Poverty Amongst Jews in Ukraine.

“Your visit gives me proof that there are still good people out there”, says 82-year-old Katia, when she opens the door of her creaky house.

This Jewish lady lives a lonely life in the vast countryside of the Ukraine.“I prayed for your coming. Thank you for looking after me. I can’t cook because I am half blind and can’t lift anything. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Did you know that 300,000 Jewish people still live in the  Ukraine? Among them, the elderly and survivors of the Holocaust, but also families with young children.

Many Jews in the Ukraine live in great poverty. The demand for food parcels is constantly growing, especially during the severe Ukrainian winter when we receive help requests from all over the country. With our limited resources we try to help as many people as possible.

‘For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.’ Matthew 25:35

In recent years much has changed in Ukraine, unfortunately in a negative way. There is the continuous threat of war in the east, causing many people to flee.

The country is in a deep economic crisis. There is not much work, while prices are rising and the value of the Grivna (Ukranian currency) dropped significantly. Life seems hopeless for many people, especially in the countryside.

Our goal this winter is to distribute more than 30,000 food parcels to poor Jewish people in Ukraine. During our visits, we always tell them about God’s faithfulness to His people and the promises in the Bible – Promises of hope and the return of the Jewish people to Israel.

Distribution of the food parcels. Photo: Jaco Klamer
We always tell the recipient about God’s faithfulness to His people Israel! Photo: Jaco Klamer

 

Message from Jews Down Under…
If anyone feels they would like to contribute to food costs to Jews in the  please use this link https://www.c4israel.org/support-israel/food-parcels-ukraine/

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Article written by Koen Carlier who is Aliyah field worker for Christians for Israel living and working in the Ukraine with his family.
Together with his dedicated team and many volunteers he supports the Jewish community in Ukraine.
In cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel they help in a practical way by offering free transportation and the necessary documents when they have decided to go to Israel (make Aliyah).
The team also distributes thousands of food parcels each year to the needy, many of them Holocaust survivors.

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