28 January 2016

Whatever Your Hand Finds To Do

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all of your might...”
Ecclesiastes 9:10 

After her first hand experience of terror, in her life and that of her family, Ahuva* found her hands helping others in Jerusalem who had survived the same.  Children, mothers, families that had all had first hand encounters with terrorists, loosing limbs, loved ones, and peace of mind.  For over ten years, Ahuva worked with hundreds of victims through the organisation of Springs of Hope, little knowing that it would be a launching pad to a much wider sphere of influence.
On the front lines of ISIS

ISIS labelling a home
The remains of Sinjar
Back in August 2014 for a short period of time, our TV screens and media pages were full of stories of Mt Sinjar in Iraq, home to the Yezidi people that had been overrun by ISIS.  During their rampage of terror, 5000 men were massacred as thousands fled their homes and ran to the mountains for safety.  Of the women and children who did not escape, over 3000 are still held in captivity today under the reign of the Islamic State.  The woman are sold and used as slaves, suffering much physical and sexual abuse.  Young girls by the age of 8 or 9 are given in marriage and the young boys are ‘adopted’ by the regime for indoctrination into the militant lifestyle that values hatred and murder of any that do not conform to the State’s extremist beliefs.

The ruins of Sinjar are the last place you would expect to find a small Jewish lady.  A meeting of Government, civil, academic, and spiritual leaders in Kurdistan is the last place you would expect to find an Israeli from Jerusalem.  But there she is, larger than life, full of passion and vision, having earned the respect of all as she has put action to her ideas of how to help and become involved.  Ahuva’s hand has found much to do and she is doing it with ‘all her might’!
A family reunited


Another rescue and donation of clothing
Your People My People learned of the rescue attempts of the Yazidi women and children through Ahuva’s personal contacts in Kurdistan, government sanctioned undercover operations that are often successful in reuniting the captured woman and children with their families.  The operations are secret, finding ways to get individuals out without alerting ISIS to what is going on, ‘stealing’ them from under the noses of the extremist militants.  Not every operation is successful.  Sometimes the brave men who go in undercover, do not come back out.  But on a good day, a life is saved, a family is reunited, a child comes home, and there is much rejoicing in the temporary camps that have become permanent tent dwellings for the last year and half!
What they return 'home' to

‘Mama Ahuva’, as she has come to be known, makes no bones about her Jewish background or why she is there. “For me, this is personal. It is the name, the character and the fame of my God, his honour and glory which is at stake here. It is about setting up the Kingdom of God within the confines of the Islamic State. It is about him baring his right arm to redeem and rescue. The God of Old is rising up....as Abraham saw him and he was able to know that something was different about this God and He was worth following and leaving name and fame behind. So it is with my boys and my team. They are seeing the Lord God of Israel move forward like a warrior, arousing his zeal like a man of war. He is uttering a shout. He is raising a war cry and He is prevailing against his enemies. And He is grabbing my boys attention. They are seeing him. Yes they are seeing him. And they are intrigued.”

Besides helping raise funding for Yezidi rescues, Springs of Hope Foundation is also working on setting up a reception house for those who are being released.  The amount of trauma that the women and children experience is often beyond description and Ahuva understands well the need for a safe place where they can receive healing and rehabilitation on an individual level and within the family circle.  Springs is also working to supply clothing and basic necessities for the rescued ones, and coordinating sponsorship for those who are student age to be able to attend the University of Dohuk.  “Unparalleled doors have been opened for us,” shared Ahuva.  “We have received the authorisation and blessing from every strata of the community to work alongside the Yezidi people.

Your People My People actively supports the work of Springs of Hope.  If you would like to invest in what God is doing through Ahuva among the Yezidi people, please click here and note your donation is for 'Springs of Hope' - thank you!



*name changed

14 January 2016

"For Such A Time As This..."

An opportunity to bless 

Arab Christian Women Leaders 

in Israel


We are so thankful to everyone who helped to support the Arab Deborah Arising Conference last year. Rania, shared with us that she received sufficient funding to cover all the costs - God is faithful!

Rania and HOPE (Nazareth) are organising a follow-up women’s conference called “For Such A Time As This” to specifically train and empower 60-70 Arab Christian Pastor’s wives and women leaders from 20 local churches, to minister and intercede in the power of the Holy Spirit.

"What we are sensing for the February gathering, is a time to equip, train, and empower the women. We are seeing how events are accelerating in the Middle East. Therefore it's time for the army of Arab women whom God is calling for such a time as this, to understand the times and seasons we are living in, and also to seek the Lord corporately for His strategy, pray and decree His heart in order to begin to move and march as intercessory power in the land." - Rania Sayegh,  Director of HOPE House Of Prayer and Exploits, Nazareth

Would you like to help us bless these women? 



INTERCESSORS NEEDED


Current Prayer Needs: 
  • For every women who wants to attend - all hindrances removed - release from their family obligations.
  • For wisdom and strength for Rania and HOPE staff preparing for the logistics of the conference.
  • For wisdom and God's heart be revealed to the ministry team as they prepare for the conference and provision for all their needs.
  • For the financial needs to be fully provided and met by the end of Feb. 
  • For strength, health, and protection for Rania and all involved in preparation, and for their families. (Full healing for Rania’s mother who is currently recovering from surgery.) 


SPONSORS NEEDED


£150 
will Sponsor an Israeli Arab Woman to attend 
             the 3-Day Leadership Conference