Amid the raging war between Israel and Hamas, an American pastor, William Devlin, has raised over $49,000 for Gazan Christians.
The Christian Post reports that Pastor Delvin, who leads the Infinity Bible Church, South Bronx, said the money was raised using funds from donors across the U.S. and 52 churches of different denominations.
He said the conflict has however made it difficult to transfer the funds to Gaza in Palestine.
The cleric, who was once engaged in ministry work in Gaza way back in 2010, said a requirement for the fund to reach the beneficiaries is to go to the West Bank first.
He said, “As soon as the banks in Western Union open up, we’ll get that money over there to alleviate some of the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Jesus.
“I stay in contact frequently with people in the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Oftentimes it depends if the network is working and they are able to charge their phones since electricity is at a premium and often they cannot charge their phones, nor get on the internet or use WhatsApp.”
The founder of REDEEM and Widows & Orphan, a charity organisation, said Gaza with a population of about 2.2 million people, has about 1000 Christians.
The clergyman lamented that Christian leaders are not going into Gaza to help believers.
“Why aren’t more Christian leaders going into Gaza to help alleviate the sufferings of their brothers and sisters” Why are we not going in and being a blessing for them?
“They need practical help; they need prayer. They need to be blessed by your presence, just as Jesus did for us,” he said.
He added, “May God protect our brothers and sisters in Jesus there in Gaza. That is my hope and prayer.”