Dear Friends of Nazareth Family,
On behalf of NBS and its Board, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to FON for an amazing 2018!
FON and NBS have seen the Lord bless their ministries. Your
coming to serve
brought growth to the Kingdom. We wish you were in Nazareth with us to see, hear, and feel everything that has been accomplished. This is a small glimpse of the ministry you were a part of in 2018.
In January 2018 Concord Christian School (CCS), Knoxville, TN, sent a team made up of principals, parents and students to minister at NBS by leading Chapel, sharing about CCS and US Geography in the Primary School and being a part of Bible classes. The team star was Cooper, a 9 year old CCS student. He joined in classes at the Primary School and learned to write his name in Arabic. Thank you CCS for your partnership! They are planning to bring another group in 2020.
Another CCS, Community Christian School, Port Charlotte, FL, arrived in Nazareth in March 2018. They led basketball camps and made wonderful student connections that only God could orchestrate. These student relationships continue to grow as the students connect through social media. During the April 2019 NBS break, thirty NBS students will travel to Port Charlotte, Orlando and Atlanta for a cultural and academic study abroad program. NBS will be visiting CCS and continuing to develop its partnership. What a beautiful picture of the church and Christian education.
Our summer three-week VBS/Day camp had 80 volunteers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Amazing! The teams served well as they shared the Good News of Jesus each day with the children. This group of volunteers saw first hand the damage caused by the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 rains. They helped tell the story to their congregations, gave and encouraged others to give! Because of their help; the generous donation for a matching $50,000 gift; and in-kind gifts from contractors in Nazareth, the mandated repairs to the school were completed. School opened as scheduled. NBS has a new electrical system, some remodeled bathrooms, a refreshed courtyard, new window awnings to deflect the rain as well as classrooms devoid of mold and mildew. Thank you FON!
Potter’s Wheel Retreats occurred in July and August. Teams came from DBU, Bellevue BC, Memphis, TN and Taiwan to serve our students. Students heard about God’s love for them through Jesus! In September, the Local Baptist Church baptized some of the students who made decisions in the Jordan River. Many students are growing their faith! What a celebration of worship and praise! We appreciate greatly the financial and human resource support that FON provides for our summer programs.
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT AND AWARENESS:
In the Fall, Shandon Baptist Church seconded, Mike and Mimi Brookshire, to live and serve at NBS as Directors of Family and Children’s Ministry. Their deployment is a partnership with FON, NBS, Local Baptist Church, and the IMB. This was an answer to many prayers.
FON also sponsored a spiritual enrichment journey to Nazareth. Nine pastors led worship in seventeen churches in the Galilee area. We were so glad to meet the pastors and thankful for the impact they had in the Holy Land! We hope to see many of you again.
When God’s people pray and give, things beyond our thinking happen. We are so thankful for the large financial contributions given for much needed renovations and earthquake remediation. We want our students to be safe and your generosity is providing a way for this to occur. Thank you from our hearts. We serve an amazing God!!
Thank you for an amazing 2018 and together we have much to look forward to in 2019! “We do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in our prayers.” Ephesians 1:16
May God Bless each of you!
The NBS Board, staff, students and parents.