Ministering under a nationwide Lockdown in Israel!
If someone would’ve told us a month ago Israel is about to go under a lockdown due to an outbreak, I doubt we would’ve believed it, Today it is our reality.
The Israeli government has implemented very strict measures in an attempt to control the ongoing pandemic. Everything was shut down and only the very essential services are allowed to still operate. Our humanitarian work enables us to continue working and helping people during this period of nationwide isolation.
It has been challenging to say the least, but we have also experienced God’s goodness as never before.
While we are able to distribute food packets, medical supplies, diapers and other essentials, bringing it to people’s doorsteps (respecting the restrictions), we receive so many encouraging words of love and gratitude from families that cannot leave their apartments either due to quarantine, or they simply were left with no means.
The current situation is extremely difficult for people and families that are struggling as it is to make ends meet, but now many of them are also left without jobs and without the ability to provide their family with even the basics.
Our humanitarian work has become more relevant, important and crucial than ever!
We were even contacted by our local municipality asking if we can widen our reach and help more families currently in dire need.
The same people who not too long ago closed the doors on us, denying us access and refusing to let us use their community centres for our humanitarian projects for holocaust survivors, are the same people that now contact us and are asking us to help.
God is not without a sense of humour it seems.
We’re thankful to be in this position; to be like Esthers of our nation: to have been called for such a time as this!
The crisis has also brought out spirit of generosity among the believers: many from our congregation have gotten involved and volunteered whether it is with packaging food for families, putting together care packages, diapers for children, as well as adult diapers for disabled people. Many of us, like my son Sasson who has been reaching out to quarantined soldiers and my wife Vicky who has been helping to distribute food packets to families in need, have all come together under one mission: to bring hope and help during this time of crisis.
That is what the community of God is for, to step up during difficult times, allowing His light to shine brighter than ever in the midst of darkness.
People are extremely touched and thankful that during these uncertain times God hasn’t forgotten about them, and we are grateful we can be used by the Lord to reach people now when they need it most. I know this time of uncertainty might drive many to act out of fear, but “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Even in the midst of this turmoil, we can stand firm, filled with His power and love, having a sound mind. We can be driven by hope and faith, even when the whole world is driven by fear. Our faith is in our God – unshakable, unmoving, ever faithful.
But now we need your help more than ever; there is so much need, still so much we are able to do to help people, but we need resources to continue helping as the crisis deepens and Israel goes into a full lockdown in a few days. We really need you to get involved and help us with as much, or as little as you can to reach and aid so many more than are left without any assistance.
Consider this a call to stand with the nation of Israel as it struggles for survival during these times of uncertainty.
With Passover quickly approaching, this nation needs a reminder that God is their deliverer!
Would you consider becoming a part of that and help us carry out this mission among His people here in Israel? What if you were to take this as your calling? Your mission, regardless of where you are: making Israel a priority?
Rom 15 : 26-27 – “For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.”
Acts 11 : 28-30 – “Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in JUDEA. This they also did, and sent it…”