23 December 2011

Dancing with the 'Enemy'

The banquet hall was full.  Good food was served. The music was energised and contagious.  And elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors danced with the grandchildren of Nazi SS officers!
Such is the kind of work being carried out by Helping Hand Coalition in Israel today.  In Or Akiva, a small town situated near Caesarea off the Mediterranean coast, over 200 Holocaust survivors gathered, along with International Delegates from several nations including Germany, Russia and the USA, for a special meal and opportunity for reconciliation at an event arranged by HHC to bring such a mix of cultures and experiences together.  Two young German bands performed songs in Hebrew, followed by an incredibly talented Israeli couple, Shaul and Yulia Ben-Har, playing folk and classical music on violin and viola.  After the meal and a few speeches, a group of youth from Germany performed three dances.  Such was their passion, joy and vigour, that the elderly survivors crowded onto the dance floor and celebrated along with the German delegation, dancing together for over an hour!

16 December 2011

Outreach - Not Just a Spiritual Exercise!


When we hear the word ‘outreach’, some of us quake a little inside.  One to one encounters, knocking on strangers’ doors, and trying to give tracts away to passersby are just a few of the thoughts that can come to mind. And even though we know those things can be effective and poignant, not all of us relish the experience.  Reaching out to people with the love of the Father doesn't have to be such a daunting prospect however, if we allow God to inspire us with innovative and fresh ways to connect people to the message of the Gospel.

Your People My People was excited to hear about some of the latest outreach projects being done by Dugit Messianic Centre in Tel Aviv – going beyond some of the traditional concepts of evangelism and seeking to have an impact where people need it most.  In addition to the daily coffee shop and Dugit Live ministry they run, Dugit staff desire to demonstrate the love of Yeshua (Jesus) to the people of Tel Aviv in both physical and spiritual ways.  Dan is one of Dugit’s evangelists on staff, and being joined by a group from the USA armed with hundreds of stuffed toys and animals they brought to give away, they went to visit the Children’s Hospital in Tel Aviv to bring a smile to the faces of the small patients there, and bless them each with a new toy.  There was much joy and elation and several mothers present expressed their appreciation at this gesture of kindness and generosity.  We were excited to hear what a blessing they had been bringing joy and encouragement to the sick in their city!

10 December 2011

Rumours of Wars? Let Us Pray!

We saw this very personal response after a visit to Israel, by Colin Dye, Senior Minister and leader of Kensington Temple/London City Church, Nottinghill Gate, London and thought you might enjoy it too.
Colin Dye looks with fresh eyes at Israel, God and the Bible and challenges us to do the same.


Growing rumours of war between Israel and Iran: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!
By Colin Dye
Every day in the news we hear of violence and atrocities in the land of Israel. In modern times this conflict has been ongoing, beginning with the return of Jews to their homeland at the end of the 19th century. It has continued during the British rule in the 1920s, the division of the nation into separate Jewish and Palestinian states in 1948 and the Six-day war of 1967. As rumours are growing that Israel is about to launch an attack on Iran, I invite you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Isaiah 62:2-7
"...I have set watch-men on your walls, 0 Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the name of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”.
A Chastening
When I visited Israel the Lord began to chasten me in my spirit. This chastening has been a pleasant experience though. The Bible says, ‘Don’t be like a mule or a horse that needs the bit and bridle to pull it into subjection.’ He wants to guide us with his eye. The Holy Spirit was so gentle with me, so revelatory and so repetitive; there was no mistaking what he was saying to me, and I confess that in the last ten years I have sinned before the Lord and before his people. My sin has been one of neglect. When we read about watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem, we think first of our own Jerusalem. What is our Jerusalem? London, but we have no right to claim the blessings for our ‘Jerusalem’ until we’ve understood God’s purposes for His Jerusalem. This is what the Holy Spirit chastened me about, and I have responded and repented...
Colin Dye's prayer:  "Father in the name of Jesus, I come before you and I ask your forgiveness for my neglect of something so clearly revealed in scripture and in my enthusiasm to reach the gentile blessings I have at times neglected your heart for Israel. I thank you Lord for your freedom, for your cleansing and I thank you for the release of your blessing through repentance and restoration in Jesus’ name."

06 December 2011

Did Jesus Celebrate Christmas?

If you live in a country that celebrates Christmas, with all the busy preparations for this joyous occasion, it may be hard to imagine winter without this festive season.  In fact for most of us, it probably seems as though Christmas has always been there.  The truth is, setting apart the 25th December to celebrate Jesus’ birth began many years after the actual event.

If one of the 12 disciples happened to time-travel into our living room this Christmas, he would have no idea what was going on. All our traditional activities and foods would be a complete mystery to him.  As a God-fearing Jew however, he would have been busy celebrating quite a different winter festival!  The New Testament gives us a clue as to what this would have been:

In the Gospel of John 10:22 is a simple sentence introducing the paragraph, but one that also sheds some light on what was going on in Jerusalem at this time of year.

Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter,
and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade.”

It was winter and Jerusalem was celebrating the Feast of Dedication. It might ring some bells if you were to know that the Hebrew word for dedication is ‘Hanukah’. Jesus was in the temple during the time of Hanukah, taking the opportunity to teach the people who gathered around him.

In Jesus’ time, Hanukah, or the Feast of Dedication was a fairly modern celebration.

23 November 2011

A Warm and Cosy New Year


Blessing the Poor in Tel Aviv





The evening of September 28th marked the beginning of the Jewish New Year 5772, Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets).  Amidst the festive celebrations and wishes for a sweet new year, many people exchanged small gifts. The poor of Tel Aviv were not neglected as Agape Distribution Centre, a local humanitarian aid project, blessed many needy families with gifts for the Rosh Hashanah Holiday.

Each family received warm blankets. With winter approaching, these blankets will provide many individuals and families with warmth in the cold months ahead.   In addition to the blankets, Agape also provided families with

17 November 2011

Coalition of Love

Boris and Zinaida are Holocaust Survivors.

They were just children in the Ukraine during World War II when the extermination of the Jewish people was high on Hitler's agenda.  But they survived.

Boris escaped the persecution by fleeing to Kazakhstan.  Zinaida survived by hiding out in the forest with other children.  They would dodge Nazi bullets and get frostbite in their hands and feet during the freezing winters.  Eventually, an elderly Christian lady took Zinaida in saying, "I'm not afraid if they kill me for this as I'm already old and I have lived a good life."

When Zinaida was older, she fell and broke her leg. Because she was Jewish, the staff at the hospital did not attend to her correctly, causing long term damage. Today Zinaida is bedridden.  Because her leg was not set correctly all those many years ago, sadly she can no longer move around.  She also suffers pain in her hands and feet because of the frostbite she experienced over several winters hiding in the forest.

Boris and Zinaida fled to Israel to escape more Jewish persecution in Europe, leaving

06 November 2011

Real unity among Arab and Jewish Believers as they pray for the Land of Israel

Real unity and hope is birthed when people from different backgrounds come together to worship and pray together. Be encouraged by this video of Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus meeting together in Nazareth to pray for their nation. 


In the words of one of the Arab Pastors: "Our Jewish brothers, we want to serve you, we love you. We want to obey the Lord's command in this passage. We as Arab ministers in this land are humbled if you allow us to come and wash your feet and to proclaim how much we love you and that we want to be in a strong relationship with you and to declare how much we need each other."


...that they may all be one just as we are one. (The Gospel of John, chapter 17: verse 11)




28 September 2011

Shana Tova! Happy Jewish New Year!

Your People My People celebrates the Feast of Trumpets and the beginning of Jewish New Year 5772 with Israel and the Jewish People around the world! 


A sweet and blessed New Year to you all!


24 September 2011

What happens when young Jewish and Arab followers of Jesus come together to worship God in Israel?

Walls come down and the Glory of God is shown through their love and unity!


Hundreds of Jewish and Arab young people came together in Tel Aviv last month from all over Israel to worship God and pray for their cities and their generation.  These exuberant followers of Jesus joined with young believers from the nations for the annual ELAV youth conference.  ‘Elav’ is a Hebrew word meaning ‘towards him/unto him’ and the messages and worship during this 3 day gathering encouraged and inspired the youth of Israel to get closer to God and be empowered by Him to make a difference in their nation.


Your People My People was overjoyed to witness first-hand these annual gatherings so vital to build up the youth of Israel in their walk with the Lord. Many of these young people are isolated in their faith being the only believers in their schools and communities. Gatherings like ELAV are an important opportunity for them to connect with other believers of their own age and also to make friends with believers from other communities. One Arab Christian commented that he had never met Jewish believers before and another Jewish teen expressed how great it was to be able to pray together with an Arab brother. Teaching came from local leaders and international speakers: Mike Pilavachi from Soul Survivor, England, and Wes Hall from IHOP-Kansas City, USA.  American worship leader, Eddie James, led powerful times of praise and worship and was joined by several anointed, local youth worship teams.

“ELAV 2011 was more than a conference; it was a place to transform the youth and the city of Tel Aviv. Pray with us that the Lord will continue to transform both the Body of Messiah and the Land of Israel for His Kingdom and Glory.”  said Simon, an Israeli believer and a session leader in a house of prayer in Tel Aviv.




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What happens when young Jewish and Arab believers come together to worship Jesus...to give praise "unto Him"? Walls come down and God's Glory rises as the Holy Spirit ministers to the hearts of God's people. Worship led by local Israeli worship teams and Wes Hall, from IHOP-KC, shares a message on the Tabernacle of David and how God is going to restore it through prayer and worship...

Join with hundreds of young Jewish and Arab believers praising the Messiah, Jesus from the heart of Israel. Powerful and prophetic worship with Eddie James declaring a longing for the return of Jesus to the land of his birth and an anointed message from IHOP-KC leader Wes Hall as he challenges the young believers gathered that they can change their worlds...

The ELAV conference continued, starting with praise and worship with local worship leaders Jamie Hilsden and Lior Sparandeo. Eddie James then led a powerful time of prophetic worship before Itzhak Mor-Chaim preached a message on how we are the Tabernacle of David...                               

11 June 2011

Watch the Global Day of Prayer in Israel - Jewish and Arab Believers pray and worship together.

Your People My People was privileged to be able to attend last year’s Global Day of Prayer in Israel and to witness firsthand the wonderful display of unity, as Jewish and Arab Pastors repented and washed each others feet. Below are some video clips of last years GDOP in Nazareth. God’s heart was blessed to see these Middle Eastern brothers and sisters 'dwelling together in unity'.

Arab and Jewish Believers wash each others feet.




Arab and Jewish Believers seek forgiveness from each other.


Arab and Jewish Believers singing and dancing, worshipping the Lord together.



Lets stand with the organisers of the Global Day of Prayer in Israel as they prepare for this years gathering on Sunday 12th June. Pray for:
  • Arab & Jewish leaders to respond to God’s calling for repentance and also to attend this event.
  • An outpouring of the Spirit of repentance over the churches & leaders, for Arab & Jewish believers to be one in Spirit.
  • Pray for a spirit of wisdom & revelation as the details are prepared for this event, such as logistics & the program to be laid according to heaven's agenda.
  • Pray for financial provision to cover the expenses of this event. The organisers need around $4000 to cover the costs.
  • Join us in asking the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of the believers, Arabs & Jews, for this time of genuine, real repentance.
  • Pray for the worship teams, both Arab & Jewish, to be led by the Holy Spirit and release the sound of heaven for breakthrough.

If you would like to be involved practically by sowing financially into
the Global Day Of Prayer in Israel, to help the organisers cover the
expenses of this special gathering of believers in the Holy Land -
click on the link below to donate to our 'HOPE' fund.


"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.
(Joel 2:12-13,16)

More information about the Global Day of Prayer in Nazareth, Israel

07 June 2011

הג שבועות שמח - Hag Shavuot Sameach - Happy Pentecost!

Shavuot is the Hebrew name of the Feast we know as Pentecost.  Both words come from God's command to count 7 weeks or 50 days from Passover and then to celebrate the end of the harvest.  This year Shavuot starts at sundown on 7th June and concludes at sundown on the 8th.  There are many traditions associated to this Feast, one of which is to eat dairy products.  There are various suggestions as to the reason for this tradition but in keeping with the season, we thought you may be interested to try your hand at Israeli Cheesecake!


By Chef Hershel
Ingredients
Cake:
250 grams biscuits (a plain vanilla cookie)
4 tablespoons butter (melted) 500 g of 5% cottage cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons flour
Topping:
200 ml sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions:
Crush biscuits into crumbs using a food processor. Pour butter onto crumbs. Mix well. Press on bottom of pie pan. Combine 5% cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons flour. Pour over cookie crust. Bake 275 ° - 300 °F for 20 minutes.
For topping: combine sour cream, vanilla and sugar. Pour over cheese cake. Bake 5 more minutes. Chill and serve. Wait for "This is great! Can I have the recipe?"

02 June 2011

10 Day Prayer Initiative as Arab and Jewish Believers Pray Together

The world has witnessed a season of major transition and shaking in the Middle East. This is the time to pray and seek God for this whole region. In Israel, Arab and Jewish believers will come together to do just that on Pentecost Sunday 12th June, to join with Christians who will be praying in many nations around the world during the Global Day of Prayer.

The Nazareth prayer ministry HOPE, led by Arab Christian, Rania Sayegh, will be conducting the Global Day of Prayer gathering in Israel in cooperation with the Evangelical Association of Arab Churches. This is the 5th year that believers in Israel  have joined this International prayer initiative and the 2nd year that both Jewish and Arab believers will come together to pray and repent for the nation of Israel.

Your People My People was privileged to be able to attend last year’s gathering in Israel and to witness firsthand the wonderful display of unity, as Jewish and Arab Pastors repented and prayed together. One of the highlights of the day was when the Arab Pastors washed the feet of the Jewish Pastors and then the Jewish Pastors reciprocated.  The Holy Spirit was working on the hearts of both Arab & Jew and much healing took place that  day.

This symbol of love and humility ignited a dance of joy that zigzagged around the room and culminated in an exuberant, joyful time of praise. God’s heart was blessed to see these Middle Eastern brothers and sisters 'dwelling together in unity'.
“The Lord has promised if we humble ourselves and seek His face and turn from our wicked way,” said Rania, “ He will come and forgive us and heal our land! We are standing on this promise to see healing released back to Nazareth and all of Israel!”

02 May 2011

A Survivor's Story - Interview with Corrie Ten Boom

Watch this inspiring interview with Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian, sent to the Concentration Camps during the 2nd World War for hiding Jewish people from the Nazis. 



Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel.  Many of the Holocaust survivors living out their old age in Israel today, are living below the poverty line. If you would like to help improve their quality of life before it is too late, click on the link below:

http://www.yourpeoplemypeople.org/p/contact-us_14.html


To learn more about Your People My People's work with Holocaust Surviviors in Israel, click on the link below:


http://www.yourpeoplemypeople.org/p/holocaust-survivors.html

26 February 2011

VIP = Very Important Prayer


VIP Room Tel Aviv - Jaffa
  Located on the 12th floor of a central city tower block, a lease was taken on a large room with views that survey the city.  On the 20th February 2011 the VIP Room was officially opened; a new ‘House of Prayer’ in Tel Aviv - Jaffa!

Many people have spent many hours praying over this city - some pioneering prayer rooms and prayer houses, all sowing into the ground with their tears and intercessions.  The VIP Room is a continuation of these prayer centres, built on the foundations others laid and dedicated as an altar to the Lord. Avi & Chaya Mizrachi, pastors of Adonai Roi Congregation, took a vision God gave them to make a special place, set aside as an altar and a platform from which to intercede for the city.
 
20-30 Pastors and leaders from the city and from around the country, Jewish, Arab and other backgrounds, came together expressly to dedicate the VIP Room and to ask God to invade Tel Aviv - Jaffa with His presence, to see souls won for the Kingdom and lives changed and healed in this city.  YPMP also had the privilege of attending this dedication.  There was a wonderful flow and deep unity between the national leaders who came. The lighting of the seven candles of the menorah by seven different pastors who each prayed as they took part in this symbolic act, was especially moving.

This week, in another city, YPMP heard that over 200 people will be gathering for a ‘legal’ demonstration in front of

14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from Your People My People! 
We want to share this beautiful Hebrew worship song with you -  "Ezo min ahavah zot?" (What kind of love is this?) 
Lyrics in Hebrew and English.

07 February 2011

40% of children in Israel are at risk of living in poverty


Statistics published by Israel's Bureau of Statistics (ICBS) state that almost a third of the Israeli population (29%) are in danger of living in poverty. This figure compares to a European average of 16%. The report also comments on the fact that only 53% of the adult population are able to cover their household expenses each month. (food, electricity, telephone etc.)

The report was released on the International Day of War on Poverty to highlight socioeconomic change within Israeli society.

Receiving a food bag from Agape
- Children and the elderly are reported as being most at risk. 

- 40% of children in Israel are at risk of living in poverty and the rate of young people missing meals for economic reasons rose by 7% in 4 years.


- A third of Israel’s elderly are at risk.

- 17% of the 52% of adults needing medical attention in Israel, did not seek the medical treatment they needed because of financial difficulty. 


Some of these ‘at risk’ families and elderly are directed by social services to Agape Distribution Center. Managed by Avi Mizrachi and a dedicated staff, Agape seeks to

04 February 2011

Prayer Alert: Inside Perspective from Christians in Cairo



In light of Israel's geographical proximity to disturbing events in the Middle East and North Africa, Your People My People felt it pertinent to share some eyewitness accounts from Egyptian Christians on the streets of Cairo that describe a different picture from what some of the world-wide media has been portraying so far.  Please join with the Egyptians in praying for their nation:



Email excerpt from Tom Craig of Lighthouse Network, working with believers all across the Middle East:

“Now that the internet is working again in Egypt we are receiving many emails from our Egyptian friends. Praise the Lord! Through each of these communications there seems to be a common "cry in their hearts" for the Lord to intervene on behalf of their nation—especially tomorrow (Fri  4th Feb) during the large protest that is being planned, which is being called "The Day of Rage" or "The Day of Departure" (for Mubarak) after the Friday prayer time for Muslims.

Generally, the believers we know are doing well. They are feeling more and more united in their prayers for the nation of Egypt—though at the same time they are very concerned for how everything is moving so quickly towards forcing the removal of Mubarak from his office without an adequate transition process being agreed upon."

Email from R , an Egyptian believer living in Cairo who is witnessing events first hand:

Israel's neighbourhood is getting more dangerous by the day.

I am writing this to you as a witness to what is going on from the streets of Cairo over the last few days.

02 February 2011

7 Countries and Counting

Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan and Yemen. For any of you who have turned on the news recently, no doubt you have seen the turmoil occurring in several nations in North Africa and the Middle East. Along with the riots, looting, and protests, rockets continue to be fired into southern Israel from Gaza, adding to the tensions in the area.

The mood in Israel is pensive. People are waiting to see what results come from the riots, cabinet sackings and deposings of heads of State. For many years Egypt has paved the way for tolerant relationships with the Jewish State, as her posture towards Israel also served to restrain other Arab nations. The likelihood of increased terror attacks and open war increases dramatically if certain terror factions take control of Israel’s neighbours, as they have done in Lebanon.

Some Christians are saying this is what is spoken of in Isaiah 19 and revival is coming, while others are declaring it is God's judgement and predict dire outcomes. There are believers in these nations that need our support through prayer. God is more than able to use such events for the expansion of His Kingdom. Whatever our different opinions about these happenings, perhaps this is something we can all agree on - let's pray!

30 January 2011

The 'British Schindler' - A Good News Story

Nicholas and one of the children he saved
In 1938, Nicholas Winton helped 669 Jewish kids escape certain death from the Nazis. He never told anyone that he did this.

While on ski trip in Switzerland, Winton took a detour in Czechoslovakia to help the children of refugees. Nazi Germany had recently annexed a large part of Czechoslovakia and the news of Kristallnacht, a violent attack on Jews in Germany and Austria, had just reached Prague. 

Winton set up a rescue operation for the children, filling out the required paperwork for them to be sent to homes in Sweden and Great Britain. He had to raise money to fund foster homes for all of them, and then he sent 669 children away from Czechoslovakia on trains before the Nazis closed down the borders. 

Winton told no one that he did this, not even his wife. In 1988, his wife found a scrapbook full of pictures of the children and letters from parents in their attic. She arranged to have Winton's story appear in newspapers. 

Many of the children Winton saved went on the BBC television program, That's Life, to meet him for the first time since the war. They refer to themselves as "Winton's children". 

Winton is now 101 years old and has received awards from Israel and the Czech Republic as well as Knighthood from the Queen of England in 1993.

Originally posted by Random Acts of Kindness, Aug 23, 2010


28 January 2011

Prayer Alert: Fast Moving Events In Middle East

This is a timely word for those who have a heart to pray for Israel and the Middle East.

Rick and Patti Ridings are Directors of Succat Hallel, a well known prayer ministry in Israel. They are respected prayer leaders and intercessors and have lived in Jerusalem for many years. We encourage you to share this link with any prayer people you know.




26 January 2011

An Album of Remembrance

January 27th, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The 'Auschwitz Album', shown below, is a unique collection of photographs taken inside the camp probably by the SS guards responsible for fingerprinting and taking photo IDs of the prisoners who were not selected for extermination. It documents the arrival of Hungarian Jews in the early summer of 1944. The photos depict

24 January 2011

Holocaust Remembrance Sunday


Sunday 30th January

"As long as the survivors are still with us, the last chapter of the Holocaust has not been written. If we all play our part, the last chapter can end on a redemptive note, on a note of reconciliation, friendship and brotherhood".
Harald Eckert
Chairman of European Coalition for Israel
27th January is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It was on this day in 1945 that Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp was liberated. Churches around the world are marking and remembering the Holocaust and it's victims on the following Sunday, 30th January.
Today, many Holocaust survivors are living out their last days in poverty. Many of them

23 January 2011

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