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Life to cherish  

We at CFI believe that it is very important to know the history of the past and to preserve the memories of the horrific events of the Holocaust. While we will never be able to fully comprehend what precious survivors went through, or to understand their pain, we can and we must be their voice in our days when some doubt that the Holocaust even happened.

Hosting Holocaust survivors in Hedera, Israel

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“Remembering the bitter past, my desire is that nobody would experience such distress and grief as we did, who grew up without a father’s love and affection. Please, people, be sober and live in peace. Love each other and  remember to do kindness.” – Efim (Leader of the Kfar Saba Holocaust Survivors Organization in Israel.) “Never Again” (a quotation from a sign in Dachau Concentration Camp.) We sincerely thank you for your support as together with you we extend care and comfort to these precious survivors. Their era as living witnesses is passing away. (Reference: Project Forsake Them Not, Olga Kopilova.)

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Had it not been the Lord…

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As Israel celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the modern State of Israel this year, we can confidently say that Israelis have never run, withdrawn or escaped to a more peaceful place. Instead, they have cultivated the land from north to south and east to west, built the cities and villages, cared for and educated the next generation, and risen to world prominence in technology, trade, and other areas. Here are a few of the top Israeli inventions:

Iron Dome: The only missile and rocket interceptor system of its kind, the Iron Dome was developed in 2007 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential Israeli inventions born out of necessity. The Iron Dome system has intercepted more than 1,700 rockets and missiles fired at Israel from various regions. The success rate of the system during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 was 90%.

GPS Road Navigation: Waze is an Israeli application developed in 2006 for GPS road navigation which provides turn-by-turn navigation while simultaneously providing real-time user-based information regarding the chosen route such as traffic and speed traps. Google acquired the system in 2013.

Flash Drive: M-Systems Ltd. was responsible for the original production of the flash memory storage products in 1989. Marketed as DiskOnChip, IBM eventually purchased the flash drives that later evolved into the world-wide know Flash Drive.

Drip Irrigation: Netafim developed and is producing drippers, dripper lines, sprinklers and micro-emitters for growing crops in desert soil. In conjunction with these products, Netafim manufactures and distributes crop management technologies including monitoring systems, controlling 30% of the global drip irrigation market.

Clean drinking water: Watergen invented cutting-edge technology to provide a low-cost solution for creating a renewable source of fresh and clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere. Watergen’s solution is a game changer that will improve quality of life and health, as well as save lives. This invention has the capacity to serve billions of people around the world by providing a basic human biological need, water.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1527881412540{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Take time to pray

Intercede for protection over northern Israel.
On May 10th, Iran fired at Israeli military bases tens of missiles from southern Syria. Israel’s Iron Dome intercepted many of them and no Israeli casualties were reported.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth”  (Psalm 121:1−2)
Pray for peace and calm over Gaza
For weeks, Palestinians from Gaza have attacked  Israel’s border area. Their plan is to invade Israel through illegal entry, mass demonstrations and violence. “For the scepter or wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous” (Psalm 125:3).
Pray for protection over Gaza Christians
The small Christian community lives under severe stress in the terror-ruled Gaza Strip. Pray also for Pastor Steven Khoury who ministers in the Palestinian communities. “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive (Psalm 124:2−3).
Praise God for a new beginning
Recently representatives of the Christian community in Israel were invited to a first-time Bible study in the Knesset (Parliament). Pray for an increasing unity. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1).
Give thanks for the US Embassy in the capital “May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6)

This way to the Embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood!

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1527873720802{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]CFI’s assistance projects were introduced and several recipients of help were honored and celebrated from Holocaust survivors to soldiers and new immigrants from Ethiopia and other countries. CFI Jerusalem staff members speak multiple languages to serve the needy in their own languages to ease adjustment in the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]To the delight of seven international participants, their conference week’s birthdays were recognized with songs and greetings. It was a memorable moment for Stanislav, Cheryl, Rocio and others to celebrate their own lives in Israel’s 70th birthday. Mazal tov ad mea v’esrim – Happy Birthday till 120 years of age![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1527873730012{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

A Holocaust survivor from Ukraine (middle) with CFI’s Stacey
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Conference week’s birthdays recognized.

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Conference participants visiting Yad HaShmona

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Stacey Howard (International Director) and Kevin Howard (Director of Technology) hosted the 2018 Conference

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Conference session recordings: Follow news in the coming Newsletters, emails and by visiting www.cfi-usa.org.

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Main speakers of timely topics

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 Israela beacon of light and hope

CFI celebrating 70 years of the miracle of the State of Israel

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We had the honor to hear Danny Ayalon, a former Israeli Ambassador to the US (2002−2006). His message “The Geopolitical Arena Israel’s Position to Shine” lifted and blessed us all. Stephen Khoury spoke about the Middle East Christians and how they shine against persecution. Pastor Khoury’s father was killed by a Muslim mob in their home village. Jonathan Spyer brought us the larger picture of the region with its current power players of Iran and Russia, and how Israel is the beacon of light and hopes to the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Chris Mitchell (CBN News) reported about the daily realities of life under regimes like Syria and ISIS. His video interviews helped us to understand the peoples suffering and the importance of practical help and intercession. (“ISIS, IRAN and ISRAEL” by Chris Mitchell, a book published in 2016.)

Ambassador Danny and Anna Ayalon (middle couple) with Hannele Pardain and a visiting rabbi

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Celebrations in Jerusalem

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Protecting the borders

CFI’s Project David’s Shield continues to encourage warriors of the IDF, the Israeli Border Police and the Reserve Units who defend Israel’s borders.

Recently, CFI was honored to support the efforts of Yatar Israel, an elite counter-terror volunteer force under the command of the Israel Border Police. Yatar was established in order to work hand in hand with security intelligence units and special commando forces to prevent and combat terror. Their request was to help fund a specialized, state of the art, compact all-terrain 4×4 ATV that maneuvers in tight spaces and is Yatar’s secret weapon, designed to pursue and capture terrorists before they attack. Because of your support, CFI−USA was able to make a sizable donation for an advanced all-terrain vehicle. We sincerely thank you for partnering with us for Israel’s security needs.

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Mediterranean coast seen from Yaffa

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From Basel to an independent Jewish state   

In 1869, Mark Twain wrote in The Innocents Abroad: “Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, Palestine must be the prince…The hills are barren…The valleys are unsightly deserts…Palestine is desolate and unlovely.” The book is a collection of Twain’s reports from his travels in the Holy Land and other Mediterranean destinations.

It appears that only a few Jews were aware of Mark Twain’s discouraging book since the First Aliyah or a large-scale immigration to Palestine began already in the 1880s. Throughout the 2,000 years of dispersion, small numbers of Jews had returned to their ancestral land. This all changed after the First Zionist Congress by Theodor Herzl in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. Herzl’s dream of a future independent Jewish state for the scattered Jewish people became a reality in 1948─only fifty years after the first Basel meeting.

World wars, conflicts, persecution and host countries’ failing economy forced Jewish people to leave their homes. From Russian pogroms to Holocaust, the surviving Jews searched for ways to begin a new life in freedom. They arrived in a land that was barren, desolate and infested with malaria in the Hula Valley wetlands. Draining the swamps was a priority for the first Jewish settlements in the land.

When the Jews began arriving in the coastal plains via Yaffa, all they saw were sand dunes. In 1909, Tel Aviv or Spring Hill was established to lay the foundation for the future capital city.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1525137003198{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text]On the Golan Heights, a land for Jewish settlements was purchased by Baron Rothschild. In 1984, the legal and political permits of ownership were registered. More land was purchased by Jewish associations in Romani, Bulgaria, the US and the UK to begin building roads and farms. In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law extending Israeli administration throughout the entire Golan territory.

During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel captured a territory that included East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, Israel’s ancient Biblical heartland for 3,000 years. The Jewish history continues with the 70th State Anniversary this year.

In a hundred and fifty years since the days of Mark Twain, the scenes of the Holy Land have changed. Many Biblical and political events have unfolded. Today one can delight in the promises to Zion in Isaiah 62:3 (NAS): “You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” (Photos by CFI−USA)

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Malkia Kibbutz, Golan Heights

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 Amigos Christianos de Israel  

Christian Friends of Israel is expanding an outreach in the Spanish speaking countries. Pastor Ruth and John Carlson have already established CFI’s representation in Honduras and Cuba. In 2018, they will be ministering in Bogota, Columbia. Every year Ruth and John travel to encourage pastor and leaders to be part of CFI’s Churches for Israel

Program to support and pray for Israel.

They also lead conferences about Israel and the Church, including a study about the Hebrew Roots of our Christian Faith. They promote Biblical unity among pastors, leaders and congregations.

When Ruth and John ministered in Honduras some time ago, over forty pastors received the Churches for Israel Certificate! In Cuba, pastors of twenty churches are committed to pray and support Israel. They understand prophetically why they should pray for Israel, and they are part of the Churches for Israel Project.

John and Ruth Carlson

Visit “CFI HISPANO” at  www.cfihispano.org. If you like to contact Pastor Ruth and John Carlson, you may write to cfimundohispano@hotmail.com.

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The Ministry Statement of CFI

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 the 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 of God’s plans for Israel. CFI teaches the Church’s responsibility toward the Jewish people and brings awareness to the Jewish people of our solidarity with them. We take His love back to the people who first brought it to us.

A friend of Israel from the Netherlands signing a card for Jerusalem’s 50th Anniversary as an expression of love and support

Daily prayer for Israel

CFI is privileged to partner with intercessors around the world in daily prayer for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem. Because of the unified voices of friends in the nations, so many plans of the enemy are destroyed. It is wonderful to witness the unwavering commitment of those who come to the God of Israel in prayer to intercede for the place He has set his own name and the people that are the apple of His eye. (Photo below: Praying CFI directors from African and European countries.)

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 Israel saves lives around the world

When a major earthquake, flood or other disaster strikes a country anywhere in the world, Israeli rescue and medical teams are often the first ones to come for help. Israel offers assistance to any country in need of such a help. In 2017, they arrived to assist in Texas and Florida after the floods. Still, there are a number of countries who think the world would be better off without Israel.

In a stunning claim that would suggest far-reaching worldwide reliance on Israel’s intelligence agencies, Eli Cohen, Israel’s Economy Minister, stated a few weeks ago in Tel Aviv, that in 2017, Israel warned thirty countries about specific terror plots. In August 2017, Australian security forces arrested two men suspected of trying to blow up one of UAE’s Etihad Airways’ planes flying out from Sydney, Australia. The plot was directed by ISIS.

Israel’s prowess in intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism is a central selling point for the Jewish state in its efforts to create and maintain relationships with foreign countries.

Enemy at the border

As Israeli families gathered for Passover on March 30th, an estimated 30,000 Gazans marched to the security fence bordering Israeli territory. They claimed to be participants in a “March of Return,” a peaceful protest which actually turned out to be a violent demonstration against the Israel Defense Forces─in order to challenge Israeli sovereignty over the country. Hamas and other terror organizations have declared to continue rioting till May 14, the day of the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem. The Times of Israel published a list of identified terrorists who have lost their lives in the armed conflict. Kuwait, representing the Arab countries on the UN Security Council, presented a statement condemning Israeli actions at the border. The US Ambassador Nikki Haley blocked the draft resolution. (Photo: Israel-Gaza border area highway.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1525134830199{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1525142168022{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Continue praying for the scheduled US and Guatemalan Embassies move to Israel’s capital. Pray blessings over both nations as they lead the way for other nations to follow. “For I know the plans that I have for you…plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Syrian wounded civilians

Pray for healing for the 3,000 Syrian refugees Israel has taken in for hospital treatments. President Rivlin has promised that Israel will continue assisting their wounded neighbors. “May all who hate Zion, be put to shame and turned backward” (Psalm 129:5).

Dangers at the Gaza border 

Cover in prayer Israel’s leadership and the soldiers to be effective in halting the riots and keeping the border communities safe. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me. Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies (Psalm 138:7).

Unless the Lord builds the house

United in fellowship  

Rejoice for the thirty Arab and Jewish pastors who recently attended a conference sponsored by Israel College of the Bible, held in Hadera, on the cost of Israel. “Behold, how good an how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity…it is like a dew on Hermon, coming down upon the mountains oZion” (Psalm 133:1).

Developments on the medical field Give praise unto God for the world’s largest field hospital in Israel, a standing wheelchair invention, a medical gauze that stops wound bleeding in seconds, advancements in breast cancer treatment and for other news.   “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who built it”  (Psalm 127:1. (Quotations from NASB).  God of Israel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1525134872656{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1525141966855{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”]

Gaza-Israel highway

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Leaving Anti-Semitism behind

Leaving one’s home country to begin a new life in another country or world region, is often a process of hardship and struggle. Jews of Islamic countries have to deal with many more challenges due to their faith.

A few months ago, Alexander, Galina and their mother arrived in Israel from Islamic Uzbekistan, which is also very anti-Semitic. The Aliyah process was lengthy in the midst of the country’s political struggles. To make matters worse, their suitcases with personal belonging were stolen at the Uzbek airport.

When they arrived in the CFI Distribution Center in Jerusalem, the only clothes they had were those that they were wearing. Because of your donations, CFI provided the family with a good quality clothing, household items and the Jewish Scriptures in their Welcome Gift Bags.

Lev and Fania came from Ukraine. Lev was nine years of age when his family was taken to a concentration camp in Ukraine. Only Lev and his mother survived the Holocaust. Years later, Lev with his wife Fania moved to Israel and came to visit CFI’s Center. Both were so grateful for the gifts they received from the ministry Daniel made Aliyah from Brazil. He is a soldier and came to CFI to look for some winter clothing. He was blessed with an IDF jacket, backpack and other much-needed items. These immigrants represent a few of the 250,000 Jews who have come to CFI for assistance. We thank you for your continued support and prayers. We are your servants in the Promised Land.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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 The Jews are God’s chosen people

The Reverend Billy Graham, called America’s pastor, passed away on February 21at the age of 99 in Montreat, North Carolina. The private funeral with invited dignitaries and guests took place on March 3, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rev. Graham was buried beside his wife, Ruth, at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Prayer Garden, on the northeast side of the Billy Graham Library. (more…)