Both active members of Scottsdale Arizona’s Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Joanne and Jim McDowell share a fondness for antique cars, a passionate faith, and an affinity for world travel. Their church’s 2018 trip to the Holy Land ignited their interests on many levels and the journey with their congregation proved to be a life-changer.
“We went through a checkpoint on foot to see what it was like for the Palestinian people. It takes 2-hours to get through the checkpoint to get to Jerusalem. It was a sobering experience to go through what the Palestinians have to go through. Many Palestinians work in Jerusalem but have to go through the checkpoint and prepare to wait for 2-hours every single day.
Mitri’s educational vision counters this oppression and hopelessness. DAK is a University that is built around Hope. They’re teaching art, culinary skills, painting, dancing, singing, and all kinds of things that help people “keep their chin up”, as my mother would call it." - Jim McDowell
After they returned from their eye-opening tour, Joanne took a lead role in coordinating the new Pinnacle Endowed Scholarship and serves as a Lead Ambassador for Bright Stars in Arizona. She’s also serving on Bright Stars' National Gala Planning Committee.
“Expecting a precious grandchild in March, we want his/her life to be filled with hope and endless possibilities. We want the same hope for the next generation in Palestine. That’s why Jim and I are faithful supporters. We just joined Kris' Keychain and are happy to support the important work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem on a monthly basis.”
- Joanne McDowell
We’re so thankful to the McDowells for their faithful and generous support of their time, treasure, and talent! Will you please join them in unlocking hope for the next generation of creative leaders in Palestine today?