Projects We Support
Christians for Israel International partner with national Affiliates to raise funds for the following projects:
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PROGRAMME (COMING SOON)
Christians for Israel will be offering you the opportunity to adopt a Holocaust survivor or needy Jewish pensioner in Ukraine. Your monthly contribution will help meet their most urgent needs, such as medication, food, clothing or repairs, as coordinated by our local team in Ukraine. Each sponsor receives a biography of their supported person. With your help, we can let the survivors ‘taste and see’ that they are not forgotten, and bring hope to their hungry hearts.
Making ends meet is becoming harder from year to year. The end of the communist era also ended a system of collective provision by the state. Nowadays, the minimum pension of about $100 per month doesn’t cover the most basic food items, let alone medical treatment – there is no health insurance. Difficult memories and loneliness are weighing heavily on thousands of Holocaust survivors and post-war children today. In addition, they are caught in a continuous struggle for physical survival. We have a few more years to comfort them and bring practical help.
Further information will follow shortly.
BRING THE JEWS HOME - ALIYAH
Project India: Bnei Menashe
Project Integration: First Home in the Homeland
HINENI - SOUP KITCHEN
HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS - "I'M NOT ALONE"
CFOIC - CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAELI COMMUNITIES
EMERGENCY FOOD PARCELS - UKRAINE
FOR ZION'S SAKE
ISRAEL ALZHEIMER'S CENTRE
Plus other projects that arise from time to time.
Bring the Jews Home - Aliyah
“I will bring your children from the east gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back’. Bring my sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 43 : 5-6
For many years now, Christians for Israel offers assistance to Jews to go to their Homeland Israel. We believe it is our Biblical task to assist the Jewish people with their return to Israel. After 2,000 years, there is finally a country that the Jewish people can call their home. Since the mid 19th century, and especially since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, millions of Jews in the Diaspora have decided to leave their country and make ‘Aliyah’ (literally: ‘going up’). And this return to the land continues to the present day.
The prophets of the Old Testament tell us that the Jews will return to the land from the four corners of the earth, in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. We can see these prophecies being fulfilled before our eyes.
Since 1997, Christians for Israel has helped more than 130,000 Jews home to Israel from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and India. You can help us in this exciting fulfilment of Biblical prophecy!
In Ukraine, Koen Carlier and his team are active in helping the small Jewish communities on behalf of Christians for Israel. They assist Jewish people who want to emigrate to Israel in a very practical way with transportation and arrangement of travel documents. With the current situation in Ukraine, the Jewish people are now listening more than ever to the call to return to Israel – the land of their forefathers.
Preparation for emigration from Ukraine to Israel is often very complex, costly and time-consuming. Many of the olim (Jews who return to Israel) live far away from the city, without means of transportation. Our Aliyah team drives these Olim on several occasions to the Israeli Embassy, consulate and/or Jewish Agency offices, and finally to the airport. This whole process can take several years. When they say farewell at the airport Koen and his team always say: ‘We want to pray with you, that the Lord may plant you and bless you in the land of your forefathers'.
Costs of transportation and visa assistance (p.p.): NZ $300.
Any amount is welcome!
PROJECT INDIA: BNEI MENASHE
The Bnei Menashe (sons of Manasseh) claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. After wandering for centuries, they settled in what is now northeastern India, along the border with Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh. Throughout their sojourn in exile, the Bnei Menashe continued to practice Judaism, including observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, celebrating the festivals and following the laws of family purity. And they continued to nourish the dream of one day returning to the land of their ancestors, the Land of Israel.
Christians for Israel is partnering with Shavei Israel, led by Michael Freund, to help the Bnei Menashe home to Israel. In recent years we have assisted some 1,700 Bnei Menashe. Costs to help one person to Israel: NZ $1460.
PROJECT INTEGRATION: FIRST HOME IN THE HOMELAND
First Home in the Homeland provides young families with a warm home on a kibbutz for their first six or twelve months in Israel. Moving to Israel is the fulfilment of a dream. But many new immigrants experience many difficulties on arriving in Israel. Especially young families find it difficult to build a new social network, and in many cases become isolated because they do not speak the Hebrew language very well. For this group, the Jewish Agency established the First Homeland programme in 1989. Immigrants from all over the world participate in this programme. The project is a cooperation between the Ministry of Immigration, local authorities and Kibbutzim in many parts of the country.
The Jewish Agency will carefully match olim (immigrants to Israel) with one of the 44 participating Kibbutzim in the Negev and the Galilee. For the first six months, the olim will study in Ulpan (school for the intensive study of Hebrew) either three or five mornings weekly, while their children attend schools on the kibbutz or nearby.
After completing Ulpan, they will have the option to extend their stay another half-year; most olim use that time to find employment in the area, continue in advanced Ulpan or join vocational courses.
Christians for Israel supports the First Home in the Homeland programme.
First Baptist Church Bethlehem
"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd." John 10:16
Life for Christians in Bethlehem is often not easy. There is a high rate of unemployment and poverty among Arab Christians. Christians for Israel supports the First Baptist Church of Rev. Naim Khoury in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The members of this church spread the gospel among Arabs and share their love and heart for Israel and the Jewish people.
Rev. Khoury and his church have been active for a long time. Naim preaches about God’s faithfulness towards Israel and the Jewish people, but his love for Israel is not accepted in Bethlehem. Rev. Khoury and his church face opposition, intimidation and even violence, yet he continues with his important work.
Hineni - Soup Kitchen
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink." Matthew 25:35a
Israel is known for its prosperity, economic stability and high standard of living. We often do not realize that there is another side to this as well. It is the harsh reality of poverty and hunger in which hundreds of thousands of Israelis live every day.
Many of them depend on charity projects. Christians for Israel wants to help the poor of Israel, by providing them with food. We do this in partnership with the Hineni Center in Jerusalem, headed by Benjamin Philip. Your gift for the soup kitchen goes directly to the purchase of food.
Holocaust Survivors - "I'm Not Alone"
"My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life." Psalm 119:50
The Second World War ended seventy years ago. But for most survivors, the Holocaust (Shoah) never ended. The trauma that the survivors struggle with on a daily basis is amazingly deep. Many of their relatives were murdered during the war. To make matters worse, there was no understanding of their trauma after the war or people did not believe what had happened. Some survivors were unable to function normally because of the deep trauma and ended up living in poverty. Until the present day, these survivors are living with immense pain. ‘Why did this happen to me? Why did I survive this? Why?’ These are questions without answers. When the end of life draws near, the war trauma often comes to the surface. The survivors have come to age and will not be among us for long, and there is a growing demand for practical assistance.
Christians for Israel supports various projects in which assistance is provided to survivors of the Holocaust. This is perhaps one of the most practical and urgent opportunities to put the Biblical mandate of Isaiah 40:1 into practice.
CFOIC - Christian Friends of Israeli Communities
"I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all My heart and soul" Jeremiah 32:41
Judea and Samaria (often referred to as the ‘West Bank’) is the birthplace of the Jewish people. We believe that Judea and Samaria are part of Israel’s inheritance. In this Biblical Heartland, you not only find the Jordan Valley, known from the stories of Elijah and Elisha, but also the graves of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron. Shiloh is situated on the mountains of Gerizim and Ebal. This is the place where Abram entered the land and where Isaac and Jacob tended their flock. And this is the area where David dwelled before he became king. In short, this is where the Bible comes to life again!
Through our partner, Christian Friends of Israeli Communities (CFOIC), you can connect with the Jewish communities in the heart of Biblical Israel. We help to build communities in the heartland of Israel. We help to feed the poor, contribute to medical help, and invest in the future of youth who need assistance to stay on the right track. Through these projects, we share a message of encouragement and comfort.
Emergency Food Parcels Ukraine
‘Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.’ Isaiah 40:1
The people of Ukraine have been severely impacted by the ongoing social unrest and violence in the region in the last years. Christians for Israel hopes to distribute thousands of food parcels amongst the struggling Jewish families, via our local contacts, especially in the east of Ukraine. These parcels are handed out monthly to Holocaust survivors, needy families, Jewish refugees, children and the sick.
Jews in Ukraine often have to make distressingly difficult choices. Will I pay for a nutritious meal or will I buy medication? Will I pay the apartment’s rent or buy a meal? Will I feed my children or pay for school books? During the harsh winter months ahead, this problem will loom even larger for many of them.
A food parcel means far more than a bag filled with edible articles. It is a sign of friendship that demonstrates your support for our Jewish brothers and sisters and shows them that they are not alone. And it allows us the opportunity to share the message: leave for Israel, the country where the Jewish people belong. Increasingly, this message has been, increasingly, taken to heart during the past few years: large numbers of young people, refugees and the elderly left for the Promised Land. God is fulfilling His promise to His people, in our generation! Will you help?
The ingredients for the food parcels are purchased at a wholesaler in Ukraine. Food parcels, costing NZ $17 each are packed by volunteers and distributed throughout Ukraine by our Christians for Israel Ukraine team.
For Zion's Sake
For Zion’s Sake Ministries is a US-Israeli non-profit humanitarian aid organisation, established and dedicated to assisting the needs of newly arriving immigrants. For most, starting over in Israel is physically and emotionally, as well as economically, overwhelming. After the slaughter of more than 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, the state of Israel was reborn miraculously in one day on 14 May 1948. God’s chosen people began returning to their ancient homeland seeking refuge. For Zion’s Sake Ministries assists those in need both spiritually and physically by providing humanitarian aid through their warehouse distribution of furniture, medicine, food coupons, and clothing. Direct financial assistance is given through our various Outreach Programmes. Projects we support with Humanitarian Aid Outreach towards:
New Immigrants to Israel
Ethiopian Amharic community
Single moms and lonely students
The poor and needy in the Land
International Disaster Relief
Alzheimer's Centre: Bladder Scanner
The Sophie & Abram Stuchynski Israeli Alzheimer’s Medical Center opened in 2001 as a nonprofit organisation. The Israel Alzheimer’s Medical Center is the only one of its kind in Israel that specialises exclusively in providing services to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.
There are currently around 200 inpatients living in five wards, and every year they also treat hundreds of patients and their families on an outpatient basis through services such as consulting, diagnosis, and support. The centre also trains professionals and engages in collaborative research with renowned academic institutions. The Alzheimer’s Medical Center offers other services for patients who live within the community such as a 24/7 call centre, a daycare centre and special home services to elderly.
There are approximately 180 people employed at the centre, including a multi-disciplinary team that specialises in Geriatrics. The treatment plans at the centre combine all the elements that can help the patients according to their condition, and the various therapeutic frameworks – in the medical, nursing, occupational, and social disciplines – provide a comprehensive treatment solution to the residents and provide them and their families with the quality of life.
URGENTLY NEEDED - ULTRASOUND BLADDER SCANNER
An ultrasound bladder scanner allows for the non-invasive topical examination of a patient’s bladder. This device is critical for nursing departments such as those of the Israeli Alzheimer’s Medical Center. Patients in these departments frequently encounter bladder difficulties, and due to their condition are unable to express their discomfort or pain. This device enables accurate reading of the patient’s condition without having to use a catheter or other implements, thereby avoiding an invasive procedure that is often accompanied by mechanical injury or contraction of external infection.
Christians for Israel New Zealand, together with friends from the Jewish Community, have recognised this urgent need and committed to raising the NZ $15,000 required to provide this vital equipment. We would like to be able to provide this piece of medical equipment as a gift from New Zealand.