Bethlehem Bible College Suffers Loss Due to Coronavirus; Many in Bethlehem Left Economically Destitute Due to Lack of Tourism

Photo comes courtesy of Bethlehem Bible College on Facebook.

Palestinians have suffered through a severe wave of COVID-19. Haytham Dieck with Bethlehem Bible College says many people connected with the school have fallen sick or seen loved ones die.

Worse yet, Palestine has not received any large numbers of vaccines yet. Dieck says, “The Ministery of Health says they have some, but it’s only a limited number. I mean, in the West Bank you speak about three million people, in the Gaza strip you speak about 2 million. So about 5 million people [need vaccines]. People who were in their 20s and 30s, unfortunately, died because of COVID-19. It’s one of the saddest events ever, for someone alive today in the 21st century, to see all of this going on.”

The loss of tourism

Bethlehem thrived on tourism before the pandemic. “This is the petrol of Bethlehem,” says Dieck. “This is what makes Bethlehem actually alive.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • In this difficult time, pray Palestinian Christians will reflect the hope of the risen Christ.
  • Pray Palestine will get large numbers of vaccines soon.

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