Answering the Call to Comfort Israel
The call of God to Comfort His People, Israel has weighed so heavily upon our hearts for some time now. Our friends and partners of Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries feel that burden as well, and together, we have indeed brought comfort in times of crises. Most recently, we helped rebuild Mevo Modi'im, a community that was torched by fire, and we've partnered with the people of Eshkol Region bordering the Gaza strip to build a fortified community center serving as a trauma resource, playschool, and bomb shelter. But now we step into unchartered waters as Israel’s most at-risk population, the elderly Holocaust survivors, navigate the threat of this novel coronavirus on top of their already fragile circumstances.
Many of these men and women are forced to choose between warmth and wellness because there is not enough money to pay for housing, food, necessities and medication. As children, they survived the most horrific circumstances, watching as their mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, were separated into groups and sent either to become branded laborers in work camps or directly to extermination camps. As adults, they have overcome unimaginable trauma and despair. Now, in their old age, many have outlived all of their family and friends, having no one to turn to for help. This, my friends, we can change.
YEL is an organization in Israel working hard to deliver food and essentials, provide a warm home, and even daily visits for these elderly Holocaust Survivors. What better way to love someone, than to meet their most critical needs? Will you help us do all that we can to help "Comfort My People?"
Isaiah 40:1 says, "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God." God has called us to bring comfort to Israel. The scripture goes on to command that we "speak tenderly to Jerusalem." We want to meet their needs. We want to bring comfort in the most practical way we can—by giving them shelter, by feeding them, by providing their essential needs, and by making sure they know they are not alone. Will you help us? Can you be part of the solution? Can you help us continue the meaningful work that we've already begun by reaching out to these men and women in these dire times?
"Hopefully it stays like this for a long time, or forever," says 11-year-old in Israel.
June 3, 2021