Extraordinary Challenges, Extraordinary Faith

Yael Eckstein  |  December 14, 2022

Yael Eckstein and IFCJ provide extraordinary aid to Ukraine in 2022
(Photo: Svetlana Voit)

As we approach the holiday season, with Hanukkah just days away and Christmas in just over a week, we also approach the end of 2022, and I look back on yet another year that posed incredible challenges. But this past year also revealed the strength, resilience, and kindness of humanity, and the extraordinary faith of those who have partnered with The Fellowship in our ministry.

Extraordinary Challenges

For three decades, The Fellowship has been on the ground in the former Soviet Union, saving Jewish lives. So when Russia invaded Ukraine early in 2022, we were uniquely situated to help the hundreds of thousands of people who were displaced by the conflict, whose lives were forever changed by what is a still-ongoing war.

We have helped thousands reach safety away from the warzone. We have assisted thousands more in making aliyah (immigrating) to Israel. And we are still there, on the ground in war-torn Ukraine, bringing lifesaving aid to those who have been unable to evacuate, including Jewish elderly and Holocaust survivors. However, we took a leap of faith and stood by our biblical values of feeding the hungry, caring for widows and orphans, and providing for the needy.

Extraordinary Faith

Thankfully, through the generosity of our supporters who took a leap of faith and stood by our shared biblical values of feeding the hungry, caring for widows and orphans, and providing for the needy, we were able to do all of this. And thankfully, because of you, we also continued alleviating poverty, providing safety, and fulfilling biblical prophecy here in the Holy Land of Israel, as well as anywhere around the world where God’s people need us.

In the coming year, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Fellowship. Forty years of alleviating poverty. Forty years of providing safety and security to God’s people. Forty years of bringing His children back home to Zion, fulfilling biblical prophecy. Forty years of this ministry that will only do more good and help more of the neediest of His people in the year to come.

I am deeply grateful to all of those who made it possible for The Fellowship to do so much good and bring so much hope to so many people for these forty years, and for this year—our staff, our donors, our volunteers, and those who held us in prayer. But, most of all I am thankful to God, with Whom anything is possible.

Friends, I want to wish you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed holiday season. May the new year bring an end to suffering and usher in an era of unprecedented blessings.

With blessings from the Holy Land,

Yael Eckstein's Signature

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