MDA ambulance dedication in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: MAARIT KYTOHARJU)
A special ceremony in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday inaugurated a new Magen David Adom ambulance donated to the Israeli medical organization by "Christian Friends of Magen David Adom in Israel.”
"Christian Friends of Magen David Adom in Israel" is a pro-Israel evangelical Christian group that works to raise funds for Israeli medical response. It facilitates cooperation and solidarity between Christians and Jews. The group donated the ambulance in honor of Israeli solders and civilians who died during Operation Protective Edge, in the summer of 2014.
The ambulance was inaugurated by Sharon Sanders, founder of Christians United for Israel and member of the Board of "Christian Friends of Magen David Adom in Israel," Mr. Norman Feingold. The ceremony was held next to a blood donation station, in which Christian pilgrims donated over 21 units of blood.
"The special relationship between Christians and Jews is often reflected in MDA, and it will help save lives we all share,” David Figley, head of Chrish Church in Jerusalem, said during the inauguration of the ambulance by the Jaffa Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City. “I call on all those present to continue to encourage their friends around the globe to deliver financial contributions for the purpose of saving lives and to give blood that can help save the lives of many. "
Christian groups have been longtime supporters of Israel, especially to its military. MDA helps provide medical assistance not only to Israeli civilians but also to the IDF. The groups hope to raise enough for 40 new MDA ambulances annually.
“I want to thank our friends in the Christian Friends of Magen David Adom in Israel, which operates all over the world to help MDA meet the daily mission to save lives and today inaugurated the ambulance which is a symbol of co-existence between Jews and Christians under this common goal,” MDA Director Eli Bin said during the ceremony. “I hope that similar cooperation will continue in the future and that we will continue to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the rest of the world for such projects. "sign up to our newsletter
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