Periodically, persons from the NC Conference have opportunities to visit sites that are supported by the ADVANCE. With this article, we will begin an effort to report on some of those visits.
A touring group recently visited Hope Secondary School in Beit Jala which is in the West Bank (Palestine). Among this group were two pastors from the North Carolina Conference and five laypersons from Churches around the Conference. This group was able to see how contributions towards the ADVANCE have helped this school fulfill an important role in that Palestinian community.
The visiting group was told that most Palestinian youth do not make it past the 5th grade in school. Hope Secondary School was established to be a place where the poorest of the poor can receive a top notch secondary education which will provide students with life skills and, for some, an opportunity to attend a university setting.
Hope Secondary School boards a number of students who have nowhere else to get an education. Many of the students are orphans. Others have limited social skills. Still other young children have given up the hope of having an education because of learning disabilities.
Hope Secondary School admits children from all backgrounds while offering children a caring Christian environment. In the West Bank, where the Christian population is dramatically decreasing, Hope Secondary School strives to offer all of God’s children a way to improve their future.
To read more about Hope Secondary School, go to http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/12018A
The ADVANCE program of the General Board of Global Ministries enables persons and congregations to donate to specific ministries around the world. 100% of all such donations go to those particular ministries. To give directly, go to www.umcmission.org or give through your local UM Church. The Conference Outreach office seeks to provide as much information and support as possible to all Churches who wish to learn more about the ADVANCE.