Project: January 2018

January 2018 Project: Special-Needs Israeli Children

Terrorists target children!

 

An Arab mob targeting Jewish hikers in Samaria

Islamic terrorists who cover their faces and hide in Mosques and other politically sensitive locations, target Israeli children─where ever they find them. We have read for years about the school bus, pizzeria, bus stop, shopping center and other attacks in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria.

The latest and the most unthinkable attack took place in Samaria at the end of November. A group of twenty-five boys with two adults from Migdalim were on a planned hiking trip that was approved by the IDF. It was the boys’ private bar mitzvah trip. Suddenly, they saw dozens of Arab young men who began attacking the hikers with stones in a planned ambush.

 

An Arab mob targeting Jewish hikers in Samaria After a struggle, the hikers managed to run into a cave in an attempt to hide until the army arrives. When the Arab mob tried to force their way into the cave to lynch the boys, they were met with warning shots. The terrorist returned fire along with rocks. At the end, the army rescued the hikers and medics took care of the wounded hikers and terrorists as well. The group was hiking far from Arab villages, however, terror attacks happen everywhere and anytime. Children who have experienced an attack such as this need time to recover. For a few of them, the trauma is too much to overcome. As Israel has suffered from thousands of terror and rocket attacks, there are also hundreds of traumatized children. Join us to assist them and their families. Thank you so much!

Standing together for Israel’s sake

The urgency of the hour

As Israel makes plans for the 70th State Anniversary in April 2018, news about an expected conflict or war from Lebanon or Syria fill the minds of many Israelis. According to reports, Hezbollah has stockpiled a massive quantity of 130,000 rockets in Lebanon which is more than the combined arsenal of all NATO countries─with the exception of the US. Continue reading

Whoever seeks to put us in danger of annihilation…

Israel and illegal migrants

For small nations, like Israel, a large influx of illegal migrants is a major challenge. Speaking in November at the ceremony for the memory of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to the question by saying, “The fence that we built not far from the Egyptian border has completely stopped the waves of illegal infiltrators into our country and to the Negev. We are determined to remove those who entered here illegally.” In the coming months, Israel will deport 40,000 African migrants and close the main migrant detention center. Israel’s High Court of Justice has approved migrant deportation to an unnamed third country. (Times of Israel) Continue reading

President Trump: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital!

The revival of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995

On December 6, 2017, President Donald Trump made history as the first US president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Israel had declared Jerusalem as the nation’s capital on January 23, 1950. Israel’s First Knesset had proclaimed that “Jerusalem was, and had always been, the capital of Israel.” Most of the world’s nations did not accept Israel to choose their own capital, therefore the few embassies already located in Jerusalem moved to Tel Aviv. The US Consulate is located in Jerusalem, but the Embassy has always been in Tel Aviv. Continue reading

December 2017 Project

Bearing witness of His love

New immigrants Sergey and Elaina with their young daughter Anna came from Kazakhstan. Life in Israel was much better than back in their old home country. Well-educated and speaking several languages, Sergey was quickly employed in Israel’s technology industry. Both parents working, they found a good school for their young daughter. Life was good and the family was happy in their new home.

Suddenly and without warning, Sergey was told that his services were no longer needed and his job would be eliminated. His position would no longer be needed. Months moved forward but no new job came available. Sergey and Elaina fell months behind in their payment for Anna’s day school care.

CFI received an appeal from the day school, as they knew that there were Christians in the land who truly

cared about the struggles so many young Israeli families face in their first years in the country. Understanding the situation and ready to meet the challenges faced by this family, CFI’s First Fruits Project was honored to provide the school with payment for the months missed on the child’s billing and, beyond that, took care of the months remaining of this school year. Anna’s care was provided without causing new debt.

The young couple expressed an overwhelming gratitude as their realized that Christians in the nations were there to stand alongside them in the time of desperate need. Your generous and continued support made this and other assistance possible. From our hearts, we thank you for your God-given compassion and willing heart to help the Household of Faith in the Land.(Reference to For Zion’s Sake 3rdQ2017, Kevin Howard)

From the pages of the Mideast history

Lord Balfour’s Declaration

One hundred years ago, on November 2, 1917, a historic document called the Balfour Declaration was signed. The essence of the document was about the British Government’s favorable view about the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. The region was part of the fading Ottoman Empire; therefore, Britain had no real power to promise anything to anybody. As years passed, the Balfour Declaration gained recognition and the power to pave the way for an independent Jewish state─as soon as the British forces left Palestine.

Since the 100-year anniversary, the document─along with the British Government and Her Majesty, the Queen─has come under criticism from Muslim groups, such as the Palestinian Authority. The document is already a century old, but the dispute goes on. Continue reading

We rejoice when strawberries bloom in Israel

The Mother of Israel─from pogroms to state of her people

Golda Meyerson, later Meir, was born in 1898 in Kiev, Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine. Golda wrote in her autobiography that her earliest memories include her father boarding up the front door of their home in response to rumors of an imminent pogrom (large-scale, targeted anti-Jewish riots that began in the late 1800s). She had two living sisters and siblings who died in childhood. In 1905, Golda’s father came to the US to look for work and found employment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A year later he had saved enough to bring his family to Milwaukee. Continue reading

Thank you for standing with Israel!

Israel committed to all peoples’ freedom

In his speech to the Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem (October 2017), Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

“I want to welcome you all to Jerusalem, the eternal united capital of the Jewish people. You know, you are joining us as we celebrate 50 years since the Holy City was liberated and united─50 years of religious freedom for all. You know that because you walk around, you go to the holy sites, you go to the churches, others go to the mosques, and you know this is a free city.

I want you also to join us looking forward to the day when the embassies of all your countries move to Jerusalem. Israel has no better friends─I mean that─no better friends in the world than the Christian communities around the world. Israel is the one country in a vast region where Christians not only survive, they thrive. Continue reading

November 2017  Project: Israeli Soldiers 

 Israel’s finest taken down

In late September, Israeli news reported about the Har Adar (near Jerusalem) terrorist attack. A Border policeman and two security guards were killed. An Arab terrorist opened fire on a group of security personnel who were opening the Har Adar community entrance to       Palestinian workers. As a result, the community was closed and Palestinians lost their day’s pay!

The terrorist did not take down only the three exceptional men but caused another trauma and the deep loss for their families. Staff Sergeant Gavriyah from Beer Ya’akov had joined the Border Police for his mandatory national service and had recently served as a policeman in the Jerusalem area. Security guard Ottoman from Abu Gosh was known to offer a helping hand to everyone, also to Palestinian workers in his community. Security guard

Or Arish was a friendly local man from Har Adar. May their memory be blessed as their families, communities and all Israel mourn for them. CFI’s project for soldiers continues to encourage warriors of the Israeli Border Police, the IDF and the Reserve Units. With your support, we are able to provide special equipment, as well as items such as tactical gloves, knee pads and thermal wear for cold nights in the southern desert and northern mountains. Together with you, we combat the evil of anti-Semitism and bless Israel’s finest. Thank you! (Jim McKenzie, CFI)

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

Join multitudes of praying friends

We know that we serve a God Who hears our voices when we call. When there is no one else to run to, He is always there for us in our hour of greatest need. At CFI, for decades we have been asking you in the nations to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” as commanded in Psalm 122, and there are multitudes of you in the nations who pray.

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, however, is not just for Israel and her people. Verse 8 reveals that there is an additional purpose for praying: “For my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be with you.’”

When you pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem, you do so for those you love as well. God brings blessing to those who bless the nation of Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Genesis 12 understanding of “I will bless those who bless you” also applies to praying for the nation of Israel and her people. We invite you daily to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel. We encourage you to find others who will pray with you and join the multitudes around the globe who pray for God’s chosen people─the Jewish nation. (For Zion’s Sake 3rdQ 2017 prayer needs)

God Keeps Covenant

A Thirty-Day Study of God’s Love for Israel

There are so many questions among Christians today concerning the Lord’s relationship with the Jewish people. Why is much of the Church silent on this whole issue? In this book, Wendy D. Beckett reveals God’s love for His chosen people. B23 for $11.00, click here to purchase.

 

The new Jewish year began with celebrations at sundown on September 20. Sounds of the shofar (ram’s horn) were heard in Jewish communities around the world.

The shofar is often used as an instrument of spiritual warfare. In Numbers 10, sounding a shofar is also a weapon for a battle: “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who  attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with trumpets; that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies” (Numbers 10:9 NASB).

Those who don’t have a shofar and are not familiar with its use, know that prayers and proclamations are mighty weapons in any war against the schemes of the enemy. When you find yourself in a spiritual battle, consider the following verses as your personal proclamation till you see a victory:

 I overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of my testimony, and I do not love my life to the death ( reference to Revelation 12:11 NASB).

 

No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that accuses me in judgment I will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from You, O Lord ( reference to Isaiah 54:17 NASB).

 

 James 4:7 NABS says: “Submit, therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The day of victory! 

In May 1948, the modern State of Israel was established. It was a miracle that took only one day. It was a historic victory over the Romans, the Nazis, the British Empire and the opposing Arab nations in the region. God in His Word had promised to bring the Jewish people back to their own land, so nothing was able to stand against His plans.

In April 2018, join us in Jerusalem to pray for peace, proclaim God’s promises and call Jews to return to their ancestral land. The enemy has surrounded the tiny state with nations filled with undying hatred and has raised political opposition to Israel in every corner of the world. Come to support and stand in the gap for the Lord’s land! 

“May those who love you be secure.

May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’

For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

I will seek your prosperity.” (Psalm 122:6−9)