18 December 2014

Look At What You've Done!

Through your prayers and generous giving this year,
you have made a difference!



God's Kingdom in Israel has grown as people have come to faith in Yeshua.










People have received basic necessities such as food, blankets, shoes and more, not to mention being hosted at events to bring honour, joy and encouragement for the soul.


Pastors/ministry workers and their families have been financially assisted as they serve their local congregations.



Individuals and groups have been discipled in the Word, in prayer, in outreach and even in hospitality.


Survivors of terror attacks and the Holocaust have been ministered to with love and care, and dignity restored to their lives as they have been empowered to walk forward in healing.
Houses of prayer have grown and expanded and leaders have taken the word of God out from Israel to the nations.


Pastors and leaders from around the Middle East have gathered together to pray for their region, searching the scriptures together and praying into God's word.


Jewish and Arab pastors, congregations, and young people have also met throughout Israel, coming together for prayer, worship, intercession and to hear from the Lord.


On behalf of the Body of Messiah in the Land,
thank you for being a part of what God is doing in Israel!


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11 December 2014

The Gospel According To Hanukah

At the time of the Feast of Dedication, Jesus was in Jerusalem teaching in the outer courts of the Temple. (Gospel of John, Chapter 10.) 

‘Dedication’ is the English translation of the Hebrew word Hanukah. This Feast celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple in 164BC (between the Old and New Testaments) The Syrian-Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes had banned the Jews from practising their religion and tried to force them to worship Zeus. He had desecrated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by setting up a pagan altar and in 167BC on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, (Kislev is a winter month occurring in November or December)he used this altar to make a pagan sacrifice, an abomination to the God of Israel. A revolt was initiated by a Jewish Priest named Mattathias and continued under the leadership of his son Judas, nicknamed ‘Maccabeus’ (the hammer). The revolt came to be known as the Maccabean Revolt.
The Maccabees overcame Antiochus’ troops and the Temple was restored and re-dedicated. On the 25th Kislev 164BC, the true sacrifices as God had ordained in the Old Testament, began once again. “At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it, it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes and cymbals. All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who had prospered them. So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and offered burnt offerings with gladness; they offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise. They decorated the front of the temple with golden crowns and small shields; they restored the gates and the chambers for the priests, and furnished them with doors. There was very great gladness among the people...Then Judas and his brothers and all the assembly of Israel, determined that every year at that season, the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days, beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Kislev.” 1 Maccabees 4:54-59. The 8-day Feast of Hanukah (Dedication) has continued to be celebrated with joy and lighting of lamps/candles since that time.

It was at this Celebration, the Feast of Hanukah, the commemoration of the re-dedication of the Temple, that Jesus chose to teach for the last time

04 December 2014

A Little Russian And A Lot Of Love

Delightful aromas reached our nostrils as we entered an apartment where the hosts of a weekly Shalom Home gathering were preparing a meal for Holocaust Survivors. A 3-course dinner was cooking, the table was set with the attention of a banquet for royalty, and beautiful fresh flowers were arranged in vases down the table. Even a temporary rail was set up complete with coat hangers and the only thing missing was the guests. Soon, the door swung open and in walked 16 or so senior citizens. An excited buzz filled the room as coats were removed and places filled at the table.
Ready for a feast

We were honoured to have been invited to this Shalom Home and to have the opportunity to spend an evening with these special individuals. Each one had been a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust on the German-Russian front. They had been children during the time of the Nazi invasion of the USSR. As the Nazis implemented a plan of mass execution in Jewish villages, these children, sometimes with a parent, sometimes without, had escaped the German troops through various means and survived despite horrendous conditions, near starvation and freezing temperatures. Now in their 70s and 80s, they are living in a land far from their childhood memories, where learning a new language and seeking out a living have created their own stresses and difficulties. These Jewish pensioners look forward to these weekly times to sit and share with others who understand.


Karen & Amanda with Marta and Holocaust Survivors

Marta, one of the hosts, taught us some phrases in Russian so we could help serve the guests in their native language. She explained that before the Shalom Home gatherings existed, many of the Holocaust Survivors felt lonely and isolated. Now, these weekly gatherings are