Public Lecture "The Conflict Over Jerusalem: Personal Experiences and Perspective of a Palestinian Christian Pastor"
Venue: IAIS Malaysia, Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
About the Speaker
Pastor Dr Alex Awad was born in Palestine in 1946 and served there for decades as a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Alex was the pastor of the East Jerusalem Baptist Church and served as Professor, Dean of Students and Director of the Shepherd Society at Bethlehem Bible College.
Alex’s formative years were marked by the death of his father, who was killed in 1948 in the crossfire between the Israeli and Jordanian armies. After the remaining family became refugees, his mother was faced with the task of raising seven children between the ages of six months and 11 years. She worked as a nurse to single-handedly support the family.
Alex was able to attend a Bible college in Switzerland. Unable to return to his homeland because of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, he travelled to the United States and earned degrees in biblical education and in missions and evangelism. He also met and married his wife Brenda during this time. In 1979, the Awads responded to the call to serve at the newly formed Bethlehem Bible College, where they spent six years as independent missionaries. In 1987, they were forced to leave the country because the Israeli government refused to renew their visas. In 1994, they were finally allowed to return to Palestine, where they continue to serve.
He is the author of Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People (Bethlehem Bible College, 2008) and Through the Eyes of the Victims (Bethlehem Bible College, 2001), a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of Palestinians. He has also written about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for numerous newspapers and periodicals.
10:30am Arrival of Guests & Registration
11:00am Welcoming Remarks by, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia
11:05am Introductory Remarks by Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO, IAIS Malaysia
11:15am Presentation by Pastor Dr. Alex Awad, Bethlehem Bible College, Palestine
12:00pm Interactive Session
12:30pm Refreshments & End of programme