London, England—Following are excerpts from a talk by Jerusalem Channel Co-Founder Christine Darg 26 May at the Israeli Embassy on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Christian Friends of Magen David Adom, Israel’s voluntary emergency services:
We give the God of Israel a big “thank you” for the 68 years of rebirth of the modern State of Israel! The fact that Israel is 68 years old is almost a Biblical generation–and it is our joy and privilege to live in days that the prophets envisioned but died and did not live to see. These are days of saving lives and strengthening Israel.
We bless the God of Israel for preserving the Jewish people and for bringing us to this season. Truly this generation has been an eye witness of the greatest miracle since Bible days, and that is the resurrection of the Jewish people and their ancient language in the Promised Land.
Magen David Adom (MDA) as a charity ticks all the boxes for me personally. It’s a very politically correct organization, if I may say that, meaning that all the peoples of Israel are treated equally–no matter if you are a tourist, a Jew, Druze, Muslim or even a terrorist! The MDA volunteers are committed to saving all lives no matter what is your creed or religion!
MDA is also a prophetically correct organization. As one who teaches and believes in Biblical healing, I am especially attracted to the emergency medical services of an organization that is part of the fulfilment of Bible prophecy. Ever since its inception by a brave woman in the 1930s, MDA has been literally fulfilling the great prophetic verses of Jeremiah 30: 17, where God promises “to give you back your health; I will heal your wounds.”
Never have a people been more wounded that the dispersed and hounded Jewish people who had to pass through the horrific gates of the Holocaust before returning to their ancestral land. But like God’s watchmen on the walls, MDA is always available to help 24/7 in the spirit of Psalm 121:4, which testifies that Shomer Israel (the Guardian of Israel) never slumbers nor sleeps.
My first encounter with Magen David Adom was when Israel was yet a young nation, only about 30 years old. My husband and I were visiting on one of our first trips to Israel. He teases me that it was some sort of desert sheik fantasy, but it really happened in the middle of the night! We were guests on an official press tour staying in a hotel famous for journalists when sometime in the middle of the night I cut myself on a glass edge of a bedside table. The hotel manager thought I was bleeding too much so he called the emergency services and to my surprise the medic who arrived in an MDA sedan had payot (side curls) and looked more like a rabbi than a medic. Over 10,000 volunteers from all sorts of religious and secular backgrounds work for MDA ,and the minimum age to volunteer is 15. They took me to a little field hospital somewhere in East Jerusalem, and returned me to my hotel with no bill to pay!
Since then we’ve been privileged as a ministry to donate a medicycle, a quick response medical motorcycle to MDA, and this fall the Jerusalem Channel will dedicate a fully equipped ambulance. The next and most logical step would be to donate an air ambulance,as the Lord provides the funds!
Because of their connection to God, the Jewish people have known about medicine and hygiene before other nations. From the beginning, God revealed in the Torah that the life of a person is in the circulatory system: “For the life of the body is in the blood.” (Leviticus 17:11)
It is absolutely urgent that we support MDA because of the continual threats against the state of Israel and the need for fresh blood banks for emergencies and terrorist attacks.
Why should Christians support the Jewish state and Israel’s emergency services? Genesis 12: 3 declares, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Our mandate from the New Testament is found in Romans 15: 27, “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.”
Alms are to be voluntary yet at the same time, we owe the Jewish people everything according to the law of charity, the law of love and the law of reciprocity, for our precious Jewish elders in the faith have given us everything: the Scriptures and the Saviour.