A Chattanooga pastor returns from the Middle East with a new perspective on the battle here at home.
Pastor Kevin Adams works tirelessly on keeping the peace on the streets of Chattanooga. But he's just returned from using his skills half way around the world as one of only 15 pastors chosen to represent the United State in peace talks in the Middle East.
A non-profit organization chose Olivet Baptist Church Pastor Kevin Adams to represent the U.S overseas. In return the American Israel Education Foundation hopes to hear from Palestinians and Israelites on the struggles of finding peace.
But throughout Pastor Adam's 8 day trip he says he heard and saw things that are nearly impossible to forget.
Guns and bombs going off are just a few memories of Pastor Adam's trip to Israel.
He along with 14 other pastors traveled to Israel and heard different perspectives on why there's no peace. That's when he was able to see first-hand, the long-standing conflict that spans hundreds of years.
"You think this is a huge place. When you get there, the reality is that everybody is so close. I mean, they're fighting and it's like the distance between the Palestinians and Israelis is like Brainerd and East Brainerd," says Pastor Adams.
A grim reality not just for those overseas, but for those right here in Chattanooga.
"There's so much senseless killing and murdering even here now it's just senseless and foolish as to take a person's life and you can do so much more and helping people to inspire them to impact life," says Pastor Adams.
Pastor Adams recounts his experience being just steps away from land mines and just a firing distance away from missiles.
"I appreciate America, I really do. It made me more appreciative of the freedom that we are. We take a lot of things for granted," says Pastor Adams.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says as of right now, Palestinian and Israeli leaders are trying to iron out possible solutions for peace. As of right now, they have until April to do it.
Meanwhile, Pastor Adams says he hopes to take what he learned overseas and pass that on to elected leaders here in an effort to strengthen ties with Israel and the U.s.By Alyssa Spirato