This article originally appeared on Return to Zion newsletter, August 2017, and reposted with permission.
4.2.20 Foundation opens biblical Hebrew school
First group of School of Biblical Hebrew on a tour in Ashkelon (Photo courtesy)
Since our last report, the 4.2.20 Foundation — a ministry dedicated to supporting the Bible Translation movement in eliminating the Old Testament Translation Gap by training translators, consultants and teachers in biblical Hebrew — has opened its School of Biblical Hebrew.
In June, the Foundation welcomed its first 15 students to its eight-month Biblical Hebrew immersion course based in Abu Ghosh at the Jerusalem Hills Inn.
Many of these first students, who represent communities from North America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Oceania, will enter directly into Old Testament translation projects upon completing the course.
One student who is a trainee consultant translator with the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation, told KNI about the course.
“This training is most effective far beyond what I got from college when I was studying for my BA, many years ago,” the student said. “Here are well trained academics and professionals teaching, as compared to the one semester course I did in Hebrew in Ghana. The location of the training and the context makes the training very effective. It is the best anyone can get around the world by my personal observation.”
Another African student, also an experienced translation consultant, told KNI of the valuable benefits of this course.
“The experiences I am gaining both in class and on the field trips will be a good resource as I relate these to the subject matter of helping to translate the Bible into various languages.”
An Indian student and professor of Old Testament studies related how this course has a direct impact upon the work they do.
“Upon my return, I will incorporate this methodology into the teaching of Biblical Hebrew in our seminary back home. If I get a chance to be a consultant for any translation agency, I would use this knowledge to be better able to interpret the Old Testament so that the best possible translation be done in the target language.”
The Foundation is also happy to announce the launch of its Master Storyteller book and film production in September. The production, consisting of a book and three short movies, addresses a number of themes, including how God taught an oral people through the generations using oral methods, and the question: How does God speak?
In making the movies the 4.2.20 team filmed in Israel, working with local Israelis and volunteers from around the world.
“The production process itself was a testimony to God’s care and attention to detail, from the provision of set locations, actors from different cultures and gifts, and relationships that resulted in partnership,” the 4.2.20 press release said.
Earlier this year the 4.2.20 board and executive leadership met with key stakeholders and strategic partners in Israel. The group toured the land and Biblical sites but the aim of the gathering was to discuss new ways for bringing about the 4.2.20 vision of “training sufficient mother tongue translators in biblical Hebrew in order that translation of the OT can begin in every language by the year 2033.”
The fulfillment of this vision, the press release explained, is “to see every oral learner engage with the whole Word of God for whole life transformation.”
Karen Faulkner is a British Israeli citizen. She has a Master's degree in Human Rights & Transitional Justice from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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Nesher – Eagle Project 2017
“… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
What is the Nesher Project?
The project’s goals are to minister rest for the soul and body, bring spiritual renewal, and provide discipleship and fellowship to Israeli young adults who recently completed their compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces. The project gives opportunities for the young people to serve local congregations while helping prepare the next generation of congregational servant leaders. We want to see these young people grow, serve and get excited about what the Lord is doing in their lives.
The project is run by Return to Zion Congregation in Haifa. It was born in 2015 and is open to qualifying young adults from all congregations in the Land.
The 2017 Experience
Ten young Israelis, from different congregations, participated in this summer’s program.
All the goals of the Eagle Project were successfully attained. Local Norwegian believers opened their hearts to us – blessing and embracing the young adults. The love that the believers poured on us cannot be described in words. Through their love we were able to experience the fulfillment of prophecies of unity between Israel and the nations, who together as one, serve their Master and learn together at His feet.
This year’s project was three weeks long. We began in the city of Bergen, Norway where we were hosted in the homes of families during Shabbat and shared each of our personal testimonies and journeys – some of them not so easy. Through these stories a door of healing was opened for others. The families surrounded us in love and prayer, and hearts were changed.
During the second part of the project we were hosted by young adults of “Influx.” Together we worshiped the King. Together we prayed and hiked. Out in nature, we saw the awesome views and inspiring creation of the Creator.
At the end of our time in Bergen, we sailed north for 17 hours, giving us time to think while gliding past the beautiful Norwegian coastline. We met other Israelis on the ship and shared with them. At the end of the journey we came to the beautiful fjord Geiranger, and there we were generously hosted by the regional Christian rehab center. We cooked an Israeli meal for them and celebrated Erev Shabbat together. After this we served several congregations, churches and house meetings, as well as sharing testimonies in the street. We hiked over snow covered mountains, rowed in a Viking boat, explored caves and more. The trip concluded with a wonderful 5 day youth conference full of praise, fellowship, teaching and testimonies from morning to night.
The young people who took part in the project returned home transformed. Many of them met the Lord in a close way, received personal revelation and put down deeper roots in their faith, as well as experiencing enjoyment and renewal in their soul and body.
Where are we headed?
God is guiding us step by step as we continue to develop and improve the Eagle Project. This year we plan to:
- have a gathering in Israel every two months, reflecting the same combination of renewal, teaching and serving;
- join a short seminar in Latvia, where participants will represent the body of Messiah in Israel.
“I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.” – 1 John 2:14
Young adults have special strength and energy from God. We must invest in them maximally in order for the body of Messiah to be strong and skillfully wield the sword of His Word.
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KNI sponsors its first Israel conference in Singapore
Amir Tsarfati speaking at KNI sponsored event in Singapore, July 4, 2017 (Photo: KNI Staff)
Kehila News Israel (KNI) sponsored its first Israel conference in Singapore last month in an event that drew some 1,300 attendees to the Kallang Theatre, a city-owned theatre near downtown Singapore.
The two-day conference featured Amir Tsarfati, who teaches around the world about current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. Tsarfati runs Behold Israel and is also a frequent contributor to KNI.
KNI sponsored and organized the conference in order to provide Singaporeans with an understanding of current and historical events in Israel and biblical prophecy.
Announcement of the conference was met with an overwhelming response and a standing room only crowd. Many people thanked KNI afterwards for hosting an informative and fruitful conference.
“It was an awesome two-day session,” one attendee told us. “Kehila News Israel, thank you. Continue your ministry and I hope you will bring your ministry to China one day.”
“As Christians, we are spiritual Jews and love Israel. We appreciate your effort to bring in Amir to give us a real life talk on these issues,” Mr. and Mrs. Ong wrote.
Another attendee said that these “insights will enable Christians to be watchful and praying as events in Israel will have a great impact to the world and the second coming of our Lord Jesus.”
Esther said: “Amir did not waste anytime in giving the congregation the exact knowledge on whatever is going around the Middle East and the recent happenings around there. We have indeed been very blessed with what ever we have learned.”
Bemoaning the current headlines of “fake news,” one conference goer said it was a relief to hear some “real news.”
“The talk was so rich that it awoke us in remembering to be (perseverant),” he wrote. “As for those that were deceived, especially being a Christian, it is absolutely important for them to hear the REAL NEWS, so as to understand further.”
KNI will sponsor another conference later this month, Aug. 23-24, featuring two Israeli Messianic pastors; Howard Bass, leader of Yeshua’s Inheritance in Beer Sheva; and Guy Cohen, a native-born Israeli and is the congregational leader of Harvest of Asher in Akko. Please click here to register for Aug 23rd and click here to register for Aug 24th.
Click below to watch the two seminars held on July 4-5, 2017 at the Kallang Theatre in Singapore:
July 4, 2017: “The Deception of the Nations”
July 5, 2017: “Any Day Now”
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.
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Pray for Israeli Ministry: The HaMaayan Congregation
Kehilat HaMaayan is a Messianic non-denominational congregation comprised of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua (Jesus) located in Kfar Saba, Israel (north of Tel Aviv). Founded in 1989, the congregation meets weekly to worship in spirit and in truth, study and proclaim the Word of God, and serve one another.
Congregational leaders, Tony and Orna Sperandeo started Kehilat HaMaayan 27 years ago when God called Tony to Israel to bring the good news to the Jewish people. The meaning of HaMaayan is “the well spring,” which is expressed through their vision is to plant congregations and a school of ministry to train young people to know the Word of God.
As a well-established community, their purpose has always been to give glory to our Heavenly Father by serving Him and their fellow men, proclaiming the good news of salvation to Israel and its Arab neighbors, and following in the footsteps of His Son, Yeshua.
As a congregation, they keep these things central:
- The Gospel
- A heart for Israel
- A heart for the unborn
Projects and work:
PRAYER | Prayer meetings over live stream every first Thursday of the month. These are available for anyone to join online.
OUTREACH | Reaching the lost and poor by bringing the good news through outreach and humanitarian aid, which they carry out through their food and clothing distribution center.
YOUTH | Preparing the next generation to be strong men and women in Yeshua through leadership and discipleship training, social involvement, camps and other activities for young people.
MOTHERS | Ministering the compassion of the Lord to widows, orphans, and single mothers in both their spiritual and practical needs.
NATIONS | Bringing national awareness of the need to stand for Israel both now and in the end of times.
CAREGIVERS | Raise up a congregation in Tel Aviv for those who care for the elderly (caregivers) in Israel. Three years ago, God put this vision on their hearts when Tony and his congregation began meeting with caregivers. They are continuing to believe this ministry will grow and become more effective.
RECONCILIATION | Ministering reconciliation between Arabs and Jews through a congregational initiative called Kingdom First. This involves Arab brothers, some from Muslim backgrounds, coming to know the Lord and the reality of the one new man, and ultimately ministering together, Jew and Arab.
Kehilat HaMaayan is built on the message of Isaiah 61:1-3:
“The Ruach of Adonai Elohim is on me,
because Adonai has anointed me
to proclaim Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,
to proclaim the year of Adonai’s favor
and the day of our God’s vengeance,
to comfort all who mourn
to console those who mourn in Zion,
to give them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness,
that they might be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of Adonai,
that He may be glorified.”
“The gospel is a life and death issue.” – Pastor Tony Sperandeo
- Trip to China would be Fruitful
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- Upcoming Children’s Camp
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- Caregiver Congregation in Tel Aviv
This article originally appeared on the website of FIRM, and reposted with permission.
FIRM (Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries) is a global fellowship of Biblically-grounded believers committed to cultivating Messiah-centered relationships that bless the inhabitants of Israel—Jews, Arabs, and others—and the Jewish community around the world.
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Believing author ‘connects the dots’ of her life
“Dvora Elisheva is a beautiful soul!” one reader of Elisheva’s recently published book, Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life: Hope for a Fractured Soul, began her five-star review, one of many glowing reports at Amazon.com. “Elisheva’s life,” the reviewer said, “is a living testimony of how God is truly a healer of the brokenhearted.”
Having recently read Connecting the Dots, “a true story of one woman’s journey to find answers, connection and hope,” I can add that it is extremely well-written, strikingly honest and bound to encourage and inspire anyone who, at times, has found life to be more than challenging.
While it rarely helps one to know that “there is always someone worse off,” heartfelt testimonies of faith that overcomes long odds are always uplifting. Elisheva faced extremely long odds.
“Being raised in a Christian home did not protect Dvora Elisheva from physical, spiritual or sexual abuse,” according to her author’s website. “Responding to the call of her heritage, Dvora moved to Israel, developed a successful career and had a fruitful ministry among Chinese students…but her internal world was fractured. She married at 52 and became a widow at 55. Would trusting in God really be enough to get her through?”
Connecting the Dots is comprised of five sections corresponding to the major themes in the author’s life.
Elisheva’s mother was mentally ill. Her father died before she turned 14. The first section of her book details her childhood in a dysfunctional Christian home, the abuse she suffered as a child and a traumatic molestation.
In the second section Elisheva discusses her decision to move to Israel and some of the amazing things that happened to her there, including her developing a Chinese ministry, explaining, “My decision to come to Israel and eventual involvement in a Chinese Church…has its roots in my childhood.”
Part three takes a closer look at her struggles as an adult with gaps in memory and dissociative behavior, at one time having found herself “drawn to the supernatural” and coping with sexual issues. But, “God used scripture to provide the foundation for me to walk through psychotherapy and find internal wholeness.”
The author met her husband over the Internet. In part four, she shares God’s working in her heart regarding the marriage, a little about married life after leaving Israel to live in the United States with her new husband and the impact of her husband’s death only three years after they married. “And the things I learned as I worked through the grief.”
The last section is about Elisheva’s current life after returning to Israel, “and the doors God opened for me, including a return to working with the Chinese Church…and serving at a government hospital as [the hospital’s] representative to the Christian world.”
In trading emails with the author I confessed to her that Connecting the Dots is not the sort of book I would normally read, much less enjoy, but her story is so compelling that I found myself carried along. It is a powerful testimony of reliance on faith and faith’s ability to heal even the most severe wounds.
I have one, small complaint which I mention only to encourage the reader, if he or she has the same problem. Elisheva chose to mirror much of the randomness and dissociative thinking of her early childhood in her story’s opening.
“When you read most books, they are so well ordered… A beginning, a middle, an end,” she explains to the reader. “Easy to digest chunks to give entertainment or provide information… How to grieve in five easy steps—not going to happen.”
As I began reading Connecting the Dots, while I didn’t find myself longing for an explanation of exactly where the story was headed, I struggled with what seemed like its random jumping from anecdote to anecdote wondering, even though they were all quite interesting, where is this story going?
If this happens to you as well, my advice is to continue reading. Dvora Elisheva is a skillful, insightful writer with a powerful tale of faith to tell. Connecting the Dots of a Disconnected Life: Hope for a Fractured Soul, is an honest, exceptional and inspirational read.
Dvora Elisheva’s professional writing website, tech-challenged.com.
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.