Report from Palestine

by Lynn Grassmeyer

ahmed final!The puppet "Ahmed" and I have had some wonderful visits so far as we travel the Holy Land telling stories to disabled and traumatized children in Palestine.

Our first stop was the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre for Disabled Children on the Mount of Olives. A leader in advocacy for the rights of children with disabilities in the region, the Basma Centre works to integrate mothers and family members into the care of the child, with the goal of assimilating the child back into society. Their vast programs and specialized staff are phenomenal!

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Our second stop was the House of Hope in Bethlehem.  Established in 1963 by a blind local Christian by the name of Aunty May, this vital ministry serves the blind and  persons with special needs in Bethlehem, fostering a sense of value within each person, with an emphasis on the enduring love of God. They teach new life skills for employment within House of Hope. This is another amazing organization with incredible staff.

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Our third stop so far was the Bethlehem Holy Child Program, a unique and intense therapeutic day-treatment program for children who suffer from untreated complex mental health issues and exposure to trauma. It serves as a sanctuary of safety for families in the area, instilling hope for the future through caring and dedicated staff. We enjoyed them immensely!

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All of these organizations depend on donations. Please visit their websites and make a Christmas offering to the precious children of the land where Jesus was born! And please pray that God will bring joy and hope and good old-fashioned laughter to these children through this puppet outreach.

Next week, join Ahmed and me as we continue our journey in Bethlehem, spending Christmas there before traveling to West Jerusalem and beyond!

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