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June 2017    
Issue No. 20
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We will be busy serving in Nazareth during July...please check our regular updates at Friends of Nazareth on Facebook. Thanks for your prayers!

Summer Highlights

In just a short while teams will depart the USA for Israel. A total of 75 people will be serving as part of a Friends of Nazareth team. Fifty-five will be with Friends of Nazareth and 20 will be with Dallas Baptist University, a partner. 

Teams will be engaged in: Day Camp/VBS, Renovation of the Primary School, Leadership Development Program, Internship, Potter's Wheel Camp and preparing to launch the new Youth Outreach Center! 

God has richly blessed Friends of Nazareth. Thank you for being a part of Enriching and Enlarging the Ministry of Nazareth Baptist School. We depend upon your faithful and regular gifts to keep the ministry moving forward.

A Tribute to Michael P. Avramovich

In Memory of Michael P. Avramovich
In November 2016, Friends of Nazareth lost a dear friend and our attorney. Michael became acquainted with the Nazareth Baptist School and NEMA-FON through his association with Botrus Mansour, General Director, NBS, at the Network/Ministry of Christian Lawyers.

Though neither Michael or his lovely wife, Susan, ever visited NBS, they had an affection for young people and for the school. Each of them desired to support the school. In his memory, Susan, has made an endowment to NBS via FON to help with camps; launch and support a Youth Outreach Center for the youth of Nazareth; and to add seed funds to the relocation fund.

We are excited to share with our readers that the  Michael P. Avramovich Memorial Youth Outreach Center will open in September 2017. The FON team is working with the NBS Board to finalize the details. A Director has been located. The plan of action is about to be completed. Friends of Nazareth and NBS are honored to be able to see Michael's legacy benefit the youth of Nazareth. We want to thank God for this amazing answer to prayer , though bittersweet. We appreciated Michael so much and all that he did to support NEMA-FON in many ways. He lives on through ministry and in our thoughts.

We ask you to pray for Susan as she adjusts to life without Michael. We send her our heartfelt sympathy. We hope to welcome Susan to Nazareth in the not too distant future.
Photo Journal

Dr. Wasim Shomar (NBS graduate and resident of Miami), Najed Azzam and Botrus Mansour met with Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg (right), President of Florida International University while in Miami. Najed and Botrus were part of the the Mayor of Nazareth's delegation to Miami for the ceremony to acknowledge that Nazareth and Miami are in a Sister City partnership.

Botrus Mansour and Najed Azzam present the Mayor of Miami, Tomas' Pedro Regalado, with a specially made plague from Nazareth.

NBS students and students from Ort Shapiro Jewish school, Kfar Saba (near Tel Aviv) met together for a joint program called Narrative 4. Lily Khouri, NBS teacher, and student Malak Lahham will travel to Ireland for an International Conference related to the same program. NBS is one of the few Arab schools in Israel to regularly participate in cross-cultural partnership studies.

The NBS Class of 1987 recently gathered for a reunion celebrating their 30th High School graduation.

Thank you for partnering with FON: 

FON is the  ONLY 501 (c)(3) Corporation dedicated to providing ministry/financial support to Nazareth Baptist School (NBS).  The school is a private Baptist school, recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education as an Evangelical school. NBS is committed to maintaining its Baptist roots and evangelistic calling.

Note: Since 1991 NBS has not received any Southern Baptist Cooperative Program or other SBC funds. FON is fully reliant on donations from its Friends to support its ministry with NBS.

No other organization is dedicated and committed to helping NBS enrich and enlarge its capacity for ministry. FON operates through partnerships with churches, Christian schools and individuals that help it enrich and enlarge the school's evangelism and discipleship programs.

About Friends of Nazareth - 
A NEMA Corporation

Friends of Nazareth (NEMA-FON) is a faith-based ministry. We operate with a 100% volunteer staff. Therefore, about 95% of your gifts go directly for ministry with the Nazareth Baptist School.

NEMA-FON is an IRS approved 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. Allowable gifts  are tax deductible to US donors. No goods or services are provided in exchange for the gifts other than the joy of giving to a faith-based organization that supports Christian education in the Holy Land.  Note: FON may use up to 5% of donations for administrative purposes.

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Friends of Nazareth
3482 Keith Bridge Road
Cumming, GA 30041

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Nazareth Educational Ministries Association
Friends of Nazareth (NEMA-FON)
3482 Keith Bridge Road, #215
Cumming, GA 30041 (USA)