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03 aN eVer
ChaNgiNg WOrlD IN My LASt NeWSLetter, I tALkeD About the beNefItS of LookING bACk, of reMINDING ourSeLVeS of the LorD’S GuIDANCe AND fAIthfuLNeSS IN the PASt. but thIS yeAr hAS beeN ALL About ChANGe, *AS the WeLL-kNoWN SAyING IN the buSINeSS WorLD GoeS: ‘the oNLy CertAINty IS ChANGe’.
As I look back on the year 2016, so much has happened which we would never have envisaged at the beginning. The US had the most controversial Presidential campaign in its history, the UK is in the midst of Brexit, and Northern Ireland qualified for the Football World Cup Tournament for the first time in over 60 years! In Dr Henry Cloud’s excellent book, Necessary Endings, we are asked to remember that the Lord has given us seasons of nature, as a reminder that all things have an ending. As a farmer would prepare the ground in winter to enable sowing in spring, to ensure growth in the summer to be able to harvest in the autumn - so are we to recognise that seasons in life, as in organisations, will come to an end. We should not be surprised when this happens, and we are to plan in this season for the next one. 2016 will go on record as a year of change for The Nazareth Trust, an ending, and a beginning. The most notable change will be the departure of Dr Bishara Bisharat, after nearly 10 years as the Medical Director of the hospital. Dr Bishara has overseen many improvements and developments including the Catheterisation Lab, the recent refurbishment of the neonatal ward, and operating theatres. As you will have just read from Morgan we look forward, with anticipation, to welcoming Dr Fahad Hakim in the New Year as he takes up the position of Medical Director.
In other parts of the Trust’s operations, we have been particularly encouraged by continuing growth and support. The Nazareth Village has seen a 22% rise in the number of visitors this year, despite a reported decrease of 5% in tourism in Israel generally. The two visits from the LIFT teams from Northern Ireland have begun to transform the Doctors’ House, enabling us to provide improved accommodation to SERVE volunteers and visitors. The School of Nursing is on course to finally achieve academy status in partnership with a college in Afula, which will enable us to offer BA programmes to our students. Looking forward, 2017 sees the beginning of a new strategic planning cycle, where we re-affirm our vision and mission, and map out our overall direction for the next three years. There is much to achieve, and we must seek the Lord for His continuing guidance and provision in each step of the way. We have detailed plans for a new Visitors Centre at the Nazareth Village, a new mortuary at the Hospital, in addition to a refurbished Children’s Ward and an expanded Dialysis Unit.
CONteNts Ceo: AN eVer ChANGING WorLD
SPIrItuAL DIreCtor uPDAte rePort
SerVe NAzAreth: I DID Not WANt to CoMe bACk
SeeDS of hoPe
teAChING LIfe SkILLS ALoNG WIth NurSING
IN MeMory of our DeAr frIeNDS
threShING AND WINNoWING IN bIbLICAL tIMeS 09 A foND fAreWeLL to Dr bIShArA
SAyING GooDbye AND WeLCoMe to oLD frIeNDS AND NeW
WIth GreAt thANkS to LIft! 12 PrAyer requeStS
WALk the JeSuS trAIL
DoNAtIoN rePLy SLIP
But our mission is not about bricks and mortar. Jesus stood up in a synagogue in Nazareth to proclaim his own mission - to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and to release the oppressed. As a Christian organisation working in Nazareth, our mission is the same. We do this by providing: healthcare, through our general hospital in Nazareth, medical outreach clinics in the surrounding communities and the Westbank and at the School of Nursing, international volunteer and short-term mission programmes; and Christian pilgrimage, through the Nazareth Village.
richard mayhew, Ceo of the Nazareth trust WWW.Nazarethtrust.Org