At a time when many Christians worry about the future of fellow believers in the Holy Land, the first Arab elected as president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has highlighted their situation, and urged them not to emigrate.
Preaching the day after his election of LWF president, Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan called on those present to, "pray that Palestinian Christians may not lose faith and leave the country," the Ekklesia website reports today (August 2, 2010).
The LWF's highest governing board -- its assembly -- elected Younan at its July 20-27 meeting in Stuttgart, Germany. He took office at the end of the assembly.
Younan said, "I sometimes ponder the fact that there have been Christians in Palestine since the first Pentecost when Jesus had walked in the Holy Land. Now, we Palestinians are less than 1.5 percent of the population."