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Assist Christ Against ISIS
Dear friends,

We are involved with a team of local Israeli believers providing aid and
ministering to Syrian men, women and children fleeing Islamist hordes.

I just returned from Jordan and bring this wonderful report.

Israeli Messianic Jews and Arabs Assist Syrian War Refugees

The group recently visited a church where 219 refugees families (over
700 people) were taking shelter after fleeing from ISIS and other
Islamist groups.

"These people lost everything," says one member of the Israeli group,
whose names need to be protected. "They even saw family members
murdered or kidnapped."

The Arab and Jewish team are working together with local Christians
who are doing what they can to care for the needs of the multitudes of
children who have been devastated by the war. The team brought a
large financial gift from the Body of Christ in Israel, Jews and Arabs
who wanted to reach out to the Syrians in a practical way.

"We brought milk for children, diapers, jackets, warm clothes, toys and
candy; we purchased heaters and blankets, small cooking stoves and
cooking pans. What a joy to see the faces of the young ones that
walked around barefoot, having lost everything, receiving new sandals,"
the team member recalls.

In addition to the practical humanitarian needs, they are also
supporting educational opportunities for the multitudes of displaced
children, including Bible teachings. "We do not want to pass the pain to
our children," said a local Arab Christian working with the refugees.

Mohammed's Story

Many of the refugees the team has helped are educated people with
good professions who lost everything. They told us about Mohammed
(not his real name), a successful businessman originally from the Syrian
side of the Golan Heights.

The Israeli team recounted Mohammed's own story, which is
representative of thousands of Syrian refugees, thus:
"Due to the war, he had to relocate several times during the past 3
years, but eventually had to run for his life with his family to Jordan.
While attending a funeral of one of the young men from his village with
3000 people, a missile hit the crowd and Mohammed found himself lying
over the dead bodies of 403 people, 15 of them members of his
extended family.

"Mohammed, his 4 daughters and 3 sons, a daughter-in-law and several
grandsons then walked the cold desert to cross into Jordan, all while
facing death threats. [During the journey], some of their number were
killed by wild animals. A pregnant woman had to deliver her baby in the
freezing cold desert. They burned their jackets to make a fire to keep
the new born baby warm. Hope was waning.

Desperately, Mohammed left his family alone in the dark, cold desert
and walked for five hours until he reached a Jordanian army border
post, which provided assistance bringing his family into the country. A
month later, we visited the family and brought them jackets to replace
those they had burned. We shared the Gospel with them and prayed for
the family.

Refugees Fill Church

The team also visited a church that was filled with refugees, reporting:
"They slept in the pews, offices and every available place. The church
has rented a wedding hall for the people to live in. What dedicated
people that understand what is happening is an opportunity rather then
a curse! We were able to help with medications for a medical team that
travels and takes care of refugees in different places."

At one point, several refugees became angry when a team member
identified as a Messianic Jew began to speak to them. "But then I saw
many people getting touched and crying," said the Messianic believer.
"Many of the people came and said, 'When you first started to share, we
wanted to kill you, but now we know that Jesus is real and want to
accept Him has our Lord.'"

"I've never seen a church full of Muslim women wearing the hijab," said
the Israeli team leader. "We could see the joy in the eyes of frightened
children as we ministered to them. We saw hunger for the truth as
people started to question Islam."

At Beit Immanuel Congregation we assist families in crisis reaching out
with God's love through our Lord and Messiah Yeshua.  

Thank you for partnering with us and for your prayers.


David Lazarus

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