Nadia* is an attractive young woman with a cheerful baby on her hip. When we asked why she wanted to go to Israel, she said, “I want to live, not just survive.” We met Nadia in Dnipro, Ukraine. She is one of forty people staying in a simple fishing camp while preparing to go toContinue Reading »
Two years ago in April war broke out between Ukraine- and Russian-backed separatist forces and still continues. As of April 2016, 9,400 people have been killed, and 21,500 wounded. A recent UN report accuses the armed rulers of eastern Ukraine of widespread human rights violations and abuses. According to the report, 2.7 million civilians livingContinue Reading »
The news of the conflict in Ukraine has died down in most western news outlets, but the reality on the ground has not improved. In Eastern Ukraine, cities are paralyzed by the fighting, with even basic commodities becoming rare. The dedicated workers in the Project Rescue program are working against unbelievable odds to rescue JewishContinue Reading »
“Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth” (Isa. 43:5–6).Continue Reading »
Recently we celebrated Purim in Israel. The story of Esther was remembered in many ways throughout the land of Israel. It is the story of the deliverance of a Jewish population in the diaspora at a time when the community was threatened with annihilation. In synagogues, as the Megilat Esther (Scroll of Esther) was read,Continue Reading »
The streets of Israel are full of people speaking a multitude of languages. In northern Tel Aviv, you are very likely to hear French, as Jewish immigrants from France have settled there. Other parts of the country have attracted Jews from Russian-speaking countries and in other areas, Spanish or English. They are all proof thatContinue Reading »
The Chairman of our International Board, Pastor Jess Gibson, recently encouraged his congregation saying “If it matters to you, it matters to God.” What a wonderful reality! God loves us and cares about everything in our lives. Suddenly I found myself wondering if the reverse is true. If it matters to God, does it matterContinue Reading »
More and more signs are arising across the former Soviet Union that there may not be much more time to get the Jewish people out before borders close. Rev. Barry Wagner, vice president of Ezra International—the BFP partner organization for Project Rescue—writes that we’re in a race against time. A Christian worker at the UkrainianContinue Reading »
Surely we can all agree that the Holocaust was the most pernicious act of anti-Semitism the world has known. And, yet, anti-Semitism not only abounds in the Former Soviet Republic, but is rising at an alarming rate. According to the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), late in 2005, hundredsContinue Reading »
As the ugly menace of anti-Semitism rises again in France, Denmark and Ukraine, many are calling for the Jews of Europe to come home to Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu has led the charge! “Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,” Mr. Netanyahu said after an attack in Copenhagen. AfterContinue Reading »
The war in Ukraine is putting more and more Jewish people at risk. Over 1,200 hundred are now living like refugees in other parts of Ukraine, after fleeing from their homes. Our Project Rescue team is hard at work to assist as many as possible, while it is still possible. Tolik and Katya Yaroviy andContinue Reading »
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