CBN Israel Provides Save Haven from Rocket Fire

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It can be hard to imagine living inside a war zone where people have just seconds to get out of the way once a rocket has been launched.

CBN Israel is on the scene near the Gaza Strip, helping people get to safety -- people like Tamir and Tanya Lavie.

They have found quiet shelter for the moment, but Tamir and Tanya have spent days watching rockets fall and explode too close to home.

"Living by the Gaza Strip we hear the missiles coming in, as well as the planes bombing," Tamir said. "It's horrible to shake your kids awake in the middle of the night. They wake up saying, 'What's going on? What's happening?'"

"We're only four seconds away. So we hear the siren and then four seconds later the missiles fall all around us and the alert is only for Kassam rockets," Tanya said. "But mortars fall next to our house every day."

CBN Israel has given dozens of Israeli families a respite in the midst of the chaos, providing safe shelter, food, and comfort at a quiet hotel far from the bombing.

"There is such a peace here," Tamir said. "Suddenly everything in our lives is calm."

"When I see our kids playing outside, I can see the difference in them," Tanya said. "They're doing cartwheels. At the house they couldn't ride bikes or even leave because of the mortars and missiles falling all around us."

Having a chance to relax is especially important for this family because a degenerative illness has left Tamir disabled.

"I worry about him so much, especially during the bombings. We only have a few seconds to take cover but it is very hard for him," Tanya explained. "We get to the shelter and the kids ask, 'Where's dad? Where's dad?' But I can't carry six people. I can't carry the whole family."

Thanks to CBN Israel, staying here has given the Lavies a much needed rest.

"This is like fresh air for us," Tanya said.

"This has given us the strength to continue on," Tamir said. "I can't say anything but 'bless you,' and 'thank you very much.' You can see the joy on our children's faces."

"Thank you so much. You've given us a break. I don't have words to express our gratitude," Tanya added. "We'll probably look back on these days at the hotel as the best time of our life."

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