Julia Fisher’s weekly radio broacast

Programme 259 – Yohanna (part 2 of 2)

Today we return to Nazareth in northern Israel to talk to Yohanna – a Palestinian Christian and the academic dean for both the Nazareth Evangelical College and the Bethlehem Bible College.Yohanna was born and brought up in Israel – he is an Israeli citizen. As a Christian he has had to come to terms with how to respond to living in a land divided by conflict and strong feelings of injustice. So how does he respond?

Programme 331: Maala Thomas

Maala Thomas was born in New Zealand to Finnish parents. She married Evan, a Jewish man, and they left New Zealand and moved to Israel. They settled in Netanya. Evan became the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Netanya and Maala taught in a nearby school. Recently Maala retired from teaching and when I met her recently, she had just returned from Africa where she had been on a short mission trip. Although this was her first trip to Africa, it turns out that Africa had been in Maala’s heart for many years as she now explains.

Programme 330 - David Loden

Today I’m in Netanya, a town just north of Tel Aviv, talking to David Loden. He came to Israel with his wife Lisa in the 1970’s and established a congregation called Beit Asaph. David is now in his 80s and for most people that means taking life a little bit slower … not for David – he’s busier than ever. A professional musician, for the past few years he’s been translating major oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah, into Hebrew. He has formed a choir and an orchestra and together they have held several performances around Israel to packed audiences. I asked him to explain his passion.