27 December 2013

“Calling All Budding Film-makers!”


We have  a project for you - we want you to make movies!  We want you to help make a record of history!  In today’s technological society, anyone can become a ‘film maker’.  Social media networks are full of digital clips from everyday lives.  Imagine if this kind of instant technology was available much earlier, centuries, even millennia before today!  We could have the entire history of the human race recorded for posterity - perhaps definitive evidence of who said this and did that, and who didn't!  Can you imagine a hidden camera during Noah’s ark construction, or some of Abraham’s conversations with God, or Jacob’s shenanigans?  To witness the exodus, King David’s coronation or King Solomon’s grand opening of the temple - I'm guessing the old Hollywood blockbusters would pale in comparison to the actual event!

However, in this digital world we live in, we can’t go back in time with our cell phone cameras and recapture moments of even our own childhood.  Instead we rely on pictures, stories told by our family and friends, and our own personal catalogue of memories - some we may care to forget and others we love to remember over and over.  Recalling our personal history is important to help us know where we have come from, why we are the way we are, and hopefully to help us move forward without repeating some of our more ‘infamous’ moments!

And the same is true for history in general.  Remembering history seems to be a key to not repeating its catastrophes.  We just need to check out Israel’s history in the Bible to see the example of this written out for us: their enslavement in Egypt was because the Egyptians forgot about Joseph; Judges came and went, as did Kings and prophets, while turn about, the people forgot God’s miracles in their history, had disaster come upon them, God sent a deliverer, and slowly the people forgot once again...and so on.  But God has a remedy for this cycle: Deut 11:18-21 - in context: “Remember your history!!”

But what if your friends, your family, began to say your history, certain events in your life never happened?  You may have memories, pictures, or even other physical evidence, but all this was overlooked.  You are told these things are fabricated and this part of your life never existed! 

20 December 2013

A Cry From The Heart Of Nazareth

Jewish and Arab believers praying for each other in Nazareth

Arab and Jewish Israeli believers in Yeshua (Jesus) came together in the city of Nazareth to pray in unity for their Nation. This strategic prayer gathering organised by ‘HOPE (House of Prayer and Exploits) and ‘The Convention of Evangelical Churches in Israel’ has become an annual event, and this year took place in September. Joining the Jewish and Arab locals were believers from 15 nations, including representatives from the Chinese underground church movement.

The meeting began with the blowing of four silver trumpets to the four corners of the earth. Worship was led in Arabic, Hebrew and English. There was much joy and dancing as well as intercession for Israel and the Arab and Jewish people groups.

06 December 2013

Stone Breakers in Tel Aviv


“Golden curtains surround you, a huge map of the world hangs behind you, and windows sit in front of you overlooking the bustling city of Tel Aviv. Glorious songs of worship and praise lift you up, the smell of candles burning from the menorah draws you into His Presence, and the Word of the Lord, always open, sits before you to declare like a sharp sword. You lift your hands in the air as tears stream down your cheeks. You are crying out for the Peace of Jerusalem, the salvation of the Jewish people, and for the Army of God in Israel to unite and bring in the harvest for the Kingdom of God. This is the VIP Prayer Tower, where we stand in the gap for Israel and its people.”

The VIP Prayer Tower is a house of prayer overlooking downtown Tel Aviv, run under the ministry of Avi and Chaya Mizrachi.  It is a place solely dedicated to meeting with the Lord in worship and intercession.

14 November 2013

Celebrating Miracles of the Past...

Who needs an excuse to light candles as the nights draw in and the temperatures drop? But if you do, then Hanukkah is a great opportunity to light lots of candles every night for 8 days! In the Hebrew calendar, the day begins at sunset, so the 1st day of Hanukkah this year, begins at sundown on 27th November. Hanukkah celebrates two miracles - a surprising military victory against all odds and a miraculous supply of oil to enable the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. 

The Macabees, a small group of Jewish men led by Mattathias and his five sons, were able to defeat the much more powerful and experienced Greek-Syrian army that had invaded Israel and forbidden the Jews to worship in their Temple. The Hebrew word 'Hanukkah' means dedication and after the Macabee's victory, they rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem and were once again able to worship freely. This all happened during the time between the Old and New Testaments.

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. Each evening, candles are lit on an eight branched menorah called a 'Hanukiyah'. On the first evening, one candle is lit. On the second evening, two candles are lit and so on until the eighth evening when all eight candles are lit. 
 


Traditionally, each candle is supposed to be left until it burns out. This creates a wonderful opportunity to take time each evening to stop our usual routine and dedicate this time to thinking about the miracles, large and small, that have taken place in our own lives over the years. Just as the Temple in Jerusalem was re-dedicated to the Lord, Hanukkah reminds us to re-dedicate our own lives also.


In the Hanukkah story, the one day supply of oil needed to keep the Temple menorah alight, lasted for a miraculous eight days, (the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of sanctified oil), and so, Hanukkah is celebrated with edible goodies cooked in oil. In Israel, the favourite Hanukkah treat is 'Sufganiyot' - round doughnuts with a myriad of toppings and fillings. 


Cook up some fried goodies, gather the family and discuss together the symbolism of oil in the Bible. Think about the work of the Holy Spirit in sanctifying us and transforming us to be more like Yeshua. 

Here are some traditional Hanukkah recipes but feel free to be creative!  Click the links below:


... by Working for a Better Future



Each night, after the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, children are traditionally given coins, which adds to their sense of excitement about the holiday.

09 November 2013

Just Married: Israeli Style

Joy and rejoicing were the order of the day. A wedding was about to take place. The bride was getting herself ready and the guests were arriving excited and expectant. Avi and Chaya Mizrachi's daughter was about to wed her childhood sweetheart. 

Israeli weddings are large, vibrant events full of feasting and dancing. The whole event: ceremony and reception usually takes place in a large banqueting hall, beautifully decorated for the celebration. As the guests arrive, hors d'oeuvres are cooked before their eyes on half a dozen small table-stations. People wander from station to station, trying the delightful nibbles. On one, stir fried vegetables and noodles sizzling in a wok are served onto tiny square plates. At another, spicy chilli con carne is wrapped in mini-tortillas. Each one of the varied selections are beautifully displayed on mini-dishes. The guests mingle and catch up with old friends. The Bride and Groom will not arrive until later.

It's not unusual for groups of guests to arrive in coaches that have brought them from various locations around the country. Karen and I joined with the group from Tel Aviv. As we entered the crowded, bustling Wedding Hall, we had hardly walked a few steps before we were greeting old friends we hadn't seen for years both from Israel and from around the world. Cries of "Wow, you are here, how great to see you!" and "How many years has it been since we saw each other!" flew around the room. I was reminded of another wedding banquet that we will one day attend in heaven - what an awesome reunion that will be! Our hearts will be full as we are greeted by those who have gone before us from all over the world!

During all the excitement we notice that the wedding party has arrived. Slowly, the crowd moves towards the other side of the hall where a 'Hupa' (Jewish Wedding Canopy) has been set up.

01 November 2013

Walk with Me

‘As they pass through the Valley of Baka (Valley of Tears),
    they make it a place of springs...’


As we sat and listened to Ahuva* share her heart and vision for the terrorised families she works with, we saw a woman who knows from first hand experience, what it has been like to walk through the Valley of Tears, and see it become a place of springs – even springs of hope! 

Ahuva works with around 70 families, all who have also had first hand experience with terror – acts of violence committed against a family member by people wishing to incite fear and terror, often motivated by a political or religious agenda.  Today’s media labels these kind of people ‘terrorists’.  And the violated ones become terror victims, individuals and their families who are detrimentally changed from that moment on.  

Because of her own experiences, Ahuva well understands the difficult journey after such an event, and began working with some of these women and their families. For almost 10 years now, she has been helping them find their way again after suffering such devastation.  The trauma of having ones personal safety torn away, often leaves the victim in a death like trance, unable to handle basic daily functions like cooking meals or paying bills, surrounded by fear and devoid of hope.  Through the organisation of Springs of Hope, Ahuva has been able to facilitate healing and restoration to these families, by forging deep relationships and providing practical opportunities for them to ‘learn how to live’ again.  “I believe it is transition time for these women.  They have come so far.  It's time to move from being ‘victims’, to be more than ‘survivors’, but now to become ‘overcomers’!”

Jerusalem Marathon
To give practical demonstration of this kind of transition, Springs of Hope is organising a sponsorship event called

25 October 2013

I Will Pour Out My Spirit On All People

It is always a blessing to catch up with Rania and hear about her passion to see the plans of God fulfilled in her nation, to see Him move in power among the Jewish and Arab believers in Israel ...

Day Of Prayer, Nazareth
Rania is a catalyst for the National Day of Prayer event held in Nazareth each year that brings Arab and Jewish believers together to pray for their nation - Israel.  This year the event took place during the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar (20th September) with the theme of  'A Cry from Nazareth: The Spirit and the Bride Say Come!' Local Jewish and Arab believers were joined this year by around 130 Christian leaders from 16 different nations, including key leaders from the Chinese underground churches. This strategic gathering of the 'One New Man' (Ephesians 2:15) joined with one heart and one spirit to welcome Jesus/Yeshua back to Nazareth. The mayor of Nazareth, a Greek Orthodox Arab, attended the event to welcome all the visitors and was impressed to witness the unity of those gathered. We will be sharing more specifically about this event in a future article.

Rania is also the Director of HOPE (House of Prayer and Exploits) based in Nazareth. She has been training up local young people in intercession, to be watchmen on the walls and to pray for the purposes of God in Israel. They regularly hold 24 hour prayer watches at the HOPE premises. In the new year, Rania is planning to develop and increase this mentoring side of the ministry and to increase the number of prayer watches at HOPE. She would also love to connect with other Houses of Prayer around the world and to invite interns who have a heart to pray for Israel.

Chinese Christians praying for the children of Abraham at Abraham's Well
Recently, Rania has been leading prayer tours around Israel, taking a group of intercessors to several significant places in the Land in order to pray and intercede. Two weeks before the National Day of Prayer, a group of Chinese Church leaders, who had been involved in establishing the underground churches in China, traveled around Israel with Rania to pray at some of the historically strategic Biblical sites, and to pray for God's destiny for the people of Israel. Both Arab and Jewish believers joined with them. It was a very moving time and both the Israelis and visitors were touched through this spiritual prayer journey.

Rania, as an Arab Christian, has a deep desire to unite the Body of Messiah, both Arab and Jew in Israel. "We cannot afford to be apart anymore," she said, "we need to

19 October 2013

'And His banner over me is love'


It was Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Karen and Amanda were in Ceasarea with the Board of Directors and Staff of Helping Hand Coalition. A long banquet table was laid for a feast, every attention to detail had been made. The golden table decorations sparkled in the candle light. The food already placed on the table had been beautifully arranged. Everything looked inviting and exquisite.

It is this attention to detail and care to transform the mundane into something beautiful, that characterizes the work of Helping Hand Coalition (HHC). What shines out about their work among Holocaust Survivors living in Israel is not the financial assistance for those in poverty, or the logistical achievement of setting up a network of hundreds of social care groups all around the country, admirable as those achievements are. It is the honour and love that is shown personally to each of the elderly Survivors through small, almost insignificant details. When HHC invites them to a meal, the table is beautifully arranged with flowers and matching décor. Anyone approaching the table can see that welcome and loved guests are expected. If you are one of those guests, your heart is touched to see the care that has been made for your visit. The Survivors who have experienced so much suffering at the hands of other human beings, and even now find themselves forgotten and struggling to make ends meet, are here to be showered with love and attention. 'This is a gift from God,' said one lady. 'I feel very loved here, I feel at home.' said another.

HHC volunteers present birthday flowers to Survivor
The love that the staff and volunteers show is evident in the little details. Bouquets are presented to those with a birthday and time is given for whoever wants to share their story or show photos of the family they lost. Christian groups and volunteers from overseas come to express their love too, with gifts and songs and dances. The words of Isaiah the prophet are taken seriously by those who run HHC, "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God..." They do this in many ways, from providing monthly support to thousands and mobilising hundreds of volunteers, to organising major events and preserving the memories of Holocaust Survivors.

"He brought me to the banquet hall, And his banner over me was love."  wrote the author of Song of Songs. In the same way, these victims of the Holocaust tragedy are invited

11 October 2013

A Lot Going On in Tel Aviv!

Returning to visit the staff of Dugit and Agape Ministries, was like going home to family.  After having worked together in Tel Aviv for over a decade, it was heart warming to see the familiar faces of long standing friends and exciting to meet some new staff members face to face for the first time too.  We were so happy to spend time with many of them individually, sharing hearts and encouragement and reassuring them of the prayerful support being sent their way from many of you back home. 

Dugit Outreach Centre
Under the umbrella names of Dugit and Agape, you will find a cluster of vibrant ministries in downtown Tel Aviv, overseen by Avi & Chaya Mizrachi.  The longest running and most commonly known is Dugit Outreach Centre, a place where visitors are offered free coffee, free literature, and  friendly staff with a heart to share the gospel with those that come in.  We were delighted to hear how they had recently taken two new believers down to the beach to immerse them in the sea as a sign of their new found decision to follow Yeshua!  The staff also run ‘Dugit Live’ events several times a month with local and visiting believers playing  live music, or giving  art exhibitions and other such creative ideas, that give a variety of opportunities for the artists to share their faith in Yeshua through their different mediums.

Street Outreach
Adonai Roi Congregation is also a vital part of reaching out to Israel’s largest secular city.  Here you will find an indigenous Hebrew speaking congregation filled with young families, singles and the elderly alike.  The worship teams are mostly young people, some of whom write their own songs and music -and excitingly they have all come together to start working on the production of an Hebrew worship CD!  They have a growing Shabat (Sunday) School and active youth group, along with gatherings organised for the young soldiers in their midst.  We were very interested to learn they are currently working with an Arab congregation, planning a central city outreach in Haifa at the end of the year.  “We believe that as we go out together, Jews and Arabs, local believing Israelis, and share our faith, that many will be touched as they see the love between us.”

04 October 2013

God is Alive & Well in Israel!

Todah - Spasiba - Shukrahn -  Merci - Gracias - Djienkuyeh - there are many ways to say it in Israel but the sentiment was the same - “Thank you for standing with us, partnering with us, praying for us, visiting us, encouraging us, blessing us!”



What a great joy and privilege it was to take your love and greetings to the Israeli Believers when we went to visit in early September, to encourage them with assurances that there are many Christians here in the UK and across the world that are praying for them.  The staff and leaders in the ministries we support were especially grateful for the practical way you have sown into God’s Kingdom in Israel, empowering the work of the ministry and spreading the message of salvation in Yeshua through your financial gifts. 

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing with you more specifically from the various ministries we work with in Israel and also write about some of the events we attended, including a Jewish wedding.

We are honoured to have partnered with you and what God is doing, as we labour alongside each other and the Israeli believers in the harvest field! 


 “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before You as people rejoice at the harvest”  Isaiah 9:3


28 September 2013

Israeli Youth: Destined to be Kingdom Shakers


"You are the hope of Israel! You have a destiny to be Kingdom shakers as the Lord releases his power", said Rania, a prophetic intercessor and mentor to young people in Nazareth.

"Don't be a generation that only seeks God with your lips - don't let your hearts be far away from God!' exhorted another speaker, "We need to live our lives as living sacrifices."

Powerful words and inspiring testimonies spoke to the young people gathered at the ELAV youth conference in Haifa, this August. Traveling from all over Israel and even from the Palestinian Territories, young people came to ELAV to worship, to pray, to learn and to grow deeper in their faith.

Scattered all over Israel, many of the youth don't have much opportunity to connect with other believers who are their own age. ELAV is an opportunity to make new friends and strengthen old ones.  It is also an opportunity to get to know believers from different backgrounds and experiences. Youth from Palestinian controlled territories meet believers from Jewish backgrounds, often for the first time, and walls are broken down.

From the stage, Jewish, Arab and International musicians lead worship in Hebrew, Arabic and English. "It was amazing to be there, so much joy" said one attendee. The front area of the hall, by the stage was packed with young people jumping and praising - celebrating their faith in Messiah Yeshua together. From moments of exuberant joy to reflective times on their knees, these kids were worshiping God with all their hearts.

21 September 2013

Loving back to Life

'AHAVA' - love
Your People My People partners with a Jerusalem based ministry that supports and encourages victims of terror and their families.  Ahuva*, who leads and runs this organisation, has invested many years reaching out to those who are working through this kind of trauma.  Having family members who have experienced terror attacks first hand, currently she has developed a focus on women, particularly mothers who have greatly needed the kind of love and support being offered. 

“Our summer has been a full calendar”, shares Ahuva.  “And we are taking a group of around 12 ladies away for some time out, to love on them and treat them kindly in ways they are not usually used to.  We show them the ongoing kindness and love of our Father, a King who is passionate to lavish the goodness of His Face upon  them.”

The group leaves early morning for a two day trip, treating the ladies to full spa treatments, a guided tour of the area in the evening, a chocolate workshop the following morning...and then home, late evening at the end of the second day.   Ahuva specifically requests that we remember to pray for them during these trips.  “These may sound like ‘easy’ trips but  it can often be an intense time when we are away together and dynamics can occur where ‘war’ breaks out!  We do , however see the huge difference between this group a year ago and today. They have in general become a cohesive caring group, who look out for one another and are familiar and comfortable with working together not just for the good of the individual but the group as a whole.”

07 September 2013

Celebrate Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles

MAKE A SUKAH


A Sukah is a temporary hut constructed for the week-long Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot.

Remember how the Lord led Israel out of Egypt on the way to the promised land. As they lived in tents/temporary shelters, God was faithful to provide for all their needs.

BUILD


A Sukah needs to be a make-shift shelter, a rough shack built by hand but big enough for all the family to sit inside. Let your imagination lead you! You could use beanpoles for the corners or nail together a simple frame. The walls could be made of old blankets, decorative fabric, plywood, cardboard or whatever you can find. The roof should be lightly covered so you can still see the stars. In Israel, many people use palm branches but a wooden trellis covered over with leafy branches or bamboo matting works well.


24 August 2013

Ancient Rites In Modern Times


Empty Streets on Yom Kippur

If it weren't for the voices of children playing in the distance, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had walked into a ghost town. The streets are eerily quiet, the shops are shut up and bolted, not a single car moves on the roads and the usual media background noise from TV and radio is silenced. This is Yom Kippur in Israel: The holiest day of the year when the penitent seek God's forgiveness and even the unbelievers fast, just in case.

Children playing in traffic free streets -Yom Kippur
The experience of walking through the streets on this day has a profound effect that is hard to replicate. With the whole country shut down from sundown the night before, the impact of a whole nation focused on God (even if only for this one day) is quite awesome. If you ever find yourself in Israel on Yom Kippur (English translation:  Day of Atonement), make a point of walking around the streets. The Synagogues are open all day and filled with people dressed in white to represent purification from sin. In the very small neighbourhood synagogues, service-goers often overflow onto the street. As you walk past each one, you can hear the same chanted prayers being repeated in each building you pass. Streets devoid of traffic are a magnet for children on bikes and roller blades. For the adults, it is a day of solemn fasting. Neighbours bring picnic chairs onto the pavements and pass the long hours without food, together as a community. The young at heart, take the opportunity of empty roads to stroll together with friends. Even the motorways are silent and inviting to cyclists and walkers.

One of the privileges of living in Israel for several years, was the opportunity to experience the Biblical Holidays as a part of normal life. It is one thing to read about them in the Bible and to imagine the ancient Israelites listening to Moses as he declares all that God has revealed to him on Mount Sinai, it is quite another to actually physically sit with a modern Israeli family and celebrate these ancient rites throughout the year and partake in a tradition passed down from generation to generation, just as Moses prescribed.

God, in his wisdom, used a calendar of family gatherings and community holidays to teach his people how to worship him and walk in his ways - An annual pattern through which he would set apart a people called to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). Through this template, he would guide them through the present and point them towards his plans for the future.

The Days of Awe


Yom Kippur marks the end of the period of 10 Days known as the Days of Awe. These are the holiest days of the year according to Jewish tradition. It is a time of introspection to consider ones sins, to repent and ask forgiveness from God and from those we have wronged. An opportunity to put things right before Yom Kippur, the most solemn and important day of the year, begins. The 10 Days of Awe begin with the Feast of Trumpets, today known at Rosh Hashanah (New Year). God instructed Israel to set aside the 1st day of the 7th month as a day of Sabbath rest and sacred assembly that would be commemorated with the blowing of trumpets. The Hebrew dates follow a lunar calendar so the date changes each year. 


Rosh Hashanah 
(Feast of Trumpets)

2013 Date: Sundown 4th Sept to Sundown 5th Sept (Jews outside Israel celebrate until 6th Sept)

Biblical Reference: Lev 23:23-25, Num 29:1-6 Also referred to in Nehemiah 8:1-12



Yom Kippur 
(Day of Atonement)

2013 Date: Sundown 13th Sept  to Sundown 14th Sept

Biblical Reference: Lev 16:29-34; 23:26-32, Numbers  29:7-11; Hebrews 9:11-14, 22-24, 10:1-25




17 August 2013

Jesus Still Working in Nazareth



Acts 1:8  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."


Inspiring the next generation is a large and consuming call, one that Rania, the director of HOPE (House of Prayer & Exploits) takes to with enthusiasm and unwavering expectation.  This year on Pentecost (Shavuot/Feast of Weeks), Rania hosted a Worship and Prayer Event for youth, held in her hometown of Nazareth.

It was an evening themed on Acts 1:8 and included times of worship and prayer led by young people from different churches around the Galilee.  A video was shown inspiring this generation to respond to the call to be watchmen on the walls, along with prophetic dance and testimonies of young people's lives being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and of healing miracles. There was also personal ministry for the youth after a short word was shared.  In short, they were anticipating the Holy Spirit to touch many and were open to His agenda!

“We are believing for the Lord to release fresh winds of the Spirit over our region and over this generation”, says Rania.  “If we keep gazing at Jesus and His glory in worship and prayer we will ultimately look like Him, and change the world around us. We will become like the one we are gazing at!”

10 August 2013

Arise and Shine! - Jewish and Arab Youth expecting great things in Haifa, Israel

On the 17th August 2013, hundreds of Israeli young people from Jewish and Arab backgrounds will be coming together in Haifa, Israel to worship, pray and learn more about the one that unites them. Through their faith in Yeshua/Jesus, dividing walls are broken down and true friendships can be made.

Watch the videos below to see how God is moving among young people in Israel!







PRAY! The organisers of ELAV invite us to join with them to pray for this awesome event before and during the conference. Watch the video to hear how we can pray for ELAV 2013






A donation of £150 will sponsor one young believer from Israel to attend this conference (Includes ticket, accommodation and transport).

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03 August 2013

Shoes, Computer Lessons and Dinner at the Beach

Holocaust Survivors receiving new orthopedic shoes
During the month of July, hundreds of Holocaust Survivors living in Israel received brand new, comfortable, orthopedic shoes to ease their feet. They were distributed by one of our partners, Helping Hand Coalition (HHC), who received them as a gift from Christians in Germany. The Survivors were delighted with their new shoes and eagerly tried them on and showed them to each other. Boxes of shoes were delivered to the cities of Ashdod, Rehovot, Afula, Hadera, Nazareth, Sderot, Ofakim, Beersheva and Jerusalem where Holocaust survivors were invited to come to local social centres and receive a free pair of new shoes.

Earlier, HHC staff had personally distributed supermarket vouchers to the homes of Holocaust Survivors in the southern towns of Sderot, Ashdod, Ofakim and Beersheva. These cities have been subject to years of rocket attacks from nearby Gaza, and Holocaust Survivors have expressed the fear they live with when they hear the sirens. The HHC representatives were able to not only bless the Survivors financially, but also to take time to sit and chat with each individual. These one to one encounters help to relieve some of the fears and loneliness these Survivors deal with on a daily basis. 

Your People My People supports the work of HHC, a local Israeli charity working among Holocaust Survivors in Israel today.  We have seen first-hand the love and dedication that goes into caring for these people in Israel through various projects. Very elderly Survivors receive personal home visits and financial help, more physically able Survivors meet in local weekly home groups called 'Warm Houses' and during the annual holidays, Survivors are taken to cultural concerts and celebrations. 

27 July 2013

Israel 2013!

 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news... 



One of the things Your People My People loves to do, is to share the good news of what God is doing in Israel!  We know the international media is very good at painting a picture on our screens and in our newspapers that do little to encourage us, and at times, a lot to mislead us about world events, including those in the Middle East.  But there is much to rejoice about when we begin to hear the good reports, the stories of the believers in the Land that reach out to their communities with the gospel of Yeshua the Messiah!

Even though the Jewish and Arab believers in Israel make up less than 1% of the total population, there has been exponential growth in the Body of Messiah over the last 30 years.  Where there were only a few indigenous fellowships before, today there are over 150 local congregations and groups that meet regularly to worship and pray together.  Where previously there were only a handle of Israeli believers who followed Yeshua, now there are estimated to be 15,000 Jewish and Arab Israeli believers spread throughout the entire country.
 
Karen and Amanda, YPMP Directors, will be self funding a trip over to Israel for 2 weeks at the end of August, to connect face to face with the ministries we support and pray for regularly, taking the love and encouragement of the believers here, to the believers there.   Please pray for them as they prepare to travel and for their time in the Land, that relationships will be deepened and new opportunities will open to bless and serve.

...who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”  Isaiah 52:7

20 July 2013

Update on Tikvat Yisrael School

Earlier in the year we shared with you about the exciting vision of Tikvat Yisrael (Hope of Israel) School - the project of establishing the first Messianic school in Tel Aviv.  The desire is to provide children with a quality education that includes an integrated biblical world view in their daily instruction.  Their heart is to see the total development of each child – spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, and physically.  In Israel, there are only two other similar schools that exist, but in Tel Aviv, the population centre of the country where 60% of the people live, a school like this has not yet been founded.

At the time of writing, it was hoped that the school would be ready to open in September this year.  Creating a Christian/Messianic educational institution from the ground up in the “Jewish State” was expected to be a challenge. The Board have seen their fair share of delays and there will no doubt be plenty of hurdles in the future, nevertheless, their biggest challenges right now are logistics and finances.  They recently learned that they are no longer able to open the school in the facility that had been offered for free, after being informed that the owners would have to pay around £3k a month in extra taxes if the school opened there. 


Having to search for a new location and needing to start over with a new budget has unfortunately produced a significant delay in the projected opening date, from 2013 to 2015.  Please continue to pray for the Board of Tikvat Yisrael School as they work steadily toward its establishment  Their vision is to have a school that values excellence, “This implies that we must do our very best from the start. As a result, we want to have everything in place from the beginning to ensure the continuation of the school for years to come.” 

06 July 2013

10 Reasons for the 9th – A Disastrous Anniversary


Anniversaries are so often a time of joy and celebration – birthdays, weddings, Independence Days, the start of something that now has longevity being remembered and commemorated. And then there are some anniversaries that are not so joyous – memorial days, the date a loved one died, some days we’d just rather forget and even wish had never happened. Some of us have more of these than others, but few of us have multiple disasters on the same day over different years. And it seems that Israel is at the top of this inglorious list of honour. 

You would expect any nation that can trace its history back over thousands of years, to have some calamities in its wake, but disasters that happen on the same day of the year? Surely it’s just coincidence?

The day is called Tisha B'Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב‎ or ט׳ באב = ‘the Ninth of Av’) and is an annual fast day in the Jewish Calendar named for the ninth day of the month of Av, the date this year being remembered on 16th July. Most Jewish people know the fast commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, but there are several other Jewish tragedies that occurred on this day, and accordingly, it has been called the “saddest day in Jewish history”.

So what events actually took place on the 9th of Av according to history and tradition? Let’s start at the beginning:

22 June 2013

3 Keys To Praying For Israel


1. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem:


Pray for the physical protection of the Jewish people. The Bible records several everlasting promises that God made to the people of Israel. Throughout history, God's enemies have tried to wipe out this people group and in so doing discredit God's promises and make God out to be a liar. We know that the God of Israel is true to his word and for his name's sake will keep his promises to the descendants of Abraham. Pray for protection from Israel's enemies: from the neighbouring countries that plot against it and from enemies within who strike at the heart of the nation with terror attacks.
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,  I will seek your prosperity." Psalm 122:6-9


2. Pray for the Salvation of the Jewish and Arab population in Israel:


As Jewish and Arab people come to faith in Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah, the walls of separation are broken down. True peace in the Middle East is only possible through the revelation of the Prince of Peace. Jew and Gentile are reconciled through the work of the Messiah.

08 June 2013

To Console Those Who Mourn In Zion: a ministry to the survivors of acts of terror.

For one Israeli mother, a personal encounter with terrorism became the catalyst for the establishment of a ministry to help other victims of terror.

Ahuva's* son was in the centre of Jerusalem having Pizza with friends in the crowded 'Sbarro' restaurant when a Hamas suicide bomber entered and blew himself up.  Ahuva answered the phone to hear her son crying "Mum, it's raining blood!" She screamed at him to get out of there, then the phone went dead. All of his friends were killed ... they attended too many funerals in the following days. In total, 15 people were killed and a further 130 were physically injured not to mention the many hundreds emotionally scarred by the trauma.

A few years earlier, Ahuva's* elder son had been lynched by a group of Palestinians while completing his compulsory army service and beaten almost to death - he was 19 years old. The story was given a lot of  attention in the Israeli  media as video of the lone soldier being beaten by the angry mob was broadcast across the nation. The soldier was criticized for not fighting back and the subject was much debated. People began to call the soldier's mother and Ahuva* found herself an impromptu spokeswoman for victims of terror.

01 June 2013

Shmuel Salway in the UK


 This year we have the pleasure of hosting native born Israeli pastor, Shmuel Salway, when he comes to speak here in the UK:

Shmuel, the Associate Pastor of Adonai Roi (The Lord is My Shepherd) Congregation, was born in Tel Aviv to Jewish parents who had immigrated to Israel from India. He attended a Messianic Congregation for much of his childhood, and became serious about his own faith when he was 15 and decided to give his life to the Lord.

After graduating from high school, he served as a combat medic in the Israeli army on the Golan Heights and in Lebanon. Later, while majoring in geography at Tel Aviv University, Shmuel was drawn to serving in summer camps with a strong aspiration to reach out to teens; knowing how important it is for this age group to have someone to challenge them in the Lord.

After working for several years in security for El Al (Israeli Airlines) and the Israeli Consulate in New York, Shmuel returned to Israel and began attending Adonai Roi Congregation in the spring of 2003. By autumn, He was invited to become the Youth Pastor, and soon after became the Personal Assistant to Pastor Avi Mizrachi.

Through meetings with other youth leaders from different congregations around Israel, Shmuel met Suzie who is also a native-born Israeli. In 2006 they married and currently have two children: Shaked (daughter) and Gefen (son). They continue to lead young believers and are part of the leadership of an organization called Neged Hazerem (Against the Flow) gathering the youth of multiple congregations together for weekly events. They are also actively involved in Katzir (The Harvest) organizing nationwide youth camps.

Shmuel is currently the Associate Pastor of Adonai Roi Congregation and Youth Director, and continues to work in the office as an Executive Manager. 


Schedule:

Fri 7th June  7:30pm - Beit HaTikvah Fellowship: ‘Upper Room’, St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd, Rock Ferry, Wirral, CH42 3UZ

Sat 8th June 10:30am - Sulam Ya’acov: Methodist Community Hall, Heaton Park, 275 Bury Old Rd, Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JA

Sun 9th June 10:30am - Elim Pentecostal Church: Thomas St, Holyhead, LL65 1RR

Sun 9th June 6:00pm - Oasis Christian Centre: Byrn Rd, Cefn Fforest, Blackwood, Gwent, NP12 3LY

Fri 14th June 7:00pm - Bible Hall Fellowship: Cnr Mere Rd/Donnington St, Leicester, LE5 5GR

Sat 15th June 10:30am - Manoah Mesianic Fellowship & Prayer for Israel: Welton Village Hall, Welton, LN2 3LU

25 May 2013

Hidden Gems in Nazareth



Nazareth has some wonderful surprises that the average tourist to Israel never sees. We were privileged to experience two of them during one of YPMP's ministry trips to Israel. Hidden away down an unsuspecting alley was a gem of a restaurant serving tasty arabic food in a beautiful old villa. The surroundings and the food were amazing. We sat enjoying the rich Middle Eastern flavours and ambiance together with another hidden gem, Rania Sayegh, the Director of HOPE (House of Prayer and Exploits), as she shared her heart about prayer, Israel, and the youth of Nazareth.

After the meal, Rania led us through another maze of alleys and stairways to the place where HOPE meets. An apartment has been converted into an oasis for prayer. The former living room is now a place where believers can gather to pray and intercede. Around the room are sofas and a stack of plastic chairs for extra seating. The walls are adorned with banners and prophetic pictures. The apartment is on the side of a hill and the balcony looks out over the city.