffered greatly. This is causing the Christian community to immigrate to different countries leaving the Christian population at 2% today from 25% ten years ago.
You are invited to visit their display tables and view some of the finest handcrafts available from the Holy Land. You can also view these beautiful items On-Line @ http://www.bethlehem-art.com/
“We call on our churches worldwide to recognize that the very presence of the Christian communities in the Holy Land is threatened by the severity of the present conflict and by the economic devastation the conflict has caused. When the Mother Church is endangered, the entire Churches must be involved “
The Christian Bishops of Jerusalem