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마 오즈 이스라엘 보고서 3월 2022

우리가 그들을 돌봐야죠

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저희처럼 여러분들도 밤마다 TV 뉴스에 나타나는 영상들로 인해 마음이 아프실 거라고 확신합니다.  그리고  저희 팀원들이 전해주는 가족들의 이야기는 전쟁의 현실을 그 무엇보다도 개인적으로 느껴지게 했습니다.


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이스라엘을 사랑하시는 여러분,

저희처럼 여러분들도 밤마다 TV 뉴스에 나타나는 영상들로 인해 마음이 아프실 거라고 확신합니다. 그리고  저희 팀원들이 전해주는 가족들의 이야기는 전쟁의 현실을 그 무엇보다도 개인적으로 느껴지게 했습니다.

이 정도 규모의 위기가 발생했을 때는 어려운 이들을 축복하기 위해 후원금을 보낼 수 있는 많은 방법들이 있습니다. 하지만 여러분과 저희의 관계가 아름다운 점은 이 끔찍한 전쟁의 비극을 겪고 있는 사람들을 도울 수 있도록 저희가 의도적이고 즉각적이며, 개인적인 방법을 제공할 수 있다는 것입니다.

그들의 이야기를 몇 가지 읽어보셨습니다. 그 절박한 심정을 느끼셨죠? 그들에게 있어 여러분은 전능하신 하나님에 대한 믿음의 증인이기도 합니다!

우리는 이 갈등이 속히 끝나기를 기도하지만, 이 갈등이 남긴 여파는 하루이틀 안에 해결될 수 없다는 것을 알고 있습니다.

그래서 이번 달에 마오즈 이스라엘에 보내주시는 정기 후원금과 함께 우크라이나 가족들에게 전달할 후원금을 부탁드리는 겁니다. 여전히 탈출을 시도하고 있고 이스라엘 땅에 정착하려는 사람들을 위해서요.

이것이 저희가 가장 잘 하는 일 중 하나입니다. 위기 상황에서 도움을 베푸는 것이죠. 그리고 물론 여러분 덕분에 가능한 일입니다.

저희가 그들을 섬깁니다! 그리고 여러분이 바로 저희 옆에서 도와주시고요!

여러분의 지상군,

코비 & 샤니 퍼거슨


Vladimir Putin on left, has been photographed several times throughout the pandemic taking social distancing measures seriously.

Praying with Clarity

Below are some excerpts from a Maoz Israel Weekly Prayer Letters that many of our readers told us helped them pray with clarity in this situation. Subscribe to the Weekly Prayer Letter.

Dearest Prayer Warrior,

No one knows how long the fighting will last, but the recovery effort will be a topic of discussion for months and years ahead. In the meantime, there are two fronts to this war—those in the midst of the fighting for whom we must pray to experience God’s protection and rest in the midst of the storm, and those of us on the outside for whom we must pray will take action and not be apathetic. 

It’s being called the greatest humanitarian crisis in Europe since WWII. Among the harrowing tales, Israeli news has highlighted the stories of Jews who were babies when their families carried them as they fled the Nazis. Now in their 80’s—for a second time in their lives—they are being forced to flee their homes. The unspoken difference is that today there is a land for Jews to flee to.

We like to say if you need help in an emergency, Israel is happy to lend a hand.  If you’re looking for that help to come with customer service—go ask someone else. As such Israel is catching flack for how it is handling the many refugees that are landing in Tel Aviv. Long lines, lots of red tape and young apathetic clerks greet the tired travelers who have spent days trying to find a safe destination. Ukrainian President Zelensky encouraged Israel to open its doors wide to receive his people, “Don’t worry,” he said, “Israel is one of the most expensive countries in the world. As soon as the war is over, the refugees will leave.”

The issue is that among the Jewish refugees arriving from Ukraine are many non-Jews. And this is creating quite the conundrum for Israel—one that Israel has been wrestling with for over a decade with the tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees who came and now refuse to leave. Israel understands what it feels like to be without a home and so the Jewish heart wants to help misplaced people. But, in our founding documents the stated purpose of modern Israel’s existence is to provide the Jew with a homeland. Therefore, every decision must consider that in our small land, if we absorb too many non-Jewish people, Jews will once again be left without their own homeland.

  • Father, You are the Ruler of the Ages. There is no weapon or army that threatens the dominance of Your Kingdom. 
  • The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. (Psalm 37:14-15)
  • And so we ask that Ukrainians would abandon wickedness and turn to Your upright ways as You break the back of their enemy. Use this time of humbling to reach both Russians and Ukrainian hearts that have been hard toward You. Let knees bow, and tongues confess, that You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
  • Many mistakes can be made when leaders are tired—or isolated. We ask You to grant supernatural rest to world leaders making important decisions on very little sleep.
  • We’ve seen the photos of Putin “social-distanced” from all his staff. But You can reach him in his inner chambers and his innermost thoughts. Speak Your words to him so he will hear them.
  • We ask that Church leaders outside of Ukraine will lead the way in rescue efforts, standing up for righteousness during this time.  
  • Forbid that other rogue nations become inspired by the lack of international intervention.
  • Despite the clear moral stance Israel has in regard to Russia’s attacking civilian targets, she has many reasons to be hesitant to take an aggressive and public stance on the matter, one of which is the Russian military virtually sitting on our border with a significant presence in Syria. Give Israel wisdom in how to respond privately and publicly.
  • We understand that Israel is uniquely in the middle of this conflict. Help Israeli leadership use Your wisdom in walking the fine line of being a mediator between Russia and Ukraine and bring resolution to this situation.  
  • We thank You for the aid sent from Israel and many other nations, the rescue missions, and the doctors lining up to fly out at a moment’s notice. Protect and guide their work.
  • Grant supernatural protection and Your peace of mind to the women who have fled with their children and are worried for the safety of their husbands, brothers, and fathers. Show them You are the only safe place to hide.
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