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Returning to a Home at War

February 29, 2024

Why would someone move to a country at war? In fact, why would someone pack up their life in a prosperous, safe country like the United States or France and relocate to a country facing an evil enemy on the battlefield? There’s more though. What would motivate someone to start over in a country at

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Let’s Bring Them Home

March 31, 2023

I recently boarded a plane to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to represent Bridges for Peace on a visit arranged by Keren Hayesod, an organization that, like us, is dedicated to fulfilling Bible prophecy by aiding in the Jewish return to Israel. Together with the delegation of Keren Hayesod leaders from around the world, we headed to

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Changing Times

August 23, 2022

2022 has been a year of changes, uncertainty and great difficulty. The invasion of Ukraine has devastated lives and infrastructure in the country. Many people have become refugees with uncertain futures. Worldwide insecurity caused by the pandemic deepened because of the war with supply chains interrupted, inflation, soaring fuel costs and threats to the food

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We Are Weeping

March 15, 2022

  Tears are falling as the bombs rip apart buildings, infrastructure and families. We are in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. If tanks, bombs and missiles were not enough, those fleeing also contend with freezing temperatures as well as fuel and food shortages. The trains are packed to double

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“They Have No Bomb Shelters”

February 25, 2022

My Ukrainian Israeli friend was badly shaken as she talked about the news of war in Ukraine. “Ukraine isn’t prepared for attacks like Israel,” she said. “They have no bomb shelters.” I watched videos of bombs falling on Ukrainian civilian centers on her husband’s phone, just sent from friends. While I don’t know if there

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Crisis Deepens for Ethiopian and Ukrainian Jews

December 20, 2021

I am writing this with a heavy heart. Jewish lives are at risk. People are facing some of the most perilous times. I have received urgent appeals from leaders in Israel asking for help for the Ethiopian Jews and from our team in Ukraine. Please read about the situations and ask the Lord if you

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Project Rescue: Bringing The Jewish People Home

September 29, 2021

Since the inception of the State of Israel, bringing the Jewish people home has been a priority to the state and to God. So, it has been one of the greatest joys of Bridges for Peace to partner with others to help impoverished Jewish people come home. We partner with Ezra International in the former

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“I Will Bring Them from the North”

December 20, 2018

Ukraine is once again in the news as the war between Ukraine and Russia has reached new levels of intensity. Russia captured three Ukrainian military boats and their 23 crew members after a firefight. Some of the sailors were wounded. In response to these events, Ukraine declared martial law. Now, Russia is amassing men and

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Bringing God’s People Home

January 1, 2018

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

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I Want to Live, Not Just Survive

September 1, 2016

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 to

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Ukrainian Jews Continue to Flee War

August 1, 2016

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 living

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War in Ukraine

August 1, 2015

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 Jewish

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“Israel is Your Home”

April 1, 2015

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. After

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Jewish People Fleeing for their Lives

November 1, 2014

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 and

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Ukrainian Crisis Ignites Anti-Semitic Hatred

March 1, 2014

“We need help!” The email from Viktor, who works in the Ukrainian office of Project Rescue and Operation Ezra, was one of many we have received as the situation in the Ukraine becomes more volatile and anti-Semitism flares to new levels. In fact, we are inundated with requests from hundreds of Jewish people who suddenly

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Fishing for Jews in Eastern Europe

October 1, 2012

“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).

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For Such a Time as This

April 1, 2012

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,

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The Return of the Jewish People Is Important to God

October 1, 2010

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 matter

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A Race against Time

October 1, 2009

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 Ukrainian

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Financial Crisis Increases Anti-Semitism

January 1, 2009

Already there has been increased anti-Semitic chatter on Internet finance sites. Conspiracy theories linking Jews and Israel to the global financial meltdown are taking on global reach. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) keeps a close watch on such incidents. Their Web site has this to say: You may be saying, “How can I help? It must

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It’s Time to Bring Them Home!

June 1, 2008

Last month, Israel held their annual memorial of the Holocaust, honoring the six million Jews who died. Sixty years ago, Hitler’s anti-Semitic regime was crushed, but anti-Semitism is far from dead. Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe recently wrote, “The fires of anti-Semitism are sweeping across Europe today as it did just prior to the

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Dry Bones – Live!

October 1, 2007

I recently spoke to a group who were studying the book of Ezekiel. I said to them, “It is wonderful that you are studying this great prophetic book, but I am living the book of Ezekiel.” Yaacov Kirschen, the “Dry Bones” political cartoonist who describes himself as secular, told one of our groups that he

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BFP In Action – ‘‘I Want A Better Life’’

October 1, 2006

Her husband was injured at work, and life became much worse. He was in the hospital for four months. The hospital didn’t have the right medication, and there was no money for whatever medication they did have. It was a year before the factory compensated them for the injury. “From my grandmother, I heard a

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Anti-Semitism Rising Again

April 1, 2006

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, hundreds

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