Snow in Jerusalem – Time to Extend Warm Blessings for Others
Winter time in Israel is definitely not the first choice when planning a vacation to a wintry resort just in time to celebrate the holiday season. Most people would plan their vacations to a place like Colorado, New York, Switzerland…any place that would give their holiday season that wintry wonderland feeling! Israel, however, would be the last place most people would think to book a trip. Israel may be in the Middle East, but did you know that from time to time it snows in Jerusalem, Haifa, and in the Golan Heights? Last year during winter time, Israel received more snow than it had in twenty years!
The winter time in Israel is sometimes the most dreaded part of the year due to the cold and wetness of the season. One would think that after having such a humid and hot summer, the winters would be a blessing, but this is simply not the case. In Israel, most houses are made from concrete with very little insulation. Heating usually consists of portable heaters that an individual can move and plug in wherever he goes. It gives off heat within a radius of about three feet, so if you want to move from the couch to your bedroom it isn’t that convenient. Most people have installed window units that work as both heaters and air conditioners, but with the high cost of electricity in Israel heaters (or air conditioning for that matter) these are rarely turned on.
This creates a major problem. First of all, diseases and sickness, like the flu, run rampant during this season, it seems like everyone tends to get sick. Not only is sickness a problem, but caring for the elderly and trying to keep them warm and healthy, has become a recurring issue. During the winter time in Israel, many elderly suffer from the cold and wet conditions. Their apartments are not compatible and heating is expensive. One of the most troubling situations is when Holocaust survivors that often times don’t have family to care for them are left in cold apartments for the winter. With tight pensions and difficult pasts, these people deserve a helping hand for the holiday season.
It is crucial that we, as Christians, seek the opportunity to come together and play a part in resolving this issue. The Bible states in Acts 20:35 that, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” What more of a blessing would it be to play a part in Jewish history by assisting those that have witnessed the Holocaust just by extending a warm blessing during a cold winter? Our giving towards improving the lives of these precious Jewish people is a seed sown to help tear down walls of division between Christians and Jews and is a genuine demonstration of our loving care for them. True compassion is when we open our heart towards others and open our hands to give; this is the power of God’s Love.
LoveIsrael.com is an organization that was established with the vision of providing these unique opportunities to Christians around the world. We have partnered with Daystar to establish a Holocaust survivor House of Hope where these elderly receive help and care. We want to do more this winter and we invite every one of you to participate. Your donation will help us reach more people and show love to those who do not have a family or are struggling to make it through this season.
Visit http://www.loveisrael.com/holocaust/ and join us today!