BETHLEHEM, Israel -- CBN News recently went to Bethlehem to find out how some Christians are celebrating Christmas with the help of CBN's Operation Blessing.
Recently, more than 800 Christians from Bethlehem and surrounding towns gathered for a Christmas celebration.
Pastor Stephen Khoury hosted the event.
"This celebration means so much to Christians in Bethlehem," Khoury said.
"This celebration is a reminder there is hope," he said. "A reminder there is joy. A reminder there is a new tomorrow and this is through the teaching and the love of Jesus Christ."
CBN's Operation Blessing helped make the celebration possible.
"To all the partners of CBN, to those who pray and to those that give and those that even come to take part of our programs, I want to thank you on behalf of my people, on behalf of our children, on behalf of our youth," Khoury said.
"I want to thank you for every prayer, every dollar that give to make this possible," he said. "It's the faces and the smiles and the lives that are changed through your giving."
The event also honored the mother of Rami Ayyad, who was martyred last year in Gaza. In the midst of persecution, the celebration reminded these believers of their unique calling.
"The reminder number one that Jesus Christ was born right here in the city of Bethlehem," Khoury explained. "It's a reminder that Christ chose out of the whole world, he chose this little town of Bethlehem."