By Rev Gary Cristofaro - Development Director, Ezra International

Shortly after my most recent trip to Israel a prominent member of the Orlando Jewish community asked me a serious question.  "Why would anyone want to return to Israel right now?"  Considering Israel is living under the continuous barrage of missiles from Hamas this is a very legitimate question.  It also happened to be one of the key topics of the recent interviews I conducted with new immigrants Ezra International has helped make it to Israel.

In July I sat with over a dozen families and individuals who had recently moved to Israel, including some from the United States.  I asked each one how they felt about Israel now that it has become their new home.  Each one confirmed that they were glad they had made the move.  The number one reason for their joy to be in Israel was the new opportunities they had for their children.  They felt that in Israel their children now had a future.  Amazingly, on a number of occasions, this answer was given in the juxtaposition of the sound of missiles being intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome.

One incredible young man I spoke with had just graduated from college in the United States.  He moved to Israel in order to serve in the Israeli Defence Force.  He said, "this military service is something beyond me, it's something above me."  As I pondered that statement I thought; that's the real key, isn't it?  What is going on here is above Hamas; it's above the threat of war and it's even above the comforts of life here in America.

The Holy One of Israel is above the fray and beyond our understanding. Yet He has made His intentions quite clear.  So my advice to Hamas and all the enemies of Israel is to hear what the Sovereign God has to say.  "I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I gave them, says the Lord your God."  (Amos 9:15)

The plan of God shall not be thwarted or altered by Hamas, ISIS, the UN or the United States' State Department.  Thus, as a child of the living God our desires should always be aligned with His desires.  That is my heartbeat and the heartbeat of each of us at Ezra International.  And I trust it's the heartbeat of partners like you!  God bless you for all you are doing for Israel and the Jewish people.

Before her departure to Israel we again visited Tamara at her home.  Early morning on the next day we helped her and her daughter get to the airport.  Tamara and Maria were very thankful for all the help we gave them.