History

We are stewards of a mission begun in the early 1950s by two American reliefs workers to Palestine, Forest and Grace Eisenbise. After a visit to Nazareth, Israel, they were moved to involve their home church congregation. The group filled a cargo container with heaters and blankets and shipped it to Nazareth Hospital.

This was the beginning of a small US relief fund.

In the late 1960s, the next American medical missionaries to Nazareth were Dr. Robert and Nancy Martin. In the 1980s, the Martins returned to Nazareth. Nancy Martin, Ed.D., took the post of director for the nursing school, and Robert served as general director of the hospital. They served a total of eighteen years in Nazareth.

The Martins inspired a growing movement of American friends of the Nazareth Hospital. Dr. Darryl Landis was one of these friends. After serving in Nazareth alongside Robert, Dr. Landis returned to the U.S. and founded the Nazareth Project in Lancaster, PA, with the help of his friend and colleague, Sue Shirk.

The Nazareth Project is a U.S. organization dedicated to supporting a unique blend of ministry and medicine as carried out by Nazareth Hospital and School of Nursing in Nazareth, Israel. Since 1991, our 501c3 public charity has supported their healing and teaching ministry.