“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Dear friends of BBC,

Our busy summer is now winding down and we are preparing for the return of our students in one week. We thank God for a fruitful summer!  Thanks to all who prayed for our outreaches, which included a leadership training course for local emerging leaders; our first-ever English summer camp that was directed to both Christian and Muslim children;  and an English intensive course that was led by a great group of volunteer ESL teachers from the United States.   These programs were all very successful and we continue to hear good feedback from the community. Additionally, a team of students and leaders from BBC recently returned from Jordan earlier this month, where they were able to minister to Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  This month’s newsletter contains a few articles and videos giving more detail on these events.  I think you will enjoy them.

In upcoming news, we are very excited for the launch of our e-learning program in early September.  We have already had 44 applicants who’ve registered; Arabs in the Middle East, Europe and North America. We look forward to the ways this program will advance the gospel and kingdom of Jesus Christ in these lands.

This issue also includes a special testimony from one of our friends; wife of martyr Rami Ayyad who was murdered in Gaza 9 years ago.   Please keep the Christians in Gaza and throughout the Arab world in your prayers.

We are grateful for the support of friends like you who help us fulfill our calling. Thank you for your friendship.  We could not be here without you!

Rev. Dr. Jack Sara
Bethlehem Bible College

“We’ve proven that we exist and deserve to live, as we represent hope, ethnicity, authenticity, and joyfulness. Bethlehem is the city of peace, and we want to become a place for peace conferences, for all people experiencing conflict around the world.”–Mrs. Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem

As the newest faculty addition to Bethlehem Bible College, Daniel Bannoura serves as one of the developers of the Online Biblical Studies program. His background in science, philosophy and theology now come together in such a way that provides a unique platform to not only minister to his local community here in Palestine, but regionally and even globally.


This summer we also had an amazing time with our children's summer camp. Watch a short summary of our experience: Seven days around the world at BBC! 

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How would I feel if my home was bombed to oblivion and I had to flee to a neighboring country with my family?  How would I feel if some of our family members or close friends were killed? How would my parents feel to lose their home?  All of the irreplaceable family artwork and photos?  Their life savings and retirement?  What if one family member made it to one nation, and others went to another, and the rest of us were in a refugee camp?  

“We are not alone, and the mission we have from God is not a dream; it’s a fact, the kingdom of God is in the ground now!” Saleem Anfous

Saleem Anfous is one of our Biblical Studies graduates, and a current student at our MA in Christian Leadership. Saleem, along with another Palestinian from Ramallah, attended the 2016 Younger Leaders Gathering in Indonesia. 


For 4 weeks this summer a group of American teachers came all the way to teach English to our community. The course was a success, and a blessing for our community! Watch this video to meet some of our students.

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