Yad VaShem’s research continues

The World Holocaust Remembrance Center calls the Polish Holocaust bill very regrettable and says that it will risk distorting history. Yad VaShem vows to continue supporting research into the Polish population’s attitudes toward Jews in general and the role the Poles played in the persecution of Polish Jews during the Holocaust. The move by the Polish Parliament drew condemnation in Israel from across the political spectrum. Knesset Ministers have called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to immediately recall Israel’s ambassador from Poland. (more…)

 For security’s sake

Welcome to Efrat in the mountains of Judea! This Community, with a population of 8,700 people, was established in 1983 and is considered the capital of the Gush Etzion block. It is situated about 7.5 miles south of Jerusalem, between Bethlehem and Hebron. On our visits to tree planting in Efrat, we have met Mayor Oded Ravivi and other community members.

Since Efrat also has been a target of terrorist attacks, they need emergency equipment and life-saving devices to protect their residents. Surveillance cameras are critically important to spot terrorists before they infiltrate the community. Please join us to assist Efrat for the sake of all the residents’ security. Thank you!

 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)

Exciting times

There has been so much Biblical prophecy taking place in Israel over the past months. It is mind boggling but so powerfully invigorating as we watch the power of God’s prophetic Word arise in today’s modern world to prove its eternity.

The Temple Mount─on which the Jewish people have not been able to pray for over ten years─has again come under Jewish control. No doubt this will cause endless anger and hatred from the radical Muslims. However, God will do things His way. War looms on our horizon and even Iran is getting into the picture. Pro-Iranian forces are circling the nation and Hezbollah is ready for a war in the north from Lebanon. Gaza is a boiling pot of hatred from Palestinian terrorists. Iran, Syria, Egypt and other neighboring Arab countries are making
plans to join together for one purpose: TO DESTROY ISRAEL.

This places us all who work for the ministry right in the heart of the conflict. The good news is that we are staying here and continuing with the Lord’s work. Because of the past thirty years of plowing some hard ground, the relationships between Jewish people and Christians have changed. You are a part of God’s plan and work for His people. Your prayers and support have made it possible. We all with the ministry thank you and bless you from the Holy City. (Reference to Sharon Sanders’ letter)

Prophet Daniel in Babylonian captivity                   

“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name”  (Daniel 9:19)

Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, had marched his army to Jerusalem and besieged it. King Jehoiakim of Judah, along with sons of Israel─including some of the royal family─were taken to Shinar in Babylonia. Therein captivity, “Daniel observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely seventy years” (Daniel 9:2−). (more…)

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…)

My help comes from the LORD

Giving thanks

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. From whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip, He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:2−3 NAS).

We begin a new year with you, thanking the Lord for His care. We sincerely thank Him for protecting Israel, its leadership, and citizens. We praise the Lord, God of Israel, for the new US Administration, and pray for them wisdom to lead the nation into the coming years. We thank the Almighty for protecting CFI’s staff all over the world and providing the many assistance projects we have for the best of the people of Israel. (more…)

God’s divine choice

 The following chapters are excerpts from “The Glory of Thy People Israel,” by Lance Lambert (2012).  

“I have said to my American friends: If I were to stand in Washington─that most beautiful city in the new world─ near the Washington Memorial, and say: ‘You see all this? It is all going to disappear. God is going to judge this whole situation, and it will disappear so completely that the world will not even know there was a Washington. It will become a myth or a legend, as if it had never existed.’ You would laugh at me and say, ‘How could Washington disappear? It is so great; it is the capital of the superpower of the world. How could Washington disappear?’ But they all disappear. It is only Jerusalem that endures. (more…)

CFI invites pastors and ministry leaders for an educational tour to Israel in January 31–February 7, 2017. This 8-day exceptional and economical experience allows you to become familiar with Israel and the ministry of CFI, and to prepare to bring your own tour in the future. The land tour for $399 per person, in double occupancy, includes touring and entrance fees, two meals per day, transfers in Israel and tour & hotel tips. Single occupancy available for additional $300. Domestic and international flights on your own.

Pastors Mark, Wanda and Leon (right to left) touring in Israel. Now picture yourself teaching, baptizing and leading a group!

Pastors Mark, Wanda and Leon (right to left) touring in Israel.
Now picture yourself teaching, baptizing and leading a group!

For details visit CFI Jerusalem at www.cfijerusalem.org.






Life counts in any age

Parents have always known that raising children and educating them is a challenge all over the world. The task is more difficult in families where parents are unemployed or facing health challenges. For a young person, schooling becomes an overwhelming burden without substantial support from home. Elderly pensioners requiring medical treatments can no longer afford groceries, upkeep of their homes or other life necessities. (more…)