Who We Are / About Bright Stars

Bright Stars of Bethlehem supports Palestinians living in the Holy Land.

Our mission is to partner in growing hope in Palestine!

From the first breath of life to the last, Bright Stars of Bethlehem partners to grow hope in Palestine by connecting people in the United States through awareness-raising and fund-raising, to these ministry efforts in the Holy Land:

Our vision is assuring that Christianity survives and thrives in the Holy Land.

We do this by supporting the health, educational, cultural and spiritual development of people in Palestine through the outreach ministries of the Diyar Consortium. Together, we help and empower children and youth, college students, young families and seniors.

Simply put… Hope is what we do!

Founded in 2003, Bright Stars of Bethlehem is a US 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides funding and support to initiatives spearheaded by the Diyar Consortium in the Holy Land. Bright Stars of Bethlehem promotes the many outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem that are serving the educational, medical, professional and spiritual development needs of people living in Palestine.

A Brief History

Bright Stars of Bethlehem is born out of the dream and vision of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. In 1995, Rev. Raheb began an outreach ministry in Bethlehem, Palestine from the congregation he serves, Christmas Lutheran Church. As this ministry grew, it attracted the attention of several supporters in the United States, including Wheat Ridge Ministries.

In 2003, Gregg Smith, Rich Bimler and Rev. Raheb began to work to create an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Bright Stars of Bethlehem was incorporated on November 12, 2003 under the Illinois General Not for Profit Corporation Act “to support the health, education, cultural and spiritual development of the people of the Middle East in order to promote peace and harmony in the region.”

Today Bright Stars of Bethlehem has an ever-increasing network of supporters in the U.S. Together we impact the lives of over 60,000 men, women and children in Palestine. We are blessed to have celebrated our ten-year mark of ministry.

Through the staff and volunteer leadership of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, we work together to provide support to the Palestinian people. We work with young and old alike to help grow hope in the midst of occupation.

Key Areas of Support

One of the key areas of support that Bright Stars of Bethlehem provides is through scholarships. Scholarships are available for the young and old alike. Your support helps underwrite the costs for our four areas of ministry and outreach.

Bright Stars also supports the new construction and renovation of much needed program facilities to house the various ministry programs in Palestine.

Telling the Story

About Us PicOne of the best ways to learn about the work of Bright Stars is to visit the Holy Land. Each year, Bright Stars of Bethlehem sponsors various trips to Palestine and throughout the Holy Land. Additionally, many friends of Bright Stars sponsor trips. To learn more about this exciting travel opportunity and experiencing hope in the Middle East firsthand, check out our upcoming trips.

Friends and Partners in Ministry

Through the dedication of many friends and partners, Bright Stars of Bethlehem is growing and thriving. Diyar Consortium, The Cave Arts and Crafts Gift Shop, and Dar al-Kalima University are just a few of our many key ministry friends and partners.