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Families Pray for End to Violence in Middle East

12:29 AM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Marikay Abuzuaiter is from Greensboro but has family living in Gaza.

"We could hear the shelling and they were talking about how the ground is shaking like an earthquake," said Abuzuaiter.

Her husband, Isa, was born in Gaza and still has a majority of his family living there.

"[We're] pretty worried about them."

Their list of who to call is extensive, and their worries continue to grow.

Marilyn Forman Chandler also lives in Greensboro but her family is on the opposing side of the conflict, in Israel.

"I have many, many, many family and friends who are in Israel today who we have been in touch with who are running for shelter, they are sleeping, they are sitting in bomb shelters," explains Chandler."If you could imagine, you had children in your back seat of your car, and you all of a sudden heard a siren go off, you had to stop your car, take your children out of your car seat, in 15 seconds, and get to a bomb shelter, just how impossible that would be."

With tensions growing in the Middle East, these two families from opposite walks of life, have come together to pray for one another.

"Today we've come together for an interfaith celebration, where all the religions are getting together for peace and thanksgiving, and that's my hope, that could happen somehow overseas," explains Abuzuaiter.

But before hope can spread, it needs a place to start.

"We pray that there will be peace over the people of Israel, whether they be Jewish, Christian or Muslim," said Chandler.

Chandler returned from Israel in March where she was on an interfaith mission. There, her group celebrated the Jewish Sabbath, Holy Communion, and Muslim prayers.

WFMY News 2

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