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)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)