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…)

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.)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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? (more…)

The holiest site of Christianity

On my very first visit to Israel, I was given advice about spending time in the peaceful garden around the empty Tomb. I did and not only on that visit but on every time when I have been in Jerusalem. Many of those times are filled with memories of friends of Israel who joined our annual tours to make a pilgrimage. (more…)

Foreseeing a new era for Israel?

The entire world─as represented in the United Nations─ came against Israel last year. The latest UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was a total opposition to Israel and its capital of Jerusalem. Since Israel does not have a vote in the Security Council, they were left to watch yet another resolution forced upon the Jewish state.

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament

On January 17, 2017, the sun rose again over the Holy City. As an unexpected move, Antonio Tajani, an Italian-born politician, was elected as the President of the European Parliament. Mr. Tajani already served the UN as an acting president and he is known as a true friend of Israel.

 

In his speech in Toulouse, France, before senior European rabbis, rabbinical judges and leaders of Jewish organizations from 32 European countries, Mr. Tajani said, “We respect the precepts of your faith and will fight without compromise for this right. The Jews are and were an important part of Europe’s history, present and future.” (more…)

Territory of Judah may be divided

“The boundary [of the Tribe of Judah] ascended from the Valley of Achor to Debir and turned north to Gilgal, facing the Ascent of Adumin, which is south of the wadi” (Joshua 15:7 and Joshua 18:17).

Ma’aleh Adumim is one of the largest cities in the West Bank of the Jordan River with a population of 37,500. Its name, Ma’aleh Adumim or “Ascent of Red,” comes from the word “red” or “adumim,” which refers to the red-colored rock ascending from the Dead Sea.

For the past 23 years, Israel has been in the midst of a “peace process” and, therefore, has been obligated to work toward the creation of a viable Palestinian state─within Israel’s own borders. This obligation holds, whether negotiations are active or not. The recent UN resolution demands Israel to end all community and settlement activity in the land that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. The stated purpose of this resolution is to divide the land of Israel by the United Nations’ vote. (more…)

World powers and refugee resettlement

In the past three years, world conflicts and wars have uprooted tens of millions of people from their homes and home countries. Today Christians are the most persecuted people all around the world. Open Doors USA lists fifty countries where it is dangerous or at least very difficult to be a Christian. Endless crowds of Muslim migrants have made their way to the European countries, and many also to the US. Where are the Christian refugees?
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