Attacks Fuel Outreach in Israel

January 31, 2024 • Israel

Although he's still reeling from the tragedy of Oct. 7, a pastor partners with Samaritan’s Purse to provide aid to his community.

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A pastor remembers the day well. He, his wife, and two sons awoke to sirens and heard gunfire outside the window of their apartment. They prayed together, but even so, his youngest son began to cry. More gunfire followed and they saw Hamas militants pass by outside. These terrorists tragically killed some of their neighbors, while the pastor and his family hid in their apartment for three days until the attack was over.

“God, keep Israel. God, keep the City of Zion.”

The pastor speaks of how he guides his sons during this trying time:

“We teach them to pray for Israel—for other people and not for themselves, because when they pray ‘God protect us, protect us, protect us,’ they are focusing on fear. When they start to pray for other people’s protection it [will] also come for them, but they not focusing on fear.

“They are small heroes in our eyes. So, this is our prayer. God, keep Israel. God, keep the City of Zion.”

Reaching Out

Even though the attacks were months ago, life has still not returned to normal in their community of Sderot, located just east of the borders of Gaza. People who had jobs before the war began, today, sit at home and have no way to provide for themselves as war continues to rage.

The pastor partners with Samaritan’s Purse to bring food parcels and other relief to the people of his community. He is also paying the rent for families who are without work due to the war.

A Christian pastor in Israel partners with Samaritan’s Purse to provide aid to residents of the city of Sderot.

Still, his congregation continues to grieve. Almost everyone knows someone who was either killed or injured on Oct. 7.

“Pray for the residents of Sderot,” said the pastor. “Pray for the residents of Gaza.”

A man looks aghast at the ruins of a home attacked in Ashkelon, Israel, on Oct. 7.
Israel Response Samaritan’s Purse is helping meet the physical and spiritual needs of people on both sides of the Israel-Hamas war. In partnership with local churches and ministry partners, we are bringing urgently needed relief to communities deeply impacted by the conflict.

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