Support our work Now, in Royal David's City Donate Fundraise For Mary, giving birth in Bethlehem in 2021 was set to put her family deep in debt. Her husband Samer has lost over half of his income since the pandemic began. He used to show Christmas tourists around the Church of the Nativity, but for a second year no tourists are coming. In October, Mary's delivery ended up costing £1,200 - almost three times the family’s monthly income. But thanks to donations from amazing supporters like you, Friends of the Holy Land were able to help, giving new baby Anton a much better start to life. Every week, our Holy Land office hears more stories of people needing urgent medical treatment – from dentistry to cancer – that they simply can’t afford after 18 months of pandemic hardship. This Christmas in the Holy Land… There are more mothers waiting to give birth in Bethlehem, wondering how they will afford their hospital stay. There are believers in Nazareth needing urgent surgery that will destroy their family finances. There are Christians in Gaza who will stop taking medications they can no longer afford, risking their lives. You can make an enormous difference to another family like Mary’s with a Christmas gift of £48 or whatever you can. Thank you so much! Your Christmas gifts will be used where most needed to meet urgent and ongoing medical needs including birth costs, or to fund our work providing wider support to vulnerable Holy Land Christians. Church leader? Download our free church service pack here to share the story of today's Bethlehem with your congregation this Christmas or Epiphany.