When today’s Freedom Flight touched down in Israel, Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein was at the airport to welcome the new olim (immigrants) to the Holy Land. Yael writes of the wonderful homecoming she witnessed – all made possible by The Fellowship’s faithful friends:
As I waved my Israeli flag, sang Hebrew songs based on words of the Bible, and danced with the younger generation of Jewish Russian immigrants, I realized that the timing of this Fellowship-chartered flight is very appropriate. Just one week before Passover, the holiday when we celebrate the Israelites going from slavery to freedom, these Jews experienced their very own redemption. They came from a life of fear, danger, and war in what many people call the biblical land of the north, to the ancient homeland of the Jewish people.
Every one of the 110 Jewish Ukrainian refugees on this Fellowship Freedom Flight has a powerful story of hardship, pain, hope, and redemption. One elderly man lost his daughter a few weeks ago, when a shell hit their home in eastern Ukraine, killing her before his eyes. Many of them lived in Fellowship-sponsored refugee centers for weeks, after losing their homes and belongings to the war between Russia and Ukraine.
As the new immigrants exited the airport terminal, their smiles were larger than life. The fear in their eyes was gone – it was replaced with hope and comfort.