The Apple of God’s Eye
Streams of Blessing is our outreach project that encompasses and covers a large number of Jewish people from all walks of life, all ages, and in many different situations. We never run out of situations to face that are heartrending, sad, and in some cases tragic. People in all nations face poverty, sickness, and disease; however, when God’s Chosen People suffer and there is no one to help them, God goes searching for those who will.
He searches for comforters, helpers and those willing to pray. (more…)
“We have friends aboard…”
On May 8, 1972, Sabena Airlines’ flight 571 was on its way from Vienna, Austria to Tel Aviv with ninety passengers aboard. Sabena was the Belgian national airline. About twenty minutes out of Vienna, four passengers─two men and two women who actually were members of the Black September Organization (a Palestinian terrorist group)─ entered the cockpit to hijack the flight. When the plane’s British-born Captain Reginald Levy saw what was happening, he calmly told the passengers: “As you can see we have friends aboard.” He concealed from the hijackers that his wife was among the passengers. (more…)
“Jerusalem 50th Jubilee” CFI Conference
One of the May conference’s most informative messages was given by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger. He spoke about the past and the present Israel-US relations. Lisa Miara, founder of the Springs of Hope Foundation, brought her personal experiences about assisting women and child slaves of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Dr. Mordecai Kedar, an Israeli Scholar of Arabic Literature in the Bar Ilan University, spoke about the reasons why Islam has set eyes on Jerusalem, instead of Mecca or Medina, which are Islam’s first holy sites. Pastor Steven Khoury from Holy Land Missions shared trials and challenges of Israel’s Christian population.
IDF Commanders shared about defending unified Jerusalem and all Israel. Ma’aleh Adumin’s Mayor Benny Kashriel spoke about his city’s role in guarding the road to Jerusalem. General Uzi Dayan recalled the miracles of the Six-Day War and the events of the reunification of Jerusalem. Sharon Sanders shared how Israel is preparing for Her King. Pastor Rick Ridings from Succat Hallel reminded Christians to stand in the gap until the end. (more…)
Israel’s decisive victory in six days of June 1967
The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was a bitter setback for the neighboring Arab countries who wanted the entire region ruled by the Islamic faith. Having the Jewish nation in the Middle East was seen as Islam’s failure. For years before the 1967 Six-Day War, tension had been building up between Israel and the neighboring countries. (more…)
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).
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. (more…)
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).
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.” (more…)
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!
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: (more…)