For many children living under precarious conditions, the holidays can feel uncomfortably like standing on the outside and looking in. While families around the world come together to celebrate and exchange gifts, the families of children living in Palestine often struggle just to make ends meet. Although they live amidst the very place of Jesus’ birth, many of us forget about the Christian families who face adversity every day in order to keep our faith alive in the Holy Land. This year, as we admire Bethlehem’s beautiful Christmas tree in Manger Square from the comfort of our living rooms, let us also remember Bethlehem’s people, let us remember our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by sponsoring a child’s Christmas! Your donation of $20 will provide a child with a gift, a visit from Santa, a Christmas pageant and a Christmas procession along Star St. to the Church of the Nativity—the very street down which Mary and Joseph walked over 2000 years ago! This holiday season, choose to make a difference in the life of a child by sponsoring Christmas!
About Bethlehem Heart of Christmas:
Since 2003, HCEF’s Bethlehem Heart of Christmas (BHC) program has ensured that Christian children living in the Holy Land have a bright and joyous Christmas season. Our Christmas sponsorship campaign allows Christians from around the world to celebrate Jesus’ birth in fellowship with Holy Land Christians. By sponsoring a child’s Christmas, we embark on the same journey of faith that inspired the three Wise Men (three distinguished foreigners) to follow the promise of a star, bearing gifts to a child who would change the face of humanity. Our program is built upon the premise that through the simple act giving of a gift, we build bridges of solidarity and unity that transcend all manmade borders—that a gift can kindle hope and life in the hearts of both the giver and the receiver.
With the help of donors like you, this potentially bleak time can become an opportunity to celebrate the true spirit of the holidays amidst the comfort of our time-honored Christian traditions. By supporting our Bethlehem Heart of Christmas program, you can help to warm the hearts of Christian children in our community, and to help them feel the hope and light of the season. Help us to bring joy to the children and families who need it the most. Your donations are essential to help us remind children that someone out there cares.
Here are some ideas of how you can get yourself and others involved:
- Forgo your morning coffee for just one week and sponsor a child’s Christmas instead!
- Host a special offering at your church to collect donations for Bethlehem Heart of Christmas
- Celebrate Advent by making EVERY Tuesday a Giving Tuesday! Make a weekly donation in the lead up to Christmas.
- Establish a giving tree at your place of business to collect donations
- Sponsor a child’s Christmas in the name of someone you love, or in loving memory of your dearly departed
Each year, BHC provide gifts to hundreds of children, and we have many opportunities for you to see first-hand the difference that your gifts make. In order to ensure that all Christian families have a wonderful holiday celebration, we guarantee that children of every Christian denomination will receive gifts in celebration of their unity in Christ; and that all our gifts and services are purchased from local artisans and merchants so as to support the businesses of Holy Land Christians.