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: