“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting…. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? … visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” Acts 2: 1-11
After more than 2000 years, Palestinian Arab Christian families are still living and worshiping in the land where Jesus was born, died, and resurrected.
These Christians are not immigrants.
They are not converts from Judaism or Islam.
They are the descendants of those who first believed in Jesus Christ.
They live in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and other places in Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries.
These Christians, whether they live in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, are ethnically Arab Palestinian.
They are the Arab Palestinian Christians – Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant.
They have maintained a continual living witness in the land of our Savior’s birth and have helped preserve the religious sites sacred to all of Christianity.
Together, they comprise the Mother Church.