This year we’re celebrating the 160th anniversary of our mission in Nazareth.
What started as a four-bed clinic is now one of the largest Christian organisations in Israel. More than 180,000 patients visit the hospital each year.
We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has made these 160 years possible: staff, volunteers and supporters; people from all walks of life who worked hard to help the Nazareth Trust go forward and look after the community in Nazareth.
From the beginning, we focused on providing healthcare but also spiritual healing since Christian values are a crucial part of our identity. Today, the Nazareth Trust is more than a hospital and consists of four ministries that work closely together:
Nazareth Hospital EMMS
That small clinic gradually evolved into the Nazareth hospital EMMS, the main trauma centre offering acute care for the people of Nazareth and its surroundings. In a Ministry of Health Patient Quality and Satisfaction survey, the hospital received an outstanding 92% mark!
Nazareth Academic School of Nursing
Founded in 1924, the school is the only Arab nursing school in the State of Israel. Each year, up to 400 students sign up for our educational programmes. Since 2019, the Nancy Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund has offered financial support to students. In 2020, all our students passed their final exams!
Set up in 2010, SERVE is the largest Christian volunteering programme in Northern Israel. During the last four years, a total of 556 volunteers have travelled to Nazareth to get involved in different tasks, such as helping the Pastoral Care Team or assisting in the hospital wards. Unfortunately, SERVE had to close in March 2020 due to COVID-19 temporarily, but we can’t wait to welcome new volunteers as soon as restrictions allow it.
Nazareth Village is an open-air museum where visitors experience biblical teachings and re-enactments of village life in the time of Jesus. Since its official opening in 2000, the Nazareth Village has welcomed more than one million visitors. Nazareth Village is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Potter’s House, which has been recently completed, will enhance the visitor’s experience once we can open its doors again.
The year 2020 has been a challenging time for our staff, students, patients, and families, but we also have a lot to be grateful for.
We’re 160 years old, but our journey doesn’t stop here. There’s so much more we can do within the Nazareth community. One of the projects we’re working on which will help us build for the future is the expansion of our ER department.
If you want to learn more about it, visit https://nazarethtrust.org/leave-a-legacy-2021/appeal/