That’s what happened to Eric.
At just eight years old, he was forced to flee Russia for Siberia, leaving his home, his every possession—but that one blanket—behind.
For months and months, Eric and his family trudged through knee-deep snow and bitter winds, their shoes falling apart. To protect their feet from frostbite, they scrounged for string to tie the soles to their feet.
As trains went by, the family tried to flag them down, but in a sea of tens of thousands of Jews trying to escape the Nazi regime, they couldn’t catch one for many weeks.
When they finally caught a train, it was nothing more than a cattle car that was crowded with people from wall to wall. There was no water, no food. Each time they lurched to a pause, the crowd would pour out, clutching their tin cups, and clamor to the train’s rusty steam pipe, hoping to catch a drop or two of water.
All around Eric, people were growing sick from the water. When they finally stopped for more than a
few moments, his mother and sister ran into town looking for water. Before they could get back, the train
was leaving again.
“I watched my mother and sister running, but they never caught the train,” Eric remembered, “and I never saw them again.”
I want to pause there for a moment. When I recently met Eric and his wife Rivka, who also fled to Siberia as a child, they did not want to talk much about the past, about the experiences of the Holocaust or the persecution they faced in Russia for years afterwards. When it was discovered that they were Jews, Rivka’s doctor’s license was taken away, and the two were once again forced to flee—this time to Israel—leaving all
their possessions behind.
Instead of focusing on the past, Eric and Rivka were overwhelmed with thankfulness for our support.
Today, because of your generosity we are able to care for over 350 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. As the Lord provides, we will increase our support to more than 1,000 survivors through this extraordnary program.
In their apartment, Eric and Rivka have just a few pieces of furniture, but what they said to me was this: “None of this is treasure to us, except one thing”—and they pulled out a Hebrew Bible—“This is the treasure
that we love the most—God’s Word.”
It means everything to help these brothers and sisters of ours. It means medicine, it means electricity, it means heat, come winter. It’s an opportunity to bless Israel, according to the challenge of Genesis 12:3, a
God-given opportunity to serve the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40). What better way to show the
love of Christ this Christmas season to our brothers and sisters living and suffering so
close to the place of His birth?
God has led Tiz and me to partner with the Bnai Zion Foundation and Netivyah to care for these elderly Holocaust survivors, but we cannot do this alone. We need friends like you
to be faithful and generous toward the hurting ones of Israel.
Any time you give, God will bless you, any time you give to Israel,
God will bless you—but there is something special about giving and
helping people like Eric and Rivka.
The Holocaust survivors are still experiencing grief and suffering
decades after the concentration camps were liberated. We want to
alleviate the burden by helping provide food, household necessities and
other needed services to let them know that Christians truly care about them.
So today, Tiz and I plead with you on behalf of all the Holocaust survivors whom God has entrusted to us.
Please give a generous gift right now to help us continue providing for their
basic needs, and bring the touch of the Heavenly Father to these dear people
who need to know that God loves them.
Their day-to-day needs are serious. God is calling us to devote ourselves to these survivors and give them
an opportunity to connect with a loving God and trust Jesus as Messiah.
Together, we must reach out to those who are hurting, and stand united with both Christians and Jews so that the atrocities of the past will never be part of our future.
Thank you so much for your friendship and your compassion for those in need. God bless you.
Reclaiming our inheritance together,
P.S. Tiz and I would like to bless you as you give generously today by sending you some of our resources
to help you discover and share more about your Judeo-Christian roots! Click here
to learn more! Thank you again!