As Christians in the Middle East risk death for practicing their faith, the IFJC is doing what it can to keep them safe.
In the Book of Psalms, the Bible states, “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
There is perhaps no better description of the plight Christians are suffering in today’s Middle East. From Syria to Sudan, Christians are slaughtered for being the other. According to the human rights organization Open Doors, some 215 million Christians are currently facing persecution, with some suffering the worst fate: death.
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) founder, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has seen the anguish this has caused those who flee dangerous countries firsthand. In Jordan, the organization has recently opened a clinic to treat refugees from Iraq and also provides some 100 families with food, rent and medicine.
Protecting religious liberty is an important facet of IFCJ’s work since its inception 35 years ago. However, the largest philanthropic organization in Israel has been largely known for its help protecting Jews in dire circumstances, especially from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. However, with its “Rescue the Persecuted” campaign, the organization has expanded its mission to help their Christian brothers and sisters.
“What is not as known is our involvement in helping persecuted Christians. We’ve helped the Coptic community in Egypt, where a church was just bombed and another incident, where children were pulled from buses and killed just for being Christian,” Eckstein lamented, adding the organization also helps 100 Druze families who escaped to Jordan from Syria.
For the refugees, their struggles are far from over once they reach Jordan. Because they aren’t officially recognized as refugees by the UN Human Rights Commission yet, they are in a difficult limbo period where they cannot go home, but they cannot work or comfortably settle in their new country either.
While they wait for resettlement – most have already been waiting for up to two years – IFCJ works to ease despair in a tense time. read more…