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Fires Rage in the North—Prayer Funds Needed

December 3, 2010
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My heart is heavy as I feel the pain of the nation of Israel at this moment as fires ravage northern Israel and threaten the city of Haifa. According to the Jerusalem Post, quoting Haifa firefighter spokesman Hezi Levi, “If we don't get foreign assistance tonight, I doubt we will be able to control the fire, and it will stop only at shores of the Mediterranean.” As I read those words, a chill ran down my spine, because the city of Haifa with its population of 250,000 is between the Mediterranean and the raging fire.

At this moment, the resources of the nation’s emergency sector have raced to deal with the many aspects of the disaster. Surrounding nations are sending firefighting teams and aircraft. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called this a day of mourning in Israel. Forty people have been consumed, their lives snatched by the voracious fire. But, for now there is no time to mourn, rather it is all hands on deck as the nation fights to save more communities from destruction.  

At Bridges for Peace, we are preparing to deliver massive amounts of food to those who have had to flee from their homes. We call out to you who love Israel to assist us in this endeavor and show the people of Israel that they have “brothers and sisters” who step up to assist in this time of adversity.

First, we call on the intercessors to pray for God’s deliverance. We can stand in the gap for the people of Israel much as Moses did. The fires are consuming vast tracks of native forest which because of the drought are extremely dry. For eight months, virtually no rain has fallen in Israel. For weeks, we have been calling out to God that in His mercy He would send the rains. Please continue to pray for the winter rains to arrive. The fire is also expanding because of winds. Pray that God will come and deliver, that the winds will die down and that torrential rains will fall putting out the blaze.  

“When I shut up the heaven and there is no rain…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:13–14). We can call on God and seek His face on behalf of the nation of Israel. We can stand in the gap for them. Many of the leaders in the Bible did just that. I am reminded of the prayer of Daniel on behalf of the people of Israel in Daniel 9. Israel’s chief rabbis have called on the nation to repent and fast and pray for the rain to come. We can join in this chorus of prayers ascending to the Most High.  

Second, many families have lost loved ones in the last 24 hours. Pray that God will comfort those that mourn. Many have lost homes. At this time, reports are saying that the entire community of Kibbutz Beit Oren is destroyed. This community of 200 has lost everything. Pray for God’s provision.

Third, we ask you to give generously to help us care for the people at this time, and to help rebuild what was lost.  Click on this link to make your donation to assist the people of Israel NOW when the need is great.  Our staff is here in Israel ready to communicate your love to the people of Israel through practical assistance.

With a heavy heart,

Posted on December 3, 2010

Source: Rebecca J. Brimmer, International President and CEO

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