Pilgrims Share Joyful Day at St Martha's House

FHL were delighted to hear of two Diocesan Pilgrimages visiting St Martha’s House in Beit Sahour recently. We have been proud to support this day care centre for elderly Christian women in Bethlehem since our foundation in 2009. 

Open four days a week the house provides support to poor and vulnerable elderly Christian women in Bethlehem, many of whom are widows, living alone and with no one to look after them. St Martha’s House, staffed by Christians, creates a social environment where the women meet for companionship, simple meals and mutual support. 

Without this facility, many of these elderly women would live a lonely and isolated existence. Women attending the centre enjoy preparing and eating a midday meal together, tending the garden (which provides vegetables for the House), embroidery, board games, and singing and dancing together.

FHL encourages pilgrimage organisers to make time in their itineraries to meet with these ‘Living Stones’ of the Holy Land, and were delighted to facilitate visits by two diocesan pilgrimages to St Martha’s House. 

The women at the day centre have lived lives of hardship, warfare and discrimination so it means a lot to them to meet with their Christian brothers and sisters from around the world.

Diocesan pilgrimages from Westminster and St Albans called into the day centre and spent an enjoyable and rewarding time there.

 Pilgrims talked with the St. Martha's women, listened to their stories and - as always - joined them in dancing, singing and prayer. The pilgrims shared coffee and biscuits with the women and were presented with souvenirs.

Bishop John Sherrington with pilgrims from the Westminster diocese visit St Martha's House accompanied by Laila Asfoura, member of FHL's Holy Land committee. 

Laila welcomes pilgrims from the St Albans diocese to St Martha's House.

It is with grateful thanks to FHL's many donors and supporters that we are able to support the work of St Martha's House. 

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