JERUSALEM – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land sadly announces the death of Rev. Numan Smir, retired pastor of the ELCJHL. Rev. Smir served the church in a number of capacities, at one point being president of the Synod. His pastoral career began at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala before he helped found the Good Shepherd Church in Amman, Jordan, a community that he served from 1976 until his retirement in 1992. Rev. Numan Smir died on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the age of 81. The ELCJHL sends their condolences to Rev. Smir’s wife May and his children, Bassam, Husam, and Marwan. The funeral service will take place Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Amman, Jordan. We ask for your prayers at this time.
Bishop Younan’s mother died on Christmas, after having been ill for years. The funeral will take place Wednesday, Dec 26, at Redeemer Church in the Old City. We pray for eternal peace for her and God’s comfort and strength for the family.
More than 200 gathered in the Church of the Ascension in the Augusta Victoria Hospital complex on the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem Sunday for the funeral of Bishop Emeritus Daoud Haddad, the first bishop of the ELCJHL. The burial followed in Bethlehem, where the Beit Sahour Scout Troop met the procession to the cemetery. Bishop Haddad died Monday, March 19, after a brain hemorrhage suffered the previous Friday. We mourn his loss and offer our prayers to his family that he leaves behind, his wife, Aida; sons Usama and Charlie; daughters Carol, Beatrice and Erna; beloved grandchildren, and many friends and colleagues.
Bishop Haddad was born in Lebanon in 1914, studied theology in Switzerland and then Germany, and was ordained in Jerusalem in 1940. He was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan in 1979, and served until 1986, when he was succeeded by the late Bishop Naim Nasser. Bishop Munib Younan followed Bishop Nasser in 1997.
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