It’s back to school season in many countries all over the world, including Palestine. Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine is preparing to welcome students back on campus this year.
Gabriel Hanna, academic dean vice president and head of student affairs for Bethlehem Bible College, explains that two of the biggest challenges students face are uncertainty in their future and financial difficulty.
“The students are really seeking better education but at the same time, the future is not clear…. The political future is not clear and it affects all [areas] of our lives,” Hanna says.
Many students and families living in Palestine are torn between staying and leaving, making their future goals and plans uncertain. But with the Christian population in Palestine hovering at 1 percent, attending a Bible college is a unique opportunity.
According to the Joshua Project, Palestine’s population is 99% unreached by Christianity, with over 4 million people currently unreached. Attending Bethlehem Bible College gives students a chance to connect with other Christians and grow in their knowledge of God’s Word.
Once students have completed their education at the school they can use their skills to become a Christian influence in the workplace. Hanna explains that with their mass media studies program they air programs on national television, which allows the college and its students to reach many people.
“We invite people from the private sector and the governmental sector. We do… a lot of research before we do the T.V episode on national T.V.,” he says. “We target issues like human rights, violence, and drugs. People come [to Bethlehem Bible College] and they trust that we don’t have a hidden agenda.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Sarah Traill