The beginning of a new year is a time of assessment and reflection on the previous one. What did we do? What could we have done better? What is God saying to us? What is God doing right now? As I ask these questions, one thing thunders in my ears. God is bringing His Jewish people home to Israel. All the prophets spoke of this day, and we are seeing it happen. We aren’t just watching, we are participating in every way. As I write this letter, new immigrants are down the hall receiving welcome gifts from our Christian team member. She is able to give them practical assistance, because Christians, like you, gave to help them in their aliyah (immigration) process. You gave, because you love God and want to work with Him as He fulfills His promises to the Jewish people. Together we are assisting thousands of new immigrants.
Project Rescue has been in operation for over 20 years, and we have helped over 61,000 Jewish people who are now in Israel. Thousands more are waiting to come. Some are young and vibrant; others are old, sick and needing help. The Prophet Jeremiah foretells this day.
“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and lame, the woman with child and the one who labors with child, together; a great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; for I am a Father to Israel…” (Jer. 31:8–9).
I love the heart of God. He doesn’t just want to rescue the young, the successful and those with great promise. He cares for the lonely, the elderly, the sick and suffering. Let me show you a few of their faces and ask you to pray for them.
Yaakov is a pensioner. He has experienced many difficulties in life, but is now happy to live in Israel.
Aleksandr and Lidiya are from Lugansk in the war-torn part of eastern Ukraine. They had difficulty leaving. They waited a long time at a checkpoint, coming under fire, until finally moving to another checkpoint. They are now in Israel. Alek is very ill and hoping Israeli doctors will be able to help. Pray for his health.
Marina and Vladimir are leaving for Israel with hope. He suffers from polyarthritis, and is trusting that Israeli doctors will help find a cure.
Tatyana and Andrei went to visit his sister in Russia, and found it impossible to return home to eastern Ukraine. Their town was in the war zone. After a year and a half, they returned and were shocked to see ruined houses and streets, people in uniforms, but most shocking was the sight of packs of dogs and many rats running along the streets. The windows in the houses were broken, and water pipes damaged due to temperature changes. Life in Avdeevka had become very complicated. The municipal institutions didn’t work normally anymore and it was impossible to get qualified medical assistance. Since Andrei is a diabetic, they knew they had to leave. Now they are in Israel.
Valerii is from Odessa. During his life he experienced many difficulties because he is Jewish. It was a lifelong dream to move to Israel. With our help, he is now living in the Promised Land.
Through Project Rescue, we have helped thousands escape from war-torn Ukraine. Our drivers tell of horrendous conditions as they dodge bullets, land mines and soldiers to bring the people to safety. We have literally put hundreds of thousands of kilometers on the van, and now we need a new one that is more reliable than the one we have been using. We will trade in the older one, but need an additional $20,000 dollars.
Thousands more are in desperate conditions and longing to come to Israel. God has called us to bring them home. We can’t do it without your help. The average cost to rescue someone is $400 US but no gift is too small or too large. Together we can bring them hope.
Start the year by partnering with God to bring them all—the young, the old, the strong and the weak. God loves them all, and His heart is to bring them home.
Blessings from Israel,
Rebecca J. Brimmer
International President and CEO
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