Okay, we are praying for the peace of Jerusalem. But how can we help the Israelis and the Lebanese who have been affected by Hezbollah’s aggression against Israel?
Samaritan’s Purse (Franklin Graham) already has in place a network of aid through established churches in Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan; and they are supporting these churches in their outreach to displaced Muslims, Jews, and Christians. As we support SP (Broken link, active July 24, 2006), they are providing food, blankets, and other essentials, as well as teaching in the gospel.
Christian Friends of Israel have established a War Relief Fund to provide assistance to “displaced famlies living in bomb shelters or make-shift living quarters, families who have lost their homes due to rocket attacks, items for traumatized children, those who are wounded in hospitals, newly arrived immigrants, soldiers serving in harm’s way and emergency needs among the believing community of faith in Israel.” They have people on the ground working with the churches in Israel to assess the needs and distribute the funds.
Open Doors is sponsoring a letter- writing campaign (Broken link, active July 24, 2006) to encourage the Christian church in Gaza, who is trying to love the love of Jesus to both Israelis and Palestinians. The Christians in Gaza are ostracized by Israel (being Palestinian) and fellow Palestinians (being Christian and not Muslim).
We can continue sponsoring ministries with long- standing outreaches to both the Jews and the Muslims for the gospel of Jesus Christ; for peace will only come by the Prince of Peace. This list is not exhaustive; but is a good place to start:
Jews for Jesus
Bridges for Peace
Reaching Unreached Nations (active in Muslim evangelism)
Exodus from Darkness (ditto)
SAT-7 (ditto, as well as encouraging Christians in the 10-40 window)
Book of Hope (provides the children in the world’s most troubled regions with the gospel of Jesus Christ)
Thank you, church. And let’s keep praying.