St. John’s Holy Land Committee, formed right after our first pilgrimage in 2014, has dedicated itself to easing humanitarian suffering in the Middle East by supporting established institutions in the region, like St. Luke’s Hospital. St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus in the West Bank is a recognized mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. St. John’s has supported St. Luke’s Hospital in the past three years by funding half of a nurse’s salary. We have also recently joined other faith communities in helping raise needed funds for a replacement ambulance. You can read an article about the effort by clicking here.
St. John’s parishioners have contributed generously in the past and we need your help again. Our goal this year is to raise $12,000 towards the nurse’s salary. Last year’s Outreach Auction put us well on our way to achieving this goal. We now need at least $3,000 in contributions to match an already generous pledge of $3,000 from a parishioner. Eventually we want to increase that support to a full nurse’s salary ($18,000).
Established more than 100 years ago, St. Luke’s is one of the first hospitals in the Nablus area and continues to assert a fresh and vital presence. Its mission is to provide general and sub-specialty medical and surgical services, intensive care, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation, obstetrics, and neonatal intensive care, and to serve needy patients and to offer jobs for those people with certain disabilities who cannot find work elsewhere. But St. Luke’s mission extends well beyond its medical services by providing a prominent Christian presence in an area where few Christian families remain. In Nablus, which has seen some of the most difficult times of the past 40 years, this compassionate presence brings stability and balance to a complicated political environment and further enhances St. Luke’s place in the community. St. John’s pilgrims visited St. Luke’s Hospital in 2018 and got to see their good works first hand. Nurses like Mervat Sawalha, pictured here, are vital to St. Luke’s operations.
How can you help? On three Sundays, March 17th, March 31st, and April 7th, there will be members of the Holy Land Committee staffing at a table in the lobby collecting contributions for the nurse’s salary and available to answer questions. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s with “St. Luke’s nurse” in the memo line. If you are unable to stop by, you can send a check to St. John’s or drop it in the offering plate noted for “St. Luke’s nurse” or contribute through Breeze (“St. Luke’s nurse” can be found on the website under “Give” and “Donate Online”).