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Resolving conflicts in the Middle East: a Cristian and a Muslim girl playing chess…

I took this picture at CNEWA library in Amman, Jordan. A Muslim and a Christian girl were peacefully playing together. (Amman, Jordan 4/2010)

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Traveling in the Middle East is difficult even in the best of times. The roads are ancient, the weather hot and dusty, and with the political situation in constant flux, it can be hard to know where one stands.

But when I was trying to fly home from my trip to the Middle East, I was confronted with a geological phenomenon too! It took a few days longer than planned, but I finally made it home from Jordan. Can I tell you, I sure am happy to be with my wife and son again!

As I mentioned at the start of my trip, I’ve been without a good internet connection. So I was antsy to get back to a one so that I could start sharing my stories with you. Imagine my dismay as a cloud of volcanic ash spread across Europe—shutting down airspace and blocking my route home!

Luckily, with a bit of maneuvering, I was able to find a direct flight back home—from Tel Aviv, Israel. I was in Amman, Jordan, so with the help of my friends and CNEWA colleagues, I was able to drive to the open airport in Tel Aviv and get on a flight to the U.S.

I won’t go into too much detail about what happened at the Israeli border, but with customs stamps on my passport from Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, there were some suspicious officers with questions before I was allowed on the plane.

Thank goodness, I did make the flight, and more than 10 hours later, touched down at JFK airport. Even though I’ve been to the Middle East before, this trip was special. It brought me new insights and inspiration, and I can’t wait to share them with you, so stay tuned!

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