FOUNDER AND HOLY LAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sam Kawaneh serves as the Founder and Holy Land Executive Director of Hope of Nations, a non-profit Christian ministry established to show the love of God and His salvation to the people of Israel and the West Bank.
Sam was born in Jerusalem. He was raised with his Believing family and evangelist grandmother in a small Arab Christian village north of Jerusalem where he attended Greek Orthodox and Latin Catholic schools, making many friends among Arab Christian and Muslim students. After completing high school, he moved to the Old City in Jerusalem.
Sam graduated from Bethlehem Bible College in 2004. He received counseling training at Campus Crusade for Christ, serving four years as a volunteer and another four years on staff, counseling in the Arab Christian and Muslim communities.
In 2005, Sam traveled to Toronto, Canada for an intensive study program at the prestigious Conway School of Broadcasting. In 2007, Sam joined the King of Kings Community Jerusalem, serving as head of the media department, then joining the staff of the King of King’s Pavilion venue team.
He soon began to receive revelation about the one new man in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:11-22), God’s promise of salvation for the Jewish people (Romans 11:25-27) and the power of the Gospel for the salvation of everyone who believes, to the Jew first and then to the Gentile (Romans 1:16).
In 2016, Sam became the Planting Pastor of Malek El-Moulouk (King of Kings) Arabic Initiative, a part of the family of King of Kings Ministries, dedicated to building a community of Arabic-speaking Believers who love God and the Jewish people.
In 2019, Sam was called to create a non-profit organization to show the love of God and His salvation to the people of Israel and the West Bank through humanitarian aid, media, music, worship and the arts. Hope of Nations was established in Jerusalem in May of 2021.
Sam and his wife Maram have served the Arabic-speaking Church for years through music ministry and have launched a new media outreach for families. They live in Jerusalem with their two daughters.
NORTH AMERICAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I have spent the past 20 years in ministry having served as a Small Group Community Leader, a Military Chaplain in the Air National Guard, a Police Chaplain with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, and most recently as an Area Representative with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In February 2020 God provided me with an opportunity to travel to Israel and experience the Holy Land. While there I heard the Lord say to me “I am not here. These shrines, statues, are just idols that people come here to worship.”
There are approximately 1 million people in Jerusalem, 990,000 of which are Jews and Muslims, and only 10,000 as identified Christians. Of those Christians, most of those are liturgical and not evangelical. The evangelical Christians are a very small, if even noticeable, part of the Jerusalem population.
The Western Church doesn’t seem to even think of Jerusalem and Bethlehem as a mission field. I have even heard Christians in the US say, “We (the Jews and Christians) both worship the same God.” Well, that’s completely untrue, if you deny Jesus Christ as Messiah, then we don’t worship the same God. Just not possible. Without Jesus, the Jews in Jerusalem are destined to eternal damnation just like any other non-believer.
As I stood on the Mount of Olives looking at Jerusalem I heard the Lord tell me to bring the gospel to His people in Jerusalem. Not just His people the Jews, but the Muslims living in Jerusalem as well.
So here I obediently stand, embarking on this journey to live out the gospel of Jesus by partnering with local churches and organizations and establishing short-term missions projects, raising and discipling men and women of God, and starting home churches throughout the Holy Land.