Greetings from Nazareth

Nazareth, in Galilee, on a hill overlooking the Jezreel Valley, is the town where Jesus grew up.

Nazareth, in Galilee, on a hill overlooking the Jezreel Valley, is the town where Jesus grew up.

Greetings From Nazareth!

My arrival and first few days have gone well. The driver from the airport treated me to a hot piece of flatbread filled with zatar for breakfast on the way. Then I received a warm welcome from Jane & Christine, the truly amazing women that run the SERVE Nazareth program. Since then, I've been getting settled, becoming familiar with how to get around, and helping out a bit. It's wonderful to be here.

The name Nazareth may originate from the Hebrew "netser" - sprout, branch or shoot - or from the verb " lintsor" - to guard, to watch.  The current population is approximately 82,000.  Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel and considered the "capital of Galilee."  Christians and Muslims live together here in relative unity and peace.

By the way, the name Jesus (in Hebrew - Yeshua) is derived from the verb "lehoshia" - to save.