“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:25)
Over 200 people gathered in Melbourne, Florida, on January 29 in honor of an ambulance dedication ceremony to Israel’s ambulance corp, sponsored by Bridges for Peace and Heart to Heart.
The Israeli ambulance set off on an East Coast road trip in which the ambulance stopped in various cities during its journey including Atlanta, Columbia, Charlotte, Rockwell, Concord and Raleigh, en route to New York.
The Heart to Heart ambulance road trip has sparked an overwhelming sense of joy and pride in each city it stops in.
Heart to Heart enables Christians to play a powerful role in saving lives in Israel. The organization is the bridge between Christians in America and Israel’s paramedic, ambulance, and blood-banking organization, Magen David Adom (MDA).
MDA has a fleet of over 1,000 ambulances and is the world leader in emergency medical services and mass-casualty response. Heart to Heart’s mission is to save lives in Israel by fulfilling the biblical mandate, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3).
Jonathan Feldstein, Director of Heart to Heart, began the dedication ceremony with a quote from the Bible: “Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together” (Psalm 133:1).
“We celebrate an ambulance donated to the people of Israel, beginning its journey to Israel, by Bridges for Peace,” he said.
He thanked his friends and colleagues at Bridges for Peace and commended them for their leadership in strengthening Judeo-Christian ties around the world. “Your leadership and partnership with Heart to Heart is exemplary and uplifting,” he added.
The Bridges for Peace sponsored ambulance is the second ambulance donated by the organization, in memory of their founder Dr. G. Douglas Young, an avid supporter and defender of Israel.
In blessing Israel with a new ambulance, Bridges for Peace is helping “thousands of Israelis will receive the same grace when their call for help is answered by this Bridges for Peace ambulance,” Feldstein stated.
“Israelis of all backgrounds – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze and others – will find comfort on board this ambulance, or by its staff treating them in their homes, no matter the challenges they face,” he concluded.
Following the dedication ceremony, Feldstein and the ambulance stopped off in Valdosta, GA, where over 100 people waited to greet the ambulance. The ambulance driver, Tom, who has participated in previous MDA events, observed that he has, “never seen anything like it”.
In support of the Heart to Heart road trip, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement in support of the ambulance’s journey.
“I am proud to support today’s celebration by Temple Beth Shalom in Melbourne, Heart to Heart, and Bridges for Peace of the special ambulances you are dedicating to serve the people of Israel. I applaud all who have made it possible for two ambulances to be sent to Magen David Adom, Israel’s national paramedic, ambulance, and blood- bank service,” he wrote.
“It is celebrations like this that demonstrate our state’s unbreakable bond with the state of Israel and her people. Both Heart to Heart, and Bridges for Peace, give Florida’s citizens the ability to express their support for Israel. As model of this cultural unity, I join you in supporting Florida and Israel’s shared values, culture, and history.”
This isn’t the first time Governor Scott has shown his profound dedication to the state of Israel. Governor Scott continues to deepen the ongoing relationship between Israel and Florida through his support of Heart to Heart.
Governor Scott went on to write, “Heart to Heart is a special program that gives Christians and Jews the ability to work jointly for a more secure Israel. I am honored to salute the work of Bridges for Peace and Heart to Heart and wish the greatest success in your mission to support the people of Israel.”