Friends of Nazareth                                                          Issue No. 19  June 2013
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Building the Rising Generations - Glorifying Jesus Christ through Distinctive Education 

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NBS Chaplain Shares Her NBS Summer Camp Story

Nazareth Baptist School - Distinctive Christian Education since 1936


Manal Haddad, NBS Chaplain

Some years ago, Manal Haddad, graduate of NBS and current Chaplain for NBS,attended the Baptist summer camp which is called "Potter's Wheel Camp".  It is held each summer at Baptist Village, Petah Tikva. She remembers counting the days until she got to "go away" for a 5 day, 4 night camping experience. 


She recalls enjoying the day time program of activities; but, the evening time when there was Bible study, a camp fire and a call to accept Christ stand out most to her. It was at camp during one of the camp fire services that she decided to follow Jesus Christ. The evangelist for the camp was Matthew Creamer, who led the 2013 Spiritual Emphasis Week chapel studies. 


Potter's Wheel Camp is a special time at a special place. It is a time and place where the overwhelming majority of campers do not know Christ. Her prayer, as a Believer and Chaplain for NBS, is that the 2013 Potter's Wheel Camp will be the place where many students find Jesus Christ, like she did some years ago. She also prays that her light will shine daily for Christ. 


Camp time is nearing and excitement is building! Eighty-six (86) children await sponsorship. All scholarships funds are needed by the end of JUNE


Please continue to pray for God's Spirit to move as the 250 students gather for these life-changing weeks.


Thank you donors! 


$125 sponsors one student.


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NBS 59th Graduation
Over 700 parents, siblings, relatives and members of the community gathered on Friday, June 7, 2013 to see the seventy-six (76) graduating seniors celebrate thirteen years of education. The keynote speakers were Rev. Randy Green, English and Bible Teacher; Botrus Mansour, General Director; Mrs. Anisi Abed, Nazareth City Council member; and Dr. Ousama Moalem, NBS Principal.  Four graduates, Maria Elias, Nour Ibraheem, Shadi Kardosh, and Ghanim Zoabi delivered the student addresses.

76 Graduates await receiving their diplomas and a Bible at the 59th NBS Graduation.
Mr. Mansour challenged the graduates to think about their future in terms of: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you give back to your family, school and community? He emphasized that how they answer will depends in part on how well they apply the values learned at NBS.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was when the 3rd graders, along with a few seniors and several teachers, sang Lord, I Lift Your Name on High in both Arabic and English. Other highlights included songs, sketches and comedy by the graduates.
3rd Graders singing Lord, I Lift Your Name on High

Visits at NBS Include Awareness of School's Evangelical Ministry
Delegations from Xavier and Harvard-Radcliff Universities visit NBS
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 1 Peter 3:15, NLT

In recent days guests to NBS have included two groups from highly regarded universities in the States. Both groups were studying, in part, the inter-faith complexities in the Holy Land. Their studies included Evangelical Christians as a people group. Botrus Mansour had the opportunity to share with each group the plight of Arab Evangelical Christians in the Holy Land and the ministry of NBS. 

The first group to arrive were twelve (12) from Xavier University, a Catholic Jesuit University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After Botrus shared with them, they asked questions about the Arab Christian plight; inter-faith relationships in Israel; Baptist beliefs and life; and, mission work at NBS. 
The second group included seventy (70) students and sponsors from the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. They were performing classical music concerts through out the Holy Land as well as visiting local and historical places. As with the Xavier group, students quizzed Botrus about Evangelical life in the Holy Land and the ministry at NBS.

It is a privilege to see secular university students interested in learning about Evangelicals and becoming aware of the ministry of NBS. Students and sponsors from each University asked to be included in the monthly Newsletter distribution. Thank you Xavier and Harvard-Radcliff for visiting NBS.

Botrus Mansour shares about NBS with a study group from Xavier University.

Harvard University students listen attentively and capture notes as Botrus shares with them about NBS' purpose, ministry and challenges.

Pray for 2013 Summer Programs
There is power in prayer
July 8-19. VBS. Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC. SBC is partnered with NBS and the Local Baptist Church (LBC) to host a 2-week VBS program. Pray for Mimi Brookshire and the team of 5 that will serve alongside of volunteers from LBC. VBS is open to children completing K-3rd Grades.

August 5-9. Potter's Wheel Camp 1Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, CA is sending a team of volunteers to work with students completing 6th-7th grades. Potter's Wheel Camp #2 is a Friends of Nazareth sponsored camp. Pray for many salvation decisions and for believing students to grow in their relationship with Christ.

August 12-16. Potter's Wheel Camp 2. Dallas Baptist University students will assist with the Potter's Wheel Camp for students completing 4th-5th grades. This is a Friends of Nazareth sponsored camp. Pray for the Gospel to be clearly shared and for many campers to accept Jesus Christ.

August 19-23. Young Life Camp. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA is partnered with Young Life at NBS to host the 2013 Camp.
Photo Journal - May and June 2013
Nazareth Baptist School and Friends of Nazareth
The top five students in the annual NBS High School Bible Contest were: Left to right: Fidaa (co-winner, 3rd); Banna (1st); Leen (2nd); Nour (co-winner, 3rd) and Louis (4th). Congratulations! 
Left to right: Najed Azzam, NBS Board Chairman; Botrus Mansour, NBS General Director; Dr. Dick Thomassian, FON Executive Director; Fuad Haddad, former NBS Board Chairman; and Gene Eller, former IMB Missionary and General Director of NBS. This group met together on May 29 while Bro. Dick was in the Holy Land with a tour group. The entire tour group enjoyed dinner and fellowship at NBS. Gene and his wife were last in the Holy Land in 2004. He was privileged to have his family with him on this trip to enjoy a time of rekindling friendships.
Pastor Heckford Sharpe, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and mission partner with Bro. Dick Thomassian for over 30 years, spoke to those gathered from Nazareth for the time of fellowship with Bro. Dick's Christian Bible Lands Seminar (CBLS). The CBLS group toured NBS.
7th-8th Grade Girls' Basketball Team win 3rd place in the Northern Area Championship. The team is coached by Muna Aboud, PA Teacher. Congratulations!

Mike and Luanne Lee were welcomed back to NBS.  Mike served as a Journeyman at NBS in 1982-84.
In 2008 Rev. Rick Fowlkes, Sr. Pastor, Gateway Baptist Church, Spring, TX drove by NBS and saw the school's sign. He decided at that time that he would make a point to visit the school the next time he traveled to Nazareth. On June 6, Naeem Barhoum welcomed Rev. Fowlkes and his group to NBS. Naeem (pictured in photo) shared with the group about the school's ministry; gave them a tour the school; and shared about the work of Friends of Nazareth. Rev. Foulkes prayed for NBS and presented Naeem with a generous donation to NBS from their church. What a blessing to have Rev. Fowlkes at NBS.
A'bir Mansour, NBS Counselor, speaks to members of the Board of HOPE  International, representatives of Open Doors Ministry and church pastors, all from Canada. about the ministry of NBS and Arab Christian life.  The Canadian group was in Nazareth on June 11.

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