Ann Ammar, lives near Philadelphia, with her Palestinian husband of 33 years. They have two creative and talented daughters, their oldest Daliah, an artist www.daliahammar.com) who lives in Chicago, and their younger, Leila, who is studying creative writing and psychology at the university in Philadelphia. Ann and her husband met as graduate students in London in 1982, and then moved together to America in 1983, where they married in 1985 and began their respective careers. In the height of Ann’s successful career as an international banker in 1994, on a routine business trip to Italy, one of her clients unexpectedly took Ann to Assisi. There, in a day filled with mystery and mystical experiences, the Almighty God revealed Himself to Ann and drew her from her decades long agnosticism to a vibrant living faith in Him. In Assisi, Ann had her “Road to Damascus” experience when the Lord touched her spirit, quickening it, and awakening it from its slumber. The Most High God penetrated her soul with His Light dispelling the darkness of her unbelief and setting her on a path to conversion.
Filled with this prevenient grace, Ann was given the spiritual gift to hunger with her whole heart, mind, and soul, to come to fully know, love and serve the Triune God whom had reached out to her in Assisi. She followed this Voice of Personal Love, which ultimately led her to give her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and leave all worldly pursuits including her high-powered career, to follow the Good Shepherd wherever He would lead her. At first, she began her worship of the Blessed Trinity and grew in her new Christian faith with Evangelicals and Pentecostals. In 2003, the Holy Spirit revealed to Ann the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, Body, Blood Soul and Divinity, – and she came with haste into His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. She entered into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil of 2004 being Confirmed in the Holy Faith and receiving our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Following the Lord’s leadings, Ann’s and her family moved to Israel in 2008, where they lived for several years, first in her husband’s Arab Muslim village near ancient Caesarea and then in a modern Jewish Israeli town near Natanya. Their move to Israel in 2008 also fulfilled her husband’s quiet, yet deep yearning, to return to his native birthplace of Baqa Al-Gharbiyeh, home to 30,000 Arab Muslims, in order to spend time with his aging father, after living more than 25 years abroad with Ann, in England, Spain, and America.
The mysterious and extraordinary events that preceded and precipitated Ann’s family’s sudden relocation to Israel, was understood by Ann at the time, to be a special call from the Lord for a mission yet to be fully revealed to her. Ann’s discernment of the Good Shepherd’s guiding Hand in His call to come to the Holy Land was soon verified, when she met under most extraordinary circumstances, the person that Jesus had predestined to be Ann’s co-laborer in an evangelical writing apostolate whereby the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ would be witnessed to all the world through Ann’s personal and transparent testimonies of her own unique journey of faith with the Lord.
Ann’s new sister in Christ, Marianne, had been called by Jesus many years before from Holland to settle in Israel, where she had been living more than three decades, as the only Catholic in a completely Jewish kibbutz located outside Jerusalem. Bonding Ann and Marianne together in deep Christian sisterhood, agape love and friendship, and equipping them for His service for the building up of His Kingdom on Earth, Jesus utilizes the unique talents and gifts He has bestowed on each of them to labor as missionary disciples of the new evangelization, as servants to His Holy Mother for the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart, and as His laborers and soldiers for the Reign of His Sacred Heart – His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven.
The fruit of this unity is their blogs https://walkingwithourlord.wordpress.com/, and http://www.thebattlecryblog.wordpress.com where Ann’s inspirational faith testimonies, spiritual poems, original songs and lyrics, and inspirations and words from the Holy Spirit are contained. Marianne’s sharp computer skills and her creative and artistic talents are combined to design and manage these beautiful Blogs.
The following interview taken in 2017 of Ann Ammar by Mr. Gordon Nary of Catholic Profiles sheds further light on Ann’s remarkable journey to Faith in Jesus Christ.