Blessed Passover in the Land of Israel

An update on our 2016 Passover distribution

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4 May 2016
Blessed Passover in the Land of Israel
Shoshana opened the door with a huge smile and, with a warm Shalom, invited the ICEJ volunteers into her apartment. She is one of the many people who heard a knock on their door this April, and were greeted by representatives of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, carrying gifts and food coupons for the Passover holiday.

ICEJ volunteers visited three cities in three days and met with dozens of families throughout Israel. Like many others, Shoshana received her Passover gift with tears, pouring out her gratitude with a warm hug.

“Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently,” said Pnina, an ICEJ representative whose fluency in English, Hebrew, and Russian was invaluable. Many of the povertystricken Israelis are Russian-speaking and they count on our support. Nevertheless, Pnina is happy to visit the families not because of her language skills, but because she enjoys being with the people and recognizes helping the poor as being obedient to God: “[If] it is important to [God], it is important to us.”
Jannie Tolhoek, ICEJ volunteer from Holland, also visited many families in mid-April with gifts from the ICEJ. In one household, she met Adina (name changed) a mother of six children, three of which have special needs, whose husband only works temporary jobs. In the middle of their living room stood a sewing machine, which Adina uses to make small clothing repairs for neighbors, family and others, in order to help with the constantly growing demands of her large family.

Jannie shared what a joy it is to meet people like Adina, who really need our help: “The fact that people who didn't even know her would care about her and her family put a big smile on her face.” The ICEJ’s annual Passover distribution is made possible by the generous support from Christians around the world. We are grateful for every donation we receive! 
- by Isabella Henkenjohann, Yudit Setz

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