For many years ICFI has assisted the Aliyah, believing that God is calling on all Gentile Christians to pray for and support the return of the Jews to Israel in fulfilment of at least 120 Scriptures. In the early 1980s we campaigned to help the suffering Jews of the former Soviet Union who were blocked by Communist authorities from being able to return to the Jewish homeland. We organised a demonstration outside the Soviet embassy on behalf of Soviet Jewish Refuseniks like Nathan Sharansky. When the door for large scale immigration was opened in 1990, ICFI supports various Christians groups such as the ICEJ and Ebenezer Operation Exodus.
ICEJ has assisted over 100,000 Jews in making aliyah to Israel and has sponsored over 54 planeloads of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, including one plane 50% financed from Ireland. See www.icej.org/articles/aliyah.
Ebenezer Operation Exodus have helped over 130,000 Jewish people return to the Promised Land. Ebenezer has 13 bases in the former Soviet Union and representatives in over 40 countries worldwide. See http://www.operation-exodus.org/
Magen David Adom Ambulance Service in Israel
The Magen David Adom (Hebrew: מגן דוד אדום, abbr. MDA) is Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service. The name means “Red Star of David”. Since June 2006, the MDA has been officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). MDA has currently 1200 staff -mainly emergency medical technicians, paramedics and emergency physicians. It still relies heavily on 10,000+ volunteers who serve in both operational and administrative capacities. The organization operates 95 stations over the country, with a fleet of over 700 ambulances nationwide. Since 2001, international volunteers aged 18+ have the option to come to Israel for a two-month volunteer programme. All volunteers receive a 60-hour course that covers a wide range of topics ranging from common medical conditions and trauma situations to mass casualty events. Those who pass the course are then dispatched throughout the country and work with local volunteers in ambulances to provide initial medical care.
In 2007 along with the Jewish community in Ireland ICFI fundraised for an Ambulance for the MDA. There was a wonderful response from Irish Christians and Jews and enough money was raised for 3 ambulances. These are now operating in Northern Israel serving Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Each ambulance carries an inscription on its door along with a harp symbol.
The inscription reads: “Presented to the People of Israel by the Jewish Communities of Dublin, Belfast & Cork and Irish Christian Friends of Israel.”