In Bethlehem - First Baptist Church
In 1980 we laid the foundation for a 20th Century miracle in Bethlehem, the city of Jesus' birth. This is when First Baptist Church in Bethlehem was born, its purpose to lift up, proclaim and glorify Jesus the Lord, God incarnate, born as a baby over 2000 years ago.
Step by step we slowly built. Today our property includes a sanctuary that seats 400, six classrooms, church offices, a media studio, print shop and more. Thanks be to God!
Over the years have seen thousands of people come to know the Lord Jesus Christ through visitation, witnessing, church services, sermon broadcasts, community events and more.
Many who have come to Christ have found it difficult to continue living close enough to remain active in our local ministries. For reasons related to safety and income, a great number have found it necessary to move elsewhere. We thank God for all who remain faithful to Him, whether far away or near. We praise Him for those He has called to remain in our city and in our fellowship. The price for living here is high. Very high. Pray for all our members who even as you read these words are paying dearly for their presence here in Bethlehem. In spite of the price, or perhaps in part because of it, their light as witnesses to Jesus the Son is radiant.
In Jerusalem - Calvary Church
In just the past few years, our congregation in East Jerusalem has grown more than 1,400 percent. Our faith family now numbers more than 200. And we continue to grow.
Our ministry’s emphasis is fulfillment of Luke 18:16 — Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Providing a future for the next generation will help prevent a mass exodus of Christian Arabs from the Land.
For nearly a decade we have faced enormous challenges in finding a permanent home for our church community. The pressures from certain radical Muslim elements within our area recently forced our landlord to evict us. The building we were in has been vandalized and church members physically attacked on many occasions.
Despite all these things, our church has seen the blessing of God and church membership has grown to a point where people are standing in the hall to hear the God's Word. Our hearts' desire is to purchase a multipurpose Church building in the heart of East Jerusalem, to remind those in the city and surrounding villages that Jesus is the Savior.
Real estate in Jerusalem is unbelievably expensive. Hence our need for a modest but sufficient building is approximately 6 million U.S. dollars. Stand with us, laying up treasure in heaven by giving to this need. Click here...
In Jerusalem - Old City Church
Twice a week we lead a congregation that meets in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Founded in the 1990s, our ministry was approached in the year 2000 to lead this small but hardy group of believers. They were determined to meet and worship Jesus inside the enflamed apple of God's eye. After prayer, after seeing that this church is a holy salve to God's irritated eye, we agreed to minister here.
Our location is modest, just two rooms. But it is also strategic: this is the very city in which Jesus will be enthroned as God's Messiah King. Its not easy being a non traditional Christian and being a small group but still, they come. Still, they come. Still, we worship. Still, we proclaim Jesus as God's Son, the world's only Savior.
Encourage these, your fellow members of Christ's body. Let them know that they are not alone. Click here
Jericho, the Jericho, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Most Christians associate the city with the fall of its walls after Joshua and the people of Israel marched around it seven days. But its role in the Bible does not stop there. It it a city that was later frequented by Elijah, Elisha, King David's men and Jesus. This is the place where the tax collector, Zacchaeus, lived. It is on the road to Jericho where Jesus placed his parable of the Good Samaritan. It is also where he healed two blind men.
Rich with biblical history, Jericho today is virtually emptied of believers. But there are a few. And the hunger there is great. Once a week Ziyad Bannoura [make Ziyad's full name a hot link to his bio page on the website] leads a Bible study there. Out of a population of about 20,000, about 40 people attend. It is a small seed, but one we know will grow once again turning the people of this city to the One-and-Only-God-Who-Is, and to his only begotten Son, Jesus.
This ministry, like most throughout the Palestinian Territories, is a risky thing. Let these believers know that you support them in their faith. Click here.