SWEDEN, November 21, 2010 – It was with great joy that Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) attended the consecration of Rev. Jan Olof Johansson as Bishop of Växjö in mid-November.
Bishop Johansson has previously served as General Secretary of the Jerusalem Swedish society, working closely with the Swedish Good Shepherd School in Bethlehem, a fact which Younan reflected on in his address at Johansson’s consecration:
“Your consecration is very meaningful to me, for we have known one another for nearly twenty years, and have worked together for the sake of Palestinian girls in the ministry of the Swedish Good Shepherd School in Bethlehem. I have always admired your unflagging will to support this school as the General Secretary of the Jerusalem Swedish society. You care for our people, for our children, and for our hospital. I have always noticed and observed your love and sweet spirit and concern for the children and for your advocacy for our just cause.”
Younan acknowledged to Johansson both the privilege and demands of Johansson’s new call as Bishop, but assured him of God’s guidance and wisdom, and promised presence in the midst.
Younan concluded his speech, sharing the confidence, greetings, and prayers of the young women of the Swedish Good Shepherd School in Bethlehem, and presenting from them a handmade olive wood nativity.