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History of Operation Exodus USA

International History

History of OE:  God showed our founder, Gustav Scheller, that it was His plan and purpose to bring the Jewish people back to Israel and that Gustav would be involved in doing so. 

Nine years later, during an international prayer conference in Jerusalem, the Lord made it clear that the time had arrived. In response, Gustav opened the first Ebenezer Emergency Fund International office in Bournemouth, England, in 1991. Later that year, with funds donated from supporters, Ebenezer Emergency Fund International financed Jewish Agency flights from Budapest, Hungary, bringing 720 Russian Jews to Israel.

Since that time, Ebenezer Emergency Fund International (now known as Ebenezer Operation Exodus International) has assisted over 200,000 immigrants to return by plane and by ship and begun work in over 55 nations. We also started our humanitarian aid program in 1994, donating tons of aid throughout the former Soviet Union (fSU).  

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USA History

Operation Exodus USA has had representatives in the USA since the 1990s. In 2004, we opened an office in Buffalo, New York and assisted our first immigrant to return from the USA to Israel in 2006.

The work quickly expanded—we assisted 76 people in 2010 and almost 300 in 2013. To date, we have assisted close to 6,500 Jewish people from the USA. We believe the numbers will continue to increase over the next several years and are preparing to assist much larger numbers in the future, to God be the glory.

We have several staff and volunteers serving throughout the USA with concentrations along the East Coast, New York Region, and the Great Lakes Region, as well as in our growing National Office in Buffalo, NY.

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Pray for peace in Jerusalem.
    May all who love this city prosper.
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls
    and prosperity in your palaces.
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say,
    “May you have peace.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem. Psalm 122:6-9 NLT

Operation Exodus USA National Financial Accountability Organization

Operation Exodus USA is a registered 501(c)3) non-profit organization. They have full accreditation with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fund-raising…

For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit or call 1-800-323-9473.

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