June Project:  South American Jews    

Christians supported us!

A few months ago, Leah Gamboa visited CFI’s Distribution Center for assistance. The Gamboas are a family of six. In the mid-70s, during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, Juan Gamboa went to the Chilean Chancellery to obtain paperwork needed for their family’s Aliyah process. When the officer in charge learned that he was a Jew, he stopped him, insulted him and was going to arrest him. Finally, a different officer released Juan and told him not to return. Their daughter was once stoned by another student at the school. The family was afraid for their safety and decided to move to an island in southern Chile, where they lived for 20 years.

On her visit, Leah told how her family had experienced anti-Semitism and a few of her relatives had suffered persecution and torture. It had been done in the name of Jesus by the Catholic Church. Leah continued that Evangelical Christians had always supported them and encouraged them to move to Israel.

Leah was very touched and grateful for the help she received from CFI. She said that from the moment the family decided to “come up to Israel” God has blessed them tremendously. We thank you for your financial gifts and clothing shipments for Latino Jews! (Adopted from Rocio Fordham’s article (FZS 3rdQ2016).

 

 

No weapon that is formed against you…

Unmovable rock

The enemies of Israel have one common goal: the total destruction of Israel. The Eternal City of Jerusalem, as the holiest site for the Jewish people, is under attack now more than in the times of wars and conflicts. The Scriptures state that the Lord will cause Jerusalem to become an unmovable rock and that many in the city will seek the Only True God for their salvation:

“Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle” (Zach. 14:3). “And the LORD will be king over all the earth, in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one” (Zach. 12:9).

 

Massive cyber-attack thwarted

In early May, Israel’s National Cyber Authority (NCA) blocked a planned massive cyber-attack on hundreds of businesses, government ministries, public institutes and private individuals in order to hurt Israel’s economy. Continue reading

Love the LORD your God…

For the sake of the Scriptures

On every Independence Day, Israel holds the annual Bible Contest. This year 15-year old Sagiv Lugasi from northern Israel was the winner. He made history by being the first winner from a non-religious school in 30 years. Maria Shpilowitz, a girl from Belarus, came in third place. She had prepared for the quiz by teaching herself since she does not study in a Jewish school. Shlomo Helfgot, who was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, came in fourth place. The quiz event included also high-ranking guests such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and the Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. Please pray for Israeli children and teenagers by declaring over their lives:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Deuteronomy 6:5).

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Sixty-Nine Years of Miracles

Celebrating in Jerusalem with Israeli flags and Hebron banners                            

A free people in our land, in Jerusalem…    

All through its sixty-nine years of independence, Israel has fought for the nation’s existence. From the 1948 War of Independence to United Nations’ resolutions, Israel has survived, prospered and welcomed back home millions of Jews from all corners of the world.

In his Independence Day greeting on May 2, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin called it the Independence Day of all the Jewish people. “Sixty-nine years ago, in the moments just after David Ben-Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel, we all went out to dance in the streets. We celebrated a hope which came true: to be a free people in our land, in Jerusalem.” Continue reading

May 2017 Project: Guardians of Jerusalem




We stand with you!

Border policemen (in gray uniforms) and soldiers gathered to
listen to instructions in the Old City Western Wall Plaza.

Magav (Border Guard) is the border security branch of the Israel National Police. While its main task is securing Israel’s borders, it has also been deployed in assisting the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and for counter-terrorism and law enforcement operations in Judea and Samaria, the borders of Gaza, as well as in Jerusalem. Because of combat training, border police- men are employed in unique areas, where there are great risks of danger (riots, violence, and terror).

 

These heroic and strong men and women do God’s  work on the ground as Guardians of the Holy City and other areas.

Our longstanding financial support of the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Border Police comforts inspire and encourages every soldier who hears us continue with courage and faith to defend the nation’s very existence. For the spring and summer months, the David’s Shield

The project needs new supplies. For a typical unit of 200 Soldiers, the items and financial needs are:

  • DriFit T-shirts $1,600  –   Backpacks $3,700
  • Water packs   $4,200  –   Hats            $1,600 

(Based on the FZS Magazine 4thQ2016, Jim McKenzie.)

Your gracious and generous provision for this project is much appreciated. We thank you and bless you!

The LORD will protect you from all evil…

David’s Sling air defense system

In the April 2 government meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the government’s obligation to ensure Israel’s security. He revealed that in the same day a new anti-rocket system became operational. He continued that all Israelis had felt the great benefit of the Iron Dome system against short-range rockets from Gaza. The new system, called “Magic Wand,” was developed against medium-range rockets to protect the home front.

Pray God’s protection over Israel with the promises in Psalm 121:7─8:

The LORD will protect you from all evil. He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.

 New winds at the United Nations

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, addressed the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Conference in late March in Washington, DC. She spoke about her first UN meeting and the shameful December 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s presence in Jerusalem. It was the resolution the US, under President Obama, refused to veto. Ambassador Haley also spoke about the Richard Falk Report that compared Israel to an apartheid state (South Africa). After Mrs. Haley called out the UN Secretary General for it, the report was promptly withdrawn. Mrs. Haley continued by saying that if anyone says that the US cannot do anything at the UN, they need to know that there is a “new sheriff in town.”  Please pray for God’s favor over the US diplomats, so that they will stand with Israel: Continue reading

Who are we, the “Christian Friends of Israel?”

Mandate to bless His people with you

As Christians, we have received from God a love for Israel and the Jewish people. We want to bless them in the name of the Lord. We believe the Lord Jesus is both the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world; however, our stand alongside Israel is not conditional upon her acceptance of our belief. We exist to comfort and to support the people of Israel and to inform Christians around the world about God’s plans for Israel.

Christian Friends of Israel believes that it is important to bring awareness to the Jewish people of our solidarity with them. It is through your donations to our many outreach projects that we are physically able to carry your expression of love to communities─that are not only under attack─but to the many victims of terror, as well.

We take items of relief to individuals in the IDF, help needy congregations in the land, comfort survivors of concentration camps and ghettos, equip and encourage the Jewish-Ethiopian community, which struggles to adjust to Israeli societyas well as reach out with aid to the poor, war veterans, and the widows and orphans throughout the nations of Israel.

Lighthouse entrance gate, Ukrainian immigrants with gift bags, renewed Bridal Department and a truck-load of clothing shipments arriving from friends in the nations.

CFI’s Lighthouse Distribution Center provides an outlet for individuals throughout Israel to come to us. The Center serves those who have recently made Aliyah (come home) and for elderly pensioners to come and shop in our uniquely designed clothing store. Those new to the land also receive a free gift bag that contains NEW items such as towels, pots, pans, electric kettles, sheets, blanket, items for the Shabbat and a Tanach. We also assist others in need at our Center when referred by a coordinator. The CFI Bridal Salon, which provides wedding gowns, tuxedos, accessories, and more, is also located in our Lighthouse building.

We firmly believe that it is of the upmost importance for you, the Church, to be continually updated concerning your responsibility toward the Jewish people. Since we are your eyes and ears here in the land, when we travel and speak throughout the nations, it enables us to give the church a first-hand look at what is happening in the land and clear up questions of confusion.

We are also able to set right the anti-Israel bias that is being propagandized by the secular media, with our hope of solidifying your stance and understanding as to why the Church MUST be in solidarity with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. So remember, you won’t want to lose your blessing!


It is my hope that you will seek the face of God, the God of Abraham, 
Isaac, and Jacob, and ask Him how you can make a difference here in Israel, in this year. Please pray that He will show you how He would have you handle the people that He calls “the very pupil (the apple) of  His eye”(Zechariah 2:8/2b NAS) Stacey Howard  (Excerpts: “Blessings from Jerusalem” by Stacey Howard, International Director of CFI, For Zions’ Sake 4thQ 2016.)

Within your gates, O Jerusalem…

The Eternal City preparing for the future

Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, endorsed recently a massive building project to construct a whole new district in the city. The project is called “The Entrance to Jerusalem,” and it is expected to become one of the most prominent business districts in the Holy City. (See the wooded area in the photo above.) High-rise business and apartment buildings are been constructed also in other parts of Jerusalem and its suburbs. Jerusalem is preparing for future immigrants, new businesses, and for the 70th anniversary of the State in April 2018. Continue reading

May the love of Yeshua shine through us

Truly I tell you…

Project First Fruits is designed to assist the Household of Faith (Community of Believers) in Israel. It is one of the projects that was always near and dear to my father’s heart (Ray Sanders, CFI co-founder).

Recently, because of your generous support, CFI was honored to be able to provide financial assistance, as well as much needed clothing from our Distribution Center, to a ministry that provides encouragement, care and is a “Safe Haven” to those that have found themselves on the streets with nowhere else to turn. Your donations, both tangible and financial, are helping to bring people out of the bondage of abuse, dependency, and immorality. Continue reading

The Second Ingathering…

The remnant of His people

“Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people…And will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:1).

 North America is one of the corners of the earth where Jewish people have enjoyed peaceful and prosperous lives after the destruction of most of the European Jewish communities in the years of WW2. One may wonder about the timeline of that day that the Lord will again recover the second time His people and bring them back to their ancestral land. Are we now close to that day? Continue reading