Evangelical Good

A Bedouin clan numbering 250 people – 110 of them children – is left homeless by a savage storm in Israel’s Negev region. A nearby Arab town gives the Bedouin temporary shelter in a school closed for winter break. But what to do when winter break is over? This:

…"I contacted the government but did not receive a response," says Rahat Mayor Talal al-Kirnawi. "It was urgent because I needed the school for January 7" after the holiday break, he says.

"So I thought of Rabbi Eckstein… I know he has a big heart."

Rabbi Eckstein heads the "International Fellowship of Christians and Jews", a non-governmental organization founded in the United States in 1983. In this role, he raises funds from the staunchly pro-Israel evangelical Christians in the US "largely to support Israel".

Last year, he raised USD 75 million (58 million euros) from half a million donors, most of them regular contributors of modest means.…

A few hours after talking to Rahat’s mayor, Eckstein gave the green light to unblock USD 148,000 to help the al-Amrani clan.

And last Friday, in rain and freezing wind, dozens of volunteers were bustling about outside Rahat, welding metal girders and covering them with metal sheets as they put up 56 solid – though not necessarily the most comfortable – shelters.…

"It’s Christian money? So what?" smiles Nasar al-Amrani, pulling off his work gloves. "We need help, they are here. Jews, Christian, Muslims, it’s all the same God. What I understand is that the rabbi is doing this so that God sees it and knows it."

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6 responses to “Evangelical Good

  1. Aharon Varady

    Beautiful.

  2. frummeyid

    Eckstein doesn’t get nearly enough credit for what he does. Too much fear of evangelical Christians.

  3. Jim the Catholic

    Deo Gratias! (i.e. G_d is Gracious)

    Or if you prefer…

    Baruch HaShem! (i.e. Bless the Name of G_d)

    and for the Muslims…

    Allahu Akbar! (i.e. G_d is the Greatest)

    Cool!!!

  4. Isa

    Remember that the Bedouin serve in the Zahal

  5. Neo-Conservaguy

    “Remember that the Bedouin serve in the Zahal”

    Apparently, the government forgot exactly that fact.

  6. Ahavah bat Sarah

    We have donated to this organization, specifically their “wings of eagles” chapter that helps bring diaspora Jews to Israel. They disclose their finances and are open about their goals and activities. They are truly a worthwhile charity.

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