The Nazareth Trust

Healing in the name of Jesus since 1861
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"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind me and straining forwards to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13b-15)

January 2023 Prayer Update

Thanksgiving points:

We give thanks to the Lord for the following blessings in the life and witness of the Nazareth Trust over the past year:

•The joyful Christmas celebrations held by the different entities of the Nazareth Trust and inspiring programs in Nazareth over the Christmas season.
• The hope and promise of God’s blessings on each entity of the Nazareth Trust as we enter the New Year looking to the Lord for his grace and favour.
• The early start to tour groups visiting the Nazareth Village during and after the Christmas season and for the promise of a busy and fruitful year of ministry in the year ahead.
• The funding to continue with the construction of the second floor of the School of Nursing to seal the external structure of the building.
• The steady number of registrations for the part-time Hasava course that is being offered by the School of Nursing this year.
• The excellent results the Nazareth Hospital obtained for the fourth consecutive year in the national incentive model for patient safety in Israel thanks to the diligent work of the Safety and Risk Management Department.
• The great encouragement and support provided by Lourens and Rebecca to the Pastoral Care Team and staff of the Nazareth Trust over the past three years and the generous support their church in the Netherlands provided to them during their secondment.
• The resumption of the SERVE Nazareth programme and for all the short and longer-term volunteers currently serving or who have registered to come to Nazareth during 2023.

Prayer points:

As we give thanks to God for these answers to prayer, please continue to pray for the following issues as we enter the New Year:

Wisdom, humility and grace in seeking to collectively discern God’s will and purpose for the Nazareth Trust in the coming year as we learn the lessons from the past year.
Unity of heart and purpose across all the levels of leadership and management of the Nazareth Trust – Board of Trustees, Executive Team, and Management teams of each entity – and across all the operations of the Trust in the year ahead.
God’s peace, protection and provision for all the staff and families of the Nazareth Trust as we enter another year and for comfort and strength for all those who have lost loved ones over the past year.
God’s protection for our doctors and nursing staff amid the increasing violence and hostility in the wider community and for wisdom in knowing how to respond to verbal and physical abuse when this occurs.
God’s blessings on Lourens and Rebecca (and baby Eva) as they leave Nazareth to return to the Netherlands for the next season of their lives.
Wisdom and favour for the Pastoral Care Team as they seek to build the capacity of the team through the appointment of an Assistant Chaplain to understudy Pastor Suheil, and local interns and volunteers to assist with the pastoral care of patients and their families.
Health and strength for the staff of the Nazareth Village during the winter months and God’s blessings on their work and witness in the coming year.
The safe and timely completion of the construction project at the Nazareth Academic School of Nursing and for more students to register for the part-time Hasava course this year.
• God’s blessings on the finalisation of a new Nursing BA program and good student admission at the School of Nursing.
• The SERVE Nazareth programme to continue attracting new volunteers in the coming year and for those participating in this program to grow in their faith and understanding of Jesus of Nazareth while they are here.
• The light of Christ to continue shining from the Nazareth Hospital as people come to us for treatment and care in their time of need.

With gratitude and thanks for your prayer support for TNT during 2022
and best wishes for a joyful, fruitful and hopeful New Year!