Messenger July - August 2016
Informing you about the Christians for Israel ministry world wide.
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In this edition:
Dear brothers and sisters,
The highlights of the events of our ministry are a reflection of the rapid developments on a world scale. It is like God has pressed the "fast forward-button" as Brazilian Valerie Nogueira put it. It is our privilege to be able to play an active roll in enabling Christians to comfort and strengthen the Jewish people in their hour of need (Isaiah 40). The world leaders seem self-assured while in fact they are at their wit's end and none of them will ever be able to bring about true peace on a world scale.
In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will put them on trial
for what they did to my inheritance, My people Israel,
because they scattered My people among the nations
and divided up my land. (Joel 3:1-2)
Indeed, God is moving and shaking the nations towards the fulfillment of His purposes.
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” (Psalm 2:1-3).
We would like to ask your prayers for all who are so actively involved in the upcoming teaching events in Australia and in The Netherlands, the aliyah of our elderly Jewish brothers and sisters and the many other activities that are being undertaken by our ministry around the globe. The attached Christians for Israel Prayer Calendar August - September 2016 provides many more prayer points for the coming months. Prayer helps and is vitally important!
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice (Psalm 141:2)
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell
down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls
full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people (Revelation 5:8b).
Team Christians for Israel International
Important upcoming Australian events in August and September 2016
In August 2016 the Australian C4I team is very excited to welcome Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer and Andrew Tucker who will be speaking on a number of key events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Other events are being organized presently. From Israel is expected Ms Orly Volstein, the 'First Home in the Homeland' Projectmanager of the Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI).
Over 200 French Jews arrive in Israel aboard largest French aliyah flight of the 2016 summer
Days after the Nice attack (July 14, 2016), over 200 French Jews arrive in Israel aboard the largest French aliyah flight of the 2016 summer. Sharansky: “French Jewry has a future in Israel. Welcome home!” Tel Aviv, Israel – More than 200 French Jews arrived in Israel today (Wednesday, July 20) aboard a special aliyah (immigration) flight organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.
Christians for Israel Prayer Calendar August - September 2016
“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing psalms to His name, for that is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be His own, Israel to be His treasured possession.” (Psalm 135:3-4). Continue to pray daily for Israel. The Lord remains faithful to His people, and we may remain faithful to Him (Psalm 125 and Isaiah 62:6-7). Download the bi-monthly Christians for Israel Prayer Calendar!
Being a subservient Church to Israel and the Jewish people.
Eduart Demo grew up in Albania, a communist country that proclaimed itself to be the first atheist country in the world. When the regime fell in 1991 he heard about the existence of God for the first time. He started reading the Bible, became a believer and learned about God’s love and the special position the Jewish people has in God’s plan with the nations.
Growth in Brazil
Since 2015 the work of Christians for Israel International in Brazil has grown considerably. Valerie Nogueira is very closely involved in this development. Together with a brand new and devoted team she is dedicated to spread the C4I message in Brazil and from there into the whole of South America.
Isreality, the youth organization of Christians for Israel, has by now developed international branches too. In different countries youth branches are active and in July 2016 the first international “Isreality Tour” took place in Israel. Over twenty participants from six different countries got together for two weeks guided by people from the C4I network. Except Bible study, other moments of deepening insights and recreation there was voluntary work done as well (amongst others at Hineni).
Over 200 new immigrants from North America arrive in Israel
This summer, Nefesh B’Nefesh plans to bring 2,000 olim to Israel, and Sunday’s flight (July 17, 2016) is the first of two charters set to help reach that goal. [Photo top right: Nefesh B’Nefesh Founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, Sofa Landver and Danny Atar welcome an Aliyah charter flight of North American Olim to Israel. (photo credit:SHAHAR AZRAN)]
Christiani per Israele Italia - Tilling the soil in Italy
This year 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the ghetto of Venice, the oldest Jewish ghetto in Europe. Today the ghetto has been beautifully restored, and one can enjoy a delicious kosher meal at Ghimel Garden or Gam Gam restaurants, or stay in one of the beautifully-restored villa’s in the ghetto.
Hineni, a ray of hope for Hernias
The past year was very eventful. There was a great increase of visitors in our soup kitchen, and hundreds of people ask for our help on a daily basis. We moved to a new location where we can focus even more on helping the needy. We hope that we can present our soup kitchen as humanitarian restaurant. We will remain open during the evenings, on Shabbat and during the holidays.
Go! - The story of David, Olivia, Shalev, Eden and Uriel Serfaty going up for aliya from France
What drives a young family from Strasbourg to leave everything behind and move to Israel? David Serfaty is 32 years old and a psychiatrist from France, husband of Olivia Serfaty, father of Shalev (7 years old), Eden (4 years old) and Uriel (2 years old).
Aliyah fair in Kiev (Ukraine) – New wave of aliyah is expected soon!
In the Jewish tradition numerical representation of words reflect an inner sense. Many reflections of Tzaddikim (spiritual masters) are based on comparison of the numerical values. For example Egypt and USSR – Mitsra'im and SSSR – are both 380 in their value. Egypt of the past is a symbol of darkness, a starting point of the Exodus. What is going on in the former Soviet Union we can observe today with our very own eyes!
The Story of Christians for Israel in East Africa
By Joe Nam, Media Specialist Christians for Israel Uganda.. Back in 2009, Evangelist Drake Kanaabo answered his ringing phone. It was his friend Pastor David Juma calling from Nairobi. After the usual exchange of courtesies, Juma asked Kanaabo if he would be able to welcome some visitors from the Christians for Israel International office in The Netherlands, and to organize a meeting for them with 200 Pastors, in Uganda.