BETHLEHEM, November 30, 2010 – On Tuesday, November 30th, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land celebrated the dedication of new facilities of Dar al-Kalima College.
The new facilities promote a “message of higher education and scientific research in Palestine” and includes film and television studios, a specialized technical library, an auditorium and theatre hall, as well as music performance rooms, classrooms, computer labs, a cafeteria and gathering space.
But, as Pastor Mitri Raheb, Pastor of the Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church, said, “we don’t inviest only in stone, but rather almost all of our focus is on human beings. Our mission was and will remain ‘To build a country, stone by stone; to empower a community, person by person; and to establish viable institutions that are here to last.’”
Dar al-Kalima College is the first and only Lutheran college in the Middle East, and is part of the Diyar Consortium, an outgrowth of the ministries of the Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, one of the six congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).
To read Pastor Raheb’s full speech, to view the dedication event, or for other news about the newly-dedicated Dar al-Kalima College, visit the Diyar Consortium webpage.