HISTORY IS NOT DESTINY 

By Don Horwitz
CEO, Christians Care International  

The Jewish Pale of Settlement was that part of the Russian Empire where Russia’s Jewish population was required to live and work between the late 18th and early 20th century. The Pale, which included most of Ukraine, was made up of over 5 million Jews, accounting for 40% of the world’s Jewish population. Our Jewish brothers and sisters did their best to live in the Pale, but so many of them were violently killed in many of the same cities which are now being attacked and bombed.

My family, my own grandparents Ben and Minnie, ran for their lives to escape being killed from the Pale Of Settlement. For my entire life, I had always questioned why my grandparents who helped to raise me, never, ever once spoke about my heritage or their lives before coming to America. Of course, when I was older, I understood that there had to be an immense amount of trauma that they suffered from in not only witnessing loved ones and friends being viscously taken away, but also in the close calls that they surely encountered when finally escaping. Even with this understanding, I still somehow selfishly felt cheated that I never knew enough, or really anything at all about the foundation of my family.

It was a few months after this war in Ukraine started, that I realized that history was again repeating itself for the Jewish people of this region. It is of course, not for the same reasons as it was when my grandparents fled. But the images that we are now seeing of inhumane destruction, of people in indescribable pain and the brutal scenes of torture and death… are very much the same.

A few weeks ago, after completing a conference call with our team in Ukraine, I started to think about the history of repression in Russia and the continued affects that it had and is currently having on it’s people. The thoughts of using force, fear and terror to control, brought me right back to what my grandparents must have surely experienced while living there. Tears began to flow down my face uncontrollably and I softly said to myself… I now understand how “constant overwhelming fear” dictated how my grandparents would live and act for the rest of their lives.    

Through research, I found out that my grandparents were not the adults that I imagined them to be when they ran. They were only teenagers…17 year old teenagers who were recently married. They must have been terrified about the unknown and also about the possibility of being caught and killed at the hands of their aggressors. I am now sure that extreme fear was the reason they had never spoke about their past, because for their entire lives they probably felt that some how, some way, they would still be found, and then they and their entire family, who they risked their lives to create… would be executed.

Ben & Minnie's 50th Wedding Anniversary

The horrific history of the Jewish people in this region is not their destiny. We are being called upon and challenged right now by God to “Up Our Efforts” in working together to assist in His plan for the Jewish people and Israel. Our work in this God-given mission is not only blessing and saving our brothers and sister’s lives, but it also is a part of God’s plan to provide HOPE for the entire world.

The Lord said to me, “I have a greater task for you, my servant. Not only will you restore to greatness the people of Israel who have survived, but I will also make you a light to the nations—so that all the world may be saved.” Isaiah 49:6

EMERGENCY UPDATE FROM UKRAINE

Dear Friends,

I want to thank you with all of my heart for being such a valued member of our loving family and God-given mission to bless Israel and our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters. Together with your prayers and loving support, we are rescuing and saving the suffering from the life-threatening conditions that continue to ravage Ukraine. 

As sirens blast their warnings, bombs, missiles, and kamikaze drones are raining down upon this country’s innocent and peaceful people. Apartment buildings, energy facilities, a playground and even rush hour traffic, are being bombarded in this display of deadly brutality.  

Just the other day, 6 Kamikaze drones landed close to our loving Kalaniot Children’s Home and our School, where a total of 250 of our beautiful children like Sasha either study in their classrooms or live in the loving confines of our nurturing home. Thank God all are ok, but we cannot ignore how close our babies were to these horrendous and inhumane attacks.

It is also so difficult to witness our Holocaust Survivors and elderly Jewish brothers and sisters like Valya again being forced into bomb shelters to escape the onslaught of these terrifying attacks. Moving quickly to shelters for safety is not easy for them due to their age and the many severe medical conditions they suffer from. The anxiety and trauma created by these acts of terror can also trigger an immediate life-threatening medical emergency for those who have already suffered so much in this terrible crisis.

Let us pray together for this senseless war and horrific loss of life to come to an immediate end. Let’s also pray that our precious children, families, the elderly and all who are suffering so greatly right now receive God’s loving protection while their lives are continually threatened. Together, we can also take action by expanding our efforts to rescue and save those who are in immediate need of safe shelter, meals, medical services, and life-saving loving care. You really can’t imagine how important it is for our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters, to have such a loving friend like you, in this critical and dangerous time.  
 
I want to thank you again for being part of our loving family here at Christians Care International. May God bless you abundantly for helping us to bless and save our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters in Ukraine,

Don Horwitz
CEO, Christians Care International

How Long, Oh Lord?

How long, O Lord? Jennifer Waddle - Ministry Development Team

As the war Ukraine continues, and our Jewish brothers and sisters experience unimaginable hardship, I imagine they are asking heart-wrenching questions of which the answers are unknown.

How long will this senseless assault continue? 

Has the rest of the world forgotten us? 

How much more death and destruction will there be?

Will our enemy be victorious over us?

From afar, there’s no way to truly understand the atrocities our precious brothers and sisters are going through. Only through the lens of empathy and compassion can we even begin to imagine the horrific situation that is the reality for every man, woman, and child suffering in Ukraine.

And from our limited perspective, we have questions, too.

Is it okay to question God? If He already knows our thoughts before we speak them, haven’t the cries of our hearts already reached His ears?

Opening the Scriptures to Psalm 13, we see a barrage of questions from David that express great turmoil.

“How long, O Lord?”

“Will You forget me forever?”

“How long will You hide Your face from me?”

“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?”

“How long will my enemy be exalted over me?”

These weren’t questions spoken in haste, but rather cries of his soul desperately seeking answers.  The thing is, Psalm 13 doesn’t tell us whether God answered David or not, but it ends with words of unwavering trust in God’s mercy and salvation.  

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”

My friends, the Lord knows we have questions and bears with us as we try to understand the “why” of what is going on in Ukraine. He hears both our spoken and unspoken concerns. And He wants us to trust Him. Just as David circled back to God’s unfailing love, we, too, can trust that God will come through.

Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you,
I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Brothers and sisters, we are being called upon by God to urgently rescue Holocaust Survivors who continue to suffer in the life-threatening living conditions in Ukraine. When I walk into the homes of these precious people, the pain is so thick that I can feel it in the air. When I enter their room and our eyes meet, their tears flow freely as their bodies shake uncontrollably, due to the fears and hope that they harbor. Their one and only thought is, “Will this be the day that my prayers are answered and I am finally rescued… is this the day that I can finally begin to relax…”

Eva was born on February 23, 1942 in Kiev, Ukraine. Just months before her birth, her parents were forced into hiding when SS and German police units began summoning Jews to Babi Yar, a ravine just outside of the city. It was there at the edge of that ravine, where many of her parent’s relatives, neighbours and friends were forced to undress and line up side by side. After, they were executed by gunshot and then dumped in the ravine. 

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SAVING & BLESSING THE LOST CHILDREN OF ISRAEL

“Whoever receives a little child like this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:5

In July, our rescue team for our life-saving Kalaniot Children’s Home were informed of two siblings who were living in life-threatening conditions and in need of being rescued immediately. Living in the home were Aaron, who has been diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy, his younger sister Natella, and their mother and stepfather.  Without hesitation, we moved into action and set up an emergency site visit to check out these concerns.  

When our rescue team entered their flat, what they saw was a scene out of a horror movie. The living conditions were horrific and there was no food to be found anywhere. Natella appeared to be malnourished and looked as if she had not been bathed for weeks and when we couldn’t locate Aaron, we were informed that he had been placed in a special boarding school for disabled children. This immediately raised a red flag, because institutions such as these, are most often places to hide children with disabilities from the public. After speaking extensively with the parents, they finally agreed to allow us to take Natella to live in our Kalaniot home. Our next mission was to urgently try to find young Aaron so that we could rescue him from what was most likely a repressive situation. 

About a week later we finally located this darling boy and after completing the necessary paperwork, we were given permission to become his temporary guardian. My family, you should have seen the look on the faces of these sweet children when they were finally reunited! It was just so touching to see them run into each other’s arms and hold each other tightly while crying. Thank God, they are now safe and living together while under our loving care. 

Aaron and Natella will have a very long road ahead of them in their process of healing from the extreme trauma that they have both suffered from. After working extensively with the children, our therapists found out that Natella was being badly abused by her stepfather and Aaron had been confined to a room by himself while living in the institution. 

I am praying that you will join me in wrapping your loving arms around these two sweeties and letting them know that they will be loved and cared for every single day. Together, with your love, we can raise Aaron and Natella up and eventually bring them home to Israel, healthy and whole. 

May God bless you for helping us to bless and save the Lost Children Of Israel.

Irina & Leeza

I would like to introduce you to Irina and Leeza, two sisters who have recently entered our life-saving Kalaniot Children’s Home. It was a few months ago, when we received a call from one the girl’s neighbours informing us of a family who were in desperate need of our assistance. The neighbour refused to give us her name, but told us that the parents and grandmother were abusing alcohol.

We immediately dispatched our rescue team who found Irina and Leeza in poor health, while living in extreme filth and poverty. After a medial
evaluation, it was determined that Leeza, the youngest, had a serious cardiovascular issues caused by malnourishment. She was admitted to the hospital and received immediate life-saving treatments. 

Because of your love for our mission, both girls are now receiving the care that they so desperately need in our loving Kalaniot Home. With your continued love and prayers, we are confident that they will rise up and live a happy and healthy life. 

My family, I am praying that you will continue to support our life-saving Children’s Program where we are blessing and saving the Lost Children Of Israel. Together we are bringing these precious children home, healthy and whole.

May God bless you abundantly for helping us to bless Israel and our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters.

Behind The Scenes With Alex!

Behind The Scenes With Alex!

Say hello to Alex!

Alex has been in our Kadima Youth Aliyah program since it first began. He has always dreamt about becoming a junior counselor in the program to help other teens who want to study in Israel and then eventually make Aliyah. This year Alex’s dream came true and he is now an official group leader in Kadima! Yes!  

Alex is so friendly and positive and he just loves sharing his knowledge about Israel with all of the new students in Kadima. “I get so excited to speak and teach about Israeli culture,” says Alex. “I especially like showing our new students how to prepare tasty Israeli meals and also how to order food in Israeli restaurants. I get so much pleasure in helping others to learn about the Holy Land!”  

After this school year, Alex will move to Israel to attend university so that he can fulfill his dream of becoming an architect. He so very much wants to contribute in helping to build up the land that God has promised to him. Alex also wants to thank each and everyone of you for supporting the Kadima Youth Aliyah Program which has helped changed his life while raising him up to God.

What a blessing it is that we can work together to answer God’s calling to bless and bring His lost children home to Israel, healthy and whole. May God bless you for your love and commitment to our mission.