Our History

Our History – Inspired by a pilgrimage

In 2007 a group of returning pilgrims were so moved by the plight of Holy Land Christians they wanted to make an immediate improvement to their lives, to demonstrate their Christian family had not forgotten them.

The result was ‘Friends of the Holy Land’, launched by Michael Whelan and with the personal support  of the Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, now Cardinal, Archbishop of Westminster.

Following an Anglican appeal in 2011 by Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, for which FHL were asked to be the custodians, FHL became ecumenical – Christians over here helping Christians over there, regardless of denomination. FHL do not campaign for peace, leaving that to others who are better qualified.

Now, Bishops of two-thirds of all Catholic and Anglican Dioceses in England and Wales have appointed FHL Diocesan Coordinators to advise the FHL Trustees and Management Committee how best to fulfill our objectives in their Dioceses.

Since 2007 FHL has successfully funded the neediest Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, each year helping over 2,000 named Christians and raising over £3.1 million