''The Last Stop'' is a film about the works of Aviv Ministry in one of the most hopeless area's in Israel. Where once was a bus station, now there is a place of prostitution, drug abuse, homelessness and refugees. With a soup kitchen close to the old bus station and a rehab centre in Beer-Sheva, Aviv Ministries aims to help those who can't help themselves.
This movie is a non-profit project. Initiated by Aviv Ministries, but with full creative freedom. Creator Frank van Wijhe filmed for a week and told the story from his perspective. A story of hope in the place where you least expect it.
This movie was made with a small budget to cover expenses.
Aviv Ministries. www.avivministries.com
Film created by Frank van Wijhe
With special thanks to Sjoerdje van Wijhe, for the support during the tough days of filming.
About Aviv Ministry:
Drug addiction has penetrated all groups of Israeli society, but those we meet in Tel-Aviv are mostly immigrants from the former Soviet Union, aged 20 to 40. Besides them, we also minister to native Israelis – Jews and Arabs – and other people. However, not only these people benefit from our work in the long run, but also their relatives – wives, children, parents – as well as the whole community itself.
We see that young people – drug addicts, prostitutes and the homeless – die in Tel-Aviv streets all the time, and those who remain alive live in real slavery to drugs, and this cannot be even called "life". Drug addicts loose all their possessions, their families and their health. As time goes by, they become so sick and skinny that remind inmates of a concentration camp. Sadly, they represent the most vulnerable group of our society, for nobody really cares for them. This is true for thousands of young men and women in today's Israel. Addiction is a terrible disease and noone can wholly cure a person from it but God.
Meal in Aviv Center
Our work with drug addicts began in 2005 with table ministry, street evangelism, Bible studies, etc. In 2012 the Lord put it on our hearts to establish an outreach center in Tel-Aviv. That was how Aviv Center came into being. Today it is situated in a building next to a disused bus terminus in downtown Tel-Aviv. The terminus is known as the 'Last Stop.' (The levels of addiction and prostitution are so severe there, that for many it is the 'Last Stop' indeed. They can't get any lower.
Our center is open 6 days a week and hundreds of addicts pass through it every month. They come daily in all kinds of conditions for a bowl of soup, clean clothes and to get first aid for their damaged arms and legs. Whilst in the center they are exposed to the unconditional love of Jesus and the teaching of His word.