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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
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- YOUR PEOPLE MY PEOPLE | Supporting Messianic Jewish and Arab Christians in Israel
HELPING JEWISH AND ARAB BELIEVERS SHINE BRIGHTER IN ISRAEL TOGETHER WE SHINE BRIGHTER ADD YOUR LIGHT >> MAKE A DIFFERENCE It’s our heart to see God’s Kingdom grow in Israel and to that end, we want to share with you the stories and testimonies of Jewish and Arab believers in the Land who are involved in doing just that - working together, praying together, outreaching together and growing together. Please browse through the articles, read the stories, hear the hearts, pray for the Body and become part of what God’s doing in Israel today! JEWISH AND ARAB BELIEVERS TOGETHER Arab and Jewish followers of Jesus are breaking through political and cultural divides and working together to transform their nation with the love of God! Through Pastor's conferences, Youth Events, Women's meetings, Prayer Events, Outreaches and more, walls are coming down, friendships developed and testimonies forged. READ MORE >> BUILDING THE KINGDOM 50 years ago there were only a handful of Congregations in Israel - today, there are over 150 local, indigenous Congregations, Home Fellowships and Prayer Centres. God is building His temple of 'living stones'. Alongside Congregations, discipleship ministries and training centres are equipping the local Believers to be salt and light in Israel. READ MORE >> COMFORTING THE SUFFERING God has raised up locals with hearts of love and compassion that are bringing help and dignity to those in need. There is an especially small window of opportunity to care for Israel's aging Holocaust Survivors. With roughly 1 in 3 living in poverty, and with an average age of 85, projects that help practically and combat loneliness are essential. READ MORE >> HOT OFF THE PRESS Eric's Story Presenting Corrie's Hiding Place Deborah's Clan HELP US LIFT UP THE ARMS OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ISRAEL TOGETHER WE SHINE BRIGHTER READ MORE >> DONATE NOW >> Shmuel, Director of Lech L'cha “We at L'ch L'cha Discipleship ministry are so blessed by the faithful support and prayers of Your People My People. Over the years more than 300 young adults have gone through the program and we have seen their lives changed as they grow closer to God and go on to bear fruit in their lives. Thank you, Your people my People for being a big part. " “The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour.” 1 Corinthian 3:18 Tal, Director of Dor Haba "Thank you so much for standing with Dor Haba (Rising Generation) Ministries and sowing into the next generation of Jewish and Arab worship leaders, intercessors, musicians, and songwriters in the land. A warm hello and thank you also from all the children and teenagers who are leading weekly prayer and worship sets at Succat Hallel, our 24/7 House of Prayer in Jerusalem - thank you for encouraging them to stand on the wall in prayer as young watchmen on the walls (Isaiah 62:6) ." Bozena, Director of Shalom Houses “Through the work we are doing in Israel, Survivors of the Holocaust are learning that there are people worldwide who love the God of Israel and His People, and through whom His Word of creating “beauty for ashes” is fulfilled. Because of your help and support, we are able to create an atmosphere of love, joy, and happiness for the survivors during Shalom House events. Before going home, the survivors cannot stop speaking words of gratitude for the time spent together. On behalf of Helping Hand Coalition, representing the survivors of the Holocaust here in Israel, I would like to thank you all for blessing us with spiritual and financial support. ”
- DONATE | YPMP
DONATE "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness." God loves Israel and is reaching out with loving-kindness to draw the people back to Himself. God is moving among the Jewish and Arab followers of Jesus/Yeshua/Yesua in Israel. When we choose to give, act or move in response to what Abba has placed on our hearts, He weaves our response into the story in ways we would never have imagined! MAKE A DIFFERENCE! GIVE ONLINE UK DONORS This is the best way for us to receive your donation if you live in the UK. If you are a UK tax payer, there is also an option to add Gift Aid which enables us to claim tax back from the government and increase the value of your donation at no cost to you. DONATE >> GIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL DONORS If you live outside the UK, we use PayPal to process your donation. You do not need a PayPal account - you can donate here using your credit or debit card. DONATE >> HOW YOU CAN HELP More than anything, we value your prayers. As we pray, God moves and lives are transformed! Read More >> Whilst every effort is made to accommodate donors’ wishes the trustees of Your People My People retain the discretion to apply funding received by the charity for such purposes (within the aims of Your People My People) as they so decide. MAKE A DIFFERENCE With your help, lives are being transformed. Jewish and Arab youth are writing worship songs together | Holocaust survivors are receiving kindness and care | Arab and Jewish Pastors are praying together for their nation | Young people are being discipled in their true identity | Jewish and Arab children are becoming friends across cultural and political divides | the Gospel is being shared | Arab women are being healed | Messianic Congregations are pastoring their flocks | Hope and Love is changing communities