JERUSALEM (BP)--A group of believers from Jerusalem Baptist Church proclaimed the Gospel in Manger Square on Christmas Eve, explaining the reason for Christ's birth just days before new violence erupted in the region.
Photo by Catherine Nucciarone
About 50 people from Jerusalem Baptist and another 30 believers from The Baptist Village in Petach Tikva gathered at Manger Square in Bethlehem in the afternoon to sing Christmas songs, pass out tracts and talk with people about the true meaning of the nativity.
The group had been scheduled to have a presence on the stage set up in the square where various groups take turns singing and presenting a message. But for an unknown reason that was rumored to involve unrest between Muslims and Christians, many of the stage performances were canceled and the Baptist group ended up at another location.
"We had a trumpeter with us, so we set up and sang Christmas tunes and other tunes and did some evangelism," Al Nucciarone, pastor of Jerusalem Baptist, told Baptist Press Dec. 29.
" ... An hour after we did that, we all went into the Peace Center, and I got permission to set up in the coffee shop so that we would be inside," Nucciarone said, referring to a building constructed by Swedes which sits between the Church of the Nativity and a mosque in Manger Square. Read More