JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAM
The majority of Arab Christians look to the tourism industry for employment. Many of them work as guides and bus drivers for pilgrimages, serve as hotel managers, or are shop owners. There is a special connection when pilgrims realize their guides and other Christians in the Holy Land live out the mission of Christ and his disciples, sharing the Gospel message.
“PRODUCTION OF OLIVE WOOD PRODUCTS
HANDMADE IN THE HOLY LAND
HAS DRASTICALLY DECREASED.
THERE HAS BEEN VERY LITTLE WORK
FOR OVER 3 YEARS NOW.”
The Franciscans seeks to provide many opportunities to keep Christians employed. The Franciscan Press at St. Savior’s Monastery in Jerusalem has been one of these avenues. Even when there is little or no work, the Franciscans continue to employ them at 70% of their wage, to sustain their basic needs.
“THESE ARE A VERY STRONG, PROUD PEOPLE,
THAT DON’T WANT HANDOUTS OR CHARITY
BUT A CHANCE TO EARN A LIVING
AND REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES.
YET FOR MOST, THEIR LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON TOURISM
AND THERE IS SO VERY LITTLE.”
-Excerpts from “A Pilgrim’s Perspective” – a reflection by Lois Conwell
Cultures, world politics, economic trends, and many other factors present challenges to life in the Holy Land. When tourisn and pilgrimages decline, the local Christians struggle. Palestinians unemployment is about 65%!
The situation is extreme and urgent! The Franciscans are doing everything they can to help the severe unemployment problem but they need help . . . your help!