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We drive for hours through the snow covered landscape of the Ukrainian province of Khmelnitsky. Koen Carlier, of Christians for Israel in the Ukraine, tells me about the origin of the region’s name. Bagdan Khmelnitsky, leader of the national movement responsible for the atrocious murder of more than 600,000 Jews in 1654, is honoured as a local hero. This is just one example of the many dark sides of the Ukraine’s history.
Prayer for a safe journey by Rabbi Shaul Horowitz
Snow covered Ukrainian roads on the way to Kiev airport and Israel. / Photo: Christians for Israel
Loading of the luggage, friends and family came to say goodbye!
Galina decides to travel to the Promised Land. Photo: Christians for Israel
Two worlds en route to Israel
A single, common goal - to reach the Promised Land - binds the two vastly different worlds in the minibus: Galina and Alexander are two courageous people engaged in an adventure. Galina, an elderly woman, will possibly never find work in Israel or acquire command of the Hebrew language. And Alexander, who is in the prime of his life, will attend an integration course, find employment, get married and start a family.
I’m writing in the minibus on the way to the airport in Kiev. Koen is driving. It is quiet in the bus. Alexander and Galina, exhausted by the emotional farewells, are asleep. I am trying to imagine standing in their shoes. To build a new life in a strange country; a country at war. And yet it is the country their parents and grandparents dreamed about. The country in which they belong. The farewell was painful, but the hope for a grand future is greater.
I see, stretched out ahead of me, the many kilometres long journey to Kiev. For Galina and Alexander it is a journey to their homeland, to the Promised Land. The realization of God’s promise to bring His people out of the Northern Countries, is happening before my very eyes.
By: Koen Carlier and Sara van Oordt
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