This Israeli Community Experienced a Miracle on Oct. 7. Now, It Needs Helping Hands.

By Virginia Allen Published on December 20, 2023

The agricultural Israeli community of Ein HaBesor experienced a miracle on Oct. 7.

Located just 3 miles from the border with Gaza and home to 320 families, the people of Ein HaBesor were targeted by Hamas terrorists just like so many other communities along the border that day. But miraculously, not a single person from Ein HaBesor was killed or taken hostage. 

The community had shortly beforehand activated its security team after some theft, which unknowingly prepared them for the events on Oct. 7, as they successfully fought off the terrorists

But the people of Ein HaBesor have been evacuated from their homes because the community is in a war zone. About 60% of Israel’s produce comes from the region, and without hands to care for and harvest the crops, all of Israel stands to be affected. 

CityServe International, a nonprofit aid organization, is stepping in to help Ein HaBesor in an effort to ensure that more than half of Israel’s produce is not lost, and is inviting churches across America to join its efforts. 

“Most people going to Israel that are of the Christian faith, they go there to take from Israel,” says Todd Lamphere, vice president of government relations at CityServe. “I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just simply mean that they’re there to look at the sites, to see where Jesus died, where He was buried, where He was baptized, to get baptized in the Jordan, to do all of those things.”

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“What we’re saying is, let’s continue to do those, but let’s take three or four or five days, and let’s go to the fields, and let’s serve the nation of Israel by helping them harvest their crops,” he said. 

Lamphere joins The Daily Signal Podcast to explain how Americans can either join a trip to Israel to help harvest crops, or can be a part of partnering with the organization as it seeks to meet the needs of the Jewish people at this time. 

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