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Goodwill from the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem

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 Neonatal Intensive Care offered in Bethlehem

Measured in time, two thousand years separate the Holy Family Hospital and the birthplace of Christ. In space, the distance is just 1500 steps. The state of the art hospital exists to serve Palestinian and other women in childbirth with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for infants born premature or otherwise unwell.

This Roman Catholic hospital, like the manger, is a reminder of the precious value of a newborn baby. The baby Jesus was laid in the manger because “there was no room in the inn.” The premature, underdeveloped Palestinian babies receive the intimate care of professional teams and modern technology. There was no room in the inn for the baby Jesus, but there is always room at the HFH for children in need.

Michelle Burke-Bowe, President at Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, explainscare offered in the name of the child of Bethlehem

Holy Family Hospital is the only Catholic Hospital in the area. It is a training hospital teaching obstetrics/gynecology residents and pediatric residents. It embraces its pro-life mission by being the only facility in the region able to deliver and care for very premature babies born before 32 weeks’ gestation. It is located 1,500 steps from the manger where the Christ Child was born. There is always room and the door is always open serving all without regard to creed or need.

Peace, Hope and Love in Bethlehem

Ms. Burke-Bowe continues by explaining the mentality that shapes the mission and values of the Bethlehem hospital:

Yes. The babies are all received as the Christ Child and the parents are treated like the parents of Jesus. Life is sacred in the Holy Land. Abortion is not legal in Palestine. While Jesus was born in a crude stable, the babies of our hospital are cared for by highly trained Palestinian doctors and nurses in a state of the art facility which regularly saves the lives of babies as care offered in the name of the child of Bethlehemsmall as one pound.

Bethlehem is in the shadow of Jerusalem, the eternal City of Peace. Here in the midst of the troubled Middle East, a group of Catholic Christians are creating a place of peace, a haven of love, care and hope.

The Prophet Isaiah foretells the coming of the Messiah, the Prince of Peace:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

As Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Christ and pray for His return, the staff and medical professional of Holy Family Hospital are manifesting, in the midst of a war-torn region, something of the peace that comes with the return of the Prince of Peace.

For more on the work of this hospital, go here.

  • Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).