Yesterday, 14 American Baptist leaders began their Fellowship-sponsored tour of Israel, where they will learn firsthand about the Jewish state and The Fellowship’s work while also strengthening Christian support for Israel.
Their first day began with a visit to Fellowship-supported Neve Michael orphanage in Pardes Hana, where they were greeted by Yael Eckstein. As the members of the delegation sat down for lunch in the dining room, they were greeted by children who distributed hand-made greeting cards. The guests also enjoyed a small concert as three of the children played musical instruments.
Yael spoke of the partnership between The Fellowship and Neve Michael and its vision to integrate the children into society from a young age. She spoke passionately about the importance of Israel as a safe haven and home for the Jewish people and how encouraging it is that Christians are making life better for the Jewish people.
The group then visited the orphanage's Gilboa House, which has been recently renovated into family-style units with the help of The Fellowship. The group was able to see how these children, who have suffered so much during their young lives, are living happy and cheerful lives as part of a large family.
The delegation looks forward to visiting more Fellowship sites and touring both Jewish and Christian holy sites. Stay tuned for more updates from their trip!