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Privacy Policy Published April 2018FHL's Privacy Policy- published April 2018   Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) values its many supporters and wishes to assure them that any personal data they have supplied to FHL is held...

SchoolsSchools Our ObjectivesThe Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem has 17 schools in the Holy Land. The Latin Patriarchate has 45 schools. Together they offer education to approximately 28,000 pupils of whom...

Peter Rand - Vice Chairman and Executive TrusteePeter Rand MBE Trustee,Vice Chairman and Non Executive Trustee  Peter Rand MBE has been involved as FHL Trustee, Vice Chairman and Non Executive Trustee since autumn 2009, when the charity...

Peter Rand - Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee copy 7270Peter Rand MBE Trustee,Vice Chairman and Non Executive Trustee  Peter Rand MBE has been involved as FHL Trustee, Vice Chairman and Non Executive Trustee since autumn 2009, when the charity...

PilgrimagePilgrimage Why is Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Important?FHL believe for the Christian community in the Holy Land to flourish more Pilgrims must make time to visit local Christians and support the...

PrayerPrayer Inspiring Prayer   Praying for our Christian family in the Holy Land is central to our work. We have seen plenty of evidence to show that awareness raising, starting through...

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Reflections on a West Bank runFrom Jerusalem to Bethlehem   Reflections on a West Bank run Participating in the Palestinian marathon (held Friday 23rd March 2018) was something of a send-off for David Longe and his...

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Revd. Lynn BoyleRevd Lynn Boyle FHL Coordinator for Chester Diocese   Revd. Lynn Boyle is vicar of St Paul’s Parish, Compstall, Stockport and FHL coordinator for the Chester Diocese. Since 2004, she has...

Supporter ResourcesSupporter Resources  Sharing our Mission Statement  To explain simply and clearly what we are about we have created a mission statement:“Friends of the Holy Land, a non-political...

Our ProjectsOur Projects Our ProjectsFHL fund a mixture of sustainable and immediate relief work the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan and focuses on the areas of:

Tell us how to contact youTell us how to contact you We would like to keep in touchAs a supporter of Friends of the Holy Land we would like to keep you up to date with our projects and the work of the charity. Under the...

Terms and ConditionsTerms and ConditionsThis Website is operated by the Friends of the Holy Land (FHL). These terms govern your use of this website including your use of any materials, information and services which...

The Living StonesThe Living Stones About the Living StonesBethlehem and Jerusalem, where Jesus was born, crucified and rose to new life, were once bustling with local Christians. The Holy Land is the birthplace of...

The SpeakersThe 2017 National Gathering  The SpeakersFHL exists to bring hope to vulnerable Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. In the last eight years we have raised...

The Struggles of a Christian Family Living in the Gaza Strip Struggles in Gaza The Struggles of a Christian Family Living  in the Gaza Strip This is the personal testimony of George Anton, a Christian father of three,living in the Gaza...

The TeamThe Team at FHL The Team at FHLFHL has a UK based Management Committee reporting to a Board of Trustees. The Management Committee meets regularly to guide our work in the Holy Land, review...

The Vital Need to Support Christian Youth in GazaChristian Youth  The Vital Need to Support Christian Youth in GazaCopy supplied by Ramy Tarazi  beneficiary of FHL’s Gaza Youth Employment Programme.  No one can deny that the...

Trustee' Annual ReportsTrustees' Annual Reports ReportsPlease click the link below to read the Trustees' Report for the year. FHL Trustees Report 2016 FHL Trustees Report 2015 FHL Trustees Report 2014

What We DoWhat we do How We WorkFHL works closely with churches in the UK and in the Holy Land. Our work is ecumenical and has the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in England, Wales,...

Parish GroupsParish Groups Parishes Many of our supporters are organised though parish groups in Anglican and Catholic parishes across England, Wales and ScotlandMany of our supporters are organised though...

Our PatronsOur Patrons Patrons We are delighted to have the support of Catholic and Anglican Bishops. They enthusiastically express their commitment to the work of the Friends of the Holy Land. Here are...

A Jerusalem MinistryA Jerusalem Ministry   David Longe, Chaplain in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem Running the Bethlehem marathon on Friday 23rd March is something of a send-off for David and his family....

Get InvolvedTell us how to contact you We would like to keep in touchAs a supporter of Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) we hope you want to hear about our projects and the work of the charity.  Under the...

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Chairman's MessageChairman's Message Jim Quinn, Chairman of Friends of the Holy Land Welcome to the Friends of the Holy Land - a charitable organisation established in the UK in 2009 to assist the Christians in the...

Donate moneyDonate money To help our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land:The primary purpose of Friends of the Holy Land is to support Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, thus reducing the...

Family Support for Iraqi RefugeesSupport for Iraqi Refugees  What’s the situation?The Middle East is a rapidly changing and turbulent part of the world. Many Christian families flee their homes due to conflict or religious...

FHL logosFHL Logos  The need for ‘Brand Guidelines’ We have invested in a ‘brand image’ to ensure a consistent look and feel across our printed and digital communications. By applying these...

FHL logos copy 8794 copy 8795FHL Logos  The need for ‘Brand Guidelines’ We have invested in a ‘brand image’ to ensure a consistent look and feel across our printed and digital communications. By applying these...

Gaza Employment ProjectGaza Employment Project The situationFHL has an active programme of support for the tiny Christian community living in Gaza. No bigger than the Isle of Wight and home to almost 2 million people,...

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Home What we do Making a difference to the lives of vulnerable Christians in the Holy LandFriends of the Holy Land was established to help and encourage Christians to flourish in the land of their...

Our PartnersOur Partners Our PartnersWe support the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, working in partnership with organisations such as Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, The...

Husam WahhabHusam Wahhab Member of FHL's Holy Land Committee  For the last seven years, Husam Wahhab has been a volunteer member of FHL’s Bethlehem based committee whilst working as a lecturer and...

Jordan Dress Making ProjectJordan Dress Making   The situationThe Middle East is a rapidly changing and turbulent part of the world. Many Christian families flee their homes due to conflict or religious...

Keep in touchTell us how to contact you We would like to keep in touchAs a supporter of Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) we would like to keep you up to date with our projects and the work of the charity. Under...

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NewslettersNewsletters Please use the links below to view our newsletters. 2018Issue 17 Newsletter Winter/Spring 2017January Update 2018 February Update 2018 March Update 2018April Update 20182017...

Olive Branches Choir from BethlehemOlive Branches Choir At Lichfield Carol Service  On Friday Dec 15 at 7.30pm, the Cathedral will host a dedicated FHL carol service with singing led by the Cathedral choir. After the service...

Our Founder Michael WhelanOur Founder Michael Whelan - Inspired by a pilgrimage In 2007 a group of pilgrims, led by our founder Michael Whelan, were so moved by the plight of Holy Land Christians they wanted to make an...

Our HistoryOur 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...

Who are FHLWho are FHL? Our Purpose Friends of the Holy Land, is a non-political Christian Charity supporting the Christian population of the *West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, supporting them to develop a...

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Silver Jubilee Concert in JerseyFHL RC Portsmouth Diocesan Coordinator, Iain MacFirbhisigh, has shared news of a fundraising concert for FHL to be held at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, St Helier, Jersey on the evening of 23...

Supporting Iraqi Christian Refugees in Jordan Since 2016, FHL have shown solidarity with Iraqi Christian refugees forced to flee their homes because of their faith. Through the direct help of Fr Mario Cornioli we support around 100 Christian...

Advent Message from the Episcopal Diocese of JerusalemAdvent Message - from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem  FHL supports the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan by working in partnership with organisations such as...

Archbishop Pizzaballa Christmas Letter to FHL Christmas message from Archbishop Pizzaballa Archbishop Pizzaballa writes to FHL The office in Kenilworth hears regularly from friends and colleagues living in the West Bank and Jerusalem....

Supporting the Health of West Bank ChristiansEach year FHL distributes around £96,000 of medical grants in the Holy Land. As well as supporting Christian patients visiting St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus and the Medical Centre at Ramallah,...

Lichfield Carol ServiceTwo hundred Christians, from differing traditions, came together at ‘The Friends of the Holy Land’ carol service held at the Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 15th December. Standing shoulder to...

Crib CollectionsBishops in Eight Dioceses Recommend FHL to receive Crib Offerings FHL are delighted to announce that Bishops in eight dioceses have recommended Friends of the Holy Land to be beneficiaries of...

Support FHL as you shop on line Shopping on line using EasyFundraising is a simple way to donate to FHL. So far FHL have received £812 from 51 supporters. Please  consider if this is something you could sign up...

Providing Employment in NazarethThe challenges for Christians are very different in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. For those living in Israel employment discrimination is a major challenge, with unemployment causing...

The Triple Benefit of Diocesan AppealsLent, Harvest and Advent Appeals in Church of England Dioceses for Friends of the Holy Land are proving very beneficial to the most vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land, the Episcopal Diocese of...

The Wonderful Warmth of Ecumenical PilgrimageThe ‘wonderful warmth’ of ecumenical pilgrimage   Hot on the heels of the successful RC Birmingham and CofE Worcester Dioceses ecumenical pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, FHL...

Welcome to FHL's first Chief Executive"On behalf of the Trustees, I warmly welcome Maria McCaffery OBE as the first Chief Executive of Friends of the Holy Land. This is an important step as part of our Strategic Plan to grow the...

University Scholarships in GazaStatistics used to describe life in Gaza are shocking; the majority of the population are reliant on international food aid and prospects for young people are bleak, with over 65% unemployed....

Christmas CardsChristmas cards - available to order now Good news! – FHL’s 2017 Christmas Cards available now. Costing £3.75 for a pack of 10 every purchase directly supports Christians living in the Holy...

Christmas Appeal For FundsThis Christmas can you help us give hope to the most vulnerable Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan?Each year FHL distributes around £96,000 of medical grants in the Holy...

New Trusts and Foundations ManagerFHL welcomes Mick Boyle as 'Trusts and Foundations Manager'  FHL is delighted to welcome Mick Boyle as our new ‘Trusts and Foundations Manager’. From Jan 2 Mick will work two days a week...

FHL Chairman in the Holy LandJim Quinn - Visit to the Holy Land – Sat 5 – Thurs 9 Nov 2017 FHL Chairman Jim Quinn has just returned from a busy five day trip to the Holy Land, staying in Bethlehem and meeting with...

2017 FHL Carol ServiceFHL Christmas Carol Service Friday 15th Dec 7.30pm Lichfield Cathedral What better time to remember Christians living in the Holy Land than Christmas - when hearts and minds turn naturally to...

Friends of Bethlehem UniversityNew venture with Friends of Bethlehem University FHL Chairman Jim Quinn reports on a new venture for FHL. Bethlehem University and Friends of Bethlehem University (“FOBU”)FOBU was formed at...

National Gathering 2017 Report"We must not  be blind to the 'Living Stones 'of the Holy Land" Over 90 people attended our National Gathering in Kenilworth, held Sat 30 Oct at St Francis of Assisi Parish Centre. The ‘Day...

Kensington Garden Party June 30th 7pm  Kensington Friends of the Holy Land Group invite you to a Midsummer Garden Party on the forecourt of Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington High Street, London W8 - to be held Friday June...

Could You Speak for FHL?Could you speak for FHL?Enjoy public speaking? Want to support Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan? Volunteers are needed to speak at events across the country. Such...

Archbishop meets FHL Team in BethlehemArchbishop of Canterbury Meets FHL Team in Bethlehem  FHL played host to the Archbishop of Canterbury today as he met with our team in Bethlehem. The Archbishop, who is one of FHL’s...

New Director of DevelopmentMaria McCaffery MBE - New Director of Development  Peter Rand, FHL Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee writes: “I am very pleased to welcome Maria McCaffery as FHL's Director of...

Kingdom Season Awareness Raising in ElyThe Kenilworth office has seen a steady stream of donations from the Cambridge area in the last few weeks, evidence of awareness raising in the Diocese of Ely during ‘Kingdom Season’. Not...

Friends of the Holy Land Urged To Engage In Hope Filled ActionOver 60 Anglican and Roman Catholic representatives gathered at Lambeth Palace last week for FHL’s second national Diocesan Coordinators conference. With 25 Catholic and Anglican dioceses...

House Refurbishment in Beit JalaFHL is pleased to share news of a house redevelopment project for a Christian family living in Beit Jala. Situated six miles south of Jerusalem the West Bank town of Beit Jala lies within the...

'Gaza – 2 million living in a cage’FHL Vice-Chairman Peter Rand has just returned from Gaza. Whilst there he witnessed FHL projects supporting Gaza’s tiny and beleaguered Christian community. Covering an area the size of the Isle...

Christmas Message from the Pontifical Mission in JerusalemJerusalem's Pontifical Mission - a  Christmas Message to FHL Greetings from Jerusalem - the city of peace and coexistence ... There is no doubt that recent actions by US President Trump are a...

Day of Action Raises £10kIn October we reported on FHL’s National Gathering held at St Francis in Kenilworth. The culmination of this ‘Day of Action’ included renewed commitments by both supporters and the...

Peter Rand Receives Papal KnighthoodKenilworth charity trustee, Peter Rand MBE, was invested as a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great at St Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Kenilworth on Saturday June 2nd. The award is one...

Palestine marathon updateWe are pleased to announce that David Longe, Chaplain in the Diocese of Jerusalem, and his brother Will, successfully completed their runs in the Palestine marathon and 10k race. Even more...

Reaching out to Trusts and FoundationsFHL’s new ‘Trusts and Foundations’ Manager, Mick Boyle, has been in post for almost 6 months, working two days a week from his home near Stockport. Mick has excellent credentials having...

The Joy of PilgrimageSandra Brinkley, FHL’s Ambassador in the Hallam Diocese, shares a wonderful pilgrimage report including the many benefits of connecting with the ‘Living Stones’ of the Holy...

A Partnership of HopeA key FHL partner in the Holy Land is the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem. Through our close working relationship with Archbishop Suheil, and his colleagues at St George’s, we are able to identify...

Message from our CEOExcept for a few years at the start of my career I have spent almost all my working life in the not-for-profit sector so I’m used to the perennial struggle to make ends meet and, modesty aside,...

Thank you from the Bethlehem OfficeOn his recent visit to the West Bank Peter spent time with Nancy Wahhab and Reem Aburdeneh who staff FHL’s office in Beit Jala, close to Bethlehem. Nancy and Reem are responsible for gathering...

FHL Patron Applauds our WorkWe were delighted to catch up with FHL patron the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, the Archbishop of Liverpool, at his home in the city recently. We discussed tensions in the Middle East and...

Invitation to a Midsummer Garden Party, Kensington, Fri June 22nd 7pmKensington Friends of the Holy Land Group invite you to a Midsummer Garden Party on the forecourt of Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington High Street, London W8 - to be held on Friday, 22nd...

Fundraising in the Diocese of ShropshireGrateful thanks go to the FHL Wallasey Group, who recently sent the Kenilworth office a cheque for £1,500. This impressive figure was the result of a number of fundraising events including a Good...

Extending support in JordanIn February, we shared news of Peter Rand’s visit to Amman in Jordan, and our intention to extend assistance to Christians in the region. The good news is funds have been allocated to support...

Report from Gaza CityFHL works closely with Fr Mario, the Parish Priest of the Holy Family Parish in Gaza City. Fr Mario was instrumental in setting up FHL’s employment project to support young Christians living on...

Staying in touchWould you like to continue to receive news and notifications from FHL?If so, we need you to confirm that - its simple and quick to do. Please read on to find out what action you need to...

Fr Mamdouh in HounslowIn early March, Fr. Mamdouh AbuSada, Director of the School of Joy, spent two weeks visiting the UK. The School of Joy, in Beit Sahour, is dedicated to helping young people aged 6-23 who have...

Peter Rand receives Papal recognition FHL is delighted to report that Peter Rand (FHL Trustee and Vice Chairman) has been appointed a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG), one of the highest and most prestigious...

Special Appeal to Support Iraqi Christian RefugeesWe recently shared our hope to support an additional 128 Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan, including 51 children, currently residing in Ashrafieh Anglican parish in Amman. In January, whilst...

FHL in ScotlandFor some years FHL have enjoyed support from the Scottish Diocese of Galloway and FHL’s Diocesan Coordinator Fr. David Borland in the Parish of Ayr. Recently, the Bishop of Galloway, the Rt....

Marathon running in BethlehemFHL are delighted to share news that David Longe, Chaplain in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, will take part in the Palestinian Marathon. On Friday 23rd March David will join thousands of...

Message from St Martha's HouseIt’s always good to hear news from our friends at St Martha’s House. In her most recent newsletter Laila Asfoura, President of St Martha’s House, has this message for FHL supporters. Friends...

St Patrick's Day Fundraiser - KensingtonGood to hear of a fundraising event at Our Lady Of Victory in Kensington. On the 17th March they are holding at St Patrick’s Night Party at 7.30pm. The evening includes, Irish...

Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre closes in protestChristian leaders in Jerusalem recently closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for four days in protest over a new tax policy and proposed property law. The decision, to close what is considered...

Fundraising on 2 wheels updateEnergetic supporters from the diocese of Leeds, Paul Sullivan and Nigel Cawthorne, have raised an impressive £2000 on a sponsored cycle ride around the Sea of Galilee, to be split between FHL and...

Aspirations for 2018As we welcome in the New Year Maria McCaffery, FHL's new Chief Executive, shares with us her aspirations for FHL over the next 12 months.  “Our key objectives are as relevant today as they...

Testimony from GazaRegular readers will know that supporting the tiny Christian population of Gaza is a key FHL objective. We do this through two significant projects based in Gaza – supporting Christian...

FHL and new rules to safeguard donors’ personal data Supporters may be aware of new data protection laws coming into effect from May 25th. These rules are known as ‘GDPR’ - General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR reaffirms existing data...

Pancake Lunch at Olton Friary, Tues Feb 13th, 11am-2pm, £2 donationWe are delighted to share news of a seasonal fundraising event organised by the Solihull FHL group, which includes parishioners from the parishes of St Augustine’s, Our Lady of the Wayside and...

Beit Jala House RefurbishmentIn February last year we reported on a refurbishment project to improve the living conditions of a Christian family in Beit Jala. Our Bethlehem committee identified the Saliba Bader family as...

Pilgrims Share Joyful Day at St Martha's HouseFHL 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...

Looking Forward to 2017FHL Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee Peter Rand says, “Central to our work remains our key objectives of increasing awareness, prayer, and practical support, and to encourage people to go on...

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St. Martha's HouseSince its foundation in 2009 FHL has supported St. Martha’s House, the first day care centre for elderly ladies in Bethlehem. It opens 4 days a week to provide a social environment for...

School of JoySince 2011 FHL have supported the School of Joy, in Beit Sahour, a Special Needs School run by Fr. Abusada. Thanks to the generosity of FHL donors, the School has added an additional class of...

House RefurbishmentsFHL is facilitating house refurbishments for the most needy Christians.

St. Luke’s Hospital NablusSt. Luke’s is under the management of the Anglican Diocese in Jerusalem. Thanks to generous donations from ‘Friends’, FHL is able to support those Christians who cannot afford to pay...

School and University FeesFHL supports education in the Holy Land as a vital way to ensure the future of Christian communities, funding students at schools and universities, when this is beyond the resources of their families.

Seed Corn Funding‘Seed corn’ funding for new businesses to provide employment opportunities, in particular youth employment.‘Seed corn’ funding is available for:• Olive wood production• Manufacture of...

Ely Diocese Water ProjectBishop Stephen Conway writes: ‘I support a Pentecost appeal for Friends of the Holy Land to support Christians in the West Bank by helping to provide them with safe, clean drinking water.Water...

Repairing HomesIn recent months work has included rebuilding bathrooms and kitchens, making roofs watertight, restoring plumbing, repairing electrics and redecorating. A few thousand dollars can go a long way to...