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Where Jesus Walked

Jesus served others when He walked on this earth. He did good to all, whether a leper, a lame man, or a hungry crowd.

Our staff and contacts in the Middle East seek to follow Jesus’ example by feeding the hungry, encouraging the downtrodden, and sharing Words of Life in the land where He walked. Various programs and projects provide unique opportunities to touch lives.

Blessing the handicapped: In Bethlehem, our staff members operate a small shop to repair, assemble, and distribute wheelchairs and other supplies for the handicapped. Recently, they visited 60-year-old Yasmin*, who was discouraged because poor health had kept her inside for months. The team remembered the wheelchair they brought, intended for a man they just learned had died. They gave this wheelchair to Yasmin. “We set up the wheelchair,” a staff member wrote, “and were about to leave when she said she wants to get into that chair and go outside. She was a little wobbly, but she made it into the chair. Her husband started to wheel her, but she soon put her own hands to the wheels to propel herself. She was beaming with joy.”

Encouraging widows: In Luke 7, Jesus gave a wonderful gift to a widow when He brought her son back to life. We can’t give life, but we can show Christ-like care to widows through practical gifts like food. Our staff recently accompanied a food parcel distribution for Christian widows in Egypt. Big smiles appeared as the widows received their parcels.

Helping people provide for themselves: Jesus likely worked with His father in the family carpenter business. Even the father of Jesus worked to provide for his own. To help breadwinners provide, we offer self-help resources for people like Nassir, who received a tuk-tuk (motorbike taxi) to help him earn an income for his struggling family.

Easing physical and spiritual hunger: Our contacts delivered a food parcel to a lonely widower and shared encouraging words. “Thank you for remembering me and visiting me and for bringing the food parcel,” he told them. “But my joy in your presence . . . and you sharing my pain of the loss of my wife was much bigger than my joy in the food parcel. I thank you from my heart . . .”

Thank you, supporters, for enabling this ministry in the land of the Bible.

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The gift of sheep keeps on giving

Sheep, Christian Aid Ministries

Amir* was injured in 2017 and could no longer provide for his family. Our contacts gave this Palestinian family four sheep to help create an income. They now are able to sell cheese, yogurt, and wool products such as blankets, toys, and pillows.

Four years later, our contacts met with the family and asked about the project. “We now have 11 sheep,” Amir’s wife told them excitedly. “We appreciate what the sheep project has done for us, but it also helped us think of helping others. We have been trying to help other families start their own sheep projects. We will give one of these lambs to a poor family.” The gift of sheep keeps on giving.

In addition to providing income sources such as animals, Middle East Ministries reaches out in the land of the Bible by providing food parcels, wheelchairs, and other relief.

*Name is changed to protect identity.

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O little town of Bethlehem

Bethlehem, Christian Aid ministries

It is December, so the center of Bethlehem—Manger Square—is echoing with Christmas carols and crowded with tourists and local families. It is a time of celebration, even if the winter rains have started.

Bethlehem, the City of David, is filled with Bible history. Rachel was buried here, Ruth and Boaz lived among the wheat and barley fields, David was anointed king, Jesus was born, and the shepherds first heard the message of a Savior lying in a manger nearby.

It is a privilege for me to go to the wheelchair shop in Bethlehem each day to work with the Hope-for- the- Handicapped program. The shop is stocked with many sizes of wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, and other medical equipment.

Our team hears about stroke patients, broken legs from falls or violence, and children who need wheelchairs to attend school. We visit these homes, where we are served coffee or tea, and listen to their stories. Within a month, we return with the needed equipment.

Wheelchairs, canes, or other items are the tools we use to share the love of Jesus. We often have opportunities to show empathy for families and their situations. From Bethlehem, we spread the joy of Jesus, the Babe born in a manger.

—By a staff member in the Middle East

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In His footsteps

footsteps, Christian Aid Ministries

Jesus walked on this earth with a heart to serve others. He showed compassion to all men, whether a seeking Pharisee, small children, or a blind beggar.

Two thousand years later, Middle East Ministries shows the love of God in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Gaza, and Jordan. This program cares for handicapped people, feeds hungry mouths, enables fathers to provide for their families, visits widowed and elderly folks, and teaches parents to value and love children. This is possible only with God’s blessing and your generosity to walk in His footsteps.

Caring for the handicapped

Handicapped people in the Middle East are often regarded as having little worth. Some are confined to dark, damp rooms, shunned from society. Giving them a wheelchair to help them get around is like giving back part of their life. Our staff recently visited a lonely person to give her a wheelchair. She shared, “No one has come since COVID-19. Thank you for coming!” Her tears told her gratefulness even more than words.

Teaching that God values children

Project Baby Moses provides support for needy mothers considering abortion, encouraging them to keep their precious babies. One mother who received aid through Project Baby Moses said, “I am so grateful for your generous donations which saved the life of my son. Because of you I was given the possibility to raise my child with dignity and to create a good life for him in which he can develop character.”

Supporting the widowed and elderly

Some of the most vulnerable people in the Middle East are the widowed and elderly. They rely mainly on their children or others who care enough to help them. Support-A-Widow and Help-for-the-Elderly food parcels help ease their burdens. A visit from a believer who delivers the food shows them that someone cares.

Helping fathers provide for their children

Family-Self-Support projects help needy families find ways to sustain themselves. Amir* in Gaza was eager to show our staff member his fishing project. His sons work together to fish, using a net and boat provided by CAM supporters. “Fishing is good,” Amir said. “Thank you for your help. Please let us make you a fish dinner to say thank you!”

Thank you, supporters, for enabling this ministry to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and share His compassion in the land of the Bible.

*Name changed to protect identity.

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Israel and Gaza conflict

Gaza - Israel conflict

In May, conflict erupted between Israel and Gaza, leaving behind a path of destruction and need. Tension in this region is not new. Long-standing feuds and sporadic bursts of fighting have occurred for decades, wedging a wall of hatred between these powers. During this most recent burst of fighting, the simmering tension erupted with rockets and airstrikes.

Eleven days of terror

For eleven days, this region experienced the most intense aerial exchange between Israel and Gaza since 2014.

The violence leaves thousands of innocent people in Gaza with sorrow, fear, and tremendous losses. Over 400 homes lie in ruins. More than sixty children were killed during the conflict. The damage to businesses and infrastructure further damaged Gaza’s frail economy.

“The children are traumatized, scared of everything, especially the slightest noise,” shared a family in Gaza. “When the mom . . . leaves for anything, the four-year-old daughter follows her. When the doorbell rings, she jumps in fear. The fear follows them into the night—she wakes up screaming from nightmares.”

Israeli communities near the Gazan border also experienced terror. CAM staff visited the home of a Christian in a coastal city. One day during the conflict he was working in his apartment. He had largely ignored the sirens and instructions to run to the bomb shelter because he wasn’t afraid. He left the room for a minute, and at that moment a rocket from Gaza struck the building. It killed a woman hiding in the closet of her bedroom two floors down from their apartment. The whole building shook from the impact, and five windows in their apartment blew out. Glass was everywhere.

“God saved our lives,” he testified. After this incident, he took refuge in a bomb shelter with his neighbors, although he still felt no fear. Many people asked him, “Why are you not afraid?” Part of his answer is written on a piece of paper on the door of his house: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Peace?

Over a week after the first rockets were fired, a ceasefire took effect between Israel and Gaza, officially ending this burst of violence. Active fighting has ceased, but sorrow and destruction remain in the aftermath. A CAM contact in Gaza reports a huge need for food among the displaced who are sheltering in hospitals, schools, and relatives’ homes. Thousands of Israeli civilians struggle to move forward after days of taking refuge in safe rooms and listening to rocket sirens.

CAM staff members in the Middle East are working with trusted contacts to provide food, medical supplies, water tanks, water filters, and other aid for Gazans and Israelis affected by the conflict. We see this as a tremendous opportunity to share God’s love in the face of destruction. Our projected goal for the project is $300,000. If you would like to help, your support will be a blessing.

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“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Bethlehem, Birth Place of Jesus, West Bank Town, Christian Aid Ministries

Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, is in the West Bank and is separated from Israel by the concrete wall seen in the photo below. The “little town of Bethlehem” is now a bustling city of 27,000 people.

Just like when Jesus was born, shepherding is still a part of life in this region. The gift of sheep from CAM helps Camille* in his difficulty to support his own family as well as his deceased brother’s family. “Raising animals is a beautiful work,” says Camille’s son. “This is what our ancestors did.”

Bethlehem, Birth Place of Jesus, West Bank Town, Christian Aid Ministries
Children of Bethlehem

CAM also operates a wheelchair shop in Bethlehem. Our staff members visit the homes of needy elderly and handicapped people to deliver new wheelchairs and other supplies for the disabled.

Although Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus, many people there know little about Him. As the bright star shone when Jesus was born, our prayer is that the light of Jesus would shine in the hearts of the people of Bethlehem.

*Name changed to protect identity.

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No longer confined inside

Confined, Middle East Ministries

Seven-year-old Kalila* was born with a mental and physical handicap. Since she couldn’t get around on her own, Kalila spent her days lying on the cold floor inside their house in the Middle East.

Thanks to generous supporters, Kalila now has her own wheelchair. Instead of being confined to the indoors, she loves to sit outside in her chair and enjoy the view of the Hebron hills south of Jerusalem. The wheelchair is also a huge blessing to Kalila’s mother because it frees her to care for her other children and relieves her of the cultural disgrace of carrying her daughter everywhere. For all these things, Kalila’s mother is so thankful.

*Name changed to protect identity.

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A mini supermarket on wheels

Homeless

Issa was homeless and in poor health. He had no job or family to help him. This elderly man in the Middle East depended on the handouts of others to survive.

Things started to change when some people from the community helped Issa build a small house.

CAM staff members heard about his plight and helped Issa start a business of selling snacks from a little cart. He buys small items for 14 cents each and sells them for 28 cents. The sign on his cart says “Issa’s Supermarket.”

Issa is elated and says this project has helped change him from someone who had to ask people for money, to being self-supporting.

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Self-Help Project for a Widow and her Sons

Widow and her Sons

After Yosef’s* father passed away, his family had no steady income. Friends shared food and money,with the widow and her sons but they still struggled to make ends meet. Then CAM used supporters’ funds to give the family four Shami goats. Because Shami goats are valued for their meat, milk, hair, and leather, they can be sold for a good price in the Middle East. Yosef’s mother sells the Shami kids to local shepherds and uses the goats’ milk to make yogurt and cheese.

*Name changed to protect identity.