(7 Feburary 1949 – 14 May 2023)
A very good and wonderful lady’s life was cut short on the 14th May, 2023. Judy was a gracious person who lived and loved her Lord and Saviour, and all the communities with which she was involved with. Judy had a long association with Israel and her Christian expression lead her to being fully involved with supporting and telling the truth about Israel, where as so often the media misreported the facts concerning this nation of Israel, which is so critical to the faith narative of Christians, Jews and Muslims alike.
The Christians for Israel Australia wrote the following:
I received both sad and Joyous news while in Israel. Our dear sister Judy Russell passed away on May 14th, Israel’s 75th birthday. For over twenty years, Judy served as a dedicated advocate and ambassador for Christian pro-Israel relations. Judy organised events in NSW Parliament House and led 8 tours to Israel and Ukraine, raising awareness and support for Holocaust survivors. Her service has left a lasting impact.
Judy Russell (and Steven Green from Olive Tree Travel) a Foundational member of Christians for Israel Australia
I have wonderful memories of Judy’s impactful work alongside our committee, including petitioning the Government for the Embassy relocation. She was loved and respected by many, receiving tributes in Hebrew which her children translated for her. Her absence will be deeply felt as she enters into the arms of her Saviour, leaving behind a legacy of service. I will attend her memorial service in Sydney, which will be live streamed. The link will be shared with those who want to honour Judy. A more detailed tribute dedicated to Judy’s life will be included in the next edition.
I want to conclude with two scriptures.
Psalm 116 says, “precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”
Additionally Christians for Israel International President Rev Willem Glashouwer shared a comforting and encouraging scripture with Judy’s family:
“And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying, Write Blessed are the dead who die in the LORDfrom now on! Yes says the Spirit, so that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow with them”. – Revelations 14:13 NASB.
By Ian Worby National Leader, Christians for Israel Australia Foundation LTD.