I want to share what happened in recent days!
1 . Soldiers
From the first days of the war, we began to help the Golani unit on the border with Lebanon. Two of our leaders from our camps serve there, and through them, we have the opportunity to show the love of God. There are more than 300 soldiers there, and we brought them sandwiches, Shabbat treats, and drinks. This week, we are again preparing 300 sandwiches, 120 bottles of water, and Shabbat treats for them.
We continue to distribute gifts to our soldiers. Last week, we distributed 40 packages of smears, power banks, and flashlights to 40 soldiers from the ‘Agoz’ unit on the border with Gaza. We bought 15 fleece jackets for one of the special forces where our brothers serve!
Today, we bought a few more things, and tomorrow, we will deliver 50 boxes for our soldiers. Everyone will receive thermal underwear, a T-shirt, gloves, a unique towel, disposable razors, Shaving gel, deodorant, sanitary napkins, callus plasters, a power bank, flashlights, and energy bars.
Here are the messages we received from the soldiers: “Thank you very much for your help. It’s great to see such love!” “You can’t imagine how you saved me. It was freezing, and here you are, like an answer from the Almighty,” “Cool, everything worked out. Just what you need.” “Thank you very much, especially for the letter with verses from Scripture. It was very supportive.”
Together with a congregation in Ashkelon, we serve more than 100 people. Many have lived in bomb shelters for at least two weeks. We prepare hot food for them in Jerusalem and deliver it to their homes and bomb shelters. We distribute grocery bags filled with necessary food and supplies. Today, we bought hygiene items: shampoos, toothpaste, pads, and much more for 70 women. On Wednesday, we are going to a nursing home in Ashkelon. We have had a ministry there for several years; we will visit people and pray with them.
We receive a lot of gratitude from people, and one old grandmother especially struck me. When they brought her hot food, she divided a piece of fish into three parts, and when they asked her why, she answered: what if there is no food tomorrow? We told her that we would bring some food for her.
There are a lot of young families in Ashkelon who have not worked for two weeks and are now worried that they will not be able to pay for their apartments. It is a challenging situation, and please pray that the government will find a solution to this problem.