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Our new CEO & the work of the Princess Basma Centre The international community of the holy sepulchre's AUGUST 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Early in August, I joined ICoHS as Chief Executive Officer and am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the churches in helping communities in the Holy Land to flourish. I worked and lived in the Middle East for several years and enjoyed the richness of the different faith communities in this unique and complex part of the world.

It is now my privilege to lead the organisation in exploring mutually beneficial partnerships, strategic advocacy opportunities, and meaningful fundraising, all in support of the local churches and the Christian communities of the Holy Land.

Anita Delhaas-van Dijk, CEO of ICoHS

After speaking with Trustees and ICoHS’s friends and partners around the world, our small team is currently developing a three-year strategy of engagement with the global church, donors, and influencers, as well as our key partners in the Holy Land. We look forward to sharing these plans with you to bring hope to the Holy Land.

The months ahead will not be easy since most of our activities will need to be virtual, but I hope to visit the Holy Land early November in order to meet the people we serve personally and get firsthand information from our partners on the ground.

We currently live in exciting times, full of changes and uncertainties – but we know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). What a comfort to know this reality amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

- Anita Delhaas-van Dijk

P.S. Please have a look at our updated website and meet the team at ICoHS.

In our newsletters in the past few months, we have written about the ongoing impact of the pandemic on churches and Christian-run businesses. This week we want to highlight a ministry of one of the local churches – the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JPBC).

Founded in 1963, JPBC provides accredited care for children with disabilities and is one of the largest Palestinian rehabilitation centres. As seen in the image below, the Centre runs an in-house rehabilitation clinic, but it also provide vital care and support to children in local communities. To ensure these children with disabilities do not fall behind on their education, the Centre also runs the Inclusive School, where children with disabilities learn alongside those without.

Care at the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre, taken before the pandemic

As fewer families are able to pay the cost of treatment due to the economic downturn, JPBC is raising emergency funds so all children can continue to receive the necessary therapy, support, and education, whether in person or online.

The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre is an example of the faithful – and often unnoticed work – that churches in the Holy Land do. And like so many organisations, they have been gravely impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn. ICoHS has met with JPBC leadership and hope to support them over the coming years. Please join us for praying for our brothers and sisters at the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre and the important work they are doing.

The International Community of the Holy Sepulchre helps the Churches in the Holy Land raise international awareness of the challenges that Christians face in the region while promoting the flourishing of all people in the Middle East. To learn more, visit us at www.icohs.org.