Once again, Israel is one of the first nations on the scene to help another country that has been hard hit by a natural disaster.
On Monday, Israel became the first nation to set up a field hospital in the regions of northern Japan recently devastated by a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami.
Currently, a five-man team is on the ground setting up the facility and providing emergency surgery. They are also evaluating the current needs, so that Israel can dispatch a larger medical team.
Israel’s ambassador to Japan, Nissim Ben Shitrit, said he was not sure why Israel was the first to establish a field hospital, but suspected it had something to do with the vast experience of Israeli rescue and aid teams in dealing with such situations.
Last year, Israel was far ahead of the rest of the international community in setting up emergency medical facilities in earthquake-stricken Haiti. And just as in Haiti, the Japanese are expressing much gratitude that Israel has responded so fast and with such generosity, considering the small size and limited resources of the Jewish state.
Lesser known is that the Israeli Messianic body is also actively providing assistance to Japan.
Japan’s small, but growing Christian community has been a strong supporter of Israel for many years, and an even stronger supporter of the Messianic Jewish congregations in Israel.
Sadly, a number of the churches that most strongly supported Israel’s Messianic body were in areas that were hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami. Churches were destroyed, people are missing and homes have been washed away.
So now, Israel’s Messianic believers have a chance to give back to those who have for so many years undergirded them.
Teams from several Messianic ministries and congregations in Israel have already left for Japan to bring spiritual comfort and physical aid to fellow believers there. They are asking that Israel’s Christian supporters around the world turn their attention to the Body of Messiah in Japan and lift them up in prayer.