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 resilient and enduring Christian community.
Seventy years ago Christians made up 29% of the population of the Holy Land. Today they account for less than 2%. Without support, the Holy places of the Bible, the birthplace of Christianity, could become cultural museums with no Christian presence at all.
Living as a Christian in today’s Holy Land is challenging. Travel restrictions, water shortages, limited access to medical or social care, and poverty means many Christians emigrate if they can. In addition, there is often a psychological effect; living in the shadow of an 18 foot high separation wall cut off from their land and olive groves.
And increasingly there is fear…. as news travels of the treatment of Christians in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.
Our work falls under four main objectives:
Awareness raising: of the challenges faced by Christians in the Holy Land
Prayer: encouraging prayer on their behalf
Fund Raising: offering practical help for a sustainable future
Pilgrimage: encouraging visits to the Holy Land to meet local Christians