Yael Bar-Shov, an Israeli-American who has resided in the country for four decades, has introduced a unique initiative called ‘Adopt-a-Hostage-For-Prayer’ for Hamas hostages.
This project aims to connect people worldwide in praying for those taken hostage by Hamas, adding a personal touch to the global outpouring of support. Bar-Shov, a former paramedic instructor and reserve police officer, believes she received a divine mandate for this initiative.
On October 7, Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Israel, resulting in the loss of over 1,400 lives and the taking of more than 240 hostages. The situation sparked concern and compassion around the world. While many were already praying for the hostages, Bar-Shov’s ‘Adopt-a-Hostage-For-Prayer’ initiative offers a more intimate and personal approach.
Bar-Shov’s initiative centers around a website called kidnappedfromisrael.com. The website features photographs of the hostages that visitors can download and use in their prayers. This interactive and personal connection is meant to focus the prayers on the specific individuals involved. Bar-Shov encourages people to print and display these images in their homes or cars, concentrating on seeking God’s intervention for these people.
Speaking to CBN News about her inspiration for the initiative, Bar-Shov stated, “Just a few days ago, I woke up, sat straight up in bed, and heard from the Lord ‘adopt a hostage for prayer,’ and I instantly knew it was a mandate from the Lord.” Her deep sense of conviction and commitment to the cause is evident in her words.
Bar-Shov believes that each person adopting one hostage for dedicated, intensive, and committed prayer can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by the Hamas attack. Her vision is that people from all walks of life will unite in this endeavor.
The ‘Adopt-a-Hostage-For-Prayer’ initiative, as described on its website, is driven by the collective dedication of people from around the world. The website states, “This project is powered by the dedication of people worldwide.” Thousands of activists from six continents, including areas as diverse as Sydney, Australia, major European capitals, and over 30 states in the US, South America, Asia, and Africa, have come together with one common goal: to ensure the safe return of these hostages. The project’s global reach demonstrates the widespread compassion and commitment to helping those affected by the devastating terrorist attack.
The website further states, “After witnessing the horrors of this terror attack, we can no longer sleep at night until these kids, women, the elderly, and entire families are safe.” The initiative reflects the collective sense of urgency to address the situation and bring solace to the affected individuals.
‘Adopt-a-Hostage-For-Prayer’ transcends borders and brings people together in their shared hope for the hostages’ safe return. The initiative also seeks to bring attention to the individual stories of those affected, including children, women, the elderly, and entire families who have been caught up in this tragic event.
Yael Bar-Shov’s vision for ‘Adopt-a-Hostage-For-Prayer’ shows the power of community and faith, aiming to provide comfort and support to those who have been directly impacted by the recent events in Israel. The personal connection through prayer and the worldwide network of supporters are central to this initiative, as people join together to seek a brighter future for the hostages and their families.
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