Operation Good Neighbor

Jerusalem Dateline recently published an account of Jews helping Christians helping Muslims in Syria.  Former IDF Intelligence Officer, Lt Col Marco Moreno, the mastermind behind “Operation Good Neighbor,” provides an inside look at what is happening at the “humanitarian gate.”

Take a look at the 6-minute report here:


Expectant Syrian Mother and Her Baby Saved by Israeli Doctors

Syrians in Israel

Syrians cross the border into Israel to received medical care in Israeli hospitals. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Imagine being a pregnant mother in war-torn Syria.  Your physician reports that a normal birth is impossible and he is not willing to perform a C-section that would almost certainly lead to your’s or the baby’s death.  What to do?

You travel north to Damascus, but are denied entry into the city due to heavy fighting in the area.  Your only hope is to journey to the “humanitarian gate” on the Israeli border in hopes of receiving life-saving treatment.

This is no made-up story.   In fact, this woman was taken to Ramdam Medical Center in Haifa, where a team of Israeli experts in high-risk pregnancies and deliveries perform the miraculous procedure that saved the lives of both mother and baby.

Read the account here: Israeli Doctors Save Syrian Mother, Baby who Came to Israel for Treatment.

Friends, the Syrian people live in dire circumstances.  Those fortunate enough to live through chemical weapon attacks are typically living in poverty and/or in bombed out buildings lacking power and sanitation.  Food is scarce in places.

Are we complacent in our comfortable surroundings?  Are we so “unattached” to what’s going on that we hardly give it a thought?

I’m burdened for the people of Syria, the Gaza Strip, and yes…even Iran, as they live under oppressive regimes.  Scripture teaches us (in many places) to pray for those in need.  Who will stand in the gap?  Who will pray for mercy?  Who will plead for salvation of those without hope?

I will.  Will you join me?

PS: Check back later today for more news on “Operation Good Neighbor”

Amazing Things Happening at the Israeli-Syrian Border

The Israel Defense Forces launched “Operation Good Neighbor” in June 2016 as a response to a need for help.  Syrians caught in the ravages of war were in desperate need of daily necessities and medical care. Thus, the IDF Northern Command set up an encampment at the border to provide such assistance, and Christian organizations have joined forces to provide humanitarian and medical aid.

Several weeks ago I shared reports about a team of American medical personnel who went deep into Syria on a medical mission as part of “Operation Good Neighbor.”  (See Sharing the Love of Christ in Syria and Jews Helping Christians Helping Muslims.)

As we move into a new year, I want to give you another glimpse of how mightily God can move when Jews and Christians work together to bless Muslims.  Jerusalem Dateline documents the love shared at the Israeli-Syrian border in this 5-minute documentary.  Enjoy!