Christian Youth 

The Vital Need to Support Christian Youth in Gaza

Copy supplied by Ramy Tarazi  beneficiary of FHL’s Gaza Youth Employment Programme. 

No one can deny that the Christian situation in Gaza is very serious and needs increased awareness. I will try, as best I can, to share with you the current situation facing Christians in the Gaza Strip, especially that of young people.

The percentage of the population in the Gaza Strip that is Christian is decreasing. This percentage is more and more likely to reduce until the Christian presence of the Gaza Strip disappears altogether. How can we, as a Christian society, convince the young people to stay in Gaza and when we are unable to provide them with a livelihood to allow them to work and live in dignity? 

I want to give a simple equation. Every young person who emigrates from the Gaza Strip represents a lost opportunity to form a Christian family – and youth are the backbone of society. Without youth there is no Christian society. I would like to quote from the Bible:

 

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?   The Letter of James Chapter Two, Verses 15 and 16.

As the Christian youth of the Gaza Strip, we have talked about young people and held two meetings. We discussed several issues and the challenges facing young people. We summarised them in a paper and mentioned some of these challenges: unemployment, social networking, public rights, education, individual rights and family support. 

We ask you to stand by us and take these problems into account. We need your support in order to move forward and advance the Christian community before it is too late and our community melts away. There is no doubt that we face a very dangerous situation now. It affects everything in our life as a Christian, so we must do our best and do everything possible to solve it and strengthen the Christian presence in the Gaza Strip.


How you can help 

FHL works in partnership with the Pontifical Mission to raise awareness of the challenges faced by Christians living in the Gaza Strip, to encourage prayers on their behalf, and to generate financial resources to help provide them with a sustainable future.  Donations of time and money to support our work in Gaza and across the Holy Land are gratefully received.

Donations of time are also gratefully received. We particularly need volunteers to help in our office in Kenilworth or to speak at events across the country. If you could help in either capacity please contact the office:  office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk  01926 512980.