As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. Ezekiel 34:12-13 (NIV)
In an amazing fulfilment of Biblical prophecy, God is bringing Jewish people back to Israel from all over the world after nearly 2000 years; more than three million have returned since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. There is no parallel or precedent in history for the ingathering of a people who have been scattered from their land for so long; this is a miracle that God is doing in our generation.
Since 1991, Ebenezer — Operation Exodus has been a part of this miracle helping Jewish people return to Israel from the countries of the former Soviet Union, and during that time, by God’s grace, we have helped more than 120,000 Jewish people return home.
God has provided
We serve a God who provides and are so thankful that through the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to help so many Jewish people. Thanks to your financial assistance, they are living today in the State of Israel. With God’s help and guidance, our vision is to continue to reach out to Jewish families, not only in the former Soviet Union, but all around the world, and help them return to their true homeland.
Many of you have been faithfully supporting Ebenezer for many years and we would like to sincerely thank you for your support throughout that time. We know that we are only on this earth for a short time, and while we are here, we are stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Before our time here is over, we can be a good steward by leaving a legacy in our Will. We have an ongoing need to raise funds for our work, and by leaving a legacy, you can help us to do this. The three most common types of legacy are:
Pecuniary — this is a fixed sum of money (e.g. £1000)
Residuary — this is a gift made from the remainder of your estate after all costs and other bequests have been made and debts cleared
Specific — this is a specified item — for example, a piece of jewellery.
Any gift that you decide to leave Ebenezer, no matter how great or small, will be greatly appreciated and will help us fulfil our calling as a ministry. As you probably already know, we have two distinct Funds to help Jewish people. These are called Ebenezer Emergency Fund and Ebenezer Aid Fund and the differences between them are briefly described below.
Ebenezer Emergency Fund
Ebenezer Emergency Fund finances the operational costs of our ministry (sometimes known as Operation Exodus). We help and encourage Jewish people to return to Israel in fulfilment of Biblical prophecy. This includes funding our bases from where our “fishermen” go out to find and encourage Jewish people to return home. Our teams share Scriptures about God’s covenants with the Jewish people and His promises to bring them back to their own Land. We provide information and practical help for them to obtain the necessary documents, to visit the Israeli consul to receive their visas and with transport to their flights to Israel.
In the UK, we promote awareness among Christians of God’s ongoing purposes for the Jewish people and how they can be involved in their fulfilment through prayer, serving and giving.
Ebenezer Aid Fund
Ebenezer Aid Fund demonstrates “Love in Action” through bringing practical support to vulnerable Jewish people and Christians by providing much needed humanitarian aid. We help the poor and needy — some of whom are Holocaust survivors — with clothing, food and medical supplies. Aid distribution is often the key to enable us to form good relationships with Jewish communities.
In Israel, our humanitarian aid programmes bring comfort and encouragement to Jewish people who have returned home from many nations. We help families to adapt to their new life by visiting them in their homes, being a listening ear, comforting them and giving them the support they need.
Ebenezer Aid Fund is a registered charity and, like all charities, any legacy is exempt from inheritance tax. By leaving a legacy to Ebenezer Aid Fund, you may reduce the amount of tax liable to be paid on your estate and bring financial advantages for those left behind. However, for specific information on your own situation, please seek professional advice.
If you have already made a Will, you can still make small changes by using a codicil; this means that you are able to make a bequest without having to change your entire Will. However, if you wish to make substantial changes, it is probably best to make a new Will. In either case, it is advisable to seek legal advice.
You will need to include our correct name and address. For gifts to Ebenezer Aid Fund, you will also need our charity number which is 1058068.
How your gift will be used
Any gifts donated to either one of our Funds will be spent on ongoing projects at the time the money becomes available, and since we don’t know what areas of ministry God will lead us into in the future, it is better if gifts can be left unconditionally. Also, it would be helpful for us to know if you should decide to leave us a gift.
The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever. Psalm 37:18