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Aid for the civilian war victims

The lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been turned upside down. They are heartbroken and displaced in their own country without knowing if they can ever go back home or even to their home communities. Any help gives them hope to survive today’s challenges.

We have brought loads of emergency supplies to thousands of displaced Israelis now living in Netanya, the Dead Sea area hotels and other small communities providing housing to them. The items we bring include clothing, baby items, toys, toiletries, and hygiene products. For the Magen David Adom, we have provided meals as they receive blood donations. In the darkness, the love and kindness they receive prove that light always overcomes darkness. Thank you for praying for Israel and standing with us in these difficult days in the Lord’s land. (Pray Psalm 125 over Israel).

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Assisting the war victims

Israel truly needs our help! The overwhelming need is to assist the victims of the Saturday, October 7, sudden attacks in several peaceful communities, in southern Israel. Terrorists from Gaza killed and wounded thousands of civilians and soldiers. Israel has now evacuated many of those communities, and the survivors were brought to the cities such as Jerusalem.
We, the CFI ministry, assist in the care of the victims by providing bullet-proof vests, water, food, helmets, and other needs for soldiers and first responders, as well as equipment and body bags to municipalities hit by the rockets; repurposed rooms arranged in our Distribution Center for displaced families; use of CFI’s transport vehicle to move people to sanctuary places; and offering other help as various needs arise.
The war with Hamas is expected to continue as terrorists in Lebanon have also wired rockets and have entered northern Israel. Please pray for the tens of Israeli (and American) hostages kidnapped and taken to Gaza, families who have lost beloved ones, and for the Israeli soldiers and the leadership to win this war.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”Donate PayPal” color=”primary” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.com%2Fdonate%2F%3Fhosted_button_id%3DT9Y7WUWHE43NE|target:_blank”][vc_separator][vc_btn title=”Donate Online Giving” color=”primary” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcfiusa.onlinegiving.org%2Fdonate%2Flogin||target:%20_blank|”][vc_column_text]

Destruction in Ashkelon by rockets from Gaza

We thank you for partnering with us at this time of crisis in the Land. (Psalm 121:1−2).


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Ministering with compassion

This project exists due to the vast number of civilians, soldiers, and police officers who suffer from ongoing trauma/PTSD due to the never-ending war and terror attacks perpetrated on them by their enemies. Working with terror victims and victims of trauma, we see no magical recovery formula or time period for recovery. Many struggle for years to overcome the trauma of attacks.

Thousands of Israelis have suffered injuries and trauma of multiple terrorist attacks in recent years. Our Jerusalem team visits them in hospitals and homes, bringing needed assistance and sharing the Word of Comfort. Please pray for continued connections and friendship with these families so that God would renew and restore what was lost (reference to Joel 2:25−26). We encourage you for financial support, as well.

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Maggie from CFI visiting with terror survivors


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Ministering with provisions

The security of Judea and Samaria is usually very challenging. Now it is even more intense, which demands that the IDF soldiers and security forces show extra alertness in order to deal with security issues on roads and in Arab villages in the area to provide protection for Israeli citizens. Recently, CFI’s team had the privilege to visit several IDF units. One of them was a paratrooper unit assigned to protect Jewish neighborhoods in Gush Etzion, surrounded by Palestinian villages. The soldiers are deployed in various locations, often being positioned inside tiny little booths, which can be unbearable in the summer heat. The shift for the guards is changed every hour to keep them alert. Maggie brings supplies from CFI’s Distribution Center.

The team also visited a unit stationed in Lachish where CFI brought backpacks, army hats, and water bottles. These are special elite units trained for war to fight against Israel’s enemies in the external borders, but they are also mobilized to fill in the gaps to protect the internal borders as the security situation demands. Thank you for being so supportive, allowing us to represent you, and encouraging the guardians of their homeland! (Reference to Maggie  Huang report for Project David’s Shield.)

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Maggie brings supplies from CFI’s Distribution Center


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Ministering God’s love

As Christians who have received God’s love for Israel and the Jewish people, we want to bless them in the name of the Lord. We invest within the Land of Israel to bring comfort and support to the lives who have aligned themselves with the promises of God. We represent Jesus for how He should have always been represented. Through God’s appointments, we accept invitations for home visits, and host visitors in our Distribution Center. Thank you for standing with us for Israel’s sake. (Reference to Karen Tohon’s report in FZS)

Visitors at CFI Jerusalem events

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Fire from Gaza

Over one thousand rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel in recent weeks. Jewish communities not military bases in southern Israelwere again the targets. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted 90% of the rockets; however, one Israeli civilian was killed in those attacks, and 16 were injured. Hundreds of missiles misfired, landing on homes in Gaza and in the Mediterranean Sea.

Join us in supporting this project to bless Israelis who live in communities continuously under enemy fire. We thank you and bless you from Zion.

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A rocket attack victim with his family and a young man with a CFI certificate of courage and sacrifice.


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Comforting the afflicted

CFI’s Open Gates continues to bless new immigrants and other needy in Israel. There is never a dull moment within this project. Currently, we welcome newcomers from the U.S. and the South American countries. It is a privilege to help to meet the needs of people who are hurting, not only financially but also emotionally. We are called to “Comfort those who are in any afflictions with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). Your continued support for this project is greatly appreciated. New

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New immigrant couple starting their life in Israel


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The Olim Store

Again today, individuals and organizations are assisting the Jewish people who escape the war in Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion began, about 35,000 people from Ukraine and Russia have come to Israel as new immigrants, and an estimated 50,000 Ukrainian Jews have been displaced.


The new immigrants come to CFI’s Olim Store by an appointment. They are given a gift, and invited to shop for clothing and other needs. CFI shares information with each visitor of how friends in the nations are praying for their life in Israel and blessing their households with many new items. Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Immigrants shopping in the Olim Store



Ukrainian refugees boarding a flight to Israel


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IDF Mission

Israel Defense Forces purpose: To defend the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State of Israel; to protect the inhabitants of Israel and to combat all forms of terrorism which threaten the daily life. CFI and Project David’s Shield aim to stand in solidarity with the stated mission of the IDF. The best armies in the world are the ones that believe in what they are doing so much that they will make any sacrifice to further the cause and accomplish their mission. We have a responsibility as Christian Friends of Israel, in Jerusalem and from the nations, to let the Israeli soldiers know that we love and support the IDF and to remind them who they are. We strive to remind them that they don’t fight their battles alone, and that the God of Israel is with them. We are able to tell them that they have millions of people around the world who pray for them daily! Thank you for joining us to pray for and support the nation’s defenders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”PayPal Donate” color=”primary” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.com%2Fdonate%2F%3Fhosted_button_id%3D2P3YEQ4KE98K4||target:%20_blank|”][vc_separator][vc_btn title=”Online Giving” color=”primary” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcfiusa.onlinegiving.org%2Fdonate%2Flogin||target:%20_blank|”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Welcoming new immigrants

As the situation in European countries is rapidly changing, many young families have made quick decisions to leave their homes and move to Israel. The Jews who had the needed documents ready have arrived and are making their first visits to the CFI Distribution Center. We welcome them to shop bedding, kitchen needs, clothing, and small and large appliances and to enjoy refreshments and rest. We thank you for your prayers and appeal for your continued support.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”Donate PayPal” color=”primary” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.com%2Fdonate%2F%3Fhosted_button_id%3DE6H35KH2GD6HW||target:%20_blank|”][vc_separator][vc_btn title=”Donate Online Giving” color=”primary” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcfiusa.onlinegiving.org%2Fdonate%2Flogin||target:%20_blank|”][vc_column_text]

 We thank Tiina Danilevski, (Open Gates Project Supervisor) for the report and photos.