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sPiritual DireCtOr uPDate rePOrt i haVe NOW CONCluDeD 18 mONths iN POst as sPiritual DireCtOr OF the Nazareth trust WhiCh has beeN aN immeNse PriVilege FOr me aND my WiFe Valerie DesPite the NumerOus ChalleNges We haVe FaCeD alONg the Way! the roLeS AND reSPoNSIbILItIeS of My PoSItIoN hAVe eVoLVeD AND beCoMe CLeArer oVer thIS PerIoD AND CAN be SuMMArISeD AS DeVeLoPING AND StreNGtheNING the ChrIStIAN WItNeSS of the NAzAreth truSt AMoNGSt our StAff, throuGh our VArIouS MINIStrIeS AND IN our eNGAGeMeNt WIth the LoCAL CoMMuNIty AND PArtNer orGANISAtIoNS.

develop this important aspect of our life and witness as the Nazareth Trust.

It is also pleasing to note that Christian identity and ministry are two of the central foundations that have emerged out of the recent strategic planning process for the Nazareth Trust led by our new CEO, Richard Mayhew. Accordingly, these have been integrated into the strategic aims and standards of the organisation as a key focus of how we will hold ourselves to account over the next three year period of the strategic plan. This focus presents exciting opportunities in the challenging context of Nazareth and the wider Galilee region and I look forward to working with Richard and the rest of the Executive Team in the coming months to strengthen and

Audio-Book Recording – organisation of the recording of the Arabic script for the audio-book which provides a brief overview of the inspiring story of the pioneer medical missionaries of EMMS Nazareth Hospital and story of Jesus of Nazareth which are to be added to the recording of the entire Bible in Arabic for distribution to staff and selected patients in the Nazareth Hospital over the Christmas period.

By way of a brief update, the following activities have been undertaken since the last newsletter: Joint Study Day – coordinated the planning, organising and conducting of a joint study day with Christian staff from the St Vincent de Paul (French) and Holy Family (Italian) hospitals at the Mountain of Beatitudes Guesthouse in July. This study day was well received by staff from our three hospitals and provided a great opportunity for fellowship, worship and inspired biblical teaching on the theme of God’s Mercy.

Farah Summer Camp - participated in the planning and organising of the annual summer camp for children of staff of the different entities of the Nazareth Trust which was held in the School of nursing from 1-5 August 2016.

Partnership Development – continued to explore the potential for partnerships and grants from international Christian agencies and foundations through engagement, the writing of concept papers, and nurturing of relationships. Nazareth Village/Hospital – offered support to staff over the summer by leading English tours and spiritual support to staff in the hospital as requested. Ethical framework – developed the terms of reference and planning for task team to develop the ethical framework and code of conduct for the Nazareth Hospital. Strategic planning process – participated in the process of developing the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan for the Nazareth Trust which is due to be endorsed by the Board of Trustees at their November Board meeting. Core Fundraising Team - participated in the development of key information and messaging for income generation for specific programmes of the Nazareth Trust.

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your on-going prayers for the Christian witness and ministry of the Nazareth trust reflected in this report are greatly appreciated as we are reminded on a daily basis in the hometown of Jesus that, “unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.” Psalm 127:1a 04 heALING IN the NAMe of JeSuS SINCe 1861

Nazareth Trust Winter 2016 Newsletter