Messenger December 2016
Informing you about the Christians for Israel ministry world wide.
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During Advent, we celebrate the coming of Christ. We rejoice in his first coming, and we look forward with hope to his return. We do so with the Jewish people, who are also waiting for their Messiah. In Romans 15, Paul teaches us that Jesus Christ became “a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written – ‘Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name’. Again it says: ‘Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.’”
“What a privilege it is – as Gentiles – to know the God of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as our heavenly Father, and to sing the praises of his mighty name – together with his people Israel.
It has been a joy to work with so many partners around the world over the last year, to raise a voice into the churches about God's faithfulness towards the Jewish people. Thank you for your support, and we wish you all a very blessed Advent and Christmas.
on behalf of the C4I International Board, leadership and staff
The Menorah of 5777
Is Chanukah the festival of religious freedom, as it’s often claimed to be? The answer is both a hesitant yes and a clear no! Of course I realise that I will gain popularity when I clearly and publicly state that the menorah announces a message of tolerance, religious freedom or even better: freedom of expression. However, this message would partly contradict the essence of Chanukah.
Christians for Israel organises ground-breaking meeting in synagogue in Turin
Our ministry Cristiani per Israele in Italy is growing steadily, thanks to the amazing effort of Chairwoman Edda Fogarollo and her team. Edda speaks regularly at conferences, and teaches holocaust studies at universities in Naples and Calabria.
“Understanding the past in order to build a better Future” was the theme of the meeting held in the synagogue of Turin, Italy, on Sunday, 30th October 2016.
A good number of members of the Jewish community gave a warm welcome to the organizers of Christians for Israel Italy, thanking C4I Italy for the significant support and work is doing in Italy for Israel and the Jewish communities.
Under the inspired leadership of Ian Worby, the C4I ministry in Australia is steadily growing. One of the special aspects of this work is our deepening friendship with the Australian Jewish community.
C4I Netherlands distributes tulips in Israel as encouragement
Christians for Israel Netherlands organized their annual Tulip Tour, as they have done for almost 20 years. With 5 members of the team they travelled through almost the whole of Israel in one week. In each place they visit, we left a few boxes with tulip bulbs, a typical Dutch present, as a token of friendship.
Dark clouds above the land of the north
You hardly hear anything about it, but the war in the east between the Ukrainian army and the separatist militants continues unabatedly. We could clearly hear that during our stay there. The fights in the vicinity of the large seaport and industrial city of Mariupol intensified. Ironically enough a new non-official border wall arose there manned by the army to enter and leave the war zone.
Eyewitness report from Haifa
By Simon Soesan.. At ten thirty I looked outside again. We already had heard that the arsonists tried to set fire to the main fire brigade’s station, so it was obvious that they intended more mischief. All of a sudden there was a flame on the hill opposite.
C4I International Auschwitz Program | 20-25 April 2017
Join thousands of people from all over the world for The March of the Living on April 24. With this 3.5 km march from Auschwitz I to the Selection Point of Auschwitz Birkenau we proclaim: Never again! The March of the Living is followed by a very impressive Ceremony to remember all those who died during the Holocaust.
Christians for Israel International offers you the opportunity to make this impressive journey.
Christians for Israel Prayer Calendar December 2016 - January 2017
Download the latest bi-monthly Christians for Israel Prayer Calendar! In this prayer calendar you will mainly find verses from Isaiah. In 1947 the scrolls of Isaiah were discovered in the Qumran Caves. The State of Israel purchased them in 1954. Isaiah is a prophetic book: the return of the Jewish people and the restoration of Israel are foretold. But also the birth of the Messiah, Gods judgments over the earth and the position of the nations.
New Christians for Israel team established in Albania
Following a successful events in Tirana with Rev. Willem Glashouwer (President C4I International), Marie-Louise Weissenböck (C4I Regional Director Europe) and Edda Fogarollo (C4I Italy) in the past two years, Andrew Tucker (Executive Director C4I International) visited Albania from Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th October 2016. He travelled with Anglican minister Rev. Grant Crowe (All Saints Church Amersfoort Netherlands). Edi Demo (Illyricum Movement) set up a wonderful program.
The state of Israel was conceived in Italy - not New York!
On Thursday 17th November, Andrew Tucker spoke at a conference in Rome entitled "Israel - the frontier of Europe". Organised by Il Foglio newspaper, speakers included Hassen Chalghoumi (Imam of the Drancy Mosque and President of the conference of Imams in France), Palestinian blogger Waleed Al-Husseini, author Bat Ye'or, and Israeli Member of Knesset and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livny.