For those who live in Israel, besieged by hostile enemies to the north, south east and west, military presence is a way of life. In fact, the need to preserve their borders and secure their streets is so great that young men and women are required to serve mandatory turns in the Israel Defense Force at the age of 18. Military personnel always deserve our support, but the need is even greater when the troops are young, vulnerable teens for whom life has already proved uniquely difficult.
Imagine what it would be like to defend your country without a family to come home to. Nowhere to go for the holidays, no support system to surround you with encouragement and prayer. Coping with the stressors of military training is difficult enough. The sad truth is that for some troubled teens, it’s too much to bear. In 2005, a young man who had spent his childhood in foster care and now found himself in this situation, took his own life because the reality of not having a place to come home to was one he didn’t know how to live with.
The Adopt a Soldier and 18+ Program was started so that young adults in this position wouldn’t be driven to the same fate. Ahava Village provides not only a physical home for young adults to return to while on leave from the military and up to age 25, it steps in and becomes their family. Loving, mature father and mother figures fill the void of biological parents who are no longer living or, due to substance abuse or other issues, aren’t able to parent them. Without this vital program, these young lives would drop from the radar and perhaps continue the cycle of abuse or neglect they were born into. But caring Believers from all over the world are making sure that doesn’t happen.
Even though they’re no longer children, they are adolescents still in a very formative stage of life, in need of a strong support system to keep them nourished emotionally and physically. We invite you to become part of this much-needed ministry.
Adopt a Soldier in Israel today!
“The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless…but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.” Psalm 146:9