MERRY CHRISTMAS! Bethlehem during the Christmas season is a festive place to be! Today, the city has a population o 20,000 or so (with adjoining neighboring cites – Beit Sahour and Beit Jaja adding a few more thousand), of which about 80-85% are Arab Muslims, and 15-20% or Arab Christians. There is a small but very strong evangelical presence in Bethlehem. The Bethlehem Bible College has held its own despite the deceasing Christian population. Be sure to continually pray for our Christian Arab brothers and sisters living in this ancient birth-place of Christ!
In this brief blog today, enjoy a video peek of Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity (one of the oldest churches in the world!). Manger Square will be quite active tonight (Christmas Eve) with choirs all over the world performing and services taking place.