First Olim go Home

1938

Two Jewish people flew to Tel Aviv in March — the first olim we have helped to make aliyah from our newly-opened base here.

We give glory to God and are full of gratitude to all our prayer partners as we have laboured to start the ministry in Argentina, which has the largest Jewish community in Latin America.

Raul with one of the first Jews we helped to make aliyah.

Raul with one of the first Jews we helped to make aliyah.

As we sought to find a suitable base to operate from, the Lord guided us to focus prayer on an empty property in a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires where the biggest number of the country’s Jews are. The owner readily agreed to rent it to us and we signed the contract on 6 October — the day of the Feast of Tabernacles! Close to the Jewish Agency and two Jewish schools, the building was prepared for our use with the help of Pastor Oscar Silva and his church members.

Then our team, including volunteers from Mexico, started prayer-walking the surrounding streets which were full of Jewish business people buying goods. The Lord led me to one business leader to explain that we were here to assist Jewish people to make aliyah. Both he and others we contacted gave us a warm welcome.

With Norma Ramos, EEF Latin America Administrator, providing key help for the work to really begin, the base was officially opened on 15 December by Roger Wolcott and Heriberto Gonzales of Ebenezer’s Latin American Board and Jewish Agency representatives Fabio Auben and Nicolas Sakowicz. The latter were pleased with the location of the building for helping Jewish people with documents and humanitarian aid. In the days that followed Jewish people came to us curious to know how we could help them. Others were sent by the Jewish Agency. This resulted in helping the first two olim ‘return’ home to Israel.

Now that our base is established, we are reaching other parts of Argentina. We recently returned from Rivera, a Jewish community established over a hundred years ago, where we were warmly received. Please pray for our work of helping aliyah from Argentina.

Ebenezer team at the base with Chinese pastors.

Ebenezer team at the base with Chinese pastors.