The Lone Soldier
Imagine a pull so strong, a yearning so unfilled, that you know in your heart you must leave the comforts of your home, the family that you love and the only way of life you have ever known.
You leave for a far-off land in which you don't speak the language, you don't know the customs and you have no family. But you know deep inside that it is the right choice for you. You believe so strongly in this far-off place that you know you must defend it, possibly with your life.
This is what it is to be one of Israel's Lone Soldiers.
In Hebrew the term is חייל בודד, Hayal Boded. Lone Soldiers consist of courageous young men and women who have "made aliyah" (immigrated) alone to Israel. They also are Israeli born soldiers who are serving in the IDF without the support or encouragement of their family.
The majority of Lone Soldiers are highly motivated soldiers who serve in combat units and they are certainly serving in the current Gaza campaign. Their enthusiasm for Israel and the IDF is uplifting.
Lone Soldiers Max Steinberg z"l and Nissim Sean Carmeli z"l were two brave young men raised in the United States who made the ultimate sacrifice for Israel. At JesusBoat.com we are inspired by them to help other young men and women who have chosen to become Lone Soldiers.
If this is something you too would like to support, we are offering a place on JesusBoat.com to make a donation. 100% of all contributions collected will be donated to The Lone Soldier Center.
You can make a donation in $10 increments and also write a brief message to a Lone Soldier.
The "Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin" is a wonderful organization where Lone Soldiers get emotional, social and material help before, during and after their IDF service.