International Ministries

Serve the Cause of Peace in Israel through the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

May 14, 2013 Opportunity

"The [Israeli] soldiers were threatening children and forcing them to show the contents of their bags. Several boys were arrested and detained including a 4th grade child."
Randie Clawson, volunteer accompanier through EAPPI

In Israel, many people live under constant threat of human rights violations. Even children on their way to school may be stopped and questioned, or even killed, by those in authority.

This situation continues unchecked largely because there is no one to hold the authorities accountable for their actions. In fact, often the mere presence of an attentive U.S. citizen can mean the difference between harassment and a safe walk to school.

Serve as a volunteer accompanier in Israel through the World Council of Churches and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). A volunteer accompanier serves for three months in a West Bank city or a small village, sharing in the day-to-day lives of Palestinian people. There may also be opportunities to support Israelis in nonviolent action for peace.

About EAPPI:

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is an initiative of the World Council of Churches.

EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

Since the program was launched in 2002, volunteer accompaniers from more than 14 countries have taken part in EAPPI. Each accompanier serves a three-month term in an international team placed in West Bank cities and villages or in Jerusalem.

EAPPI-US is the U.S.-based program supported by U.S. national churches in partnership with Church World Service. U.S. accompaniers commit to sharing their experiences through public speaking, writing and advocacy after they return.

Participating churches include:

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Episcopal Church USA
Presbyterian Church USA
Reformed Church in America
Roman Catholic Church
United Church of Christ

To learn more about this program, go to the EAPPI website.

**Please note that the normal free travel accident insurance supplied by International Ministries may not apply due to the high-risk location of service.