Nazareth Project

Nazareth Project Inc.

Partnering with Nazareth Hospital and School of Nursing in northern Israel since 1991
(717) 290-1800

Spiritual Care

Nazareth Project supports the healing ministry of Nazareth Hospital and the educational ministry of Nazareth School of Nursing. Financially, NPI supports expansion or renovation projects at the Hospital and scholarships for nursing students.

NPI supporters also provide financial support for spiritual care provided by the Hospital Chaplaincy. NPI has a special dedicated fund for Spiritual Care at Nazareth Hospital.

Nazareth Trust’s Spiritual Director leads initiatives with patients, staff, visitors and the community to enhance the Trust’s Christian identify and witness across all entities. A recent initiative is the expansion of the chaplaincy and spiritual care by recruiting international volunteer chaplains.

Nazareth Hospital staff encounter over 300,000 people every year. Spending time in hospital can be very difficult, stressful and tiring, not just for our patients, but also for their family and friends. This is particularly evident in high-stress environments such as our Emergency Room, Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Recognizing people’s particular spiritual needs in such difficult situations, Nazareth Trust is planning a new service, an International Volunteer Chaplaincy.

The Hospital already has a wonderful, local Chaplaincy team at the hospital; however, their time to be with patients is very limited due to volunteer numbers. The new Chaplaincy service will complement and support the existing one. International volunteers will serve for periods of three months or longer, allowing a much greater level of spiritual care at our hospital.

The new initiative will include up to six international volunteers at any one time. A part-time Chaplaincy Coordinator will oversee the recruitment of a pool of volunteers and work with churches, mission organizations, colleges and seminaries to identify prospective volunteer chaplains. The Nazareth Trust will provide orientation and relevant training prior to placement, and then on-going volunteer support, supervision and accommodation in Nazareth.

Frank Kantor, Spiritual Director, describes the program: “Whether it’s 1pm or 1am, at the Intensive Care or at Outpatients Clinics, if someone would like somebody to sit with them and possibly pray with them, we want to be there. We want to provide a ministry of presence to all those who desire it, to provide a reassuring hand at a difficult time. Often in times of crisis, the offer of prayer can make a huge difference to someone and we want that option to be available for everyone and anyone.”

How you can help:

  • Prayer: This project won’t happen without the power of prayer. Please join with us and thousands of others across the world in praying for this project and our work.
  • People: Can you help us build up a pool of volunteers who would be interested in a chaplaincy placement in Nazareth?
  • Financial giving: Put quite simply, the establishment of this project won’t be possible without donations to provide funding for a project coordinator and program costs. You can contact us to find our more or make a donation.

Please join us in providing this ministry of presence to all who need it.

 

Other spiritual initiatives include:

  • Operating an effective pastoral care program for staff, students, patients and their families and volunteers.
  • Implementing an annual “Health and Healing” week that highlights the integration of clinical and spiritual dimensions of health care.
  • Seeking to become a just and forgiving community (JFC) in collaboration with the International Forgiveness Institute.
  • Transforming the organizational culture to one that reflects Christian values in all interactions with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Overseeing the Christian life and witness program of Nazareth Trust including corporate worship, study days, discipleship and spiritual care training and education, and staff spiritual retreats.