The Mercy Fund

From its beginning in 1838, Christ Church has been committed to helping the poor and sick in Jerusalem and surrounding lands. Our work continues to this very day - will you partner with us?

Project of the Month

The Mercy Fund Project of the Month is Machaseh Family Crisis Center. The name ‘Machaseh’ is the Hebrew word for ‘refuge’ used in Psalm 91. Machaseh is a non-profit charity association which vision is to help the ones most marginalized in Israeli society today, those who have nowhere else to turn. We want to represent a refuge and a safe place for people who are suffering, a place where they are met with God’s unconditional love and mercy.

The Christ Church Mercy Fund is partnering with their Family Crisis Center, which, offers a holistic approach to help the families, couples and individuals who come to us in crisis. Machaseh offers ​financial assistance, social work services, counseling, food and clothing.

A portion of your gift to the Mercy Fund in September will be given to Machaseh for their work in the community.

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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:17 ESV)

Involvement in the Land

CMJ built hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, workshops, schools and vocational training centres. At the same time, they fed the poor, aided orphans, worked to improve the status of Jews in Jerusalem, and took an active stand against anti-Semitism.

Our work in the same areas continues today and, although Israel is a successful country, it also still suffers from severe poverty in many areas for both Jews and Arabs.

Historic Picture of Christ Church in Old City Jerusalem
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Helping the Poor Today

Today, Israelis and Palestinians do not need hospitals, clinics or workshops - yet the poor are still with us – especially among the believing community. 

So the Christ Church Mercy Fund helps those who “fall between the cracks” and can’t get help from Governments or other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

Priorities of the Christ Church Mercy Fund 

  1. Helping local believers (Messianic Jews and Christians) who can’t meet expenses due to low salaries and/or emergencies.
  2. Helping those who are non-believers (Jews and Arabs) by working through government social workers.
  3. Helping people with Israeli bureaucracy who are not able to work to ensure that they get the government benefits or legal help they need.
  4. Helping local institutions that help and promote reconciliation amongst all communities of Jerusalem, such as Shevet AchimSt. Louis Hospital and others.
  5. Helping the sick with medical expenses, transportation to doctors, hospitals and drugs not covered by health insurance.
  6. Helping believers in times of war.
  7. Helping women (often Russians and Ukrainians) escape the sex trade in Israel and start new lives.

The Christ Church Mercy Fund seeks to reflect God’s character of mercy and goodness by helping those in need and is not a means to sway anyone to change their religion or church allegiance.

How to get involved

Practical Help 

Connecting to people in all communities to help provide essentials through prayer, community, and finances.  

Project of the Month

Partnering with organisations or individuals throughout the Land serving as the hands and feet of Yeshua/Jesus.  

Times of Crisis 

Helping families in distress and/or war.

Poverty still exists in Israel
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"You should not calculate times for him to come, or to look in the verses of Tanach to see when he should come. The sages say: The wisdom of those who calculate times is small... he will be greater and more honoured than all of the kings of Israel since the beginning of time as it is prophesied by all the prophets from Moses our teacher to Malachi."
(Maimonides on Messiah)