Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Sukkot Feast will be a bitter time for the hungry of Israel unless you help

In two weeks, Jews across Israel will begin celebrating the Feast of Sukkot. During this harvest festival, many people sleep in small booths to remember the wandering of the Chosen People through the Wilderness...and they celebrate with feasting for a full week...but for hungry Jewish children in Israel, this is no time of joy. 

Instead they wonder why they have to go to bed hungry every night...why their friends come to school talking about special meals and fun things to eat...why they are left out. Poverty and hunger are very real threats to many Jewish children and elderly Holocaust survivors today. 

As a young Jewish child, I lived in poverty in the projects. I would go to the dump to look for food. I had a stick to dig through the garbage and fight off the rats who were competing with me for the food. I know firsthand how painful it is to go to bed hungry. I will never forget the pit the Lord lifted me out of—thus the reason I care so very much for the suffering, impoverished, and forgotten Jewish refugees in Israel. Jesus said, “I was hungry and you fed Me...what you do for the least of these you have done for Me.” 

Today I'm asking you to help provide special Sukkot meals for poor families in Israel. We can turn their hunger and sadness into joy and celebration. We can help make this special time of year happy and meaningful for the poor and hungry of Israel. We can reach out to them in the love of God. 
The prophet Isaiah cried out, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people saith your God” (Isaiah 40:1). The poor of Israel are in great need of our help today. We cannot turn away. We cannot ignore their cries. We must not turn our backs on the poor of Israel, especially at this moment when so much of the world is shunning the Jewish state. Hear the words of the Lord: 

“Deliver those who are drawn toward death and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11&12) 

God sees your efforts to care for the poor and needy among the Chosen People. When the Children of Israel came before the Lord to celebrate Sukkot, they brought their offerings. Today I'm asking you to send a special, sacrificial Sukkot offering so that we can share the blessings God has given us with hungry Jews in Israel.

When you send your gift to help the Jerusalem Prayer Team feed poor Jews in Israel, we will send you a beautiful set of “Comfort ye my people” note cards with envelopes. If you are able to send a gift of $100 or more, we will send you the note cards along with a lovely “Comfort ye my people” afghan. They will be constant reminders of your love for poor and hungry of Israel...and the protection and provision of God for His people.


The Jewish people need our help right now as they are isolated and threatened on every side. Every Jew living in Israel knows where the nearest bomb shelter is and lives with the daily reality that an attack could come at any moment, leaving them just seconds to seek shelter. The boycott of Israeli products has crippled Israel’s economy, greatly increasing the cost of living and leaving many struggling just to find enough food to eat. 

Your ambassador to Jerusalem, 

Dr. Michael Evans 

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