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Friends Of The Holy Land
Friends Of The Holy Land
Pentecost Challenge

Pentecost Challenge

Why we need your help

The coronavirus is tightening its grip as it spreads throughout the Holy Land so we have taken the decision to widen the scope of our appeal to all of the West Bank (including Bethlehem), Gaza, Israel and Jordan. Therefore, we have re-launched our Bethlehem Coronavirus Shutdown Appeal as the “Pentecost Challenge” thus enabling Friends of the Holy Land to continue its activities and support those most affected by this crisis in the entire area of our operation. At the same time three generous supporters have committed to match any donations to our appeal received from April 3rd 2020 until Pentecost, 31st May 2020 up to £100,000. Your donations will be doubled, whilst match funds last. Naturally we have carried forward the gift aided balance of £48,000 that had been donated up until April 2nd to make our target.

Every £1 you donate will have the impact of £2!

Tourism is a key industry for Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other holy sites in Israel and Jordan especially in the lead up to Easter. Indications are that from a record year of 4.5 million visitors in 2019, tourism will be wiped out in 2020 along with the income to the millions dependent on the sector, over 50% of whom are employed on a casual basis.

 Close to 200,000 migrant workers with or without permits rely on incomes from Israel or the settlements and they each support (on average) a family of five. That's almost one million Palestinian individuals having food on their table from the income generated from Israel. With the closure of the crossing points, these incomes no longer flow and there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how long these conditions will prevail.

The impact of this shutdown is already having a devastating impact on the lives of Christians in the Holy Land. They need our support urgently.

This same crisis has also enforced conditions in the UK which have already severely curtailed our ability to fundraise and so meet these increased calls for help from our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. As a Charity, we rely on the generosity and support of our wonderful Christian communities in the UK, yet, sadly, in light of the restrictions on worship and gatherings imposed in the current situation, many of our planned church appeals, fundraising events and activities cannot go ahead over the coming months. We hope this match funding opportunity will inspire you to replace these many missed fundraising opportunities.

Bethlehem update

The shutdown of Bethlehem continues at 4 weeks, Our team in Bethlehem advise that concerns are rising for those most vulnerable as the banks continue to be closed to the public and only open to business by appointment, ATMs are empty and the few stores that sell essential supplies are demanding cash payments. Our team have so far managed to distribute cash to cover three months basic needs to 84 families in Bethlehem despite the difficult conditions as movement is severely restricted by police and army patrols. Employment conditions for most in the city are fragile, people live hand to mouth with no safety net provided by the government through social support.

For current information on the situation in the region please visit our dedicated web page:  www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/pentecost-challenge

Please help us by donating what you can BEFORE 31 May so that every £1 you give will be matched and worth £2.

135,977.36

raised towards 148,000.00 target

135977.36
148000.00

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Supporters

May 28, 2020

Anonymous

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

May 28, 2020

Anonymous

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

May 28, 2020

Anonymous


May 28, 2020

Anonymous

146.00
(plus 36.50 giftaid)

May 27, 2020

Terry L

Good Christian teamwork!

100.00
(plus 25.00 giftaid)

May 27, 2020

Anonymous

God Bless the work of FHL.

300.00
(plus 75.00 giftaid)

May 27, 2020

Siobhan Green

30.00

May 27, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 27, 2020

Beverley Jameson

200.00
(plus 50.00 giftaid)

May 27, 2020

karen

God is with us

10.00

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Total raised so far

135,977.36

Total plus Gift Aid 144,181.20

Direct donations

37,335.36

Raised offline 98,642.00

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