Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik Visits Palestine, Israel and the ELCJHL

Let us pray that Jerusalem, the city where Jesus suffered and died, will rise again at Easter, making Jerusalem the open city that it has been, open to believers of all three of the world religions. Norway’s Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik visited the Holy Land in February to support both Palestinians and Israelis in the peace process and mediations. He spent one day with Palestinians and one day with Israelis. He had dinner with Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Bishop Munib Younan, Bishop Riah Abu al Assal of the Episcopal Church and other Christian and Muslim leaders to discuss the process of peacemaking. PM Bondevik, also an ordained pastor, worshipped with the Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah. The congregation was overwhelmed when he read the gospel in Norwegian, celebrated Holy Communion with them and shook every member’s hand.