Nancy and Reem, FHL Holy Land staffNancy and Reem work in our Holy Land office. They meet beneficiaries and those who hope to receive support from us.

Nancy and Reem are supported by a Holy Land Committee, consisting of lay and clerical volunteers. The Holy Land Committee supports the Bethlehem office and helps identify and verify projects and Christians requiring our support.

Nancy Wahhab

Nancy was born and raised in Gaza. She moved to the city of Bethlehem to study at Bethlehem University and got a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She worked as an accountant in EPHPHETA Bethlehem, and working in an accountant’s office, went back to the university to get a second bachelor's degree in Religious studies. She is married and has five children.

Nancy has been working for the FHL as an office manager for the last seven years since 2014. 'I enjoy working for FHL as I feel this work is an engine of change. Meeting new people and helping those in need makes this job wonderful for changing people’s lives for the better and satisfying my inner ambition to help others.'

Reem Aburdeneh

Reem is from Bethlehem, married and a mother for four children. Graduated from Bethlehem University in 2000, she has a bachelor degree in Social Science.

After graduation she worked in the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation in a crisis program for a while, then in 2007 she worked as a social worker at St.Joseph  school in Bethlehem.

 Reem started working with FHL September 2014. 'I love and enjoy my career with FHL because it is part of my personality. In addition I find interest in helping people.'

The members of the Holy Land Committee are:

Rev. Jamal Khader, Chairman 

A priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (1988). MA and PhD at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1994-1998). Professor of Theology at the Latin Patriarchal Seminary (Beit Jala) and at Bethlehem University. Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University (2003 – 2013); Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Bethlehem University (2008 – 2013). Rector of the Latin Patriarchate Seminary (2013 – 2017). Parish priest of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Ramallah (2017), and General Director of the Latin Patriarchate Schools in Palestine (2019…)

Right Reverend Dr Hosam Elias Naoum

The Right Reverend Dr. Hosam Elias Naoum is the Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (Anglican) and Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem since 2009.

In 1998 Bishop Hosam was ordained as deacon and began his incumbency at St. Matthew’s Church in Zababdeh and St. Philip’s Church in Nablus/Rafedia. He was ordained as a priest in 1999.

Bishop Hosam originally served as Canon Pastor at the Cathedral from 2005, and was the Acting Dean from 2007-2009, thereafter being installed as the permanent Dean. In that office, he continues to serve as Pastor to the Cathedral’s Arabic and English speaking congregations. Bishop Hosam completed his initial theological training at the College of the Transfiguration in South Africa. In 2011, he then earned a Master of Theology degree in Canon Law from Virginia Theological Seminary in the USA and went on to complete his doctoral studies at VTS in the summer of 2019. Consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor in June 2020, Bishop Hosam will be installed as the next Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem on 13 May 2021.

He also serves as the Secretary to the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and is actively involved in the work of ecumenical and interfaith dialogues. Bishop Hosam is also a member of the Friends of the Holy Land Local Committee.

Laila Asfoura

Laila Asfoura is the Founder of AHDAF Charitable Organisation, Executive Director of Laila Tours and Travel and a Founder member of the local Committee of Friends of the Holy Land. She serves as the Executive Director of St. Martha’s House, founded in 2009, which is the first day care centre for elderly ladies in the Bethlehem area and is supported by FHL in the UK. She has been working in the travel industry since 2005 and holds a Masters’ Degree in Tourism from Bethlehem University. As a Palestinian Christian, in the Greek Orthodox tradition, Laila is an active member of the local community.

George Sa'adeh

George Anton Sa’adeh was born in Bethlehem in 1961. He is married with two daughters, Marian and Christine, who has died. He was educated at the Terra Santa School in Bethlehem and in 2003 graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

George is Headmaster of Shepherds High School in Beit Sahour, was Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem from 2005 – 2012, is a member of the Russian Orthodox Emperor Society in Bethlehem, a member of the Israeli-Palestinian Parent Circle Forum for Bereaved Families since 2013 and a founder member of the local Committee of Friends of the Holy Land.

Husam Wahhab

Husam was educated at Terra Santa College in Bethlehem and graduated from Bethlehem University with a BSc in Business Administration. He established his accountancy practice in the City in 1994, after 8 years’ experience in Abu Dhabi and the US.  He holds a Masters’ Degree in Accounting and Professional Consultancy from the US and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Palestine and the US. Husam lectures in accountancy in the Business Administration Faculty at Bethlehem University and is the accountant or auditor for many local businesses. He is a Board member of the Palestinian Association of Certified Public Accountants, an Examiner for the Board of Auditing Professionals, President of Catholic Action, a member of St. Catherine’s Parish Council and a volunteer member of the FHL Holy Land Committee.