Messenger July/August 2014
Informing you about the Christians for Israel ministry world wide.
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Dear friends and partners,
It is a pleasure to send you an update about the Christians for Israel international ministry.
The first item is our Summer Prayer Letter. I encourage you to take the time to read these reports and pray about the various developments in Israel and around the world.
In the coming weeks, Willem Glashouwer will travel at the invitation of Ebenezer Operation Exodus to Brazil and Paraguay (11-25 August) and Russia (28 August - 8 September). Please pray for Willem and the Ebenezer teams as they prepare for these tours which are always very demanding physically and spiritually.
Harald Eckert has just returned from an excellent one-week visit to Nigeria where Regional Co-ordinator Bishop Elemi Samson organised many meetings with church and government leaders. Harald was able to introduce the Global Prayer Call in Nigeria. A detailed report will be included in the next edition of the Messenger.
For those who will be take vacation in the coming period, I thank you for your ongoing support, and wish you restful days and every blessing.
May the Lord continue to protect His people Israel, and prepare us all for the Coming of Messiah.
Andrew Tucker, Executive Director
Prayer Letter Summer 2014
Hundreds of rockets have been fired in recent weeks from the Gaza strip into Israel. Since the start of Operation Protective Edge more than 1500 rockets have been. Hamas is claiming responsibility for all of these attacks. The residents of southern Israel are being forced to stay close to the bomb shelters. Summer camps for children in southern Israel have been closed by the Israeli army. Thousands of children are being evacuated to other parts of the country. The current IDF ground operation is intended inter alia to uncover and destroy tunnels coming into Israel from the Gaza strip. Hamas has on a number of occasions attempted to penetrate Israel through underground tunnels using them to instigate terror attacks; this is a major factor threatening Israel’s security. Hamas is also using houses, schools, mosques, and hospitals to store and launch rockets into Israeli civilian areas. The IDF is making every effort to cause as little harm as possible to Palestinian civilians, but there are many casualties. This personal email received on Friday 18th July from Michael Freund, Chairman of Shavei Israel, gives an insight into the tensions caused by the current conflict.
The Global Prayer Call 2015 (GPC) and Christians for Israel International
By Harald Eckert.. Christians for Israel International (C4II), together with Ebenezer / Operation Exodus International (an Aliyah ministry) and the European Coalition for Israel have launched a unique global prayer initiative for the 100 days between January 27th and May 8th, 2015. January 27th, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1945 (today: UN-Holocaust memorial day) and May 8th, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe which also brought the Holocaust to an end. Today, Israel as a nation is being threatened not only by hostile Islamic neighbors, but also by powerful anti-Semitic forces among the nations in a way that is alarmingly similar to the way Jews in Europe were threatened 70 and more ago years by Nazi-Germany and her allies. 70 years ago most of the church was asleep. What about today…?
Christians for Israel Regional Conference 2014. (West/Central Africa)
By Bishop Brother Elemi Samson.. The international president of Christians for Israel Rev. Willem J. J. Glashouwer has been with us in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire for a Christians for Israel meeting from June 18 through 24, 2014. Rev. Willem arrived Accra airport June 18, slept over in Accra and flew to Takoradi the next day for the meeting there. The meeting began in Takoradi on June 19 at 11.30 am with about 70 pastors and church workers participating.
Helping the Jews come home – and helping them at home
In mid-July 2014 a delegation of Christians for Israel International (Willem Glashouwer, Andrew Tucker, Koen Carlier and Marnix van Ede) met in Jerusalem with Nathan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency For Israel, and senior JAFI staff. The fascinating and lengthy meeting was another important step in Christians for Israel’s growing partnership with the Jewish Agency.
Editorial Israel & Christians Today, August edition 2014
“Choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
By Andrew Tucker.. “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
This statement by Golda Meir kept returning to my mind as we travelled and met with many people in Israel this last week. There is a conflict going on in the Middle East, and it has to do with the way we value life and death.
Help the children of Southern Israel!
Hundreds of rockets have been fired in recent days from the Gaza strip into Israel. Since the start of Operation Protective Edge more than 1500 rockets have been launched from the Gaza strip into Israel. Hamas is claiming responsibility for all of these attacks.
The residents of southern Israel are being forced to stay close to the bomb shelters. Summer camps for children in southern Israel have been closed by the Israeli army. Thousands of children are being evacuated to other parts of the country.
Pro-Israel manifestation in Amsterdam
On Thursday 17th July, Christians for Israel organised a manifestation on the Dam square in Amsterdam, in support of Israel. About 1,200 people attended the event, which attracted significant media attention. It was organised together with the Centre for Israel Documentation and Information (CIDI) and other Jewish organisations. Speakers included former EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.
ECI expresses full solidarity with Israel as the nation faces Hamas’ escalating rocket fire from Gaza
By Thomas Sandell.. New York, July 9th, 2014 – In meetings at the UN in New York, the European Coalition for Israel has condemned the intensifying rocket fire into Israel. In a statement issued in New York on Wednesday, ECI Director Tomas Sandell “strongly condemned the continuing rocket fire into Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
Christians for Israel International - East Africa Tour
By Harald Eckert (Chairman Christians for Israel international) and Drake Kanaabo (Chairman Christians for Israel Uganda, Regional Coordinator - East Africa)
Within 10 days, from June 21 to June 29 2014, we visited six different countries in the eastern half of Africa: Zambia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. The main purposes of this tour were -
a) To strengthen the Christians for Israel network in this part of the world.
b) To present the vision of prayer for Israel in general and of the Global Prayer Call 2015 in particular.
The International School for Holocaust Studies
By Yad Vashem.. The 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education: Through Our Own Lens:
Reflecting on the Holocaust from Generation to Generation, will be broadcast live on Yad Vashem's website between the 8-10th of July, 2014.
Israel & Christians Today Int. Version, June 2014 Published
The international version of the Israel & Christians Today newspaper of June 2014 has been released. The main purpose of Israel & Christians Today is to explore the relationship between the Church, the nations and Israel (the Jewish people) from a Biblical perspective. The newspaper takes the position that God is faithful to His promises and that the restoration of the nation of Israel in our generation is a sign of Hope for the Church of the Coming of the Lord. Our message is intended for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to discover God's promises for the Jewish people and the Church and the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy of which we are called to be part.
European Coalition for Israel – Monthly Report
This monthly report:
ECI mourns death of kidnapped Israeli teenagers;
Europe elects new leadership – and turns against Israel;
Israeli Government officials express concern over rise of anti-Semitism in meetings with ECI;
ECI trains young professionals to become better advocates for Israel;
Harald Eckert tours Africa to encourage support for Israel.