(Washington, DC. February 7th, 2020) The American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (AFBDF), a U.S. 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Holy Region of Bethlehem, held a very successful breakfast briefing on February 7, 2020 at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., attended by over 90 guests.
AFBDF was honored to have the presence of guest speakers: Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, The Ecumenical Director and Diocesan Legate of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) The Honorable Alex M. Azar II, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Jackie and Steve Green, Chairman of the Board Museum of the Bible.
In addition, AFBDF expressed gratitude to those individuals who made this successful event possible: Mr. and Mrs. Ben Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Ditto, Dr. Jeff Kloha, Chief Curatorial Office at the Museum of the Bible, and Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
“We were honored to have such high -level attendance by both our guest speakers and attendees. Their commitment and enthusiasm to help revitalize the Church of the Nativity where Jesus Christ was born was evident.” noted AFBDF President George Salem.
The American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (AFBDF) was founded in 2017 to establish financial assistance, grassroots support, and recognition for the development of the Holy City of Bethlehem. AFBDF supports the efforts of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF), a non-profit organization headquartered in Bethlehem and founded by the late Said Khoury, with a Board of Trustees now chaired by his son Samer Khoury. BDF’s mission is to implement Mr. Khoury’s vision to create a sustainable economy and infrastructure for Bethlehem, and to enable the Holy City to sparkle as a peaceful beacon and unique spiritual center of the world for pilgrims of all faiths. AFBDF desires to expand its presence in the United States to seek support for the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
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