On Wings of Eagles
When they boarded that initial flight in Kiev, we did not know Vladimir would soon be facing a life-threatening medical condition. But thanks to expert care in their new home of Netanya, Israel, he was treated successfully for a clogged artery that could have easily taken his life.
Tens of thousands of needy Jews — the remnants of Israel — are living with the nightmare of anti-Semitism all over the world. David, a father of five, is trapped in the anti-Jewish hatred there.
The same deadly anti-Semitism that led the Nazis to cruelly exterminate 6 million Jews is growing stronger and spreading even farther today. Unquestionably, now is the time to save more Jewish lives. And that is what The Fellowship is doing in our prophetic, lifesaving work through On Wings of Eagles Freedom Flights — bringing suffering Jews to the Holy Land!
David and his brother Jacob were raised by elderly parents in the Ukraine. Their mom died when David was only six years old and their father died shortly after. The brothers were then raised by their grandmother, their only living relative. David recalls his childhood as "very hard."
Avitch, 58, was a farmer in a small village in Ethiopia, but he and his wife longed to move to Israel. So they moved to Gondar with their children and applied to move to the Holy Land. While there, they took Fellowship-sponsored courses about Judaism and started to keep Jewish traditions. "My wife and I discovered that we love celebrating the Sabbath," Avitch says.
Ovadiah is a member of the Bnei Menashe, descendants of one of Israel's "lost tribes" living in rural India. From the time he was a little boy, his parents taught him about his Jewish heritage, studying the Bible with him so that he would grow in his faith. At that time, living in Israel was only a dream but, little did he know, it was a dream that would one day come true.