Bishop Munib Younan led delegates from the Pontifical Mission, Caritas Hospital, Jerusalem Inter-Church Center that represents both the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches, the Apostolic Delegate, and Catholic World Relief in visiting those wounded in Gaza who have been brought to Jerusalem hospitals. Between St. Joseph’s Hospital, a hospital owned by the Catholic Church, and Augusta Victoria Hospital, run by the Lutheran World Federation, there are 32 cases, including 1 Christian, with ages ranging from 2 to adulthood.
Bishop Younan walked among the wounded and tried to bring them comfort through words. He stated, “We pray that God will give them healing, for all people, since it is our responsibility to care for all who are hurting. I told the patients to continue in their faith and to trust God, who is a God of love. We pray that justice will prevail in this country.”
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land continues to pray for all people who are victims of this war. We continue to call for a ceasefire anchored in an end to the siege and a peace process. Once a ceasefire in Gaza has been reached, the ELCJHL hopes to visit the area and help assess both the needs and the best way to move forward with donations for the area.
Augusta Victoria Hospital, currently caring for 6 Gaza patients, has opened 16 beds for those injured in the war. AVH has also sent 4 doctors and 1 nurse to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to help with patients and to bring desperately needed medical supplies.