When the coronavirus broke out in Israel, some Chinese Christians immediately initiated to buy 10,000 N-95 masks and 25,000 paper masks to donate to Israel.
Shirley Burdick is the founder of the nonprofit organization Ten Gentiles. According to its website, they aim to “equip and engage Christians to participate in God’s restoration of Israel alongside the Jewish people.”
Attachment To Israel
Apparently, she often brings a group of Chinese Christians to Mizmor Ledavid for Friday night services. Mizmor Ledavid is an Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem. Also, she hosts the group to connect to the members of the synagogue and have Shabbat dinner in their homes.
“They feel an attachment to Israel but don’t know what it is,” she said. “Some of them come several times a year for all the Jewish holidays. When I took them to synagogue some of them started crying.”
So when the coronavirus broke out in Israel too, these frequent Chinese visitors immediately reached out to help. They shipped 10,000 N-95 masks and 25,000 paper masks to Israel.
Chinese And Israeli Flag
Ashdod City’s deputy mayor distributed the masks after it arrived. Jerusalem reported that the donated masks went to “Ma’aynei Hayeshua Medical Center, the ultra-Orthodox hospital in Bnai Brak.” It also reached the urgent care facility Terem in Jerusalem, and to a nursing home.
“They put the labels of the Chinese flag and the Israeli flag (on the boxes),” Shirley said. “It’s wonderful to deliver love from Chinese Christians to Israeli society. It is something new that Christians are coming to help the Jewish people.”
Many protestant churches donated masks as well. In an email, Joshua, who raised funds for the donation said:
“In the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, every city in China was desperate for face masks, and people were very worried. Many countries, both government and non-government organizations, and individuals lend helping hands to China. And we saw Jewish brethren praying for us at the Kotel; we were deeply moved. We are very grateful!”
And his wife Sarah, added, “When the coronavirus broke out in Israel, we knew that Israel was going through what we already went through. Proverbs 3:27 says, ‘Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.’ We want to do everything we can to help our Jewish brothers and sisters to overcome the difficulties.”
Reference: The Jerusalem Post