“What did you have for breakfast?” I asked the elderly Jewish lady in front of me. “A cup of tea,” she replied. “And what will you have for dinner?” I asked her, hoping for a more promising response. “A cup of tea,” came the same heartbreaking reply. As we stood in the soup kitchen filled with elderly Jewish people having a hot, nutritious lunch, I realized with horror that this could be their only meal for days to come. Each Jewish patron who comes through the door out of the bitter cold carries a container in the hope that there will be food left over to take home. The staff at the soup kitchen is well aware of the bare cupboards these precious people face at home and will do their best to stretch the food to fill the containers. The meager extra portion will have to last for the next two days until they can visit the soup kitchen again.
Be in good health. See the FAQ for more information on health requirements.
Have the recommendation of your family, pastor, and others in the community.
Have funds prepared to cover your food, lodging and other monthly expenses as well as round-trip airfare to and from Israel. (See the FAQ)
Have medical insurance that is valid outside your country in case of accident, injury or illness in Israel. (An expatriate insurance policy can be purchased in Israel through Bridges for Peace. More information is available upon request).
Realize that during your term of service with BFP, you are not coming on a tour or a vacation, but to serve in a vital and needed staff position.
Recognize that you are seen by the outside world as a volunteer with Bridges for peace, so the future of our work in Israel depends upon your Christian character and faithfulness.
Your national office may require a processing fee of $35 US (or the equivalent in your country’s currency). Contact your national office for more information.