What a week this has been! Not only have I been immersed with 26 others in our studies of antisemitism and the Holocaust, but one of our classmates has had a very special occurrence here in Israel. His father, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, was recognized as the first American soldier (and only the fifth American in all) as Righteous Among the Nations.
That designation is bestowed by the State of Israel to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extinction. Our friend, Chris, and his family have been working for quite some time to obtain the honor posthumously for his father. In God’s divine wisdom, He granted Chris the honor of causing that to happen while Chris is here with us at the Christian Leaders Seminar at Yad Vashem!
To be designated as Righteous Among the Nations, one’s story must be corroborated by multiple sources, therefore the process takes considerable time to interview witnesses in order to corroborate, and to check facts. Once so honored, a tree is planted at Yad Vashem, among the likes of Corrie ten Boom and Oscar Schindler.
As you can imagine, Chris has been run ragged attending the seminar and responding to an avalanche of media requests. Pray for him. But also, praise the Lord God of Heaven for honoring Chris’s family in this way! Chris and his family will be brought back to Israel for a ceremony in the near future.
Have a blessed day!