Faces of The Fellowship: Pekado and Katama Make Aliyah from Ethiopia

Ethiopian family standing in front of house

Credit:IFCJ

Imagine trying to raise six children in a room that’s only nine feet by nine feet. This was Pekado and Katama’s challenge while raising their family in Gondar, a city in northern Ethiopia.

Many Ethiopian families live like them in cramped shacks made of mud. The married couple sent their older children to sleep in the neighbor’s home because there wasn’t enough room. Also, recent armed conflict started threatening the safety of Jewish families in Gondar, and turned an already troubling situation of poverty into a full humanitarian crisis.

Pekado admits: “Life is difficult in Gondar.”

Finding a Way to the Holy Land

For Pekado this situation is also a spiritual crisis, as he longs to return to the land of Israel. After all, he is a descendant from the Tribe of Dan, whose members migrated south to Ethiopia during the destruction of the First Temple. “My dream is that my children will be able to study and fulfill their dreams [in Israel],” says Pekado. Also, Katama hasn’t seen her parents in over 12 years since they made aliyah. “I want to hug my parents,” she says with tears.

If it weren’t for you supporting emergency Fellowship Freedom Flights to help the poorest Jewish communities in crisis, this family would never have made it to the Holy Land. But now, they recently landed in Israel, stepping onto biblical ground, thanks to you! Together, we’ve helped 80,000 Ethiopian Jews in a historic mission to return them home to Israel between 1985-2013, and will help the remaining 1,500 Ethiopian Jews return to Israel in 2021.

What a privilege it is to witness the fulfillment of biblical prophecy in our lifetimes. This family will always know you helped them make it to their promised land. Thanks to you, they have renewed hope for a better life.

Return God’s People Home

Partnering with The Fellowship, YOU can bring Jewish families home to Israel – saving lives and fulfilling biblical prophecy.

Tags: Faces of the Fellowship

More From Fellowship Blog

Holocaust survivor Katerina 2021

Fellowship Blog

Faces of The Fellowship: Holocaust Survivor Katerina Is Blessed by You

“I know why God has kept me alive – so that I could be saved by Americans once more!” says 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, Katerina.

Giora Feidman

Fellowship Blog

Giora Feidman – Klezmer Clarinetist

Giora Feidman is an Israeli clarinet player who specializes in Jewish klezmer music and whose playing featured in the movie Schindler's List.

Trauma Kits

Fellowship Blog

Project Spotlight: Trauma Kits to First Response Teams in Israel

In 2020, The Fellowship partnered with United Hatzalah to provide 200 oxygen kits and 160 trauma kits to first-response volunteers.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.