Our current prayer needs are as follows:
Challenges and Opportunities in 2017
- Nablus Road Open Days: from 4th to 6th May the Garden Tomb participated in this event which is organised by the Palestine Hotels Association. Over the course of 3 evenings, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., we opened the garden to local people, most of whom were Muslims. Fadi and 3 local pastors gave tours in Arabic to many hundreds of visitors, and all received an Arabic language leaflets, explaining who Jesus is, why He died, and the good news of His resurrection. Over the 3 days we welcomed more than 2,800 local people to the garden, with 1,350 coming on the final evening. We were amazed by the interest of local people, many indicating that they would like to return. It would be difficult to overestimate the significance of this event in raising the profile of the Garden Tomb amongst our neighbours. Please pray that many will return to visit us again!
- The Garden Tomb Shop Renovation is under way, and will continue through the summer. Please pray for everyone involved in the planning and execution of this important project, and particularly for Simon Sa’ad and his wonderful team of tradesmen who will be on-site for the next 4 months. Join us in praying that visitors will not be distracted by the noise that inevitably accompanies the building work, and that their time at the garden will be a blessing.
- Security: The political situation remains tense and there is always the danger of random attacks, so please pray for protection and peace.
Impact: please pray for:
- Daily empowering of the Holy Spirit for all Garden Tomb staff as they welcome and serve our visitors
- Boldness and sensitivity for the guides as they speak about the garden, and about the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah
- Skill and creativity for our garden, maintenance and housekeeping teams: that the beauty of the garden might bless all who visit
We pray that everyone who visits the Garden Tomb will be blessed, encouraged and challenged by the Witness and Worship experienced in the garden
- Local staff and overseas volunteers: that our unity and love will be evident to all
- Volunteer recruitment: we want, as much as possible, to ‘make Christ known’ to visitors in their own language. We aim to recruit volunteers who speak the languages of our visitors