Palmer Becker, on special assignment for Mennonite Church Canada with Bethlehem Bible College, was among them. "[It] exceeded all expectations!" he said in an e-mail update. "The presence of numerous Messianic Jews brought new hope and possibilities to the gathering - [This conference] was a profound attempt to help evangelical, Palestinian and Messianic Christians explore nonviolent options for understanding and reconciliation.""The practice of nonviolence was affirmed again and again," Becker said. "Ron Sider, Sami Awad, Jonathan Kuttab and others spoke like Anabaptists, inviting us to love our enemies and to overcome evil with good."