For The Jewish Elderly living in Ukraine, life has been harsh. Their lives have gone from the ghettos and concentration camps of the Holocaust era to the tyranny of Stalin and then to the crushing poverty of today. I’ve been in their ramshackle houses, smelled the odor of poverty, seen their despair and had myContinue Reading »
“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 filledContinue Reading »
Their nightmares are filled with pain: Nazi boots marching and kicking, attack dogs barking, running in the forest, hunger, disease and loss, gas chambers, cattle cars full of people, starving people. They are Holocaust survivors. After the war they emerged from the Nazi camps—hollow–eyed refugees, their health destroyed and lacking the funds to start over.Continue Reading »
I just heard from our Project Tikvah (Hope) director with the shocking news that food prices have doubled in Ukraine. For the people being helped by Project Tikvah soup kitchens, this is not just an inconvenience—it is a disaster. Already they were on a forced diet because of their economic situation. I have been inContinue Reading »
He gets hungry. He is old. He faces difficult suffering, but Julius Rechter is a survivor. He has lived through worse times. When he was a young boy, he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was tattooed with the number A-4912. Because of his age, he was transferred to a plant where the Germans wereContinue Reading »
“Why do You forget us forever, and forsake us for so long a time?” (Lam. 5:20). These were the words spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, most likely voicing the lament of the Jewish people left behind after the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians. Today, there still remain Jewish people left behind in EasternContinue Reading »
In cities and villages all over the Ukraine, thousands of Jewish people exist in poverty. The exact numbers of Jewish people remaining in this country, which was once part of the Soviet Union, is debatable. Estimates range from 100,000 – 500,000. No one knows for sure as many simply don’t want to be identified asContinue Reading »
The people we assist exist on the edge of disaster. They eat simple basic food, nothing elaborate or special. Their homes are ramshackle. The help we give often is just enough to make the difference between life and death. They literally depend on us for their lives. One such man is Alfred Schreyer, 86 yearsContinue Reading »
Yeshua (Jesus) said, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11a). A shepherd in biblical times spent his life with the sheep, making sure they were fed, protected, and sheltered. In the last recorded conversation between Yeshua and Peter, Yeshua asked Peter three times if he loved Him, and then directed him to “feed My lambs…tendContinue Reading »
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