Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 03/22/2011


Israeli Doctors to Aid Stricken Japan

The world has watched as the people of Japan have been devastated by a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a tsunami and then the threat of nuclear meltdown from the Fukushima power plant. We have watched in horror at the devastation and destruction. Our hearts have been crying out for the Japanese people in their time of suffering.

Japan earthquake & tsunami damage

Rebecca Brimmer, head of Bridges For Peace Jerusalem, has been on the phone with Atsumi Takada, their Japan national director, and heard firsthand the extreme difficulties being faced. She learned that pastors and churches are reaching out to the injured and evacuated in the midst of great difficulties, including fuel and food shortages, power outages, and freezing temperatures.  Today, the Israeli Medical Corp called and asked BFP for help as they reach out to help Japan. They are flying a planeload of medical workers and supplies to assist in the stricken area. The cost to mobilize this level of relief team is high, so they feel it is a God-sent opportunity for them to reach out in love to help the Japanese people by partnering with the Israelis. Already they have sent a planeload of supplies including Geiger counters to assist in evaluating the levels of radiation being released into the atmosphere.

Just over a year ago, BFP was blessed to help send an Israeli field hospital to Haiti. Many lives were saved through their efforts financed in part by the contributions of the Christian partners of Bridges for Peace. In Genesis 12:3, God told Abraham, “…in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Today, we see that this Scripture is literally being fulfilled as the little nation of Israel so quickly responds to crises wherever they occur. This time, the nation in need is Japan, on the other side of the world.  Israel is sending skilled professionals who are genuinely motivated by an earnest desire to save lives. There have been tears in their eyes as they talked about the people who were stricken in Haiti. They will face difficulties, food shortages being one of the problems facing the stricken area, but they go with a willing heart to be a blessing. One of the sad things about Israel’s war-torn history is that she has had to become an expert in dealing with trauma and tragedy, so Japan will be receiving some of the most highly trained professionals in the world. Israel contacted Japan immediately offering to help, but it has taken time for Japan to analyze what assistance they need.

The Help Japan Project

BFP is a highly trustworthy organization which uses the money it receives for the purposes it says it will. They have won awards for this. You can trust them. You can help by being a part of sending this dedicated medical team from Israel. Your contribution to the Help Japan Project will bring healing to the wounded and show the world that Israel is a nation with a heart for people. Rebecca and her husband plan to go to Japan themselves to offer help. Japanese Christians have been a blessing to Israel. In fact, over 20% of their budget comes from Japan’s Christians. God told Abraham that He would “bless those who bless you” (Genesis 12:3). The believers in Japan have prayed for Israel for over 80 years and contributed millions of dollars to help Jewish people come home from the Diaspora and provide for their needs in their new homeland. God will honor His Word and now bless the people of Japan through the people of Israel.

If you want to help cover the costs of this operation, please click on the link below and make your donation or send your contribution to your national office labeled “Help Japan Project.”



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