Standing with Israel

In times of war

Our work again finds itself in the midst of a war zone

Ebenezer was born in a war zone. When that founding group of intercessors met in January 1991, Saddam Hussein was launching Scud missiles at Jerusalem.

Now thirty-two years later our work again finds itself in the midst of a war zone, this time greatly magnified. It's a massive heartache to us that the nation of Israel is again at war.

13th December 2023

Declaration of support for Israel

by Ebenezer Operation Exodus

We, the International Board of Ebenezer Operation Exodus, along with Ebenezer workers and volunteers in more than 50 nations worldwide, declare our unwavering and united support for the State of Israel, and our unequivocal condemnation of all acts of terrorism perpetrated by Hamas, as well as all recent acts of antisemitism manifested in many nations.

We share the shock, pain, loss, and anguish of the Jewish people both in the land of Israel and in the diaspora at the unfolding horror and brutality carried out by Hamas in civilian neighbourhoods, at a music festival, and throughout southern Israel.

We call on the international media, all nations of the earth and their governments, and all actors in public life to denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization.

We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned.

We call for the immediate release of all the remaining hostages kidnapped by Hamas and still under captivity

We support Israel in its right and efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities according to humanitarian and international law. Jews in any nation should not fear consequences as a result of actions taken by the State of Israel to defend itself. The governments of nations must do everything in their power to protect Israel´s rights.

We condemn comments made by the United Nations Secretary-General in his speech to the UN Security Council on the 24th of October 2023 where his words seemed to justify attacks by Hamas on Israel. We also condemn the persistent use of double standards by the majority of the nations in the UN in treating the State of Israel in a different way than any other nation in the world.

We Declare

  1. God loves Israel and the Jewish people with His steadfast and permanent love, as proclaimed in Jeremiah 31:3-9.
  2. God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants, as expressed in Genesis 12:3, signifies that the peoples and nations who bless Israel, will be blessed by God, and the peoples and nations who curse Israel, will be cursed by God. God gives a severe warning to any nation coming against Jerusalem, in Zechariah 12:1-9.
  3. God has made an eternal covenant with Israel, giving the land of Israel to the Jewish people as their heritage and everlasting homeland. God is faithful and keeps His promises forever (Genesis 17:7-9; Psalm 105:8-11).
  4. God calls all nations and governments to recognize Israel’s right to exist, in accordance with Zechariah 2:8.
  5. We support the nation of Israel, and her right to exist in peace, her right to prosper, as well as her right to defend her people against all threats from her enemies.

Therefore, we stand with Israel for her right to determine the future of the Jewish people, and for her right to defend herself and to live within secure borders.

We stand with Israel!

Members of the Board of Ebenezer Emergency Fund International

Together we build the prayer wall for Israel.

Together we mobilise help and supplies.

Together we encourage our team members.

Dear Ebenezer family worldwide

We think writing you details of what is happening in Israel right now is unnecessary: a mass murder of Jewish people and probably the start of a war can take many months involving other terror groups or even nations attacking. 

As Ebenezer Operation Exodus, we are willing to stand first in prayer, and then offer practical help wherever the LORD allows us. 

We are all aware that the situation is developing so fast that we have to adapt quickly.

Israel team

As family, we are of course concerned about our dear brothers and sisters in Israel, including their families. We have teams in Jerusalem, Haifa and Ashkelon. Please pray for their continued protection at this time. 

Providing assistance

As you can imagine, we receive requests from all sides to help financially. We will be helping Jewish families directly through our teams. We will also be supporting projects through our friends at the Jewish Agency of Israel and Keren Hayesod. We will be supporting the Barnea Absorption Centre in Ashkelon, and the Amigour project in Ashdod, where we previously financed four apartments for Holocaust Survivors.

We know the war just started, and many more challenges will come. But we trust in the Lord and know that he is watching over His people. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support.

On behalf of the international leadership team,

Johannes Barthel

Regional Coordinator, Israel

Standing with Israel

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Saturday the 7th of October, the Israeli border fence had been breached in several places, hundreds of terrorists had poured into some 22 villages, kibbutzim and towns near Gaza, a disaster without parallel in the history of Israel. 

Fifty years almost to the day after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel was attacked by an enemy which targeted Israeli civilians: children, youths, women, the elderly, and even Holocaust survivors. Gunmen shot civilians indiscriminately, set fire to cars and houses with people inside, and took many hostages. 

It was the worst day for Israel in many decades.

This evil has come out in the open for everyone to see. Government leaders as well as ordinary people must choose. 

Now is the time to stand with Israel. Now is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people. Now is the time to comfort and strengthen the people of Israel. And now is the time to pray for Israel. May the Jewish people look to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: 

I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. (Psalm 118:5) 

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:8-9) 

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (Psalm 118:17) 

I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation. (Psalm 118:21)


Philip Holmberg

Chairman of the International Board

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