(CP) American Evangelical chief Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, met and prayed with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday after visiting a number of kibbutzim left devastated by Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault.
Graham, who heads the worldwide Evangelical humanitarian group Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, instructed The Christian Post in a press release Thursday that it was a privilege to have met Netanyahu, including that the prime minister wants prayer.
“He is dealing with probably the most attempting time because the delivery of their nation with 1,200 folks killed, greater than 240 males, ladies, and youngsters taken as hostages, and lots of injured within the Hamas assault,” Graham said.
“As I spoke with a girl whose husband was taken hostage, the concern and heartache is overwhelming,” he continued. “Pray for these hostages and their households, pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
After Hamas terrorists attacked civilian communities in southern Israel final month, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a catastrophe reduction group to the nation and is working with greater than 50 church buildings in Israel and Gaza. Samaritan’s Purse additionally helps church buildings offering Palestinians with meals and medication.
Samaritan’s Purse says it offered Israel’s first response service, Magen David Adom, with 21 ambulances after Hamas destroyed a lot of these kinds of automobiles in the course of the Oct. 7 assault. Seven ambulances offered have been armored to supply extra safety to medical personnel and sufferers.
Samaritan’s Purse is equipping the primary response service with trauma provide kits full of numerous assets, together with a fight software tourniquet, chest tube equipment, suture equipment and intubation equipment. The luggage are positioned with first responders in communities at excessive danger of future rocket assaults, in accordance with a press assertion.
“To date, Samaritan’s Purse has offered hygiene kits, practically 6,000 meals vouchers, 300 meals bins, and three,800 sizzling meals for internally displaced households in Israel,” the assertion stated. “In addition to those provides, we now have offered medical gear together with defibrillators to go looking and rescue groups.”
Samaritan’s Purse has additionally provided to determine emergency discipline hospitals in Gaza and Israel.
In a Tuesday X put up, Graham shared photographs of his go to to the Gaza border, the place he visited a number of kibbutzim invaded by Hamas final month.
In one kibbutz, Graham stated round 130 folks have been killed, whereas 26 have been taken hostage. The evangelist revealed that solely the Israel Defense Forces occupy the kibbutz now. But he met with a younger girl who had returned to the placement to retrieve some issues from her house.
The girl and her children survived by hiding inside their house, however her husband, a medical physician, rushed to deal with injured folks at a close-by clinic.
“While he was working to save lots of lives, the terrorists shot their means into the clinic, and he and practically each different individual there have been killed — just one or two folks escaped alive,” Graham said.
“She instructed me that he was the love of her life,” he continued. “There are numerous untold tales of grief, heartbreak, horror, and trauma — and there may be nice want.”
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