The table above is a Shabbat table with a place set for each hostage. You can see that there are even high chairs for the very young ones!
Last week, I was in Tel Aviv for a doctor’s appointment. While there, our younger daughter and I stopped by the plaza area where people are gathering to remember and support the families of those taken hostage into Gaza. They are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Please pray for them and their families.
While it is very important to return them to home, we are also focused on eliminating Hamas and the terror they have been to Israel for many years. This is a perfect example of how giving “land for peace” does not work. Israelis were forced to leave Gush Katif (Gaza) and the many Jewish people were forced to leave their homes, businesses and farms and hand them over to the Palestinians. This was in August 2005. In 2006, 1,247 rockets and 28 mortars were fired at Israel. So you see, this did not give us any peace. The charter for Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel. This shows that as long as Hamas exists, there will not be peace. Of course there is no true peace without a personal relationship with Messiah Yeshua.
The display above has pictures of all the hostages under 18 years old who are being held in Gaza. It is very moving to walk around it. I believe the youngest hostage is 10 months old. There are approximate 240 hostages. There could even be more. The atrocities which took place in Southern Israel on October 7 were so bad that they are still trying to identify bodies.
Please remember to pray not only for the hostages, but also for our soldiers. We have had many soldiers killed while they are clearing Gaza of Hamas terrorists. One of our friends, and fellow servant of the L-rd, lost his nephew who was killed in action inside Gaza.