ASTA – Al-Sadiq Al-Taieb Association
General Director: Majed Alloush, East Jerusalem
Satellite Leader: Debbie Hoffman
Al-Sadiq, Al-Taieb Association, or ASTA, was so named as a legal non-profit corporation in 1985 under the Israelis. We have had an office in the Schmidt Building since that time just outside the Old City of Jerusalem. ASTA was the first GSM organization established, outside of the United States. The word ASTA means “Good Friends Association”. It denotes the work that will savor the needs of people, rather than the needs of religious groups. It denotes spiritual freedom and the Spirit of the Samaritan is very strong in the work. Christians and Muslims work together in all aspects of our work in Palestine. We have a drug and alcohol treatment center in Bethany, East Jerusalem, Palestine, and we opened an office in Ramallah in 2005.
Al-Sadiq Al-Taieb Association focuses on the issues of Drug Addiction (Treatment, Awareness, Prevention, Intervention and Counseling Program) for Palestinian Families in Jerusalem and in all the West Bank Territories. “The Schools Awareness and Prevention Project” was designed for grades 8 – 11 and implemented by the Ramallah Office staff through conducting Training Workshops for students, teachers, schools counselors, and parents. Thousands are touched each year by ASTA.
- In cooperation with the Ministry of education we rolled out an awareness program targeted at school age children addressing behavioral abnormalities and drug use.
- Outreach program targeted at the local community addressing the prevention of behavioral abnormalities and drug use.
- Practical training for the Humanities at Palestinian universities program
- Academic and educational visits to ASTA by universities, educational institutions and youth
- ASTA’s branch in Bethany. Therapeutic program – for the alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation.
- Counseling and guidance program
- Development of professional and administrative staff of ASTA Center
- Volunteer program of the Palestinian high school and university students
- Awareness and prevention through various local media
Newsfeed: ASTA Raid & Counselor Imprisonment
Update – 3/8/17
Dear ASTA Friends,
We have another important update from Debbie Hoffman concerning ASTA this morning. Ali (spelling correction) was scheduled for court this week, but the judge did not show up. There is an Israeli holiday this week, so the next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday of next week (3/15/17). This, of course, was very discouraging news, so we ask that you continue intercession for all concerned.
It is easy to lose the sense of urgency in our prayers or become discouraged as time passes and we can’t see what God is doing. Ali has been in jail for 24 days, so please pray for his strength and encouragement through disappointing setbacks. Debbie also asks that we intercede for the community around ASTA.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer. Our voices rise as one before the Father’s throne to overcome evil with good and bring about the presence of His Kingdom here on earth.
Blessings and encouragement through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Cindy Womack, Assistant Director of Good Samaritan Ministries
Update – 3/3/17
I spoke with Majed this evening and he shared that one of Oli’s friends have offered to help cover his court fees and lawyer fees, starting with paying the down payment, (and Majed believes the money that will be owed) when he is released. The court is still set for Thursday, and we lift this day up to the Lord. But, Praise God! It appears at this time that this financial burden has been lifted from ASTA’s and Majed’s shoulders, and through donations,we have been able to come up with $1200 to help cover the fees from one of the lawyers for Ownie, that was still owed. There is still a $300 balance but, in majed’s words, God will help find a way to cover it. He said that the fee for the other lawyer was being paid by the Palestinian Authority/Jerusalem Ministry, another praise! Majed paid from his own family’s money for Ownies court fees, as Ownie’s family did not have the money. We are now just focusing on prayers for Oli’s release, and possibly a little more help with finances to help replace damaged items in the center.
Another wonderful thing that happened for Majed was concerning the client that was taken by the police, with Abed, for questioning and then brought back. This client had an Israeli ID, and that was why he was taken for questioning. Majed said this young man had a rough start in the beginning of treatment, trying to run away, etc… as happens with many addicts. I can attest to this. But, after the Police questioned him, this man stuck up for the center, recognizing all the effort to keep the man there and the sincerity in wanting to help him, and he asked to be returned to the center to complete his treatment program. The police tried to release this man, as well during his questioning, and he said no and he returned to the center, different, and with gratitude!
God continues to turn things to good. Majed said God is clever. I had to laugh at how true and how grateful we are that God is so clever to be using all of this for good. Majed wanted me to be sure that each of you know, indeed in the whole ministry, how much he loves and appreciates everyone, all the prayer and support, and that we are Family. We talked about my going to treatment there 12 years ago and the relationship that formed from that …. And how god worked in me, through the center… to help addicts in my job today. We are all family and I am so grateful and honored to have the connection, through this ministry. Bettie told me not long ago that we share the fruit of GSM in the Holy Land….. the relationships….. they are truly Holy.
Much love, as we join in prayer for Oli! (Our Wednesday night will be the start of his court date.)
Update – 2/27/17
I texted with Majed this morning and he said that Oli’s court was put forward until Thursday. On late Wednesday night will be their Thursday morning. Majed said the police came to the center yesterday and took Abed (One of the head counselors who was there the night of the invasion) and another client, for investigation. They were taken for 3 hours and thank the Lord, they were brought back. Majed said he did not sleep at all last night….
Thank you for helping fight back on our knees with continued prayers this week for Oli, who still remains in the Israeli Prison with no charges. Thank you for helping us bombard the Heavenlies in prayer, for the Lords work to continue with Peace and Support and Safety surrounding them.
Samaritan Love Always,
Debbie Hoffman – GSM ASTA
Update – 2/21/17
There is an Update for the counselors that are being held by the Israeli soldiers. We talked to Majed this morning and the case has been moved forward until next Monday the 27th. When the case was presented to the judge, he could not understand why they (soldiers )were bringing them in for trial. We have been told still there are no charges other than doing good in Palestine to heal People in need. But the judge did give them more time to come up with a case. It’s a huge game and the game needs to be broken in the name of Jesus. Keep praying for these men and their families.. The center is functional Majed and another director is staying there as well as another counselor . Together we are taking the stance and holding ground and the center will be a place of healing!
Thank you for upholding our brothers and sisters in prayer,Much loveDebbie
From Executive Director, Teresa Stroup
We are to hold an “ALL MINISTRY ” vigil on Sunday the 26th , fasting for the day and coming together at 6pm at the Beaverton office for prayers and agreement for their release.We need to spread the word in every country, keeping this before the GSM Ministry worldwide. The office will be open at 4pm for those who want to come sooner. Lets agree together for the enemy’s strong hold on them to be broken!
Update – 2/16/17
Our director of ASTA employed two attorneys (working for us Pro Bono), to go to court on Friday morning to plea for the release of our two ASTA staff members.
The court was cancelled and we were told the two counselors that are in prison are going to be held until Monday for further investigation. This is very sad news and the treatment of these men are unknown.
Debbie Hoffman who is the head of the satellite with Good Samaritan ministries is contacting NBC news. Please pray, they said they would get back to her in the next hour. Maybe it’s one step closer to help these men that do not have any rights. We will not get discouraged and we will back our director, Majed Alloush with everything we have. God is in control.
ASTA – Drug and Alcohol Center Raided and Counselors Arrested
(pictured: wreckage left from the raid).
February 13th 2017 –
This is an urgent request for prayer for the GSM ministry of Al Sadiq Al Taib (ASTA) or Good Friends Association in the West Bank.
At 2 a.m. local occupational forces (police and soldiers) broke into the facility and ransacked the place. They slit mattresses, trashed equipment and files and did much physical damage. Even though the staff offered to open the doors, the police refused and broke the doors. There were 17 residents and the police told them that they could all leave. Only one person chose to leave. All of the others remained to continue their program of treatment.
For those who are not familiar with this work, it is a very effective drug and alcohol rehab center located in East Jerusalem. ASTA is an in-house treatment center that accepts people of any race, nationality, or religion. They are a branch of GSM and have worked many years with the local police and government.
Police arrested two staff members and took them to jail, saying ASTA would have to hire attorneys to get them back. At this point we do not have any understanding of the purpose of the raid, but it caused much trauma to those present and much physical damage to the facility.
Please pray for recovery for those who have been affected, release of those who were arrested, and funds to restore all that was damaged at the facility. Pray for our ASTA Director, Majed Alloush, who carries the responsibility for this much-needed work among addicts in Palestinian Territory. Seek the Lord for His counsel, wisdom, and direction concerning this incident and the ongoing work in a very dangerous area.
Please consider supporting recovery of the Center through finances as well as your prayers. Donations can be sent to the Beaverton office with a note to indicate you would like the money to go ASTA.