In the Beginning:
The Al Sahouri family sought a place where their five children could live freely, safely and as “normal Christians”.
Their search for peace and security took them in 2003 from frequent fighting in Bethlehem between Israel and Palestine to the United States. Ghassan Al Sahouri was an olive wood carver before fleeing his homeland as a result of the conflict in the Holy Land. Moving to the United States removed the fear and danger. It has given them an opportunity to live in peace.
The Growing Years:
The Al Sahouri family earns their living through a trade they depended on in Bethlehem, selling religious figures carved from olive wood grown in the Holy Land. This mission allows them to support themselves and a group called Little Bethlehem Christians which consists of about 200 Christian families that work as woodcarvers in Bethlehem, the place of Jesus’ birth.
Where we’re going:
The Archdiocese of Baltimore and Washington approved the selling of these carvings in Catholic churches in the archdiocese making it possible to continue to support the dwindling numbers of families remaining in Bethlehem. We are pleased to also mention our affiliation with the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL, the Most Reverend Bishop Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, CT, the Most Reverend Bishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, MD, the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, the Most Reverend Bishop Frederick P. Annie, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV, the Most Reverend Bishop Patrick R. Cooney, Diocese of Gaylord, MI, the Most Reverend Bishop Robert J. Carlson, Diocese of Saginaw, MI and Archbishop Myers, Diocese of Newark, NJ , Monsignor John S. Mbinda, Pastor, Mililani, HI as well as many other churches and parishes on the northeast coast.