Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel | Sojourners

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. These supplies are ideal for emergency use in any clinic or hospital where fighting is taking place.

Today, I got this word from the head of the Bible Society in Gaza: "Politicians are bewildered and sending futile words. The noise of bombs and shells and rockets is much louder, still much louder is the voice of children, even those who are buried, women and innocent people, all crying for help and mercy and justice. I hear another voice louder than all; our Father calling His Church the body of His Son Jesus to step in and show mercy, speak words of life, and translate His will into action. It is time for mercy...."

Mine is an emblematic visit. It in no way addresses the actual scope of need. However, it is time to act and show support for the most basic human rights of all innocent and marginalized people. Some of the kits will go to Israeli medical facilities in locations hit by Hamas; the kits will be distributed equally in Israel and Gaza in proportion to the number of injured non-combatants and innocent civilians in both locations.

Tonight I reach Paris and immediately board a flight to Cairo and then on to Gaza. All the medical goods are on board this commercial aircraft with me. These supplies will enter Gaza with Egyptian medical doctors through the checkpoint at Rafah, a city on the boarder of Gaza and Egypt, on Monday, January 12th.

Venture International, along with national Christians in the Middle East, cares for all those who suffer because "God so loved the world." God loves and cares for all people