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  • Eric's Story

    The last time we were in Israel, we got to meet Eric, the outreach and evangelism director serving at Dugit's coffeehouse, HaOgen (The Anchor). Here is his story... How did the Lord lead you here to serve at Dugit Outreach Ministries? Well, funny story. I actually found Dugit before making Aliyah [immigrating]. So, when I came to Israel, I went to Tel Aviv and went looking for them. I loved their mission of being “fishers of men.” But after arriving in Tel Aviv, I spent about half an hour trying to find the place, and discovered I hated Tel Aviv—and wanted to get out of there! A year and a half later, I got a new job and found myself looking for an apartment in Kfar Saba (twenty minutes northeast of Tel Aviv). I had been in touch with a guy through a mutual friend back in Georgia, who offered me a room in his house even though we had never actually met in person. I agreed and so he sent his sister-in-law to pick me up and help me move. A few weeks later I was talking to my friend in Georgia, and shared with him that I was living with his friend. He told me that this friend is the leader of a congregation and that he is married to the daughter of Avi and Chaya Mizrachi from Dugit in Tel Aviv. Long story short, I met Avi shortly after, began dating his youngest daughter (who is now my wife), and joined the ministry. What do you like best about serving at Dugit? My greatest joy is working with the people. I get to be a fisher of men. I get to meet people from all walks of life, and to witness God’s redeeming power. How did you come to know the Lord? Growing up in a Jewish family in Georgia, my brothers and I were seen as “different” and we had to deal with a lot of antisemitism. Even though we tried to blend in the best we could, I was always proud of being Jewish and as a child dreamed of going to Israel at age 18 to serve in the IDF. But instead of the IDF, I chose competitive bodybuilding. This path led me into some dark times but looking back I can now say that God was already coming after me. He would place Godly men in my path at the gym who always encouraged me, were always full of joy, and always talked about Jesus. Since they were older, I wanted to be respectful and let them say what they wanted. Fast forward five years and I found myself on a surgery bed needing a hip operation. It turned out to be a birth defect that was exacerbated due to my heavy weightlifting and my heavier than average body weight. After the surgery, the first thing the surgeon told me was that I had the hip of a 90-year-old woman. If I continued doing what I was doing, I would need two hip replacements by the time I was 40. Suddenly I found myself in an identity crisis. For the past five years, my identity had been my appearance. I was known by my muscles and my success in competitions and in the gym. All my life I excelled in various sports—always earning first place or being the best at whatever it was I was doing. Now I was aware of my limits, recognized that my strength was not like it was, and realised I had to reevaluate the direction of my life. Then one of these men from the gym came to mind. I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to reach out to him. It had been about 6 years since I last saw him in the gym and wasn’t sure if he even remembered me, but something led me to send him a message anyway. He responded and asked to meet with me that evening. As we sat together, he began to share with me the goodness of God in his own life and the way God filled the role of a loving father—something he didn’t have through his childhood or youth years. And then there came this moment for me, as I sat across the table from this grown man with tears in his eyes, and I became jealous of what he was telling me. How can he speak of my God this way as if he knows more about him than I do? Isn’t God for the Jews, and Jesus for the Christians? He looked at me sitting there, pondering these things, and told me that I could have it too. I asked him, “How?” He began to share who Jesus is, what He did for us, and told me that if I repent and believe in Him, I could also enter into this relationship with Him. And so that night I decided to follow Yeshua. ________ Eric along with other Dugit staff reach out to Israelis with the hope and peace of Yeshua (Jesus) through a coffee shop ministry in the centre of Tel Aviv. If you would like to support this ministry DONATE HERE and note your gift is for "Outreach".

  • Presenting Corrie's Hiding Place

    3,000 Holocaust Survivors in Israel will be able to watch the moving story of 'The Hiding Place' by Corrie Ten Boon re-told through dance. Ballet Magnificat, a professional dance company from the USA will perform this true story during the week of Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day. The story takes place in Nazi-occupied Holland in 1944, at the height of the Holocaust. Two Christian sisters Corrie and Betsie, search for ways to help their Jewish neighbours, life-long family friends who are threatened with deportation to the Concentration Camps. The Ten Boon family builds a secret hiding place in their home and their neighbours find security with them. Tragedy strikes when the Ten Boons are raided by the Nazis and transported to Ravenbruck Concentration Camp to face struggles far exceeding their wildest imagination. "Choreographer Jiri Sebastian Voborsky unveils this heroic story with a great level of drama, passion, pain, yet joy, and ultimately hope. He brings before the audience the challenge to believe the unbelievable– the power of forgiveness." We pray that the Holocaust Survivors will be blessed by these special performances and as they experience the beauty of the music and ballet they too would find their pain replaced with healing and begin to understand the power of forgiveness to set them free. ________ If you would like to help Holocaust Survivors in Israel you can DONATE HERE and note your gift is for Holocaust Survivors.

  • Deborah's Clan

    Arab and Jewish women sharing God's heart, together! Earlier this year, during a time of instability in Israel that was filtering down into the Body of Messiah, a group of women came together in Nazareth to pray, worship and spend time together. God had been speaking to some of the leaders about coming together in true unity, resisting accusations against one another and bringing security to the land. Messianic Jewish and Arab Christian leaders met at HOPE’s (House of Prayer and Exploits) new prayer centre in Nazareth to enjoy this time with each other and to press in to what God is doing in the land. Messianic worship leader, Karen Davis from Carmel Congregation near Haifa led the first worship session declaring that fire would burn through each one and consume every stronghold - an army of women being raised up in the land! As host, Rania Sayegh, an Arab Christian and pioneer prayer warrior welcomed everyone and posed the question: “How can we work with the Holy Spirit to heal the land?” She shared how God could use the unity between Arab and Jewish women like a spiritual secret weapon. Many years ago, God spoke to Rania saying, “When the women rise up in the land, there will be security in the land.” Just as in the Book of Judges, when the prophet Deborah arose, there was security in the land. (Judges 5:7). Rania shared a picture of each woman having keys that open doors of blessing for the earth. “We are keepers of the doors,” she shared, “It is our responsibility. We need to look at the circumstances around us and ask God what He is doing. Our last fight will be against the spirit of accusation.” Rania’s words were powerful because recent deaths on the Israeli and Palestinian ‘sides’ have led to deep division even in the Body of Messiah with differering political points of view causing pain and offense. The Believers need to be able to rise above political storms and be the carriers of God’s higher perspective bringing love, forgiveness and reconciliation - pouring Holy Spirit balm over tense emotions. “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:7-8). Rania encouraged the women leaders to let their love be constant - even in times of suffering. To love one another despite circumstances needed to be a priority. She quoted Corrie Ten Boom, “There is no panic in heaven.” Messianic teacher, Orna Grinman also shared from the Book of Ruth, when Ruth tells Naomi, “Don’t entreat me to leave you!” Orna explained that the Hebrew word for “entreat” means to wound. She is saying that Naomi would wound her by insisting she leaves. The same Hebrew word root is found in the word for intercession. Every time we are wounded, shared Orna, we look for someone to blame, someone to hook it on. Our tendency is to focus on the wound but in God’s Kingdom, we can look at the wound and then turn it into intercession. When we get hurt, she continued, we can ask God where He is in this wound, in this situation. Is He above it, beneath it or in this wound? By cleaving to Naomi, Ruth received a place in the home of the Kinsman Redeemer. Sometime after this gathering, a smaller group of Jewish and Arab ‘Deborah’s’ travelled together to Bethlehem on a prophetic journey of healing the land. Inspired by the story of Ruth and her journey to Bethlehem, nine women gathered for lunch and prayer and broke bread together. They prayed for peace and love among both peoples and declared prophetic words over the land. Rania described it as a real netting together of hearts in unity and love - the love of the Believers one for another will release the heart of God for the region! Let’s join our prayers with these women that God will take their unity and bring security to the Land. _____ Can you support the work of the House of Prayer in Nazareth. DONATE HERE

  • One Heart | Shalom House Happenings

    "Thank you for these events. We need these kind of Shalom House events. These events, they touch our souls and they bring us life. Thank you so very much for these…” - shared by Rachel, a Holocaust survivor who made Aliyah (immigrated) from Ukraine many years ago. Every Shalom House event hosted at Helping Hand Coalition’s centre in Caesarea is a unique occasion. Up to 50 survivors of the Holocaust arrive each time from different cities in Israel, usually for a concert, for sharing stories and for an incredible time of fellowship. From the moment the Survivors arrive, they are showered with love and lifted up from the daily struggles of life. On one particular summer day, the international group, One Lev, performed for these dear elderly (LEV means heart in Hebrew). Filling the event with Middle Eastern, European, and American inspired music, the band took the survivors around the world with a message of Hope, Love, Peace and Joy. The excellent performance soon got everyone's hands clapping and feet tapping! When asked how he felt about playing at the Shalom House, the music group leader, Mikhail explained, “My heart is full of gladness and happiness to play for the survivors.” Before the performance, Helping Hand Coalition founders Andre and Bozena Gasiorowski, welcomed everyone and shared the vision of HHC. They introduced some of the special guests who shared stories and a beautiful atmosphere was created among the group with everyone really feeling like they had one heart. After the music, lunch was served and the Survivors were able to spend time sitting in the beautiful garden chatting and getting to know each other. "It is imperative that these dear Holocaust survivors are reached out to, helped, supported and lifted up as quickly as possible as they will be with us but for moments longer." shared Luke and Sarah Gasiorowski who help to manage these events. Your People My People have seen first hand, the wonderful effect these Shalom House events have on the Holocaust Survivors - lifting them up and showing them they are not forgotten. Each Survivor leaves the event with a spring in their step and a big smile on their face! If you would like to support Holocaust survivors in Israel and the work of HHC's Shalom House Events - you can DONATE HERE

  • Hiking The Israel Trail

    Lech L'cha discipleship ministry has just began a really special programme with a new bunch of recruits. The 3-month residential course usually includes plenty of hiking in the land of the Bible - visiting sites from the Old and New Testaments - but for the first time, Lech L'cha will be hiking the Israel Trail. The Trail, known in Hebrew as Shvil Yisra'el is a hiking path crossing the entire length of the country beginning in the north at Dan near the Lebanese border and ending in Eilat on the Red Sea at the southern most tip of Israel. A whopping 1,015 km (631 miles) which takes an average of 45-60 days to complete. National Geographic listed it in their 20 most "epic trails." It is described as a trail that "delves into the grand scale of biblical landscapes as well as the everyday lives of the modern Israeli." The Lech L'cha staff spent a lot of time praying and planning this new course and are really excited to see how God will impact the lives of these young people as they hike through the Land. At the beginning of the course, everyone participated in team building activities and orientation at the Lech L'cha house, to get to know each other and then had a two week preparation time before beginning the hiking trail. They began in the most northern part of Israel and will trek all the way to the most south tip. Pray for this new group embarking on their Lech L'cha discipleship journey - that they would meet with God in new and deeper ways and understand the fullness of their identity in Him. Pray also that the Bible will come to life as they visit the places where it happened and the truths will take deep root. Pray also for the Lech L'cha staff as they lead this new style of discipleship journey - give them vision, wisdom and discernment and bless them as they invest in the coming generation. If you want to walk some of the Israel Trail when visiting Israel, markers with three stripes (white, blue, and orange), are painted on rocks and trees along the route - check out more info here: Since January 2016, the Israel National Trail can be explored on Google Street View. Can you help support this discipleship group? DONATE HERE and note your gift is for Lech L'cha.

  • Overwhelmed With Thankfulness

    At the end of June, 230 Jewish and Arab youth took part in the Dor Haba Summer Camp. Four days of meeting with the Lord and with each other. “We witnessed His love, healing, forgiveness, unity, and creativity break out in our hearts and lives once again.” shared Tal, the Director of Dor Haba. During the camp the teenagers took part in various creative workshops in addition to spending time worshipping and praying and of course breaking down barriers and becoming friends across cultural and political divides. In the music workshops, teenagers prepared to lead worship and prophetic intercession for the whole gathering. It was amazing to see 14, 15, 16 year olds taking the lead in bringing their peers into the presence of God each meeting. The youth attending the dance, drama and film workshops worked together on a music video to the song, “Awake My Soul”. They came up with the storyline and ideas themselves and were excited to produce something together, as young Jewish and Arab Believers, that shared about their faith and hope in Jesus. On the third day, everyone went out onto the streets of the city of Netanya for an outreach. The art students who had been making original jewellery and writing scriptures to go along with each piece, went “treasure hunting”: as they walked around they asked the Lord who to give the jewellery to. This led to many conversations with people on the board-walk about their faith and the unity that Jesus brings between them. Those who did the dance workshops performed in several places along the promenade by the beach and those who had been working on music also played and sang worship songs in various locations. Many Israelis stopped to listen and even joined in. One local resident commented that they, “brought life back to the board-walk” and one of the worship teams were even invited to play in a cafe. After the outreach, all 200 or so teenagers ,with the helpers and leaders, returned to the camp venue to share their experiences. There were so many encouraging testimonies and this led into a powerful time of worship. At the end of the meeting the host on stage said there was time for one last testimony. A 16 year old girl came up to the microphone and shared how she had been severely depressed for two years, and had almost taken her life the day before the camp started, but she decided to go to the camp and give God and life, “one last chance.” She ended up giving her life 100% to Yeshua (Jesus) and getting filled with the Holy Spirit. She was glowing and had such a huge smile on her face, a genuine smile that her friends had never seen before. Her testimony led to 23 others coming up one by one, confessing that they too have struggled with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. The whole room began sobbing quietly and turning to each other to receive prayer. Many were set free - it was a powerful time. “You could sense the power of death just breaking in the whole room,” shared Tal, “as young people began giving their fears and hopelessness to the Lord and repenting. Then, one by one, they began coming up to the mic (over 35 youth), praying and interceding for salvation and healing in their generation.” We pray that these teens will continue to push deeper into the Lord and that the friendships they built with each other will be an encouragement now they are back in their own homes and congregations. DONATE >>

  • Paddington Bear and the Holocaust

    Did you know that the character of Paddington Bear was inspired by Jewish refugee children arriving at a British train station as they fled the Holocaust? "A Bear Called Paddington" was published in October 1958. The author, Michael Bond, based the character of the now famous bear, on a memory of children arriving at Reading train station during World War 2. The young refugees wore labels around their necks to identify them and each carried a small suitcase. Bond transferred this memory into the image of a small bear sitting on his suitcase in Paddington Station with a note saying "Please take care of this bear" hung around his neck. The holocaust link goes further. In the story, Paddington befriends Mr. Samuel Gruber, the owner of an antique shop on Portobello Road in London. Mr. Gruber is an elderly Jewish man who escaped the Nazis from Hungary. Bond based the character of Gruber on his first agent, a German Jew who Bond said, "was in line to be the youngest judge in Germany, when he was warned his name was on the list, so he got out and came to England with just a suitcase and £25 to his name." When the Paddington 2 movie hit the screens in Israel in 2018, the voice of one of the characters was played by Nechama Rivlin the late wife of former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. And did you also know that the voice of Paddington in the Ukrainian version is Volodymyr Zelensky, who used to be a comedian and actor before he became President and is also Jewish. In April this year, the Israeli government published figures stating 161,400 Holocaust survivors are living in Israel today (2022): victims of antisemitism during the Holocaust period. The average age of Holocaust survivors is 85 and a half years old, with 31,500 over the age of 90 and more than 1,000 over 100 years old. Over the past year, 15,553 survivors died in Israel, an average of more than 42 a day. Among those living in Israel, 63 percent were born in Europe: Eastern European countries of the former Soviet Union, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Czechoslovakia and France. An additional 18.5% of survivors are from Morocco and Algeria, where they suffered discrimination and harassment under the Nazi-allied Vichy government. A further 11% are from Iraq, survivors of the Farhud pogrom of June 1941. Seven percent are from Libya and Tunisia, countries that during the Holocaust passed racist laws against Jews and imprisoned their communities in labour camps. Some of the Jewish community were also sent to Italy’s Giado concentration camp in Libya. They survived Concentration Camps and ghettos, lived under false names, went into hiding, or worked in forced labour, sometimes alongside their parents. According to a Survivors’ advocacy group, of Israel’s 161,400 Holocaust survivors, roughly one in three lives in poverty. Though most survivors receive government stipends, it is often not sufficient to meet financial needs, especially with soaring costs for rent and expensive medication needed for ailing bodies still suffering trauma inflicted during the Holocaust years. Many depend on food donations organized by Israeli charities and are forced to make heart-breaking choices between paying their rent or buying much needed medication. Your People My People is honoured to support an amazing ministry in Israel run by a family passionate about bringing hope and dignity to these remaining survivors in their last days. From distributing food vouchers, organising new eye glasses, dental treatments and mobility aids, to running events aimed at pouring love upon these special souls, Helping Hands Coalition is making a huge difference in the lives of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. We have known this family and organisation for many years and have seen first hand the cloud of heaviness lifting from the Survivors as they experience Helping Hand Coalition's 'Shalom House' events. Join us in blessing Holocaust Survivors living in Israel today - you can support them HERE

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