Tina Whitehead, volunteer missionary from WPA, recently returned to Jerusalem and was present at the Tent of Nations, south of Bethlehem, to witness Daoud Nassar and the Nassar Family being presented with the 2017 World Methodist Peace Award .
On October 11, 2018, Bishop Ivan Abrahams of the World Methodist Council presented the prestigious award to the Nassar family, for their bridge-building efforts through the Tent of Nations on their 100-acre farm southwest of Bethlehem. Past award recipients include Nelson Mandela, President Jimmy Carter, and Archbishop Elias Chacour, the only other Palestinian to have received the award (1994).
At Tent of Nations, our mission is to build bridges between people, and between people and the land. We bring different cultures together to develop understanding and promote respect for each other and our shared environment.
Their farm is a center where people from many different countries come together to learn, to share, and to build bridges of understanding and hope.The Nassar Family farm is in a highly disputed area of Palestine controlled by the Israeli government. The family remains on their land and shares their story of peace with guests from around the world. The family is not permitted to develop their farm for agricultural purposes; they do not have access to power, water, or sewer infrastructure, and may not obtain permits for any new buildings. They have instead come up with creative and sustainable alternatives.