God is working powerfully among Israel’s Muslim neighbors
“A man came to me and his face looked like the sun was shining out of it. He said, “You belong to me, don’t be afraid!” I began to cry and shake and He put His hand on my head and wiped away my tears.”
This is just one testimony among many that we are being told, as people from Muslim backgrounds living in the areas surrounding Israel are encountering Jesus.
Here at ONE FOR ISRAEL, our focus is primarily reaching Israel with the gospel of the Messiah, and proclaiming Yeshua to Jewish Israelis who do not know Him yet. 80% of Israelis are Jewish and speak Hebrew, but one in five Israelis speak Arabic, and Yeshua loves them too!
The Word of God goes forth from Zion
One of our Arab staff members, Carlos Damianos, began making videos in Arabic to declare the gospel to Israeli Arabs, both those from a nominally Christian background, and also Muslims, and those videos have reached further than we could have imagined.
Several people have come to faith now through seeing the videos we have been publishing, including a well-known singer, an expert in Islamic literature, and most recently a seeker who went to the highest authorities trying to find a convincing response against what Carlos was saying. No one could provide him with a satisfactory answer.
The more he read about Jesus, the more he loved what he was reading. Several members of his family are Muslim leaders, and he understands the significant danger he is stepping into by choosing to follow Jesus, but he chose to make the courageous step of faith none-the-less.
As far afield as Iraq and Syria, we are hearing from people who have either accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, or who are on a spiritual journey of discovery. Carlos and his small team are engaged in many discussions over the internet, often started by outraged Muslims defending their religion against the assault of truth Carlos delivers in his videos. They may begin with hostility, but often these conversations turn into friendships, and some of these Muslims, a bit like Saul, eventually realize they are fighting against God.
Please pray for angelic protection!
Those who put their faith in Yeshua in strictly Muslim environments are in effect putting their lives on the line. It is not uncommon to be disowned, divorced, or even killed. One new believer we’re in touch with recently escaped the death penalty for apostasy by sheer miracles of God. Please pray for these brave new believers – the ones we know, and the thousands of others coming to faith all across the Muslim world – for protection, for courage, to be built up and grow strong in their new faith in Jesus so that they can also disciple others.
It should come as no surprise that multiple death-threats have also been made against Carlos and his family, so we would greatly value your prayers both for our neighbors who so desperately need to encounter the God who loves them, and also for Carlos and his team who are determined to keep preaching the gospel.
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes—to the Jew first and also to the gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.
ONE FOR ISRAEL strives to be the leading organization in sharing the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah with Israeli Jews and Arabs in the Hebrew language. Our staff is comprised of both Jewish and Arab Israelis, with the shared belief that true peace in the Middle East can only come into existence under Yeshua.
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‘March of Life’ participants to stand with Israel, against anti-Semitism
The March of Life – an initiative founded by descendants of the Nazi Wehrmacht (German Defense Force), SS and German police force to remember the Holocaust – will mark Israel’s 70th Independence Day with people marching in support of Israel and against anti-Semitism in 35 cities worldwide.
The marches will culminate with the March of the Nations in Jerusalem on May 15, some 70 years to the day after the end of British rule in Palestine and the establishment of the modern nation of Israel. For Israelis wishing to join, the march starts at 4 p.m. on the north part of Gan Sacher (Sacher Park) next to Yitzhak Rabin St.
Some 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to visit Jerusalem to attend the march. The march itself is the culmination of a conference taking place May 13 to 15 featuring international speakers, special guests from Israel and performing artists from the United States, Germany, Poland and Israel’s Joshua Aaron and Miqedem.
On Tuesday, conference attendees will march alongside Israelis from the Knesset to Mount Zion where they will honor Holocaust survivors and stand with the nation in opposing anti-Semitism. Israelis are invited to join the march beginning at Sacher Park and ending with a closing gala at Sultan’s Pool at the base of Mount Zion. The event will be broadcast live to millions of viewers worldwide.
MOL was founded by Jobst and Charlotte Bittner and TOS Ministries, an independent, evangelical, charismatic church and charity from Tübingen, Germany. Since its inception in 2007, MOL has marched in 20 nations and more than 350 cities in cooperation with Christians and Jewish communities.
In 2011 and 2015, MOL was honored by the Israeli Knesset for its efforts on behalf of Holocaust survivors. In 2017, the Jewish Community of Halle in Germany awarded the MOL movement with the Emil L. Fackenheim Prize for Tolerance and Understanding.
The organization’s three goals include — Remembering: working through the past and giving Holocaust survivors a voice; Reconciliation: healing and restoration between descendants of the victims and perpetrators; and Taking a Stand for Israel against modern anti-Semitism.
Accordingly, German, Israeli and Polish teens will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial together and Holocaust survivors will meet descendants of Nazis.
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.
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Joshua Aaron award-winning Messianic Israeli artist announces album release
An award-winning Messianic Israeli singer and songwriter has announced the release of his new album, “Bring Us Back,” a seven-song “modern-meets-ancient album,” according to the artist, Joshua Aaron, and a tribute to Israel’s 70th year anniversary.
The new album will be released on May 14 on all digital platforms.
Aaron’s music is popular worldwide. His 2012 release, “You Are Holy,” won two Independent Music Awards for his original songs, “Hoshiana” and “You Are Holy.” His YouTube Channel attracts more than 1 million views each month and his 2016 album release, “Every Tribe,” reached #1 on iTunes in the world genre as well as #1 on Amazon in the International, Praise & Worship and Christian Contemporary Music genres.
Three of the seven tracks on “Bring Us Back” are currently viewable on YouTube.
- HalleluYah (mixed by Justin Bieber’s grammy-award-winning producer, Josh Gudwin; features Yaron Cherniak from Miqedem)
- Bring Us Back
- Sha’alu Shalom Yerushalayim (sung by Aaron, his son Max, and Arab-Israeli believer Elia Sakhnini)
Aaron said that all of the songs on “Bring Us Back” are original and most come straight from the book of Psalms “wrapped around this cool ‘today’ sound.” Five tracks fit what Aaron describes as a “modern-meets-ancient ‘Jewish pop’ sound” and the last two tracks are “traditional sounding, like they could have been written and performed 50 years earlier.”
Bring Us Back‘s track titles are:
- Bring Us Back
- Blessed Be Our God
- Sha’alu Shalom Yerushalayim
- Psalm 121 (Lai Lai Lai)
- Baruch Haba
Aaron hopes to produce three albums this year during Israel’s 70th anniversary.
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.
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Arabs and Palestinians coming to Jesus. Will you pray with us?
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
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.