Arabs and Palestinians coming to Jesus. Will you pray with us?
Rev. Nihad Salman, pastor of the Emanuel Church in Bethlehem
After an introduction by Joel C. Rosenberg, Nihad Salman, pastor of the Emanuel Church in Bethlehem, shares from his perspective on how on how the Gospel is advancing and is uniquely being shared in the West Bank and how you can be praying specifically for those living in the region.
The Joshua Fund was founded by Joel and Lynn Rosenberg in the summer of 2006. The desire of their heart was to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.
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Fellowship of Christian Students in Israel announce new leadership
Rasha Saba, new FCSI General Secretary
The Fellowship of Christian Students in Israel is proud to announce that Rasha Saba has been chosen as the organization’s next General Secretary.
The FCSI would like to express its heartfelt thanks to Zaher Haddad, who has filled this role over the past 16 years, leading our organization to great success in ministry, support, guidance, and strengthening generations of believing students from the different sectors in the Land.
Zaher has served with the FCSI in Israel since 1991 as a student, student committee member, and as General Secretary. During these years the organization grew and developed, the number of students participating in the organization’s activities grew, and new student groups were formed on the different campuses in Israel.
Zaher is a living example of a servant leader: loving, faithful, and fair.
Rasha Saba was chosen from among various applicants for this position after an open job posting was published throughout the Body of Messiah in Israel. She has worked with the organization for the last five years among Arabic-speaking students and as the training coordinator.
During these years, she distinguished herself in her work, being the first to hold this position. Rasha is a well-known and respected figure among the Arabic-speaking congregations, as well as within the worldwide student organization IFES.
Rasha left behind a promising career in occupational therapy when she came to work for the FCSI, due to the personal calling she felt from the Lord. She possesses a Master’s degree in counseling and group facilitation and has received much relevant training for her position that will greatly contribute to her successful performance.
We thank the Lord for providing a worker such as this. We are confident that she will take the organization forward in her new role as the General Secretary, beginning June 1.
FCSI is a ministry that was started in 1980 to be a light and salt in campuses and to more than 320,000 students in Israel. FCSI activities include Bible studies on campuses across the country and conferences that focus on training, evangelism and networking.
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Beit HaYeshua – Drug Rehab in Jerusalem
Beit HaYeshua (The House of Salvation) is a Messianic congregation and rehabilitation center in Jerusalem. It was founded in October 2004, by Tsvi Randelman, who had a vision to bring the Gospel to those suffering from addiction and spiritual oppression in Israel. He was joined by Roni Rejwan and Oleg Vilensky in establishing Israel’s second Messianic rehabilitation center, the first being in Haifa.
Almost all of Beit HaYeshua’s members have received Yeshua as lord and savior, and have been healed and set free from addiction through the rehabilitation program. The congregation always has a warm and encouraging atmosphere, and is constantly growing because of the new believers and members who join through the program.
On average, the rehabilitation program takes about one year to complete and has between 5-15 members at any given time. It includes morning prayer and Bible studies, several hours of daily work, and a commitment to a closed, communal lifestyle without drugs. Until now, the rehabilitation center has only provided a program for men. However recently, a women’s rehabilitation pilot program was started with the help of two female volunteers from Russia.
Upon completion of the program, special emphasis is put on maintaining relationship with a local congregation. As such, most graduates attend other Messianic congregations in their hometowns, or stay in Jerusalem and serve at Beit HaYeshua. To this end, the ministry also runs two “warm homes”, where graduates of the program can continue to live together, and begin to minister themselves by serving in the congregation, the rehabilitation program, or on the ministry’s evangelism team. Several times a week, this team is sent out from Beit HaYeshua to the drug marketplace on the streets of downtown Tel Aviv. There they share the hope of Yeshua and either invite people to the rehabilitation program in Jerusalem, or to their partnering charity center in Tel Aviv. This center is run by several congregations, including Beit HaYeshua, and provides free hot meals and clothing every day, as well as the love of Yeshua to those on the streets.
Roni and Oleg are now co-pastoring Beit HaYeshua, with Oleg directing the rehabilitation program. The congregation’s previous name, Yeshuat Israel (The Salvation of Israel), was changed to Beit HaYeshua (The House of Salvation), unifying the congregation and the rehabilitation program into one ministry. There are now between 50-60 members in the congregation, and over half of them join together for prayer meetings twice a week.
Beit HaYeshua’s vision for the future is to branch out and establish more rehabilitation centers in different locations throughout Israel, particularly in Afula, a large city in the Jezreel Valley. Their main goal is to see salvation through faith in Yeshua change people’s lives, and rehabilitation and freedom from addiction is a critical part of reaching that goal.
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel and is reposted with permission.
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Amazing times – Update from Messianic Pastor Eddie Santoro
It’s been three weeks since my surgery and I am feeling blessed! I have been home recovering and the outpouring of love and support we have received from all of you has been the best medicine ever! God has emphasized that in this season, we are to rest in him as our brothers and sisters take up the battle for us. With all of our hearts we believe that as we stand together, we will see his victory.
Last week we went to the oncologist and he showed us on the MRI scan following the surgery that a small piece of the tumor has remained in my brain. On Wednesday, we return to the doctor and he will recommend the next course of treatment. We know that no matter what treatment the doctor recommends, we need a supernatural miracle. We thank the Lord that he has given us a hope and a future and in him, we can’t lose! Amen and Amen.
As we think about all that has happened to us in these last few years, we know that we can never fully understand all these events. I have sensed over the past several weeks, that though I can only understand in part, that this recent evil attack upon me is also something that declares my worth in God. Satan has chosen to attack me and as I look at this through Kingdom vision, it has helped me to appreciate who I am in God and how much he has used me and is continuing to use me to further his purposes in this day.
We stand on the truth that greater is he who is in us than he that is in the world. We find hope, strength and courage in God and in his word. And I, of course, will not be silenced but will continue to declare the works of the Lord. He is good. His word is true and the power of God is no match for the limited power of the enemy. Satan is determined to try and stop us, but if we abide in God’s words and promises, we will overcome.
Ahavat Yeshua: Our Congregation
It has been difficult for us not to be able to participate in our congregational life at this time. We do stay in touch on a regular basis with both the leadership team and many members of our congregation as they call and come and visit. We are happy to report that the congregation is doing very well and we see that the investment of our life that we poured into so many is bearing wonderful fruit. The younger elders are leading the congregation with oversight by the three senior ones; Asher, Dan and myself. The meetings are going very well with most weeks over 200 attending- an amazing fact when we remember that God had us start this work 12 years ago with 15 people. Last week we had a unique combination of a traditional Bar Mitzvah followed by an hour of Holy Spirit prophetic worship! It had to be a first of its kind in Jerusalem in recent history!
Overflowing With His Life
There is a new and fresh anointing for evangelism among the members. Next week there is an inter-congregational prayer and worship meeting planned followed by a time of evangelism on the streets of Jerusalem. Please pray for the harvest. God wants all of us to step out and share his life with the lost. As the scripture declares; one plants, another waters but GOD BRINGS THE INCREASE. There can’t be increase unless WE go and plant and water. God is waiting for us. As we step out in him, the harvest will come.
Lots of Babies
We are in a season of fruitfulness and this includes births. There have been many new babies recently and we rejoice as we see a new generation of believing children being born here in Israel. Our children’s program currently has over forty children with lots more on the way.
I was honored last week by being asked to be the “sandek” for a “brit mila” (circumcision ceremony) for Jonathan and Simcha Moore’s newest son. The “sandek” is the one who holds the child while the circumcision is being performed. We were grateful that we were able to be there and to share in the joy of the event.
The recent weather has been very unusual. It is nearly May and we are still having days of heavy rain. This is great for the plants but has also been extremely challenging in the natural.
Last week we had hours of unusually heavy rains. We hadn’t seen this kind of outpouring in many years. This time though, the blessing of the rain was marred by the deaths of 10 youths who were swept away by a flash flood while on a hike in the desert. This unexpected tragedy threw the whole nation into mourning. Please pray for these families that they would find comfort in their time of great need. Pray that God would somehow reveal his amazing presence and life in these families and that all would be drawn closer to Yeshua.
A Prophetic Moment
The whole nation is also gearing up with joy in its collective heart as preparations are being made for the historic dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. This promises to truly be an incredible moment in the spirit as well as in the natural as Jerusalem is finally officially recognized as the capital of Israel by the USA. Pray that many other nations will follow this bold step.
These are indeed awesome times and there is an excitement in the spirit as we sense that things are going to burst forth suddenly in the days to come as God’s Kingdom advances rapidly.
And as you pray for all these things, please remember to put a special focus on my battle with brain cancer. Together we will destroy all the works of the enemy and release the glory and love of our God.
This article originally appeared in Zion’s Glory Update, April 30, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Eddie and his wife, Jackie, are senior leaders of Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Congregation in Jerusalem and also serve in positions of senior leadership in Revive Israel.
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PRAYER ALERT: Flash flood tragically claims 10 young victims near Dead Sea
Scene of the tragedy at Nahal Tzafit, April 26, 2018 (Photo: screenshot)
Israel is mourning the loss of 10 young students who were caught in a severe flash flood on Thursday in Nahal Tzafit, a narrow riverbed in the southern Dead Sea region.
According to a Times of Israel story, the 10 who were killed “were in a group of 25 students on a hike organized by the Benny Tzion pre-military academy. They were due to start the program in the coming year, and the hike was intended as a pre-program bonding excursion. Nine of the teenagers’ bodies were found in the course of the afternoon and evening on Thursday, and the tenth was discovered early on Friday morning.”
Israel has been experiencing heavy and damaging rains and hail over the past three days, unusual weather for this time of year.
Please pray for the survivors’ families, friends and all who were involved.
US Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman called for prayers for Israel in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Rain in Israel is a blessing. But this week that blessing took a tragic turn. Americans are heartbroken by the loss of life resulting from this week’s flash floods. We send our condolences to the families of all the victims and pray for all those who are in mourning.
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) April 27, 2018
Ambassador Friedman is an Orthodox Jew and the son of a rabbi.
UPDATED April 30, 2018
Cliff Keller lives in Jerusalem, Israel with his wife, Marcia after making Aliyah in the spring of 2011 from the United States. His most recent novel is a work of historical biblical fiction entitled The Lion or The Lamb: Samson Ruth and Salvation. Cliff also blogs at Standing by the Gate and has a writing website, goodStories.