Hiyam Musleh

I was born Beit Sahour in 1964. Raised in a Greek Orthodox home, I used to attend the Youth Group at First Baptist in Bethlehem. For four years my only reason for coming to church was to have fun and waste time. But all the time Jesus was penetrating my heart.

When I was 19 years old I responded to an invitation by Pastor Naim Khoury to come forward in a service and accept Jesus as my personal Savior. My spiritual development was slow but over time I listened and grew in my faith. I also met my husband here and I have been blessed with one daughter. Today I serve the church as a secretary.

Issa Elias Bannurah

I was born in the Shepherd’s Field in 1930. This is the place where angels visited the shepherds to announce the birth of Christ. I have lived in the Bethlehem area all my life.

Growing up I attended the Greek Orthodox Church. When I was 22 years old I went to a meeting at a different kind of church in Jordan. The Lord spoke to me there. In response, I accepted Him as my Savior. That is the day I became a born again Christian.

When I returned from Jordan I began attending the Baraka Bible Presbyterian Church. On Sunday mornings our services were held at the Helen Keller House, a home for the blind. During these early years of my born-again faith, I regularly witnessed to friends and family about the Lord.

In 1954 I took the job of maintenance manager at the Baraka Sanatorium Hospital. While there I had many opportunities to present the Gospel to patients. Most were Bedouin Muslims and young Palestinians from a refugee camp near the hospital. Throughout the years many came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.