Melanie Lidman is a freelance journalist in Israel. Originally from Boston and a graduate of the University of Maryland, she also works for the Times of Israel and covers Africa and the Middle East for Global Sisters Report. Previously, Lidman was the Jerusalem metro reporter for the Jerusalem Post. Though Israel has one of the highest concentration of journalists in the world, Lidman is one of the only who travels to news events almost exclusively by bicycle, which she calls Savlanut (patience).

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Disabled youth find a home and visibility with Chinese sisters

Global Sisters Report: As soon as St. Therese of the Child Jesus Sisters moved onto the church grounds in a rural region outside of Beijing, abandoned babies with severe disabilities started showing up on the doorstep. 

Tutsis and Hutus practice the multiplication of love and fishes

Global Sisters Report: When Sr. Mary Rose Mukukibogo first approached women in Gisagara, southern Rwanda, about starting an agricultural association, they were furious. 

Trump's spiritual speech in Jerusalem short on substance, long on history

Jerusalem: President Donald Trump's speech at the Israel Museum May 23 put extra emphasis on spiritual themes, but experts are skeptical that Trump will be able to translate his lofty statements into concrete action.

Israelis 'don't even know how to guess what will happen' when Trump visits

Jerusalem — Plans for the U.S. president's May 22-23 visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories shift, and no one can predict what Trump may say or do while there.