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Disappointed with God

Do we allow ourselves to be disappointed with God? To give voice to our frustrations with Him? For many of us, even the thought of being disappointed or frustrated with God smacks of arrogance or a lack of faith. “God is always good; how dare we express disappointment with Him?” we reason. Yet, the biblical authors routinely expressed their frustrations and disappointments with God. Such honesty expressed the depth of their faith. Jeremiah often reflects the gambit of emotions regarding his relationship with God. In two instances, he articulates these emotions using the image of water. In chapter 2, he describes God as “a fountain of living water” (2:13) referring to the flowing water of a spring, which brings life and vegetation wherever it flows. Within the climate of the Middle East, Jeremiah notes that God is like a flowing spring of living water bringing life-sustaining water to lands and people that can suffer under the summer heat. Several chapters later, however, Jeremiah describes God much different: “Why is my pain unending and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Truly, You [God] are like a deceitful brook to me, like waters that fail (literally, unfaithful waters)” (15:18; emphasis added). The topography of the landscapers the landscape of Israel with canyons that descend from the hills towards the coast in the west or the Jordan Valley in the east. As rain falls in the hills, gravity brings the water down these canyons, which means that during the rainy season these canyons will have water in them from which animals and humans can drink. When the heat of summer arrives, the water in these canyons evaporates making them dry stream beds. A weary, thirsty traveler wandering through this landscape will see water in these stream beds only to find them dry. Jeremiah uses this image of the deceitful stream bed that had water but when the traveler looks for it finds none to describe his feelings about God. On the one hand, Jeremiah feels that God is a source of living, life-giving, water: a never-ending spring of faithful water. On the other hand, he finds himself disappointed with God and feels that Heis a deceitful stream bed with unfaithful water. It doesn’t matter if Jeremiah’s latter description accurately describes God. What matters is that Jeremiah feels this way about God and expresses his disappointment with God. Do we allow that kind of honesty with ourselves towards God? Do we have a view of faith that enables us to be brutally honest with our frustrations and displeasure with God? The biblical authors did; in fact, that was a dynamic part of their faith. God often receives greater honor in the voicing of our honest frustrations than in dishonest praises. The Bible certainly encourages us to praise God in the midst of difficult and hard times, but it also encourages the honest expression of our frustrations and disappointments with God. And the expression of both is equally the voice of faith. In our personal lives and in our communities of faith, we need to allow both to be heard as part of our expression of our journey with the Lord.

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Celebrating Service – Lone Soldier Open-House

The Lord promised the Israelites in Genesis 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing”. With every year that has passed since 1948, Israel has celebrated its independence as a truly great nation. Israelis have always viewed the prosperity of their modern state as God making good on His promise, dating back to the Exodus, to prosper the Israelites. Independence is something that no Israeli takes for granted, especially as this holiday is preceded by Memorial Day 24 hours beforehand. With the looming memory of those who have fallen in the line of duty defending Israel, it is of extra importance to celebrate and honor those in active duty in the IDF. For this reason, CBN Israel was proud to both celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) and host the first open-house event at the new home for Lone Soldiers in the greater-Jerusalem area. This project has been months in the planning, months of execution, organizing and cultivating both the physical home space and the community cohort that will be its first inhabitants.

The celebration was a momentous occasion for residents to proudly show off the home to their friends and families, many of whom traveled from abroad to visit and support them. Soldiers proudly gave tours of the 4-floored building, giving special attention to each room, which was decorated by each house member in their own unique style. Now that pictures have been hung, the kitchen filled, and the initial 5 bedrooms all occupied, the home is something to behold. One resident stated in a self-guided tour that, “you can really sense that it is a ‘home’ for us, and not just a house. All week we sleep on closed bases, 10 or 15 to a room, so getting to come back to a huge porch with a panoramic view, a home-cooked meal, and our own beds is something very important”.

Around 70 people attended the event! The day began with an introduction and explanation on the home’s goals and purpose by ELY’s national director, followed by prayer for the success and continuation of the home. He stated the types of support ELY is providing, including: subsidized rent and meal costs, community programming, and logistical support for acquiring lone soldier benefits. Then everyone enjoyed a catered meal together on the house’s expansive balcony. It was a joyous festivity, and an amazing opportunity to watch active and former lone soldiers, ELY staff, and friends and family from near and far, connect over their common goal of supporting these young people in their military service.

Please help us pray for the success of the home for lone soldiers! We pray for a cohesive community, who are blessed to be a blessing during their military service, and to cultivate an environment of peace and rest amidst the obstacles they may face in their time of duty. Please also help us pray for Israel; that it will continue to be a ‘great nation’, as God called it to be; and that as the hands and feet of Jesus in the Land, that we may serve lone soldiers and other communities in need with the abundant love of Yeshua. From the staff of CBN Israel, and residents, friends, and families of the home for lone soldiers, we say thank you!

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Common Spirituality

Have you ever wondered who was the first person mentioned in the Bible to be“filled with the Spirit?”The answer may surprise you. It wasn’t a leader like Moses or David. Nor a prophet like Samuel or Isaiah. Not even a priest, like Aaron. The answer: Bezalel, the artisan tasked with fashioning the vessels for the tabernacle in the wilderness: “I have filled him (Bezalel) with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts” (Exodus31:3). We generally do not think of a craftsman as being a very “spiritual” position. Our idea of being “spirit-filled” usually pertains to spiritual gifts and actions. Rarely do we see the common and ordinary parts of our lives as places where God’s Spirit can fill us. But biblical spirituality means living an ordinary life of extraordinary obedience to God. Bezalel was an artisan, a craftsman. How often do we see God’s Spirit as a dynamic partner in our creativity? We often focus upon God’s Spirit as empowerment for a witness, anointed preaching, teaching, or worship. Yet God filled a craftsman with His Holy Spirit, into whom He breathed divine creativity. Should not our lives as Spirit-filled people be marked by such creativity? Everyone knows the story of David’s confrontation with Goliath. David credited God with his victory, yet what did David do? He threw a rock in a sling. Something that shepherd boys did every day to corral and protect the flock, or simply to pass the time. David had probably thrown a thousand rocks in his slingshot during his days herding his family’s flock. And, quite frankly, had he not, he most likely would not have been successful when he faced the Philistine. This does not take away from God’s glory, but it teaches us something very valuable: our faithful preparation of ourselves in the common, ordinary tasks in our lives provides a foundation for God to build upon to bring glory to Himself in our lives and circumstances. Bezalel, a craftsman. David, a shepherd. Both of them prepared themselves for their tasks in rather common and mundane ways. Who would ever think about a craftsman being Spirit-filled, or a shepherd throwing a stone as glorifying God? But because both prepared themselves during the commonness of their lives, God’s Spirit partnered with their common abilities in a moment of time to bring God the glory. And that’s the core of biblical spirituality.

Father, help me today to be diligent in the tasks set before me so that they might be used for Your glory. Holy Spirit, animate my mind and life with Your divine creativity. Amen

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A Time for Mourning and a Time for Joy

 ‘You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness’ (Psalm 30:11)

In John 16:20, Jeremiah 31:13, and throughout the Bible, stories of harrowing sadness are shown to result in triumph and even ‘joy’. This transition from ‘mourning to joy’, is just one of the divine characteristics of God the Redeemer… the God of Israel. This seemingly impossible conversion from overwhelming grief to celebration is perhaps most exemplified in Israel’s annual upholding of Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. Beginning the evening of May 7th, Israel’s Memorial Day is ushered in to honor and mourn the loss of the many fallen soldiers. This commemoration was recently expanded to also include civilian victims of terrorism as well. However, the very next day is the celebration of Israel’s Independence. In its first years as an autonomous nation, Israel celebrated its day of Independence with a memorial for the thousands who perished in the War of Independence in 1948 and has kept this sequence ever since, resulting in a seemingly contrasting day of mourning and day of celebration.

This paradox is at the heart of the Israeli spirit. Throughout Memorial Day there are vigils held, a moment of silence kept as an air-raid siren rings out for citizens to take pause, and a veil of somberness seems to fall over the whole country. The State of Israel’s creation was through war, and every subsequent year that has passed since its inception, 18-year-old Israelis have been mandatorily conscripted to the Israeli Defense Forces; Thus, the country lives in a constant state of mourning for those who lost their lives fighting for the country’s establishment and those who have perished fighting for its protection and maintenance. As of 2018, the estimated number of fallen active-duty Israeli military personnel had reached 23,645 since the War of Independence.

It is customary for Israeli school children and families of fallen soldiers to visit the grave sites of recently deceased soldiers. The casualties of those who have given their lives in service to Israel and its security are honored for their ultimate sacrifice. However, unlike many other countries, there is no promise of a coming solution to Israel’s existential threat or foresight to a future where mandatory conscription will no longer be necessary. With this reality in mind, the country and its people must internalize this existence with every passing year as the death tally increases. However, there is something miraculous in the hearts of mourners here, and there is an eternal joy that follows every day of mourning. At sunset on Yom HaZikaron after a day of tears and vigils, the whole country erupts in celebration to subsequently rejoice in the nation’s independence. Fireworks light up the night sky, family gatherings commence with barbeques and bonfires, and Israeli flags adorn every street-corner, vehicle, and pedestrian. The flag, which only 24 hours prior, symbolized sacrifice and somberness, is now a symbol of victory and hope. Like the turning of a page, the spirit of Israel ‘turns from mourning to dancing’.

As the hands of feet of Yeshua, CBN feels the call to serve every affected population in Israel during these times of remembrance. Through food parcels and psychological counseling, CBN invests in the well-being of victims of terror in the Southern region of the country. Through monthly support, and the establishment of an integrated residence for lone soldiers in Jerusalem, CBN cares for those who are actively serving their country. CBN will neither forget the sacrifice of those who have died in bringing about the prophetic establishment of the state of Israel in its biblical homeland nor forsake those who bear the brunt of this sacrifice in modern times. We also vow to never let this difficulty deter our efforts to celebrate the great nation we are proud to serve through aid and prayer and support those who have served Israel with their lives.

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Challenged to Trust

“Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commandments. … Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in His ways and by fearing Him” (Deuteronomy 8:2-6). Do we allow God to challenge us to trust Him? As Moses gave his final instructions to the children of Israel, he reminded them of God’s provision for them in the wilderness. He also identified that God led them in a manner that tested them to see if they would obey Him regardless of the circumstances. Does our faith allow that God can place us in trying situations to see if we will obey Him no matter what? It is very easy in our world to allow the things in our lives to distract us, or to allow circumstances and situations to overwhelm us. In those moments, do we focus more on the distractions and circumstances than on trusting God and walking in his ways? God taught the Israelites to trust Him and His provision throughout their wilderness wanderings. He provided, but not always immediately or in their timing. He wanted to know if they would keep His commandments. The temptation to sin often begins with the question of the serpent: “Has God really said?” It entices us to take matters into our own hands, do things in our own way, or reject God’s prohibitions. The essence of biblical faith is believing and trusting God despite the circumstances, to choose to obey Him regardless of distraction or difficulty. The reality of the Bible is, however, that sometimes God places us in those situations to see if we will obey regardless of the challenges around us. Do we allow God to challenge us to trust Him? Do we truly believe that no matter the circumstances that He remains by our side and while we may feel pressed, stretched, and at our breaking point, He will never allow us to be crushed? And our circumstances become the opportunity to build and show our trust.

Father, in whatever circumstances I find myself in today, may I demonstrate my trust in You by obediently keeping Your commands and walking in Your ways. Amen.

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Yom HaShoah – If Not Now, When?

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted […]” (Matthew 5:4)

This week Israel observes Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, to honor and remember the 6 million Jews who perished under Nazi rule in World War II. For many countries, the reality of the Holocaust is a strong message for how low humanity can fall, and that we must all work to commemorate this tragedy in order to uphold the promise of “never again”. However, in Israel, the reality of this catastrophe is still very much alive today. At the beginning of 2019, the Israel Census Bureau reported that there was a total of 212,000 remaining survivors in Israel, of which, the majority are all over the age of 80 years old. Nearly 40% of the survivors who reside in Israel today arrived during a very concentrated window of time between 1948 and 1951, immediately after the Israeli War of Independence and the recognition of Israel as an official country for the Jewish people. Many modern-day Israelis are either related to or know a Holocaust survivor, so the memory of this tragedy does not feel so distant. However, with every passing year, thousands of survivors pass away, and their first-hand testimonies die with them. It is because of this reality, and the rising rates of anti-Semitism once again, that many survivors and Jews across the globe have felt an urgency to record and chronicle their stories to keep history from repeating itself.

Every Yom HaShoah a loud air-raid siren rings out throughout Israel; cars come to a stand-still on highways, workers and students rise from their desks, and a nation of people stand in silence for two minutes of solemn reflection and mourning. Despite this annual display of honor and sorrow for those who experienced the Holocaust, the survivors who reside in Israel today often still struggle with some fundamental needs. Because many experience a recurrence of old memories and trauma as they enter into old age the survivor community in Israel can often experience depression, isolation, and feelings of despair and loneliness. Not only this, many survivors have few familial ties, as their family in Europe often perished, and in their old age, they lack community and connection and sometimes financial support. It is reported that over 45,000 survivors live below the poverty line in Israel. In addition to emotional needs, usually, they also need day-to-day economic support. This demand has always touched the heart of CBN Israel, and as an organization, CBN has aimed to honor and support Holocaust survivors throughout the other 364 days of the year as well.

Through our partnerships with multiple Messianic congregations throughout Israel, CBN gives monthly food parcels, vouchers, medical support, and coverage for other basic needs to survivors in numerous cities. In the Northern region, in partnership with Rivers of Living Water Congregation in Karmiel, we provide monthly food parcels for nearly 900 survivors! Through our support, partners like the Karmiel congregation can also offer emotional care by hosting outreach events, inter-faith services, and allowing God to touch their hearts in whatever way they can. Believers create a space to sing, dance, and pray for the survivors at different holiday celebrations as well as the weekly service that many survivors have made a weekly staple now. Attendees say that clearly their hearts are very touched by the end of each gathering. One of the facilitation leaders for the survivors’ support stated that “service should not only be by bread alone, but also through whatever way we can show God’s love to bring more care and peace into their lives. Most importantly, they need to know that they are not alone, and we are there to show them that they never can be”.

It is with an open heart that CBN Israel and our partners do everything in our power to extend God’s love to Holocaust survivors in Israel while they are still among us. In only a few generations the number of survivors will be dwindling, so the urgency to support them today has never been more pressing. If not us, who will show them comfort and provide for them emotionally, financially and spiritually in their final years? If not now, when? If you wish to pray for the care and provision for the remaining survivors in Israel, we ask that you pray that they may ‘mourn with hope’ for those who have already passed or perished, for the eternal love of God covers them.

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Gleanings

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the Lord your God” (Lev. 23:22; see Lev. 19:9). Farming is tough. Farming in the ancient world was incredibly tough. A farmer had to plow his field, most often with oxen; then he sowed the seed into the broken-up earth. He then prayed for rain because if the rains didn’t come within about a week, the seed he sowed was useless and would not produce a crop. After the rains, he waited, letting his crop grow. Then came the time to harvest. Having toiled in his field under the scorching sun, sowing seed in the hopes of a growing crop, he receives the reward for his hard labor, prayers, and patience. And then he is told to leave the edges of his fields unharvested and not to pick up whatever fell during the harvest. These—the edges of his field and the gleanings—belong to the poor and the foreigners. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? The farmer worked and toiled. He labored. The field belongs to him, and so does its crops. Yet God required that Israelite farmers leave the edges and the gleanings for the poor and foreigners. We know that ancient Israelite farmers did exactly as God commanded. The story of Ruth and Naomi demonstrates this. Naomi instructed Ruth to gather the gleanings, which she was permitted to do and did. The Bible often challenges our me-first, ego-centric, I-pull-myself-up-by-my-bootstraps culture. Biblical spirituality assumes that I am my brother’s keeper. One of the fascinating things about the law that God gave Israel was that in very practical, everyday activities, God called upon the Israelites to demonstrate their obedience to Him. He concludes the law of the gleanings with the statement: “I am the Lord your God.” You mean I demonstrate God’s lordship in how I care for the poor and foreigner in my midst? Yes! We show our relationship to God in how we treat others, especially those who are less fortunate and outcast within our society. God blessed the work of the farmer by sending rain in its season so the crops would grow. In response, the farmer left portions of his field and harvest to those who had no claim to it. Do we look at those in our culture who have no claim to what is ours and say, God has blessed me, so what I have I share with you? We proclaim God’s lordship in our generosity to others, especially the poor and foreigners.

Father, all that we have comes from Your hand. Thank you. May we proclaim Your lordship and our love for Youby showing generosity to those in need. Amen

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The Blessing of Rain

In Genesis, the Spirit of God rested above the waters during the formation of the Earth, for millennia the Lord has provided the Israelites and his children with the blessing of rain for their prosperity, and through water, we are baptized into the Holy Spirit. It is no coincidence that water is often used literally and metaphorically throughout the Bible to describe our most vital spiritual resource and to communicate the dire need when there is a season of actual or spiritual drought. It is no surprise that many Believers in Israel have been praying for rain this winter, as Israel was projected to reach desperate drought levels should it endure another dry winter, as it has since 2016. Thankfully this winter has been one of abundance!

For the first time in 3 years, the water levels in the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, have surpassed the ‘red line’, and water levels have risen over 2 meters since the beginning of this year’s rainy season. Other reports show that this month has been the rainiest April in Israel in over 20 years! These numbers sound encouraging to anyone whose country often faces drought, as they know how vital rainfall is to crop cultivation, daily usage, and the overall health of a nation’s citizens and wildlife. However, for Israel, this is an even more vital necessity.

Because Israel has historically not been able to rely on its neighbor-countries for either technology-sharing, import or export trade, this small country has had to work industrial wonders to becomes self-sufficient in desalination and processing their own limited fresh water. Israel leads the world in water recycling, as it treats and reuses almost 90 percent of its wastewater, which is mostly pumped into agricultural irrigation. However, there is still a large reliance on rain catchment and natural freshwater sources. The largest freshwater source is, of course, the Sea of Galilee, and it is the beating heart, which fuels Israel’s underground aquifers. The major increase in rainfall in the North of the country was seen by many as a God-send, after numerous years of carefully regulated consumption for agriculture and personal usage. People across the country have celebrated this blessing of rain, and it has raised the question of how to be an even more resource-conservative nation in the future.

In this season, as the end of the Passover celebration comes to a close this weekend. Jews across the world remember God’s faithfulness to bring them out of slavery in Egypt, and must, therefore, remember Moses proclamation for what they would find when they reached the Land of Israel. Moses declared that the Israelites would not be delivered to a land like the land of Egypt, which they irrigated by hand and foot, “But the land, where you go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of heaven […]” (Deuteronomy 11:11). Therefore, the symbolism of rain in Israel can never be divorced from its divine roots. It is with this promise that every rainy season that touches Israel is viewed as a covenant between the Jewish people and their faithful Creator. With this promise, please help us pray for a continued blessing though to the end of this rainy season in Israel, and continued prosperity for Israeli technological and agricultural development in the future!

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Into Your Hands

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). Christians often struggle with the humanity of Jesus. His humanity—Him being fully human—challenges the divine Superman we often want to make Him. Because of this, we do not usually think about Him having faith, a trust in God. When Jesus faced His death, as He hung on the cross and suffered, He did so as a man facing the same fears that each of us faces when confronted with death. Yet, He was also convinced of a just God who would vindicate Him. In the midst of His suffering, pain, and death on the cross, Jesus believed that His death would not be the end, that God would not let His death be the final word.“In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard for His godly fear. Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:7-9). Jesus was not Superman, a being that looked like us but immune to the struggles, pains, and fears of human existence. Jesus was a man and faced His life and death as such. This gives poignancy to His statement on the cross: “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” It’s a statement in the face of life’s final, greatest journey of profound faith. Often Jewish sages, like Jesus, cited part of a biblical verse as a way to refer to the entire verse. Jesus’ statement on the cross-cited the first part of Psalm 31:6: “Into Your hand, I commit my spirit; You redeemed me, faithful God.” As Jesus breathed His last, He communicated His profound confidence in a Father who would not abandon Him. The circumstances of His death were very real and final, as was the pain and suffering. But, God did not abandon Jesus to the grave (see Acts 2:29-36). Even in His death, Jesus demonstrated for us the ability to trust His Father when confronted with an unknown and uncertain future. God is faithful regardless of the circumstances, and He will not abandon us. The circumstances may be very real, even life-threatening; but we can trust God when confronted with such circumstances.“Father into Your hands I commit my spirit; You redeemed me, faithful God.”PRAYER Father, regardless of my circumstances, I trust You and Your faithfulness to never abandon me. Amen

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The True Meaning of ‘Home’: Idan’s Story

What is the true meaning of home? For 18-year-old Idan, this word has meant many things throughout his life. After his parents’ divorce and a series of familial difficulties, he was processed through the Israeli Welfare Ministry, facing many moves between permanent and temporary housing. He found himself living alone as a minor after being subject to many family struggles. On the eve of one of the Jewish holy days, he was invited by a local family to join their holiday meal, and from that evening forward, Idan proceeded to live under the Levy family’s care for the 3 years that followed. However, now that he has graduated from high school, he will follow his peers in his mandatory army service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He will serve in the navy, and live during the week on a closed base.

Because Idan was never officially adopted by his foster family and has now reached the legal age of emancipation from the foster-care system, he is considered a “lone soldier”. This status is usually reserved for new-immigrant international Jews who go through the ‘Aliyah’ or immigration process and serve in the IDF while their families remain in their country of origin, however, there are special cases such as Idan’s where this classification is granted to native-born Israelis as well. Lone soldiers are allotted certain benefits such as a living stipend, time off for family visits, and other supports to try to mitigate the difficulty of completing their service without family support. However, despite these strides to offer greater assistance to lone soldiers, often the struggles they face are still too steep, and many are forced to return to their home country, slip into depression, or in some cases have even been known to take their own lives. There is a great need for this population to find a place they can truly call “home” during their service, and CBN Israel felt called to fill this void. CBN recently rented a large home in the greater-Jerusalem area, to support lone soldiers of different life circumstances. The home will eventually house up to 10 soldiers and 2 house-parents and will give highly subsidized rates for rent, food, bills, and other expenses. The home will also be a space for structured programming to offer the soldiers a sense of community to come home to.

Idan said that he prayed to God to prosper him in the next season of his life, as he knew his emancipation date from the foster system was drawing near. When asked about his next step after high school, he would tell people that he was believing for a home for lone soldiers like himself, where he could find community and a permanent home during his service. He even thought of starting one by himself. Therefore, when Idan heard that this was exactly what CBN Israel was trying to provide, he says that he was very eager to join the project, and help build it from the ground up. “I was so happy and I knew that I was destined to go there”, he said in the early stages, even before a home had been rented, or any other soldiers had signed on to live there. When asked about why this type of program is an important option for lone soldiers, Idan stated, “People want to feel safe and understood, to seek out support from people with common challenges, even though they come from all different backgrounds. A home for lone soldiers can easily become a real family for those without”. He also added that there is a need to honor those who travel across the world, and potentially risk their lives to serve Israel – “I believe that such projects [as this one] need to operate in a wider range of areas, to help as many lone soldiers as possible. At the end of the day, lone soldiers do not normally come home to warm hugs, a listening ear, or people to reaffirm them in their faith. They also must face the struggles of adulthood alone in terms of the financial burden and home responsibilities that their families would otherwise support them in”. It is with the support of foundational participants like Idan that the home for lone soldiers is now up and running!

Idan also recently returned from a pre-army trip to an orphanage in Kenya, where he says he “took 40 children into his heart as new brothers and family”, and says he is eager to return to these children after his army service. Idan’s commitment to helping build a sense of “home” for so many people is what makes him such an inspiring presence in this program. Whether it is for soldiers who traveled across the world to serve Israel, or the children Idan hopes to cross the world for after his service, “home” is a feeling that Idan has learned to take with him, and it is something CBN hopes to provide for many more needy soldiers in the future. If you are invested in stories, such as Idan’s, and other residents of CBN’s lone soldier home, please consider partnering with us today to ensure the continuation of this project for inspiring young people. From everyone at CBN and the lone soldiers we support, we say, “thank you”!

[Name(s) have been changed for privacy purposes]

 

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