Messenger September 2016
Informing you about the Christians for Israel ministry world wide.
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Dear brothers and sisters,
It is so inspiring to see how God is moving and shaping history to reach his purposes. What a privilege we have to live in this generation when we witness the return of God's people to the land. This is a great encouragement to us as Christians, because it demonstrates that God is faithful to his Word, and will fulfil all things he has promised. It is also a great sign of hope, because it shows that Messiah is coming soon. I hope you are all encouraged by the stories in this edition of The Messenger - the monthly ministry update form Christians for Israel International. May the Lord bless and equip you to do those works he has prepared for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).
On 29th September, Christians for Israel sent out this message to all our friends in Israel to comfort them in the loss of Shimon Peres, and wish them a blessed start to the new Jewish year 5777.
A blessed week in Thailand
By Kees Brouwer, Christians for Israel Representative in Thailand.. In September 2016 we hosted C4I International President Willem J.J. Glashouwer for a speaking tour in Thailand. It began on 9th September in Bangkok. On Friday evening 9th and the whole day Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September in Praise Church Bangkok. I was wondering – will Willem manage such a punishing schedule? But Willem was full of energy., as always. He sees it as his calling to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to the church worldwide. His message is that God still loves his people Israel, his first-born son, and he is bringing them back to the land as he has promised (see e.g. Ezechiel 37), because he wants to bless the church and all nations too!
European Teacher Training Conference 2016
From 20th – 24th September, thirty-five Bible teachers came together in a Salvation Army centre in Ede, The Netherlands for a European “Training the teachers” conference organized by Christians for Israel International. Men and women actively involved in teaching in churches, they came from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Denmark, Ukraine, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, as well as USA, Singapore and Honduras. The common theme was the desire to know more of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to share experiences, in order to be more powerful witnesses to Him into their nations. Over four intensive days, they explored the theme “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).
Babi Yar commemoration on Thursday September 29, 2016
A commemoration with high officials from all over the world will take place at Babi Yar (a huge ravine now close to the centre of Kiev, Ukraine) where the shootings of Jews started on September 29, 1941 (75 years ago) on the most Holy day for the Jewish people: Yom Kippur! The Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will also attend this commemoration at Babi Yar. Thousands of children and babies in this ravine were buried alive! In three days time more than 33,000 Jews were shot or buried alive at this ravine, but in fact Babi Yar is a mass grave of 150,000 mainly Jews, gipsies and physically ill!
The Rabbi of Mariupol
A pleasant breeze cools the blistering heat of this summery Ukrainian afternoon. While we overlook a picturesque hilly field filled with shrivelled up grass we hear every now and then gunfire from the front. It doesn’t seem to disrupt the quiet. “This is a holy place”, rabbi Menachem Mendel Cohen from Mariupol tells us.
Arrival in Israel
Today is the day, September 1, 2016. One hundred and fifty-four young people from Ukraine are travelling on two different flights to Israel where they will be officially welcomed at the Ben Gurion Airport. The group is mostly made up of young people who have come to Israel as part of an education program and who will spend the next few years at Israeli schools integrating in their new homeland. But there are also several families. They will integrate through the Kibbutz integration program ‘First Home in the Homeland’.
A special phone call
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs today, September 7, 2016. During the ten-minute conversation the Prime Minister thanked Chief Rabbi Jacobs for his huge commitment to the Dutch Jews in general, and for his cooperation with Christians for Israel in particular. PM Netanyahu encouraged Chief Rabbi Jacobs to continue his rabbinical work for years to come.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called to say "thank you" to all the Christians for Israel colleagues around the world
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Roger van Oordt (Director Christians for Israel Netherlands) yesterday September 7, 2016 during his two-day visit to the Netherlands. The Prime Minister said:
"I wanted to talk with you during our short visit to the Netherlands. I want you to express our deep appreciation, and let you know you are the best friends we have in the world. We have no better friends on earth than you. Please give our thanks and greetings to all your constituency and thank them for all the work you are doing. We are privileged to be part of this alliance, which is based on the deepest values, history and culture. I want all your people to know how absolutely delighted we are by this joint venture."
Refugees from the East of Ukraine need your help!
Today we will bring olim from Chernovtsky, Kamenets podolsky, Chmilnitsky, Bratslav, Vinnitsa and lvov to the shelter in Kiev to sleep the night. Together with olim from Kiev they will leave for good from Kiev to board their flight to Israel tomorrow morning. Chernovtsky, Kamenets podolsky, Chmilnitsky, Bratslav, Vinnitsa and lvo are towns that once contained large Jewish communities. Refugees are continuously coming from the area including Jews who want to prepare their aliyah in a more quiet area out of harm’s way.
Australian Speaking Tour 2016
By Orly Wolstein.. Exchanging the stifling heat of the forty degrees centigrade in the Israeli desert for the Australian winter by going from one part on the globe to the other for the speaking tour with Christians for Israel. I decided not to nourish many expectations. The director of the First Home in the Homeland, Elena Kovarsky, guided me through all the preparations; we collected video materials, PowerPoint slides and documentation about our First Home in the Homeland program to share with our Australian Christian and Jewish friends. We experienced in this tour so much acceptance and good will and hospitality! But let me tell the story step by step.
Hope for Lydmila
Lydmila Chernyavskaya from Luhansk walked almost all the way to Kharkiv right after her house suffered massive shelling. She is 74 years old and has no relatives left. Lydmila lived for some time in Kharkiv in the emergency center for refugees, but then headed for Rovno to find a job there, since her scanty pension made it difficult not only to live a life, but even to survive.
Big thank you from newly arrived olim couple!
This is our second day since we came to Israel and we want to express a big thank you to Christians for Israel for the support we received during our on-the-fly document preparation to make aliyah from Ukraine within the shortest possible time.