While Christian youth in Israel are not obligated to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), many still choose to serve because they love Israel and take pride in protecting their country.
Prior to serving in the IDF, many young people participate in pre-army leadership programs, which help them mature and build skills for their army service. This is why The Fellowship has partnered with Kinneret Christian Pre-Army Leadership program, so we can encourage the brave young Christian men and women who want to stand with Israel and serve their country.
Sharbel, 19, recently graduated from the Fellowship-supported Christian Pre-Army Leadership program, and enlisted in a search and rescue unit for combat soldiers. “I’m proud to be able to serve my country,” he says. “I want to encourage The Fellowship’s donors to continue supporting the Christian Pre-Army Leadership program. It provides the tools that help Christian youth sharpen their connection to Israel as well as our understanding of the importance of IDF service. This is what will secure our successful future.”
Each young Christian who enrolls in the Fellowship-supported pre-army program has a better chance at moving up the IDF ranks and developing skills for a successful future career. During their six months at the pre-army program, the students develop a sense of personal and national responsibility, leadership skills, and social awareness.
“Before I entered the Christian Pre-Army Leadership program, I wasn't certain I would actually enlist in the IDF,” says George, a graduate of the program who serves in the Brigade's commando unit. “Today I’m proud to say that I'm one of the best soldiers in the unit. I want to thank The Fellowship for supporting the Christian Pre-Army Leadership program. It gave me the knowledge and will to make this important decision. I hope to be able to continue to succeed and support my country in the future.”
For Sharbel and George, and so many other young Christians like them, the pre-army program makes a world of difference in the success of their IDF service. Thank you to our donors for supporting this important project!