The Southeastern Iowa Synod has an active regional ministry advocating for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-raising, Peace Not Walls connects ELCA members to our companions and promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. With our Palestinian Lutheran companions, we also accompany Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Christians and Muslims working together for peace with justice. For more information visit: www.elca.org/peacenotwalls

The Southeastern Iowa Synod Peace Not Walls joins the National Peace Not Walls campaign in concern for Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Mount of Olives, the sole provider for cancer and kidney specialty care for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.  It is a fully accredited hospital, which is supported by contributions from Lutheran churches around the world, including the ELCA. In recent years, AVH has received significant support through USAID funds to increase its capacity and to help cover costs of care to indigent patients.  With the September announcement of the US administration plan to cut funds already allocated for AVH, the hospital faces a financial crisis which will have significant consequences for continued care of its patients.  Members of the ELCA are urged to participate in advocacy aimed at releasing the $25 million dollars Congress already allocated for Augusta Victoria Hospital from fiscal year 2017 allocations.  And ELCA members are now provided with a method to contribute directly to the hospital through the ELCA website. “Just as you did these things to the least of my brethren, you did it to me.”  (Mt 25:40)

Give online to AVH through the ELCA website

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