Bethlehem Bible College
Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) began in 1979 with nine students and only international missionary teachers. Today President (Rev. Dr.) Jack Sara, with the help of a Board of Directors, heads a team of highly qualified faculty and staff from the local community. Every year they serve approximately 125 students and have graduated over 300 alumni who now serve the local Palestinian community. In addition to the Bethlehem campus, located in Palestine, there is a campus in the Israeli city of Nazareth.
BBC aims to equip its students to model Christ-centeredness, Godly humility, biblical wholeness, creative mercy, and justice in their jobs and ministries. They desire that their students lead the Church in the Holy Land with wisdom, compassion, and integrity and serve their communities with care and love. The Biblical Studies programs, including a BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Education and an MA in Christian Ministry, are the heart and soul of these goals.
The BBC Tour Guide Program began in 1998 to serve the Palestinian and international communities by offering a unique Bible-centered curriculum taught in English. The curriculum provides professional training, education, and practical preparation to tour guides for the Holy Land. These guides can then meet the needs of those who visit the Holy Land by providing inspirational, informative tours. The curriculum also offers young Palestinians new job opportunities and allows them to discover their own heritage through a rewarding and fulfilling vocation, while also acting as ambassadors of their people and culture to international visitors.
The Media Program at BBC began in 2003 to bring hope and encouragement to the Palestinian people. This media training program provides a way to develop skills, offer employment, and use media to promote a better society. The media program awards a two-year diploma to approximately 20 students every two years. It provides courses in journalism theories, radio recording and editing, and TV filming and editing. In a time when the Arab Christian population of Israel/Palestine continues to decrease, Bethlehem Bible College is a ray of hope that says, “The Church is still here.”
Minimum Goal for 2016
$10,000 for overall support of Bethlehem Bible College