2021 is a very special year for the Nazareth Trust, as we celebrate the 160th anniversary of our arrival in the hometown of Jesus. In honour of this significant milestone, we are planning a week of celebration events in Nazareth, which will coincide with our annual Nazareth Challenge in the second week of November.
We have also launched a 160th Anniversary Appeal, which offers our supporters the opportunity to become part of the charity’s unique history and invest in our future mission.
It has been 160 years since Dr Kaloost Vartan and his wife, Mary Ann Vartan, made their journey from Edinburgh to the hometown of Jesus to open an 8-bed clinic, the only such facility for hundreds of miles. Thanks to Dr Vartan’s vision, today the hospital is an impressive district general hospital that continues to serve the people of Nazareth.
Over the years, the Nazareth Trust has been blessed through the donations, fundraising and volunteering of people who believe in our ministry and medical mission. It is through their generous support that we have become the largest UK Christian organisation operating in Israel.
In this, our 160th year, we invite you to become a part of our legacy in Nazareth by joining in our 160th Anniversary Appeal. More information can be found here.
We would love as well for you to consider joining us in November for our celebration week. The details of this will be made available in the near future, but we are planning several conferences centred on our medical work, missional volunteering and Christian presence in the Middle East.
For the travel and adventure enthusiasts, the Nazareth Challenge hike and bike ride that will run alongside the celebrations week offers a truly unique experience of the Holy Land over five days, as well as the opportunity to raise funds for the Nazareth Hospital in this important anniversary year. More information on the Nazareth Challenge can be found here.