A Christian ministry is especially busy in Israel now, trying to
help those dealing with the latest attack from Hamas
The Friends of
Israel (FOI) is a worldwide Christian ministry communicating
biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah while fostering
solidarity with the Jewish people.
Steve Herzig, director of
North American ministries for The Friends of Israel, says some 45
percent of Israel's population lives within reach of Hamas rockets.
Such proximity has FOI personnel actively providing needed support
for those who live in harm's way.
"School's not in session, people aren't at their job, many
people are in bomb shelters," Herzig reports. "That creates a real
need, and we have boots on the ground, folks in several areas in
Israel who are able to meet those physical needs."
But even though Israel is in the midst of the raging conflict,
and even though it is surrounded by nations who hate the Jewish
people, the FOI director points out that the
country continues to flourish.
"Israel seems to expand economically. They're inventive; they
produce so many different things -- things that are helpful to you
and me, whether it's in medicine or technology," he notes. "It
would be an amazing thing to see what Israel could do if they
weren't under the constant threat of Hamas and Hezbollah and all
the other groups."
Most importantly, Herzig encourages believers to pray for the
peace of Jerusalem and that all people might live in peace.