Above: Village elder Yusef Manasra facing the illegal Israeli settlement that threatens the future of Wadi Foquin. Yusef was 25 in 1948 when the Israeli army evacuated the village, forcing residents first into nearby hills and then into a UN refugee camp. In 1972, when villagers were allowed to return and rebuild, he vowed he would never be forced out of his home again. Yusef lived in Wadi Foquin until his death at age 95 on May 11, 2017. --Photo by Jakob Schiller
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Village leader to visit California in September
Ata Manasra, coordinator of the Narjes community development project in Wadi Foquin, will visit the California-Nevada Annual Conference Sept. 10–20 for an educational and fundraising speaking tour. The following speaking engagements are open to the public:
9/11: 7pm, Central UMC Stockton, 3700 Pacific Ave., Stockton (Fireside Room). Cosponsored by the Cal-Nev Israel-Palestine Task Force.
9/12: 6:30pm Creekside UMC, 14 Main St., Sutter Creek (social hall)
9/13: 4pm, First UMC of Loomis, 6414 Brace Rd., Loomis
9/14: 12 noon, St. Mark’s UMC, 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento (bring your own lunch)
9/17: 10:30am worship, Lake Merritt UMC, 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland
9/17: 7pm, Lynnewood UMC, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton
9/18: 7pm, Berkeley Methodist United, 1710 Carleton St., Berkeley. Cosponsored by FOSNA, JVP-BA, and MECA.
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New road opens in Wadi Foquin
Wadi Foquin Mayor Ahmad Sokar speaking at the Aug. 24, 2017, inauguration of a new road built in the village by USAID/ANERA—a project initiated during the mayor's visit to Washington, DC, in 2016—plus before and after photos. For a short video of the celebration, click here .
Soccer field to be covered with grass
Use of Wadi's Foquin's new soccer field has been temporarily suspended pending installation of grass by the Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Green Valley Club, a young men's soccer team fielded by the Wadi Foquin Youth Club, had been training on the dirt field at night under the solar-powered lights for games with other teams in the West Bank.
The nearby playground has also been expanded to the southern wall of the soccer field, providing space for large village meetings and for dancing.
The soccer field was largely funded by donations made through Friends of Wadi Foquin and the United Methodist Advance #3021565. According to community development director Ata Manasra, "It is the most important project we have done with Friends of Wadi Foquin."
2018 trip forming
Plans are being made for a spring 2018 Holy Land pilgrimage to Israel and the West Bank with a special visit to Wadi Foquin. Dates TBD. For more information, contact Rev. Mike Friedrich.