This week, a severe winter storm descended on the Middle East and the Holy Land, leaving many of Israel’s neediest – the poor and the elderly – cold, alone, and in danger. Yael Eckstein writes that The Fellowship and our faithful supporters are able to reach out and help those who need it most:
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This past week in Israel, news reports on Iran, ISIS, and even the upcoming Knesset elections were put on hold. Instead, the impending snowstorms in Jerusalem and other high-altitude locations in Israel have been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. I was listening to the radio with my husband, and as one news report after the next spoke about the dangers of snow in Jerusalem, my husband broke our silence. “Israelis aren’t slowed down by many things. We’re not scared away by terror, war, or threats. But bring us snow, and it will shut this country down.”
He’s right. It does seem a bit comical. But snow in Jerusalem is far from a joke.
Although the ancient stone buildings and streets of the Holy City look magnificent and magical covered in white, the dangers far outweigh the beauty. Simply put, neither the city of Jerusalem nor its people are prepared for snow …
That is why as soon as we learned about the upcoming snowstorms in Jerusalem, The Fellowship created an action plan. We’ve identified the most vulnerable elderly, and during the storms we will bring them heat, blankets, and anything else they need. As we learned from last year’s snowstorm, when thousands of elderly in Jerusalem wouldn’t have had food or heat for days if The Fellowship didn’t bring it directly to them, the most vulnerable elderly are relying on us to respond. They simply have nowhere else to turn to for help.
So as the people of Israel anxiously prepare for the snowstorms, I encourage you to help The Fellowship stock our warehouse in Jerusalem with winter heating aid for poor elderly. I’m asking you to start the year off in a beautiful way by joining our winter heating project and blessing the neediest elderly in Israel. Volunteers will be delivering this aid on your behalf and will be reminding the people of Israel that they’re not alone, that millions of Christians and Jews around the world stand with them, always.
With this powerful message of brotherhood, solidarity, and love that you send, it won’t only be their bodies you are warming; it will be their hearts as well!