Looking through the scriptures, we find that Yeshua was interested in meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of His people. Often, it was the meeting of a physical need that opened the eyes of Israel to their Messiah. Here at Dugit we believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. And so we seek to follow His lead by doing what we can to meet the real and pressing needs of some of Israel’s most vulnerable citizens.
The conditions of the poor and needy in Israel have not improved over the last few years, and according to local news outlets and NGO reports, it has only worsened. Between the high cost of living, high taxes, and low income, the majority of Israelis struggle just to make ends meet. This battle is the reality of more than a quarter of the population of Israel.
According to a report recently published by the NGO, there are about 2,546,000 (31.6%) impoverished people living in the country. This includes 1,613,000 adults (29.8%), and 932,000 children (35.1%), according to the findings. More than a third of these children dropped out of school to help support their families. Almost 70% of the impoverished families earn an average salary of 4,000 shekels a month – about a thousand dollars (1/4 less than the cost of housing alone). When it comes to senior citizens, the statistics are not much better. Most elderly (94%) will say that the government benefits are not enough to live in dignity or to purchase bare necessities. The majority of elderly cannot afford a nursing home or in-home care. The homeless make up 10% of the poor people while the other 90% live in old homes or housing projects.
Yeshua says in Matthew 6:26-28 that He is the great provider. Just as he provides for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, He will also provide for our every need.
Please join us in praying for our fellow Israelis, that God will fill their needs both physically and spiritually and that they will see Yeshua as the great Provider for their bodies and the great Redeemer of their souls.
Blessings in Messiah,