Donations for Kidney Transplants at All Time High
Israel’s Ministry of Health has noticed an interesting and encouraging upward trend over the last decade in the number of living organ donors. The most frequently donated organs are kidneys with 248 donations, which is up from 231 in 2018. In 2019, Israel performed 575 kidney transplants—an incredible number considering that before 2009 there was a total of only 69 transplants. As of this month, there are still 1,153 people on the organ transplant list, of which 857 are waiting for kidneys.
Please pray for those who are on the organ transplant waiting list, that a suitable donor would be found.
Natural Gas Exported to Egypt
In what has been called “the most significant cooperation ever between Israel and Egypt,” a $19.5 billion deal was recently implemented to pump natural gas from Israel to Egypt. The massive Leviathan field off the coast of Haifa began pumping natural gas on December 31, 2019. The deal will obviously provide huge economic gains for both countries, as Israel becomes an energy exporter and Egypt becomes a regional energy hub.
Please pray for this partnership and future strong ties that can bring these two countries closer together.
Number of Holocaust Survivors in Israel
Just ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2020, the Holocaust Survivors’ Rights Authority released a report indicating that there are an estimated 192,000 people recognized by Israel to be survivors of the Holocaust or victims of antisemitic persecution during World War II. According to the report, 39 percent of Holocaust survivors are over the age of 85, and there are more than 800 who are over the age of 100. Unfortunately, almost 15,000 Holocaust survivors died in 2019. Many survivors are receiving monthly stipends, and those who need additional assistance are eligible to receive more money. The stipends range from roughly $700 to $1,750 per month. Survivors are also eligible to receive free medicine, nursing services, and medical treatment and equipment.
Please pray for these dear people as they near the end of their lives, that they would understand and accept the light and joy that can be found in Messiah Jesus, their Savior.
Our Ministry to Holocaust Survivors
One of the many ministries we have throughout the country is to Holocaust survivors. These dear people love attention and good food, so we create events that can fulfill them physically and emotionally. More importantly, we share the Scriptures, often through celebrating a holiday or through current events, and talk about the hope we have in Jesus. We often have short-term ministry teams help us with special events and, as they share about why they came to Israel, many are touched that they are not just another tourist on a tour bus. As we know, their time is short so we sense an urgent need to spend these last few years with them, that they might come to believe in Jesus as their Messiah!
Please pray for our workers ministering to the Holocaust survivors, that the Lord would give them a boldness to share the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, with these precious people.