Hugs for Israel -                    Helping the Hurt to Heal
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Telling Israel's Story in Maps

New Happenings at Hugs
Introducing
our exciting new Hoola Hooping and Rope Jumping Project !
It's time to get your city, your school,your church and your organization involved
(click on the logo to the right)
                                                                                 
Think of a time when you received a big warm hug?
Was it at a time when you REALLY needed it?
Remember how it made you feel? Did it bring comfort...encouragement...strength?
Did it let you know that you were loved and accepted? Did it enable you to look beyond what you were facing and find Hope?
Without a doubt there is something truly special about a hug. Especially a hug given to a heart.
Hugs...the universal sign language of love.
 
Children Victims of Terror in Need of Heart Hugs
Israel has long suffered the onslaught of terrorism, but in September 2000, a brutal wave was unleashed upon the nation. A wave that saw more than a thousand Israelis murdered and many thousands more wounded, maimed and emotionally traumatized. Literally tens of thousands of Israeli children have had their lives touched and torn in some way by the vicious claws of terrorism. Some have been horribly burned or have lost parts of their own bodies. Some have lost parents and been left orphans. Others have lost brother, sister,aunt, uncle, friends, schoolmates, or neighbors to these savage acts. 
 
Countering the Effects of Terrorism
"Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1)
We have been given a clear and unwavering mandate in the Word of God to be comforters to the nation of Israel…not only in word but in deed as well…so that they are strengthened and encouraged. This is exactly what Hugs for Israel (a non-profit Evangelical-Christian organization based in Jerusalem) was birthed to do. How then can we not respond when we see how terrorism has ripped apart the lives...hopes...dreams of so many children?  Maybe it is not someone whom you know today...but tomorrow it could be.
 
One of our HugsKids
Liel, when she was only 3 years old, was seriously wounded in a suicide bombing attack in 2005 as she, her mother and grandmother waited to cross the street to a shopping mall in Netanya. Her mother sustained life-threatening burns and wounds over 75 % of her body.  Her-50 year-old grandmother was killed in the attack.     
                                                    
 
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called the trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3)"
 
Truly the LORD is at work healing, restoring and embracing these precious lives.
The mother of a 5-year-old boy in Sderot wrote to us:
 
 
 
 
Read what other Israelis are saying about the impact we are having on their lives
 
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Thank you for your prayers.  We invite you to stay awhile and to browse through the entire site, using the links to your right above, to see some of the many things that the LORD is doing throughout the Land of Israel through Hugs.  These things are made possible by the sacrificial...and generous...giving by Believers the world over. We therefore invite you to partner with us not only thorugh your prayers but also through your financial giving.
 
 
New Features
 
Telling Israel's Story in Maps 
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Check out the new Five Smooth Stones Publications website at www.fivesmoothstonespublications.com  and see how you can also support Hugs for Israel through the purchase of original books, cards and other items offered on the site.
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