Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas in Bethlehem

Pastor Mitri Raheb sends this greeting from the Lutheran community of Christmas Lutheran Church and the International Center of Bethlehem. He invites us to see the people of Bethlehem as they celebrate the coming of Christ -

Christmas 2006
Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Salaam from the little town of Bethlehem. Our Christmas message this year will not focus on the Separation Wall or the struggle for political control between Fateh and Hamas.

Rather, we would like to invite you to visit the people living behind the Wall as they prepare for Christmas. We invite you to watch a short clip produced by the students of Dar al-Kalima College; to listen to a short Arabic Christmas hymn performed by our Bethlehem Star choir; to enjoy a few snapshots featuring our program for the elderly “Ajyal”; to get introduced to some of our artisans as they produce a Christmas banner; to enjoy the work of one of our art teachers exhibiting his oil paintings for Christmas.

It was around this time that the Divine opened a window for humanity to see and know Him through the child of Bethlehem. This is why we open this window to invite you to see the people of Bethlehem, our beneficiaries, as they celebrate the coming of Christ to their town.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a blessed 2007.

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
The Staff of the International Center of Bethlehem, Dar al-Kalima College and the Health & Wellness Center

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