23 June 2014

Bridges for Peace Australia: Bring Back Our Boys

A message from Keith Buxton, National Director, Bridges for Peace Australia:

Dear Jewish community friends
We stand shoulder to shoulder with you in prayer and hope for the safety and well-being of these three young men.  We also remain committed for the long haul in the efforts to:
  • combat anti-Semitism and terror against Israel, her citizens, and Jews everywhere - to expose, educate, equip and engage
  • offer tangible support and advocacy for our Jewish friends world-wide and their state, Israel.
The item below was published today by our International leadership in Jerusalem from http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/au/prayer/#1.

Shabbat shalom - Keith

Bring Back Our Boys—Eyal, Naftali and Gilad

  From left to Right
Gilad, Naftali, Eyal
On Thursday night (12 June), three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. The three Israeli teenagers, all yeshiva students, were last seen late Thursday night in the area of Gush Etzion. Israel holds the Palestinian Authority, headed by President Abbas, responsible for the fate of the kidnapped teens and for terrorist activity emanating from the areas under its control.
Eyal Yifrah, 19, is the eldest of seven siblings. He chose to complete his last year of high school in a city with a low socio-economic status, through a program targeted at developing such towns. His family describes him as a vital, energetic, sports-loving boy. He is a youth counselor, who loves to travel and play tennis. While Gilad Shalit was in captivity, kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization, Eyal made sure to send Facebook message to raise awareness to the fact that Gilad had not seen his parents for five years.
Naftali Frenkel, 16 years old, is an American citizen. He is the second eldest of seven children. He loves to play basketball and plays the guitar. Naftali is a responsible and poised young boy. He is a gifted student, with a talent for school and academia. Naftali was on his way home from school—and was kidnapped by the Hamas terror organization before he could reach his family.
Gilad Sha'er, 16 years old, is very close to his siblings. He loves to read, listen to music, study hard and spend time with his grandparents. He volunteers to help others, is a youth counselor and works with children. He is much loved by his peers and teachers. He always helps around the house and loves to bake. His sisters are hoping he comes back home again, to bake a new cake or muffin, like he always does.
(By the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 18, 2014)
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Prayer Focus
Join the nation of Israel as they beseech the Lord and cry out for the safe return of the three kidnapped boys. Ask the Lord to strengthen Eyal, Naftali and Gilad as they are held by terrorists. Pray for the comfort of the families during this time of waiting.
Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your power. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me and violent men have sought my life; they have not set God before them.
- Psalm 54:1–3 NASB