22nd May 2020

From the Archbishop:

Friends of the Holy Land – Pentecost Challenge

As a Patron of Friends of the Holy Land (FHL), I am kept informed of the wonderful work they are undertaking with a very small team of paid staff and many volunteers both over here and in the Holy Land. Coronavirus is changing the lives of all of us but for so many Christians, especially in the West Bank but also Gaza, Israel and Jordan, it is devastating.  So many are dependent for their income on pilgrimages and tourism which disappeared overnight in early March.  For many they have no government support nor even a health service which can handle this crisis.

So, FHL launched an appeal in March for those impacted in Bethlehem and widened it on 3 April as a Pentecost Challenge to cover the whole of the region. They secured match funding for the first £100,000 and, with a few days to go to Pentecost, are close to reaching the target but are seeking help from us to get over the line.

www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/pentecost-challenge will direct parishioners to the FHL website where more information is available.  You may also wish to view the news story on our diocesan website www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/news/fhl-launch-pentecost-challenge.

Thank you for your support to help those worse off than ourselves, as FHL strive to maintain a Christian presence in the Holy Land and please keep the FHL staff and volunteers plus those in the Holy Land in your prayers.

With my prayers and kindest wishes.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham

Friends of the Holy Land – Pentecost Challenge