27 February 2010

A "Thank you" from the Holy Land...

Recently we sent some support to the Franciscan Boys' Home in Bethlehem, and I received this letter of thanks, along with some pictures.
Words cannot express our gratitude. We, the habitants of the Holy Land, really count ourselves fortunate because we have good and generous people who think of us.

On behalf of the school’s administration, employees and students I would like to thank you for your donation and assure you that it will be used within the “Child Sponsorship” program to help the needy students in the school by paying off their school fees.

The Franciscan Boys’ Home is one of the social service programs connected to the Custody of the Holy Land. It was founded in 2007 in Bethlehem and located 400m away from the Nativity Grotto of our Lord. It hosts children – between 6 and 18 years old – coming from difficult backgrounds.

I will always remember you all in my prayers at the Grotto of the Child Jesus. May the Good Lord bless and protect you now and forever.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Marwan Di’des, OFM
Bethlehem, Holy Land

During Lent, the students at The Atonement Academy are raising money to support the Christians in the Holy Land.  If anyone would like to augment their efforts, you can send donations to the Academy at 15415 Red Robin Road, San Antonio, Texas 78255, and we'll include your gift with ours.  Make checks payable to The Atonement Academy, marked "Holy Land," and we'll send one check from the school.