As an elderly man now, Dagef still clearly remembers his childhood days in Ethiopia, sitting in his grandfather's lap, listening to him relate biblical tales of the Jewish people. Dagef remembers how his grandfather would end the story of the exodus with his finger pointed north towards Israel. "My grandpa assured us that God would redeem us from our exile as He had redeemed our ancestors from Egypt," Dagef recalls.
As Dagef grew up, he developed a profound yearning to move to Israel. He and his wife, Yeshorek, waited eagerly for close to 17 years to fulfill this dream. They had to overcome many hurdles in order to receive permission to leave Ethiopia. "With each passing day, we felt that our chances of moving to Israel were dwindling," Dagef explains.
Despite all the hardships and frustration they experienced through the many years of waiting, last year Dagef, Yeshorek, and their three sons fulfilled their life-long dream and made aliyah to Israel with help from The Fellowship's On Wings of Eagles program. Looking at his wife with a loving smile, Dagef describes the day they left Ethiopia, "We felt like on that day the sun was shining just for us."
"I thank God for bringing the Ethiopian Jews back to Israel," he says. "This was foretold in the prophets, and we are fortunate to see it materialize in our day. I am also filled with tremendous gratitude for The Fellowship and Christians in America. They were God's messengers who brought us out of Ethiopia, and their love and assistance continue to guide us here in Israel. Without The Fellowship standing behind us, we simply could not make a life for ourselves and our family here in Israel. God bless them all."
Tragically, there are roughly 2,000 Ethiopian Jews still waiting to make this prophetic journey home to the Holy Land. But they must make this move by the end of this year, and they cannot do it on their own. Your support of The Fellowship and our On Wings of Eagles ministry will help fulfill God's promise to "gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth" (Isaiah 11:12). Please give as generously as you can on their behalf.