GCS ISRAEL-GAZA HUMANITARIAN APPEAL
Providing Life-saving medical relief, humanitarian assistance, and hope to victims of the conflict.
In the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza, the Great Commission Society (GCS) has taken up the mantle of humanitarian aid and hope-spreading amidst this crisis. Dedicated GCS volunteers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy landed in Israel on October 9th, 2023, acting as impartial mediators, with a mission to not only assess the immediate needs on the ground but also to share a message of hope through the Gospel.
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Recognizing the dire circumstances faced by civilians trapped in the crossfire, GCS swiftly initiated an emergency appeal to support those affected. One area that drew their attention was Ashkelon in southern Israel, where 350 residents had to evacuate due to relentless attacks from Hamas. Among these evacuees were particularly vulnerable individuals, including single mothers and children who are unable to access state assistance.
In response to this critical situation, GCS volunteers, in collaboration with partner organizations, have been working diligently to provide displaced families with shelter, food, clothing, and other essentials. Despite limited resources, they managed to provide 3 weeks’ worth of aid to 45 individuals in dire need.
But GCS’s assistance goes beyond material support. Their volunteers have also been offering trauma counselling to help people cope with the emotional scars of conflict. Alongside this, they share the message of hope and resilience found in the Gospel.
GCS operates strategically, with dedicated teams stationed in seven critical regions, tirelessly delivering limited essential aid to those in the grip of despair.
The conflict has left an indelible mark, with over 10,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis killed since October 7th, including a significant number of mothers and children. Tragically, hundreds of people remain missing, and GCS team members have faced personal risks in their efforts to assist those in need.
While the Rafah crossing has enabled the transport of vital supplies, it is not without its challenges, including restrictions and delays that only serve to intensify the urgency of GCS’s humanitarian mission.
In the face of adversity, the message of faith shines through. The Gospel, with its message of hope and resilience, has found open hearts among diverse groups. Through divine guidance, local partnerships have been formed, enabling the sourcing of necessary supplies, reflecting the human spirit’s unwavering determination.
The ongoing conflict has displaced more than 1.4 million people in Gaza, underscoring the critical need for continued assistance. GCS remains steadfast in its commitment to providing essential aid and sharing hope with those affected by the crisis.
To sustain their vital work, GCS urgently requires support for life-saving resources, including medicine, food, water, and fuel. Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in the lives of those who are suffering.
On the ground in Gaza, GCS teams have reported a depletion of supplies, while challenges persist at the Rafah border crossing. Despite the complexities of operating in multiple regions, GCS remains unwavering in its commitment to humanitarian support, and it relies on the generosity of individuals like you to make it possible. Together, we can be a beacon of hope amidst the darkness of this crisis.