30 June 2012

Overcoming terror - step by step...

In one short moment of time, life changes forever for a victim of terrorism. Not only for the person at the scene but for their whole family. The long term impact of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, is quite simply, devastating.

Your People My People is deeply concerned for these people, whose lifelong struggle to put the pieces back together, is soon forgotten once the news headlines move on. Therefore, we were very happy to hear about individuals and organisations in Israel who are reaching out to this broken group of people and gently, with the compassionate love of the Father, helping them to take steps towards regaining some sense of normality and healing in their lives. 

Overcoming fear, is often a major hurdle for these victims. On a recent trip to the Dead Sea with a group of female terror victims, fear was defined as: 'False evidence appearing real.'  This false evidence shouts at these women, the fear that everything is a potential threat, a 'death threat waiting to happen'. As they were driving along a quiet track past a few camels, chewing the cud, minding their own business, one of the women asked the driver to go really slowly, fearing the bus would overturn and the camels stampede and kill them all. This irrational fear of impending death impacts all areas of life.

23 June 2012

Going for Gold

In the early hours of the morning on September 5th, 1972, Yosef Gutfreund, an Israeli Olympic coach, was woken by the sound of scratching at the door of his Munich Olympic village apartment. On investigating, he found masked men with guns attempting to enter the apartment. Yosef, a wrestling referee, threw his body against the door in a vain attempt to stop them entering and shouted warnings to his room-mates. 

A bloody struggle ensued, resulting in two of the Israeli athletes being shot dead and the remaining nine being bound and held in one of the rooms. The eight intruders armed with sub-machine guns, pistols and hand grenades, were members of a terrorist group called Black September. They demanded the release of over 200 Palestinian prisoners in return for their Israeli hostages.  Long negotiations and an unsuccessful rescue attempt by the German police, resulted in the terrorists murdering  all of the nine hostages. (Watch the full story in the video at the end of the article)

The incident, informally named the Munich Massacre, occurred during the 1972 summer Olympics, held in Germany. It was one of the lowest points in Olympic history. This year will be the 40th anniversary of that tragedy and one of the widows is urging the International Olympic Committee to agree to a one minute silence at the 2012 games in memory of her husband and his colleagues, to mark the anniversary.  

Seven athletes who were on the 1972 team, now in their 60s, were taken back to Munich for a TV documentary that is being made about what happened. Dan Alon, who competed in fencing, said that he had nothing against the German people. "I have only one thing to blame, it's the terrorists, unfortunately," he said. "We hope that one day, it will be the end of terror around the world."

The British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould promised this year's Olympians

16 June 2012

Simple Encounters Making a Difference

Helping Hand Coalition is an organisation run by Israeli believers in Israel.  They provide much needed support and assistance to hundreds of struggling people across the country, with a particular emphasis on helping Holocaust Survivors.  As well as providing essential practical support, HHC goes the extra mile and also attempts to help bring relief to the deep wounds that the Holocaust burned into many hearts.

In April, a special meeting took place in Nazareth Ilit between a group of German high school students and Holocaust survivors living in Israel, coordinated by a partnership with HHC.  During the meeting, the survivors shared memories of their experiences and the difficulties they have had in surviving the Holocaust.  After this the high school students asked them many questions.

09 June 2012

Her Price is Far Above Rubies

Adonai Roi (The Lord is My Shepherd) Congregation is a vibrant, Hebrew speaking fellowship in Tel Aviv.  In early March, they hosted a conference for woman in Israel. The first two days of the conference were dedicated to Pastors' wives who came from all over the country to share their struggles, pray for each other and be encouraged. The following sessions were opened up to all women to come and be ministered to by inspirational teaching and prayer.  

The conference encouraged the woman to fervently pursue the Lord and to receive strength in their daily lives through reading and studying the scriptures. Conferences and gatherings like this one are vital to bring believers together to encourage each other and to equip them to live out their faith in a society that is often hostile to their beliefs. 

02 June 2012

Pastor Avi Mizrachi coming to UK

Dear Friends,

I would like to introduce you to Avi & Chaya Mizrachi, Directors of Dugit Messianic Outreach Centre and Pastors of Adonai Roi Congregation, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel.  We are delighted to share with you that Avi Mizrachi will be travelling to the UK in June for a speaking tour around the country.

Avi is a Jewish Israeli, born in the port town of Jaffa (Joppa), who came to know the Lord in the early 80’s while visiting his sister in Florida.  He married Chaya a short time later and after they both studied at Christ for the Nations (CFNI) in Texas, they returned to Israel with a passion to share the gospel with their fellow Israelis.  In 1993, the Lord led Avi to open Dugit, an outreach centre in the heart of Tel Aviv offering free coffee, free literature and a listening ear to any visitors.  A few years later, Avi & Chaya started Adonai Roi, a messianic Hebrew speaking Congregation, to help integrate and disciple new believers and visitors that came through Dugit.

Avi is a recognized leader among the believers in Israel and an international conference speaker. It is his heart’s desire to bring the Gospel to Israelis and to disciple them to become strong believers, rooted and grounded in the Word of God. 


HALESOWEN - Wednesday 13th June - 7.30pm
Hasbury Christian Fellowship, Albert Road, Halesowen, B63 4SW
LOCAL CONTACT: June Rowland 0121 550 3434

LEICESTER - Thursday 14th June - 7.30pm
Bible Hall, Mere Road, Leicester, LE5 5GR
LOCAL CONTACT: Pastor Peter Austin 0116 284 9233

HITCHIN - Saturday 16th June - 7.00pm
Tilehouse Baptist Church, Upper Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 2EE
LOCAL CONTACT: Annette Powell 01462 622986

LONDON - Sunday 17th June - 1.30pm
Pilgrims Way Church Building, Pilgrims Way, East Ham, London E6 1HY
LOCAL CONTACT: Pastor Bambi 07764 149381 or Pastor Doug 07709 325769

BELFAST - Wednesday 20th June - 7.30pm
Carryduff Elim Church, Edgar Avenue, Carryduff, Belfast, BT8 8DQ
LOCAL CONTACT: Brian Silvester 02890 814 479

AYRSHIRE – Thursday 21st June - 7.30pm
Gatekeepers Global Ministries c/o Kilwinning Mansfield Church, West Doura Way, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, KA12 6DY
LOCAL CONTACT: Catherine Brown 0843 289 4707

THE WIRRAL - Friday 22nd June - 7.30pm
Beit Hatikvah Fellowship, Hope Hall, New Ferry Road, New Ferry, Wirral, CH62 1BQ
LOCAL CONTACT: Ed & Jill Walker 0151 200 5656

NORTH WALES - Saturday 23rd June - 2.30pm
Father's House Congregation, Unit 6, Rowley's Park, Evans Way, Shotton, Deeside, CH5 1QJ
LOCAL CONTACT: 01352 740 408

MANCHESTER - Sunday 24th June - 10.30am
Calvary International Church, Old Trafford Community Centre, Shrewsbury Street, Manchester M16 9AH
LOCAL CONTACT: Pastor Emmanual Olatoye: calvary@aol.com

LINCOLN - Sunday 24th June - 6.15pm
Lincoln Baptist Church, Croft Street, Lincoln, LN2 5NW
LOCAL CONTACT: 01522 575 745

Avi is a dynamic, international speaker and we encourage you to come and hear firsthand from an Israeli-born believer, about the heart of God for the Middle East.  For more information, contact the Dugit International Office:  dugit.int@dugit.org