2015 FZS Outreach Highlights!
“For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes forth as brightness, and its salvation as a lamp that burns.” (Is 62:1)
Many volunteers are needed to unload the container
Israel sent in some of their best surgeons and medical staff, along with the most high-tech hospital equipment available to the ravaged country of Nepal for emergency humanitarian relief. We saw firsthand the love and sacrifice these highly trained doctors, nurses, army and staff personnel have made in order to produce such a well-organized “First Response” team that has become the envy of the world.
FZS was also able to help bring truckloads of aid and food supplies to hungry and often homeless people who were still suffering in remote villages. Most had little contact with relief agencies that focused their efforts in the capital city of Kathmandu.
FZS bringing aid trucks to remote villages in Nepal
PHILIPPINES: Our work there continues after Typhoon Yolanda struck in November 2013 killing thousands. This year we were able to send finances and a 40ft aid container filled with clothing and building supplies to ministries we maintain contact with. One such organization, “Island Kids” rescues children from a life of exploitation and scavenging at local dumpsites. They are then given the opportunity to receive a proper education with nourishing food and medical care. Having recently built a new school, they are currently ministering to over 450 kids enrolled from K-12.
Bradley meeting kids near the dumpsite in Mindanao
Yael also returned for a month to Tacloban, helping homeless people in transitional shelters after the devastation of the recent typhoons. Thousands of families are still living in tents and huts, while waiting for permanent housing. They have no electricity, running water and only one tiny room for the whole family to sleep in. She was also involved in children’s ministry, home visits, medical outreaches and rebuilding a damaged school.
EUROPE: gain we are living in a time when in major European cities being Jewish can mean you are targeted for racial hate crimes. It is once again all too common for Jews to hear humiliating slurs, threats and even physical attacks as it was 70 years ago in Nazi Germany. Anti-Semitism is on the dramatic rise in political circles, social media and most alarmingly on the streets of Europe where it is no longer safe for religious Jews to walk openly…
To date, GAiN teams have provided us with a new kitchen, painted the exterior of the house, remodeled and repaired many of the decaying rooms, all while serving joyfully in their labors of love. We recognize that all of the time, hard work and building material they have provide is a major financial blessing for us and we are so thankful for their service!
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