There are roughly 8.6 million people living in the State of Israel today. Approximately 16,000 of them are believers in Yeshua.
Whether Messianic Jews, Arab Christians, or otherwise, these believers all suffer from the social and political prejudices of the surrounding community. Yeshua-believers will often be denied entrance to jobs and organizations because of their faith. There is a great amount of pressure placed on the believing community to either abandon the faith or pack up and abandon their homes. Messianic believers are often unwelcome in synagogues and frequently experience ostracization for no reason except their difference in beliefs regarding Messiah.
Sadly, this discriminatory behavior exists even in the realm of charity. Many of the large charitable organizations in Israel, which receive the majority of the donations sent to the State, intentionally withhold charity from believers and believing communities. Because of this, there are people in desperate need of financial and medical help who are not provided the resources and funding they need. To disregard the needs of any suffering person, regardless of faith or any life choice, is an intolerable injustice.
The anti-Messianic bias and perspective of much of Israeli culture are apparent at an intimidatingly high level. With its full saturation in the political realm, through the Orthodox political party, it seems impossible to restore balance to the treatment of those living in Israel. However, I Stand with Israel, an outreach of Maoz, is doing just that. I Stand with Israel is a charity in Israel that, like many others, provides for the poor and hurting in the community. Unlike other charities, they have a unique role to play in serving the Israeli community. I Stand with Israel fills in where other charities have failed and ensures that the needs of believers are attended to as well. Whether it is helping to cover the cost of education, offering financial assistance, or providing medical care, I Stand with Israel finds a way to help.
Ilan, one of the many grateful Israelis who have received help from I Stand with Israel, wrote,
When I started my life as a new believer, I was afraid of the hardships waiting for me after the rehabilitation period. When I arrived at the House of Victory five years ago, I came from an abandoned home with a heavy addiction to drugs, and with only one bag in which were all my earthly belongings. After coming to faith, I was actually born again to a new family, and you are proof of this to me again and again. Be it those who physically and emotionally stood by me, or people and organizations like you who reached out to help me financially. When looking back, I know that I’ve come to this point because of the LORD and because of people like you. I am glad not only because of my own success but also because I will be able to empathize with those who are lost whom the LORD will send to me along the way.
To help I Stand with Israel continue with their much-needed work, or to learn more about them, visit their website at http://www.istandwithisrael.com/