Eilabun Evangelical Church Holds an Honoring Ceremony for Pastor Khalid Dalleh
Edited from a Linga report, a news organization serving the Arab community of Israel.
The Evangelical Church in Eilabun starts a new stage of its ministry which was established many years ago by late Pastor Suhail Ramadan (father of Pastor Saleem Hanna), who passed on the torch in 2002 to Pastor Khalid Dalleh. After ten years of Pastor Dalleh’s ministry, he has passed the torch to Pastor Hanna Eid.
Hanna Eid finished his education in architecture and after getting married to Lina Sadran, the Lord called him to study Theology. He left to the UK in 2001 where he stayed for one year, and in 2004 he started assisting Pastor Khalid, he joined the work of the Christian HolyLand Foundation (Grace Ministries) in 2006, and was ordained as an elder in 2007. Earlier this year, he became Pastor of the Evangelical Church in Eilabun.
For this reason, the Evangelical Church in Eilabun held an honoring service for Pastor Khalid who finished his service at the church,after a period of time that lasted for ten years.
Pastor Hanna Eid opened the celebration with a word of welcoming to the audience, as he thanked the Lord for what He did through Pastor Khalid, and for all the many ways in which Pastor Khalid sowed seeds throughout the past years.
Pastor Hanna spoke about the time when he got to know Pastor Khalid, back when late Pastor Suhail Ramadan was the Pastor of the church. However, due to his illness, Pastor Suhail was not able to continue in ministry. He spoke about the characteristics of Pastor Khalid, he said that he loves people and loves visiting them in their homes. He added that Pastor Khalid was very faithful, all throughout the past years and as a result the Lord glorified the work. He also thanked Pastor Khalid’s wife, Abeer for being a great support for him in these past years.
A reportage was presented showing Pastor Khalid’s ministry. Later, Em William expressed her appreciation to Pastor Khalid and his faithfulness in handling the talents he received. She also added that Pastor Khalid would always frankly express himself without gossiping about anyone.
Munther Naa’um, Chairman of the Association of Baptist Churches in Israel, thanked the Lord and said that this ceremony is in honour of Pastor Khalid because he did what the Lord asked him to do according 2 Tim 2:2. Pastor Khalid did not hold tightly to his position but followed the Lord’s instructions as mentioned in 2 Tim 2:2. He said that the reason for the success of Pastor Khalid’s ministry is that he submitted to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
On behalf of the Evangelical convention in Israel, Pastor Hanna Katanacho then offered a gift to Pastor Khalid and to the “the Lord is My Banner” praise team.
A short clip was shown afterwards, prepared by the youth group of Eilabun’s church. The clip showed several members of the church answering questions about Pastor Khalid such as: Which song most reminds you of Pastor Khalid? What are your favorite memories of him? And what would you like to say for him?
Pastor Hanna called on the ministers to go to the front for laying hands on Pastor Khalid and his wife Abeer, as Pastor Hani Billan and Rajaee Samawi prayed for them.
Pastor Khalid said that he didn’t deserve this honor but that he thanked the church for their love. He also thanked the Lord for the life of late Pastor Suhail Ramadan and the Father and Mother of William Shofani. When Pastor Suhail passed on the ministry to him, he told him: “Take care of the Sheep.” And in return, Pastor Khalid repeated the same sentence to Pastor Hanna Eid when he passed on the ministry to him.
In conclusion, Pastor Hanna Eeid thanked everyone who helped arranging for this service and everyone shared dinner together.
Pastor Hanna Katanashu