Our objectives are raising awareness of the challenges facing the Christians of the Holy Land, encourage prayers to be offered on their behalf, generating and channeling financial resources to give them a sustainable future and encouraging visits to the Holy Land to meet local Christians.
The Christian people of the Holy Land have been under increasing economic and political pressure in the past seventy-five years, and during that time the Christian population there has fallen steadily. Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) was established in 2009 to help and encourage Christians to flourish in the land of their birth, to ensure a secure presence where Christianity began. Working closely with the churches here and in the Holy Land, our work is entirely a-political, and has the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in England, Wales, Scotland and elsewhere.
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 immediate improvement to their lives - the result was ‘Friends of the Holy Land’.
Since then FHL have successfully funded the neediest Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. Each year we help over 2,000 named Christians, improving their lives in the key areas of education, employment, health and housing.