Mr. Gidon Ariel
Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund
What is the main focus of your activities today?
An integrative therapeutic-educational campus for healing trauma and restoring the lost innocence of childhood for over two thousand children in the biblical heartland of Israel
How long have you been doing that?
What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
Expansion of our formal therapy center building (called Mifgash, or “the meeting place”) , Building and upgrading parks and playgrounds, supporting youth programs, single-handedly supporting a high school for boys in Shiloh, pending governmental recognition.
How did you get to where you are today?
Lots of hard work and divine guidance
What is your “testimony”?
At the end of 2001, David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, was attacked by Islamic terrorists. His car was showered with bullets and it was a miracle that he was able to make it to the closest community up the road. David’s three-year-old son was in the car with him, and he was shot in the head by a bullet that missed his brain stem by one millimeter. After all of the surgeries and physical recovery, it was clear that this young child needed therapy to work through the trauma.
Thousands of children have suffered from the trauma of terrorism. Every child, if he hasn’t been wounded himself, has a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a teacher who has been killed or wounded in a terror attack. The trauma is that real and that deep.
After the attack, and after witness the pain of so many other attacks, the vision of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund was born. The idea of giving thanks to the Almighty by healing the psychological trauma of so many others was a concept that needed to be actualized. The mission is to heal the trauma of children who are victims of terror, and to restore at least some of the lost innocence of childhood to their lives, as they build for the future in the biblical heartland of Israel.
The unique blending of therapy with faith-based education in a loving environment has become the trademark of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund. In addition, a wide variety of recreational programs have been established serving children and youth in the greater Shiloh region and throughout Samaria.
As an outgrowth of these activities, David Rubin has become an unofficial spokesman for Israel around the world through his six books, along with his articles and media appearances in the United States, Canada, Israel, and elsewhere.
What do you think God is doing with regard to Jewish-Christian relations?
God is creating clarity and world unity by building bridges of cooperation between Israelis and Christians – all in fulfillment of prophecy.