Friday, December 15th, 2023
My siblings in Christ,
In 2019, our diocese entered into a convential relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. You may have heard me talk about The Basma Center. Serving the children of their Holy Land, it is one of the many important missions of the Diocese.
Their rehabilitation center serves children with a wide range of congenital, neuromuscular and developmental disorders – providing expert care along with social and emotional assistance.
Their inclusive school educates 450 students each year from East Jerusalem – a third of those students have disabilities. The end goal is to allow all children to achieve success and live a better future.
Their work is groundbreaking and desperately needed. There on the Mount of Olives, not far from where Jesus healed the disabled man by the Pools of Bethesda, the Basma Center's therapists and teachers have continued Jesus' holy work caring for children throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The recent war has only heightened the need for their services. As we speak, their staff are struggling to meet the needs of displaced children and support families who worry about the additional impact of the war on already physically and mentally fragile children.
As we head into this season of hope, I am asking you to join us in supporting this vital and life-saving ministry. Please give whatever you can.
Please know that 100% of what you give goes directly to caring for the children of the Holy Land.
The Rt. Reverend Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania