By God’s grace, the Upper Room Mission has initiated the first training on the 22nd of January 2022. Nine participants attended the first training out of a series of trainings. As part of our efforts to give more opportunities for women, eight of the nine participants are women. This training would first help the youth acquire new skills and knowhow that will enable them to compete in the current challenging and changing labor market and to be innovative; second, it would provide them with the necessary financial resources to implement their projects and initiatives; and thirdly it would enhance the Christian identity by providing spiritual and religious guidance, enhancing interfaith dialogue and cohabitation.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem opened the training by giving an inspiring prayer and speech. He then discussed with the participants various issues vis-à-vis what it means to be a Christian in the Holy Land and what it means to be the salt of the earth. At the end, he blessed the Upper Room Mission and thanked the team of the URM for their dedication

and commitment to maintain the Christian presence and witness in the Holy Land and encouraged them to intensify their efforts.

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