The atmosphere was wonderful and Christmas cheer was all around. Our participation in the parade had an evangelistic purpose — to proclaim that Jesus is the Reason for the Season and to reveal the love of Jesus to all of these visitors — and that’s exactly what happened!
Before the parade started, me and my team — Suleiman, Elias, Rami, and Yusuf — took time to prepare our church van with Christmas decorations and scriptures that pointed to Jesus being the Reason for the Season, and that He is the only way to Salvation. We also dressed our team in official Home of Jesus the King shirts to ensure that the crowds of people would recognize us as Arab Christians who love and bless the nation of Israel, regardless if they’re Jews, Arabs, Druze, or Bedouins. We have come to bless all people at the parade in the name of Jesus Christ.
On our shirts were printed a key verse that the Lord gave me for this particular Christmas, found in Acts 4:12 – “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” We were going to be witnesses for Christ on the main street of Nazareth — in our words, our actions, and our clothing! Through the support of our partners, we were ready to start the parade and to hand out 800 Christmas gift packets to the children and families of Nazareth!
Our decorated church van was also featured in Nazareth’s main Arabic newspaper, PANET, as well as many other news outlets, as you can see below! People loved what we did with our van to bless the people of Nazareth.