Palestine (MNN) — Schools and universities world wide are asking crucial questions in gentle of COVID-19 lockdowns. What does schooling appear like every month throughout completely different phases of the pandemic? What ought to they do concerning the fall semester?
Palestine remains to be on lockdown to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus, which initially flared in Bethlehem after being imported by worldwide guests.Bethlehem Bible School in Palestine has some distinctive benefits and drawbacks. Among the establishments personal college students and even a workers member have been contaminated, which means they needed to take a severe strategy to the coronavirus early on.
Rev. Dr. Jack Sara, president of Bethlehem Bible School says, All public establishments and personal establishments have been requested to shut their doorways, and that included Bethlem Bible School. For the reason that fifth of March, we needed to cease all our campus actions and ship…all people house.
Nonetheless, when the faculty transitioned to on-line programs for the semester, they have been in considerably acquainted territory.
Bethlehem Bible School is likely one of the solely establishments that would present theological schooling for Arabic-speaking individuals globally and regionally, Sara says. So our college students earlier than have been used to taking some on-line courses or blended courses.
Workers and school who’re in a position to work remotely took laptops and different assets house to proceed supporting Bethlehem Bible School college students. Among the college students have struggled with entry to good high quality expertise for his or her programs however in any other case, the web classroom transition was quite easy.
Wanting forward, Sara says, Our hope now’s to have the ability to end the semester for our college students… I hope that we can conduct commencement both in June or July.
The most important problem now for the faculty is a monetary one. The town of Bethlehem relies upon closely on tourism, and this native vacationer business additionally advantages Bethlehem Bible School year-round.
I might say over 30 % of our revenue…is generated regionally by the teams that go to us or purchase at our reward store or keep at our guesthouse. In order that places us in a fragile space the place we have to search for the funding to make up for this loss. It does assist present for us to assist our workers and leaders and college and the operating prices of every part we do.
Nonetheless, Sara says, We’re trusting the Lord. Our hope is all the time that the life and the facility of the resurrection will proceed to provide us the energy and hope to proceed on ahead with our ministry in Palestine and past.
On this time of world disaster, everyone seems to be struggling in several methods. However one thing everybody within the Physique of Christ can do to encourage Bethlehem Bible School is pray.
We’re coveting the prayers of the believers, notably for God’s knowledge for us to see how we will deal with the following part after the [coronavirus]. We want prayer that the Lord will present our funds. As of at present, we lack over $250,000 that we’re trusting the Lord for, Sara says.
Pray for the lecturers in order that they’d be capable of end the semester efficiently along with the scholars, and pray for cover over our workers from COVID-19. The workers [member] I discussed to you that was contaminated, he’s healed. Simply pray that nobody else could be contaminated.
Please additionally pray for believers in Palestine to stay hopeful in Christ and be a lightweight for Jesus to their communities. Sara says, Each infrequently, I see individuals shedding hope [and] leaving the nation. That is one thing that we actually don’t need to occur. Simply think about Bethlehem with out Christians.
Lastly, if you’ll be able to assist Bethlehem Bible School financially and really feel led by the Holy Spirit, you’ll be able to click on right here to provide!
We actually need Christians to face with us, stand with the Christians in Palestine, and belief the Lord that He’ll proceed to lift His Church in the midst of these difficulties. We belief that the Lord will proceed to make use of Bethlehem Bible School as a beacon of hope within the midst of that hopelessness.
Header photograph courtesy of Bethlehem Bible School.