Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehemand President of Dar al-Kalima University
Bright Stars of Bethlehem (BSB) began as a ministry of our sister church, its president is Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, former pastor of our Sister Church
(Christmas Lutheran). The ministries of BSB reach the greater community. Diyar Academy for Children and Youth, an after school program for that
reaches over 2,000 from ages 6-18, a parish nurse program reaching over 1200 older adults, and now Dar al Kalima (DAK) University of Arts and
Culture, with over 500 students. DAK is the only higher educational institution in Palestine dedicated to arts and culture, oering 8 Bachelors degrees in
visual and performing arts as well as tourism. They are expanding not only into bachelor’s degrees, but potentially masters degrees as well. Note that
the Kim and Andrew Forbes Scholarships go toward students in Dar al Kalima University.
1. Praise that Mitri and his family are healthy.
2. Pray as the main concern right now is keeping the college going. Facing dicult decisions this week – may have to reduce sta by 10%. Good news is
over 90% of their students are now registered for online courses.
3. Pray as the Israeli government continues to complete the wall surrounding Bethlehem during the COVID19 crisis. But Mitri’s powerful statement
stands strong: “We do not wait for hope to arrive, because hope is already here. Hope is what we do.”
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