Based out of San Diego, CA, Bethlehem Handcrafts operates on behalf of Christian families in the Holy Land. These families are currently facing an economic hardship that has caused many to relocate to more secure and stable places to live and work. Hundreds of years ago the percentage of Christians in the Holy Land was 63%. Today it is less than 2%! If this hardship continues as it is now, we believe in a few years there will be no Christians left in the Holy Land.
For centuries, Bethlehem’s Christians have supported their families by carving Olive Wood religious art for visiting pilgrims. However, the ongoing political conflict between two peoples, the separation wall that has been built by Israel has made the situation worse as it prevents pilgrims from reaching Bethlehem and prevents Christians from reaching Jerusalem to sell their art. Adding to this, the number of pilgrims who visit the holy sites in Bethlehem is decreasing year after year which has negatively affected the economic situation in Bethlehem.
Our mission can only be a reality with your support. Only with help can we provide some stability and keep a continued Christian presence in the Holy Land. Feel free to browse our catalog of unique Olive Wood carvings.