“I want to educate young men and women in Palestine. It is through education they can make a change… to transform as individuals that can achieve something for the future of Palestine. We can make it happen…and to have this hope is my life.”

– Rawan Gedeon, a former student at Dar al-Kalima College

Bridges of Hope is presented at the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting

Thank you for your support of the ministry of Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Because of you, and people like you, we have many achievements to celebrate from this last year. There are too many to list individually but here is a snapshot:

  • Reached more than 100,000 people across the United States and Internationally with over 50 special events, worship services and presentations. We shared the message of HOPE for the people of Bethlehem and beyond.
  • Kicked-off the 1st Annual Palestinian Arts Festival in the Twin Cities and subsequent tour of the Dance/Drama Troupe in the Midwest.
  • Sponsored an ecumenical group of clergy to visit the ministries of Diyar and to witness firsthand the transformation of lives with the emphasis on art, culture and leadership.
  • Promoted the traveling art exhibit of Palestinian artists through many parts of the US…and still going in 2013! We even needed to request more art from the Palestinian artists halfway through the tour!
  • Launched the new Bright Stars of Bethlehem website and continue to grow the outreach through social media. Received a record number of on-line gifts in 2012!
  • Developed Advent stories of youth, seniors, students and families and broadcast daily devotions at Bright Stars of Bethlehem Facebook page.
  • Thanked over 4000 donors, like you, for amazing generosity and support!

So what lies ahead in 2013? With your help we will be able to

  • Raise over $100,000 in scholarships to support 150 students in the Diyar Academy for Children and Youth
  • Complete the final phase of costs for Dar al-Kalima College rooms, facilities and program needs
  • Support the Ajyal “Seniors” program needs for offices and resources
  • Send more than 10 Bright Stars of Bethlehem trips… please considering joining on one of these exciting trips to learn more about our ministry in the Holy Land
  • Celebrate the 2nd Annual Palestinian Arts Festival in the Bay Area and in conjunction with the Bright Stars of Bethlehem Annual Conference, September 25-30, 2013 in San Francisco, California
Continue to share the story of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and discover how together we make a difference in the lives of the people in Palestine!