You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favor to her;
the appointed time has come. Psalm 102:13
I finally got into my emails last night and just loved reading my letter from Operation Exodus USA! The letter shared about a December 26th flight sent from the USA to Israel transporting members of Jewish communities making Aliyah with the help and support of the friends of Operation Exodus USA! The regular stories and pictures shared from different individual Jews and Jewish families making their journey home to Israel that I receive monthly from OEUSA always bring great joy. One testimony from a young adult in particular touched me:
“Making Aliyah has been over nine years in the making for me. Since I first visited Israel in 2008 after finishing high school, only 4 years after being told that I am Jewish. As the child of immigrants who abandoned their Jewishness, and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, no country ever felt like home until I found Israel. I have lived in the UK, France, and the USA. All these places have been hospitable to me but never felt like home. In the UK and France, anti-Semitism is very real and I experienced this first hand at school when I was a teenager. This caused me to abandon my Jewish identity and practice for some years, instead focusing my Jewishness towards my studies, which lead me to complete a PhD in Israeli music. Only when I started to think about Aliyah as a real and viable option did I feel comfortable to return to religious practice. I was in Jerusalem this past summer, and it reminded me how wonderful it feels to have my identity be normalized, not to have to explain myself to anyone, to keep the mitzvot more easily and fully, as I consider it my duty. I also consider myself to be a Zionist and consider it important to contribute to a democratic Jewish state through my presence in the State of Israel.” ~Mili
There are many testimonies about why choices are made to make Aliyah. Perhaps what touched me so deeply was Mili saying, “how wonderful it feels to have my identity be normalized, not to have to explain myself to anyone…” It brought tears to my eyes because it is true. Try as we might it remains, Anti-antisemitism is all over, in every country. Mili has experienced in different countries something which should not exist in any country, yet it remains. We Christians might think there is nothing personally we can do about it, but don’t become complaisant with evil. The God we love is the very same God who has made a way for the Jewish people to go home to Israel. Perhaps exploring Operation Exodus USA, which is a Christian organization, will give some insight into some of the prophetic words written about the Gentiles helping to bring the Jewish people back to the Land. I will never forget when I first learned of Operation Exodus many years ago, and so much has happened since! Watching God in action through a ministry such as this is a powerful witness to His great love for the Jewish people. There is no time limit on amazing.
You can get involved with Operation Exodus USA anytime. I added a video to tell about their work at the bottom of this post. Watch our friend Debra Minotti explain about the work and explore their site to learn more.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
Visit Operation Exodus USA! Their website is full of information and opportunities to get involved in AMAZING!
Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,