Very often, when disaster strikes somewhere in the world, Israel is one of the first on scene. When search and rescue, medical or humanitarian needs arise, Israel has some of the best technology and skill to provide.
During the recent rescue of 12 soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, good communication was important. Yet, lack of reception in the cave rendered typical communication devices useless. But Maxtech, an Israeli technology company that has engineered emergency mobile communication devices, just happened to have a sales agent in Thailand who provided the few devices he had on hand. Additionally, Maxtech software engineer, Yuval Zalmanov, immediately jumped on a plane from Tel Aviv to deliver more devices to the rescue effort. Thus, Maxtech stepped in to the tune of $100,000 worth of radios that were used by divers and other rescue personnel.
Zalmanov was embedded with the rescue team, and he had this to say?
“On every rescue mission you need to coordinate the rescue team and to know at all times where they are, and what their status is. These caves are very long, and you can’t send messengers back and forth through them, but the divers need to be in constant contact with their base so that everyone knows where they are. No other system could work here, except ours. It’s helping to keep the first responders alive.”
Praise God the boys, their coach and all the rescue team came safely out of the cave. But let’s pray for the Thai Navy SEAL who lost his life working to get oxygen tanks into the cave to save the boys. Let’s also give praise to God for those in Israel, the UK, Germany, Australia, the US and many other nations who sent help.
It is sad it takes a crisis such as this to bring the world together in common value of life. May we all be reminded to look upon others as the Lord Jesus did…with unconditional love and acceptance.