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Lone Soldiers

No longer alone

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2 Aug 2012 (All day)
Lone Soldiers

Last month the members of ICEJ had a unique opportunity to spend time with young Jews from around the world who had made aliyah on their own, while their families remain abroad. Despite their young age, they have chosen to leave home, come to Israel and serve in the Israeli Army.  They are known as “Lone Soldiers”.  Though ready to defend their homeland, they face extra challenges.  With family and close friends far away and unable to provide essential physical and emotional support and a new language to conquer, often their army buddies are their main source of help.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem sponsored an outing for 45 of these "Lone Soldiers" at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, featuring wall climbing, self-defense courses and other activities.  Together, the young Israelis and the staff of ICEJ, joined in on the fun and spent a day getting to know each other, but also, we wanted to let them know that Christians care, by showing they are not alone nor forgotten.  

Self defenseAs everyone was climbing walls and learning to defend themselves, both the Lone Soldiers and ICEJ volunteers had an opportunity to talk and share with each other about who they are and why they live in Israel.  Many questions were asked about what the ICEJ is and what it does, which gave everyone a wonderful opportunity to share about the Christian Embassy.

“It’s so nice to spend time with all of you,” shared Gabriel, one of the Lone Soldiers who grew up in Brazil.  “We sometimes hear that there are people who support us. But we don’t know who they are or what they represent.  And this is different.  We see faces, we talk and laugh together, it’s great to know real people who care about us.”

Yemin MosheAfter the fun activities the whole group went to a luncheon in the Eucalyptus restaurant in Yemin Moshe.  The meal was followed by a ceremony, where each soldier was presented with a handy all-utility knife with some words of encouragement. 

ICEJ Aid strives to bring a little bit of home to these young Israelis that often need a shoulder to lean on. Whether it is through organizing holiday celebrations or food baskets, the Christians from around the world show them that somebody cares.

 

 

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