Just returned from a meeting with Christians at St. Paul's Church in Salford.
Their vicar is the Revd Lisa Battye, Patron of Anglican Friends of Israel.
Lisa visited me last November in Haifa, whilst on a week's holiday with her husband and two of her children in Israel.
At the Church, an appeal was being made for people suffering in Kenya. Congregants heard how the school attended by the brother of their care worker had been burned down, and a request was made for donations.
I was then asked to say a few words about Christian Friends of Magen David Adom, of which I am Patron.
Magen David Adom is Israel's only national medical emergency and blood service. It is 'a member of the Red Cross family' and 'is able to use its expertise and experience to assist many countries in crisis', as well as responding in Israel 'to approximately 500,000 calls a year: from accidents, births and everyday emergencies to suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks- at speeds not bettered anywhere in the world'.
This charity was formed during the 2nd Lebanon War of 2006 by Christians in the Greater Manchester area.
CFMDA UK have now raised enough money for the dedication of the first ambulance. The dedication will take place in Tiberias, Galilee, on June 2nd 2008, in the presence of the British Ambassador, Tom Phillips.
Lisa has been remarkably supportive of causes in Israel, a country she knows well, as she worked there some 25 years ago.
It was also good to become re-acquainted with people to whom I'd taught Biblical and modern Hebrew before moving to Haifa. Some of these have said they would like to come out and visit and see something of the country about which they've heard so much.
Lisa said that she for one would join and support Christian Friends of Magen David Adom. And this is how a ripple can become a seismic shift, as many of us in Manchester experienced last night.