One Day of WAR

November 13, 2018

The head of Netivot security shows Bridges for Peace the Israel-Gaza border

November 13, 2018: As the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Prime Minister Netanyahu hurried home to deal with the explosive situation of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli covert team was discovered inside Gaza, and Hamas operatives engaged them in a gun battle. Seven Hamas terrorists were killed as well as an Israeli Lieutenant Colonel. The already volatile situation erupted into total warfare. Hamas has bombarded Israel with hundreds of rockets. The Code Red sirens are going off constantly. Residents of southern Israel have been told to remain in their bomb shelters. Several roads have been closed. Israel responded to the rocket bombardment with strikes at 150 targets, including a terror tunnel, the Hamas internal security headquarters and other strategic—not civilian—targets. We hear rumors that the reserves are being called up. The army is massing near the border. Will a full ground invasion be next?

This situation didn’t just happen because of a single event. The riots on the Gaza border have continued for months as thousands of Gaza-based armed terrorists assaulted the border. These weren’t just peaceful demonstrations. They have mortars, rockets, bombs, grenades, Molotov cocktails and guns. The “demonstrators” are dangerous and full of rage. They will do everything they can to attack Israel and the Jewish people. These rioters have repeatedly attempted to breach the border fence in order to terrorize the Jewish occupants of the nearby towns. Hamas, the terror organization ruling the Gaza Strip, continues to dig cross-border tunnels to allow its militants access to Israeli communities. Arson terrorism has become a daily occurrence as kites and balloons with incendiary devices attached are flown into Israeli towns and territories. Half the forests in the area have been destroyed. Thousands of wild animals have died. Crops have been ruined.

A ceasefire has been agreed to. Does this mean the war is over? No! In fact Hamas is openly gloating that they won and boasting that they will hit Haifa and Jaffa next time. This ceasefire is simply Hamas saying “we need time to reorganize ourselves for the next time.” When will that be? A day? A week? A month? Meanwhile we need to continue to supply bomb shelters, fire equipment, food and encouragement to the Israelis who live close to the Gaza Strip. If you want to help you can donate to our Crisis Fund.

Gaza isn’t the only front Israel must contend with. On the northern front with Syria and Lebanon, the IDF (Israel Defense Force) faces regular incursions. Iran is actively involved, and their stated desire is to destroy Israel. Russian forces complicate the situation. Israel’s leaders expect a major flare-up on this front. One hundred and thirty thousand rockets are aimed at Israel.

Bridges for Peace views the emergency response center in the Netivot municipal building.

Netivot, Sderot, Ofakim—they are all small towns in the south of Israel that shouldn’t be well known. Like little towns everywhere, people who live there want a small-town life where they know their neighbors and their children can play in the quiet streets. But these towns have become notorious—not because of their deeds, but because for years, they have been constantly under attack from terrorists in nearby Gaza. When the terrorists sent arson balloons, these small-town residents sent back balloons with messages of peace and hope. Sadly, those deep-felt desires remain elusive. Children can’t play peacefully outside. Bomb shelters are on every corner. Residents only have 15 seconds to get to safety after the Code Red siren is sounded.

As the rockets flew, our Christian volunteers loaded our delivery truck with food and headed directly into danger. The rest of the team held them up in prayer, trusting God to keep them safe. Bridges for Peace is committed to these towns and their residents, as well as to the farmers and smaller communities throughout the Israeli area known as the Gaza Envelope. All three of these towns are on our Adopt an Israeli Town program. We take food to the neediest inhabitants every month. We know their mayors and security officers.

As war and terror rages, our commitment to the people of Israel stands firm: you are not alone. Christians are standing with you in prayer and in action.

We need help from our fellow Christians. Join us today by sending your gifts to help comfort and restore what has been cruelly stolen from innocent civilians. Your gift to our Crisis Fund enables us to help those who are in danger by providing firefighting equipment, bomb shelters and food for those who can’t leave the shelters. It also helps us restore ruined agricultural infrastructure. If you can, we encourage you to become a monthly sponsor for our Adopt an Israeli Town program which provides food on a regular basis to those most in need. Thank you for your generosity and love for those under siege.

As the oldest Christian organization of our kind in Israel, Bridges for Peace has been building relationships ever since our founder arrived in Israel in 1964. We are respected by all levels of Israeli society. They trust us to be there in times of need. We are poised to be a rapid response team of dedicated Christians living in Israel. You can trust us to be your hands extended in love to the family of Jesus (Yeshua)

With a heavy heart,
Rebecca Brimmer
International President and CEO

 

Bridges for Peace is committed to blessing the people of Israel in a variety of ways.

Food Project

“If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness…” (Isa. 58:10)

The BFP food banks in Jerusalem and Karmiel together process over three tons of food every working day. The food is heading to the homes of Israel’s needy. Purchased in Israel, the food meets the kosher requirements and contributes to the GDP.

New immigrants benefit, as well as those who have been here for a longer time. Holocaust survivors, poor children—both in the Jewish and Arab sectors—orphanages, and Jewish community centers are all on our list of recipients. Let us turn your contribution into much-needed food.

Greatest Israel Need

This fund gives us the flexibility to meet needs not covered by our regular projects and to respond quickly to urgent needs.

Project Rescue

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when men will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where He had banished them.” For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers. But now I will send for many fishermen,’ declares the Lord, ‘and they will catch them’” (Jer. 16:14–16a, NIV)

Many of the neediest Jews in the countries of the former Soviet Union are unable to come to Israel because they simply cannot afford the cost of passports, exit visas, ground transportation, and lodging for their trip home. We send “fishermen” who search for hopeless Jews who long to go home to Israel. Without help, they cannot move to Israel.

With your assistance, we can literally rescue our Jewish brothers and help them fulfill God’s Word. Thus far, we have helped rescue over 50,000 Jews.

    

Crisis Assistance Fund

Crisis Assistance Fund: Your gifts enable us to respond quickly to crisis situations. These may include critical needs, such as bomb shelters, ambulances or to extend help for emergency situations such as terror arson attacks, and more.

Karmiel Center

This center was established in 2008 and is our first facility outside of Jerusalem. Food is distributed to northern Israel through our Karmiel food bank. The warehouse also contains over 500 tons of food stored for times of crisis. This means that in case of a war or natural disaster when food supplies become scarce and food prices skyrocket, we would have enough food to continue to feed our recipients for eight months, as well as respond to special requests. Great care is taken to ensure that no food reaches its expiration date before being distributed.

Feed a Child

Thousands of Israeli school children live below the poverty line and cannot afford to buy lunch, even at a subsidized cost. Your sponsorship for a one-year commitment will provide the following: a hot lunch every day at school, gifts on their birthday and holidays, help to purchase school books, a backpack filled with supplies, and funds for special needs during the summer.

    

Adoption Program

Through our Adoption Program, you have an opportunity to sponsor a Jewish family or individual in Israel for a year, helping them through a critical time in their lives. We provide much needed emotional support as well as a large food package (fruits, vegetables, chicken, milk products, canned goods, and paper products), bus tickets, and financial assistance for special needs.

Those who benefit from the program are new immigrants to Israel; native Israeli families suffering from terror attacks, major medical crises, or loss of a job; Holocaust survivors; and college students who are alone in Israel. We are friends helping friends get on their feet, so they can live productive lives.

Sponsors receive a picture and a profile about the person/s they sponsor, and close relationships are established through letters, which our staff translates for both parties. As you change a life, you too will be changed!

    

Project Tikvah (Hope)

This project reaches out to many Jewish people in the former Soviet Union who either will not or cannot immigrate to Israel. Many are elderly or in poor health. Most are destitute; many are Holocaust survivors.

Increasingly, we are finding Jewish people who are starving and don’t have heat in the winter. Some have died from exposure. We have established soup kitchens to feed them, so they receive one hot, nourishing meal each day. We also purchase heaters and meet other needs as possible.

Zealous8:2 Scholarship Fund

Are you zealous for Israel? Pass the fire to the next generation (ages 18–30)! Help them catch the vision by bringing them to Israel on tour! Each year Zealous8:2 sponsors two tours: one in January and one in June. It is a life-changing experience, and you can help make it happen.

Israel Team Member Support

Living in Israel can be very expensive. With additional funding, our team members are enabled to continue their work in Israel. We also draw from this fund to subsidize special activities from time to time for our volunteer staff. This is your opportunity to bless those who have sacrificed much to live and work far from home.

You can also support a specific team member through this fund. When you do so, your donation is passed on to that person to meet their particular needs.

Cheer Basket

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…” (Isa. 61:1)

Our cheer basket is filled with delicious cookies, candies, dried fruit, nuts, flavored teas, and several other items that are specifically selected to bring hope and encouragement to Israel’s shut-ins, elderly, and anyone else who is discouraged and needs a tangible expression of God’s love.

A cheer basket is also given to immigrants on the Adoption Program for birthdays, including special ones for the children. This is often the only birthday present many receive.

New Immigrant Fund

This fund enables us to meet needs of new immigrants as they come to the land of Israel in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Those needs vary greatly as each person has unique challenges.

Immigrant Welcome Gifts

Bless a new immigrant family and let them know that they are welcomed in Israel by Christians who believe God’s promise to bring His people back to His Land.

We give a generous gift package: a copy of the Tanach (Gen.–Mal.) in Hebrew alongside Russian or Spanish, blankets, school kits for the children, and a set of new pots and pans, utensils, and a cutting board.

This one-time gift is a great help to immigrants who most often come from their home countries with very little.

School Starter Kit

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name, welcomes Me.”(Matthew 18:5)

This kit contains many needed school items, including pens, pencils, sharpener, glue, scissors, markers, a carrying case, and more. We not only distribute these to new immigrant children but make them a part of the school supplies we give to our Feed a Child students.

Arab Family Assistance

There are many needs in the Christian Arab community. This community is becoming smaller as many choose to reside in the West rather than being a small minority in the predominantly Muslim Arab communities. Increasingly, they face persecution from their Muslim neighbors. Your gift helps us to minister the love of the Lord as we give them food.

Victims of Terror

“He has sent me…to comfort all who mourn…” (Isa. 61:1–2)

We minister to anyone touched by war or terrorism, delivering special cheer baskets to the wounded in hospitals after a suicide bombing and to the bereaved. Special needs, such as wheelchairs, food vouchers, and financial assistance for medical bills are provided for those in long-term rehabilitation.

Home Repair

“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” (Isa. 58:12)

God has blessed us with skilled construction workers. Teams are busy renovating homes of the poor and elderly; some of them are Holocaust survivors. Many of these homes are one-room hovels in buildings over 100 years old. We fix leaky plumbing, replace broken windows, paint, plaster, rewire, repair or install cabinets, put on new roofs, and do general fix-up work.

Some of our workers have told us that this is the best job they have ever had in their lives. They get many hugs, plus a lot of tea, coffee, and cake from very appreciative Jerusalemites. Your gifts supply the raw materials to get the job done.

Adopt an Israeli Town

Bridges for Peace sponsors 18 Israeli towns—from the Galilee to the Negev—that are experiencing severe economic hardship. Working through the mayor’s office and the social welfare network, we give food to needy families, many of them new immigrants. Sponsors give a monthly donation (for a one-year commitment) and receive a frameable, full-color biographical sketch of the community they “adopt.” We arrange visits to the communities for sponsoring church groups visiting Israel.

    

Dental/Medical Aid

Israeli health insurance does not cover dental, 100% of the cost of prescription medications, or medical apparatuses such as wheelchairs. Often the needy, many of them immigrants, must choose between vital health needs and food. We can bring a smile to the faces of those who suffer.

Vehicle Fund

We have several vans to help us do our work: for home repair, for pick-up and delivery of food both in Jerusalem and Karmiel, and for postal pick up and other administrative needs. When they wear out, we draw from this fund to purchase or lease new ones, which is very expensive in Israel.

Greatest Ministry Need

Your contribution to this fund will be used to support the educational and operational costs of running Bridges for Peace.

National Office Support

Bridges for Peace has national offices in eight countries that are staffed by sincere and dedicated individuals working selflessly on behalf of Israel. By reaching out to the Church with information and educational opportunities, building relationships with local Jewish communities, advocating for the nation of Israel, and raising the funds necessary for us to continue our projects in the Land, our national offices are the hands and feet of Bridges for Peace the world over.

Often working on a shoestring, their efforts are foundational to our ongoing work of building bridges to the Jewish people through practical expressions of Christian love. Your gift to the national office of your choice helps to insure that their work of blessing Israel and the Church, at home and in the Land, can continue.

Save An Israeli Life

Our newest project partners with Magen David Adom National Blood Services to save Israelis in need, whether during surgery or hurt in a car accident, terrorist attack, or war. Your gift helps keep the hearts of this beloved nation beating. Save a life today!

Land of the Bible Experience

This developing educational center is located in Jerusalem at our International Headquarters. Our desire is to promote a Hebraic understanding of biblical culture to visiting tour groups. Our teaching room is designed to look like the inside of a first-century home, and guests are dressed up in first-century costumes. Biblical themes are taught through drama and interactivity, such as building a sukka (booth) in our garden during Feast of Tabernacles.

To learn more, read our Dispatch article, “Reconnecting Christians To Their Hebraic Roots”.

To book a reservation for you or your tour group:

landofthebible@bridgesforpeace.com or call our Jerusalem Headquarters at 972-2-624-5004 (FAX: 972-2-634-6622)

Education Program

Our educational programs enable us to fulfill our God-given mandate.  Helping the Church understand Christianity’s Hebraic roots, modern Israel’s prophetic significance, historic and current events is critical to building a worldwide network of Christians who love and support Israel. Donations will facilitate the creation and implementation of programs globally.