"I think about my work reflecting the stages of the life of Jesus here on earth."
My name is Osama Abu Sada. I am 42 years old and I have 3 daughters. I have been working with olive wood for 25 years now. My brother and I both learned this craft from my father. It has been passed down through generations—my grandfather and his father before him. God willing, if I have any male children, I will teach my son as well. This skill is the only way I have to support my family.
As a Christian living in the Holy Land, I think about my work reflecting the stages of the life of Jesus here on earth. I believe the work I am doing helps to carry the message of Jesus to the world. Anyone who chooses to purchase my art, I hope that it is a symbol of our desire here for justice and peace.