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30 January 2009

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Warren Bardsley took part in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) last year. Writing in November 2008, he gives a personal account of his witness

About a month ago we met a Carmelite nun on the Mount of Olives; her order looks after the Paternoster church that some of you may have visited
  • She received us warmly and we spent the best part of an hour with her
  • She is one of a small number of sisters from around the world who live in this closed order; she herself is American and has been in Jerusalem for over thirty years
  • She revealed a remarkable grasp of world affairs
  • She had just cast her postal vote in the US elections, ‘for Obama, of course’, she said with a smile
  • She listened intently as we outlined the aims the Accompaniment programme, and as we left she said: ‘You and your work will now be part of our regular cycle of intercessions
  • ’ It was a reminder to me that for Christians there can be no separation between the life of prayer and practical action for peace and justice
  • There have been times during this period when I have felt totally exhausted; times of sheer frustration when I have wondered about the point of my being here
  • It has been in those moments especially that I have felt the energy and power of your prayers
  • The candle has remained lit and for that I am profoundly grateful

  • Warren Bardsley

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