The State of Israel celebrates its 69th birthday this month! It was established in 1948.
I was not alive that day, but I have read with great interest what this meant to the Jewish people following World War II. After the horrors of the holocaust, these families were finally able to return to their homeland.
Perhaps no other group of people on this planet has suffered like the Jewish people. They are still hated by many in the region, the target of ongoing terrorists’ attacks in their own country and are forced to live in a state of alert 24/7.
Meanwhile, in addition to its prophetic significance, the State of Israel has provided our own country with an ally in the Middle East. During these troubling times overseas, there is no greater friend to America than the State of Israel.
With all this in mind, we have been given an opportunity to stand with Israel this month.
While you may not see it on the news, there’s been a growing hostility toward Jews in both Europe and Africa. Not since the break up of the Soviet Union in the 1980s has there been such a movement of the Jewish people back to Israel.
This growth in antisemitism has resulted from both a resurgence of neo-nazi activity and the increasing number of Muslims now living throughout the region. The instability created by ISIS throughout the Middle East has also emboldened the aggressive attacks on Jews.
Because the State of Israel grants these persecuted Jews a “right of citizenship,” many are now fleeing the escalated opposition in other countries to find a safe haven in Israel.
Today, there are 8.5 million people living in Israel. Nearly 7 million are Jews, while the rest of the population is made up primarily of Arab Muslims. Jews living in Israel are still considered an “unreached people group” because only 0.2% are messianic believers.
We have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus to these new refugees as they arrive in Israel. Many of them have escaped with only the clothes on their backs.
The need for food, clothing, housing assistance, furniture and the basic everyday personal items is growing. It’s estimated that 40% of these Jews enter Israel well below the poverty line.
This is creating a heavy burden on the State of Israel as they also have been assisting persecuted Christians who have fled from the brutality of ISIS. Israel is also providing medical assistance to Syrian Refugees.
As you may know, the cost of living in Israel is extremely high as the government and military must be in a constant state of high alert. For example, a gallon of gas cost $6.
We are partnering with Christian organizations inside the State of Israel who have a heart for the poor. We are providing basic supplies – like food, water, personal care items – so these people can get back on their feet.
Would you join with us to help Israel and these Jewish refugees?
Some of you can write a sizeable check today. Others may have to make a major sacrifice to scrape together a few dollars. However, every dollar counts and I ask you to do what you can to help these people.
God has provided this opportunity. I am confident that as we meet this need, He will use our efforts to bring about His will in His time.
Please know we use every dollar you give as efficiently as possible to do the most good. Our work continues around the world and here at home.