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March 30, 2009March 30, 2009  1 comments  Peace


Situated well off the beaten path, in the heart of the American Colony neighborhood of East Jerusalem, set behind the gated walls of a a 120 year old building lies the home of  the new Prayer House. Baptists have owned the building for the past 40 years. It has served as a university student ministry center, a New Testament Study Center, a YWAM base and various other ministries.

The setting is quite unique and its location is indicative of its mission of peace and co-existence. The north and south sides of the building are bordered by two schools (a Christian ARab school on one side and a Moslem school on the other). To the west, there is a view of the adjacent ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim.  Inside the large two story home are several rooms available for prepare. On the main floor is the Prayer Chapel, offering a beautiful space for group worship and study. The central focus of the chapel is the 4.4 meter X 3.8 meter HARVEST FIELD mural. The mural features the "Seven Species" of Deuteronomy 8:8 and the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:37-38 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." with hand painted frescos on the walls.

Upstairs there is a large interactive prayer room designed with numerous corners that are ideal for meditation and reflection. Visual displays on prayer and the scriptures are available in various areas and there is simple yet powerful corner where one is invited to author his own prayer on a stone. In order to maintain the spiritual ambiance and reflective nature of the space, visitors are asked to speak in whispers and to remove their shoes prior to entering the upstairs room.

The setting is a perfect venue for groups interested in joining together for an hour of prayer or reflection during or after a day of tour and/or learning. Anita and Dale Thorn run the ministry and the facility is open to individuals and groups.

"My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations."   Isaiah 56:7

For contact information - dthorne1938@gmail.com or call 02-626-1439.
The center is located at 35 Nablus Road, and less than a five minute walk from the American Colony Hotel, the Garden Tomb and the Damascus Gate.


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