by: Ilse Strauss
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 | Imagine you’re down to your last bit of money. You’ve lost your job during the first coronavirus lockdown in April, and there will be no paycheck to replenish your empty bank account. Now Israel is heading into a second national lockdown, and anxiety and stress tear at your insides as you think of the weeks of isolation ahead without the means to feed your children.
Imagine you head to your local supermarket to spend the last of what you have on the bare necessities. You’ll have to choose carefully though. The little you have will not go far.
You see the sign as you reach for a loaf of bread: “Take what you need for free!” Your breath catches in your throat, involuntary tears blur your vision. Could it be? Could it be that you will have enough to see your family through this lockdown?
The above scenario may be fictional, but the helping hand reaching out to the needy is not.
In the days before the second national lockdown went into effect last week, the AllStock Supermarket, a small outlet in the town of Harish, located a few kilometers southeast of Caesarea, offered a helping hand to their customers who are unable to make ends.
The store owners fastened a sign scrawled in big, black letters to the shelves packed with canned goods, sugar, oil and chocolate chip cookies. The sign invited: “Whoever is in need of food during these difficult times is invited to take freely. (No need to inform the staff).”
Customers were quick to share pictures of this incredible act of kindness on social media. Within hours, it went viral, drawing thousands of comments from around the world.
“This is the most loving, giving, selfless humanitarian gift to the needy people I have seen,” a user noted on Instagram. “I love the way Israel loves those who are in need,” wrote another.
As Israel steps into the uncertain days ahead, it warms the heart to see acts of kindness and compassion such as this one piercing the dark clouds like small rays of light. We pray that others will follow this shop owner’s example to help see the needy through this time of crisis.
Today Israelis enter their fourth day of a second national COVID-19 lockdown, and the atmosphere is fraught with tension and anxiety. The memory of the previous lockdown and its devastating effects on the economy and individual livelihoods is still fresh in the minds of countless Israelis. The poor and the newly poor have not even begun to recover from the blow that left many destitute. Unemployment is at an all-time high and is expected to climb sharply as businesses were once again forced to close their doors and send their employees home—many now without the means to put food on the table. At Bridges for Peace, we are called to come alongside Israel during these trying times, to bless them with food, peace of mind and the comfort of knowing that Christians around the world care for them. While this shop owner is reaching out to the customers in his own community, Bridges for Peace is coming to the help of the needy Israelis from the far north of the country to the desert in the south. God is using us all to meet the terrible need at this time. Will you help us help them?
Posted on September 29, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 29, 2020)
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