By Shira Sorko-Ram
The world’s most prestigious newspaper, the New York Times, recently produced an article predicting Israel’s soon-coming demise.
Written by an illustrious University of Pennsylvania professor, Ian S. Lustick, he carefully outlined the reasons he believes Israel will disappear.
His logic is impeccable. From man’s perspective, there is no way Israel will be able to forever fight off those who want to destroy her. In fact, in the 46 years I have lived in Israel, I have watched almost the entire world turn against Israel.
Yes, there are still a few friends. Very few. The U.S., Canada, Australia with its new prime minister. Then there are a few fair-weather friends - off and on as the wind blows.
But how can a nation of seven million Jews continue to fight off the whole world?
Professor Lustick ticks off his reasons with brilliant insight. On second thought, you don’t have to be a genius to see the insurmountable obstacles to peace facing little Israel surrounded by 23 Arab states filled with jihadists.
Yet most democratic nations are in denial as to Israel’s genuine vulnerability. On the other hand, the Islamic and autocratic regimes like Iran - simply believe Israel’s destruction is on its way. Time is on Islam’s side.
As Lustick sees it, for 30 years every American president has enthusiastically brought his entire might and influence to the Middle East in order to “solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Only one time was there a tiny window for a possible breakthrough - in 1993 - with the Oslo agreements.
That Accord provided for the creation of a Palestinian interim self-government, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). But the “insurmountable obstacles” were left for later. Nothing ever came of it.
The obstacles are well known. Palestinians demand:
- Israel must hand over the Old City of Jerusalem to Muslim control, including the Western Wall - and including the surrounding “settlements” suburbs of Jerusalem.
- The 5,000,000 Arab “refugees” including children and grandchildren who have never been near Israel must be allowed to move into Israel proper (and thus overwhelm the democratic state with several million new Muslim voters…)
- The 500,000 Jews who live in East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria must vacate their homes for a new Arab population to take occupancy.
Will this happen? Of course not. If only one of these hurdles existed, there would never be a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
I must quickly admit that Israel does have some non-negotiable demands also.
- The Palestinians must officially agree to recognize the right of the Jewish state of Israel to exist.
- The Palestinians must officially agree to cease all violence and terrorist attacks against Israel, and to stop pressing the UN to take steps to destroy Israel’s economy.
Practically speaking, the Palestinians would have to agree to allow Israel Defense Forces to be stationed along the borders of a Palestinian state to keep terrorists from crossing into a new Palestinian state in order to infiltrate Israel.
Secondly, the Palestinians would have to pledge to make peace with the Jewish state, once and for all, and renounce all further demands in the future.
THE INJUSTICE OF IT ALL
But that’s not all. There are numerous other issues that are equally impossible to solve to the satisfaction of both sides. Here is an incomplete list.
- Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab state since the city’s existence of 4000 years. It has been the capital of the Jewish people whenever they were allowed to live in the Holy Land.
Arabs never thought about Jerusalem being their capital until the Jewish people began returning in droves to the city in the early 1900’s. Now the Palestinians claim their incontrovertible right to make the entire eastern part of Jerusalem their capital.
- There has never been an Arab democratic state. Ever! The Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) is, as expected, a dictatorship under President Mahmoud Abbas. His elected term was over in January 2009, but he still rules. An Islamic dictatorial regime on Israel’s borders would not produce “two states for two peoples living in peace and security.”
- The other half of the so-called future Palestinian state was supposed to be Gaza, but when Hamas leadership was democratically elected, they quickly seized absolute control of the Gaza Strip, and now rule it with a rod of iron. PA officials in Gaza were either killed, jailed, or are living very quietly so as not to rouse the anger of their Hamas rulers. Today there are two “Palestines” with two rulers.
- Every place from which Israel has withdrawn - Gaza, Southern Lebanon, the Sinai Desert - those lands are now jampacked with terrorists looking to attack and destroy Israel.
- Israel learned a very strong lesson: When Israel’s military troops and civilian settlers cleared out of Gaza, to the last Israeli, it did nothing to help Israel gain favor with the UN, the European Union or the rest of the world. Israel gained only one thing: terrorists.
- The Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state - claiming that Zionism is racism. (Zionism is the movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in Israel.) Arab arrogance is astonishing. There are 23 Arab Islamic states - and no one anywhere in the world labels them as racist states.
- The Palestinians and other Arab states continue to educate their citizens claiming Israel illegally occupies Islamic land - through their school textbooks, music, TV, movies and idolizing suicide bombers by naming streets and squares after them. They brainwash children from kindergarten up to believe all of the land now occupied by Israel belongs to the Arab people and will one day be conquered and returned to the people of the Koran.
- A large percentage of the funding from Western States that is given to the P.A. goes into the pockets of its leaders. Everybody knows it. No one does a thing about it. Corruption in the P.A. is over the top. Predictably, it leaves the common Palestinians in poverty.
- The UN has cooperated closely with the Palestinians, the General Assembly giving them status in a first step as a nonmember observer, while other UN branches have embraced them wholeheartedly into their various agencies. Therefore, there is little motivation for Palestinians to make any concessions towards Israel’s security needs or to stop the fierce hostilities against Israel in the UN.
- For example, from its beginning in 2006 to 2010, the UN Human Rights Council passed 48% of all its resolutions against Israel, the only country it has ever specifically condemned! (The UNHRC, of course, is dominated by Islamic states.) The Council makes a yearly review of alleged human rights abuses of only one country in the world - Israel. Therefore, there is no motivation for Palestinians to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel; they are convinced that over time the world will destroy Israel.
- The UN has created a special agency for Palestinians only (UNRWA) giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year to them, and hiring tens of thousands of Palestinians to work at UNRWA. Why would the Palestinians give up the world’s bankrolling in exchange for renouncing its goal of destroying Israel?
- The world regularly blames Israel alone for the lack of progress in making peace with the Palestinians. Why would the Palestinians change their successful tactics one millimeter?
- Arabs have much larger families than Jews. One day they believe the Palestinians will take over Israel just through sheer demographics. (Popular saying: The Palestinians will destroy Israel through the Palestinian womb.) Why not just wait?
Secretary of State John Kerry stands between Israel's Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, right, and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, as they shake hands after the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (Photo: APIMAGES)
CONCLUSION: NO PEACE TREATY
For just some of these reasons, the professor whose article appeared in the New York Times has come to a reasonable conclusion: The time for a peace treaty creating “two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security, is past.”
He lays the responsibility for this calamity, unsurprisingly, at the feet of Israel, which because of its government’s obstinancy is producing “isolation, emigration and hopelessness.” Lustick suggests that Israel will have to give up its “Zionism dream” of being a Jewish state, and just melt into the Middle East. He writes: “Israelis whose families came from Arab countries might find new reasons to think of themselves not as ‘Eastern,’ but as Arab.”
Lustick then drifts into lalaland, suggesting “masses of downtrodden and exploited Muslim and Arab refugees, in Gaza, the West Bank and in Israel itself could see democracy, not Islam, as the solution…”
Lustick forgot that earlier in his article he had explained that one of the reasons for the inability to create two peace-loving states is that “strong Islamist trends make a fundamentalist [under Sharia law] Palestine more likely than a small state under a secular [i.e. democratic] government.”
Hence the question remains. Why would both Israel and the Palestinians agree to another round of emotionally-draining talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when both sides know there is absolutely no chance of a peace agreement?
The answer is so very simple. Both Israelis and Palestinians fear the loss of financial help from the U.S. and the EU, not to speak of the world’s disapproval if they don’t enthusiastically and vigorously engage in peace talks.
But back to Professor Lustick’s warning that the Jewish state at some not-too distant future is about to disappear.
HUMAN WISDOM SAYS ISRAEL IS FATED TO DISAPPEAR
Lustick is right! According to human reasoning, Israel is on its way out. It’s one thing to have 42 million armed Arabs working towards your demise. It’s still another to have 1.6 billion Muslims whose Koran says to kill the Jews. It’s even a greater threat when the entire United Nations continuously bashes Israel by passing resolution after resolution against Israel’s “apartheid state” designed to brand her a parasite nation.
But when almost all of the Western democratic states - Europe, Scandinavia, and sadly even Great Britain - stand against Israel and launch serious sanctions to choke off her economy, the peril is undeniable.
But alas, that is not all. When Israelis watch the United States, the number one world power and Israel’s most faithful ally, weakening as a nation before their very eyes, reality says hope seems lost. But God!
WHY DID GOD REPEAT HIMSELF SO OFTEN?
I used to wonder years ago, why God repeated Himself so many times through His prophets saying in the last days He was going to bring the Jewish people back to their homeland. Declaring he would save, heal, and deliver them. He would open their eyes. He would forgive their sins. He would heal their backsliding. He would make them strong against their enemies.
There are literally hundreds of such Scriptures. As I heard an amazing Orthodox Rabbi say last night at the Eagles Wings’ Day of Prayer in Jerusalem, “The Bible is more powerful than the New York Times!”
The reason for this repetition is obvious. God did not want us to miss his intentions for Israel. Without God’s miraculous intervention, without His protection, without His promise to preserve Israel from her enemies, there is absolutely no hope at all.
WHAT ABOUT ISRAEL’S SALVATION?
Here in Israel we see a nation of Jewish people who are yet far away from their God and His Word. In the midst of this spiritual wasteland, the Messianic Jewish believers are giving their lives to see our people come to salvation. We don’t see it yet. Well, perhaps we see a cloud the size of a man’s hand. But you can be sure that it is entirely a walk of faith. Strong faith.
So we are greatly encouraged when we see how year after year, God protects this nation against all odds. As it was when Yeshua the Messiah told a paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven. The Pharisees didn’t believe He had authority to do that. But then Yeshua said, “Which is easier, to say ‘your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
If God has been displaying His amazing power by preserving the modern state of Israel through countless wars, physical and verbal attacks from every side, and from the determination of the world body to sanction her out of existence - then we know He will forgive Israel’s sins and the day will surely come when “all Israel shall be saved.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES OR THE BIBLE? YOU CHOOSE
And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. (Zechariah 2:12)
For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. (Psalm 69:35)
Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” (Ezekiel 11:17)
He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance.” (Psalm 105: 8-11)
For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. (Ezekiel 36:24)
I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God. (Amos 9: 14-15)
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Gen 17:7-8)
Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers. (Ezekiel 20:42)
And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, Oh house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong. (Zechariah 8:13)
View this video clip on the “Palestinian Conflict Myths” from Jerusalem Institute of Justice. Outstanding.
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Not a friendly place for Christians
View of the Church of the Nativity in the city of Bethlehem where Yeshua the Messiah was born. (Photo: APIMAGES)
By Shani Sorko-Ram Ferguson
My husband and I were recently interviewed for a TV show on the subject of persecution of believers in Israel. In the line of questioning, we were asked why the number of believers in Yeshua was declining in Israel. Neither of us knew how to respond to the question immediately because the truth is the number of Messianic Jews and Arab Christians is growing in Israel.
Then it hit me. The host must be talking about the decline of Christianity among the Palestinian Arabs living in the West Bank. The West Bank, historically known as Judea and Samaria, is referred to as such because it is the area that Israel captured from the western side of Jordan in the 1967 war.
Although the West Bank is still technically Israel, there are areas completely controlled by the Islamic Palestinian Authority. One of those areas under complete Palestinian control is Bethlehem, the birthplace of Messiah Yeshua and King David.
According to the New York Post, Bethlehem boasted a 70% Christian population 50 years ago, and today it is less than 15%. Some journalists have tried to tie the decline of Christians in Bethlehem to the “Israeli occupation.” But the fact is the decline is widespread in Palestinian-controlled areas because of Islamic oppression.
Under the rule of Muslim Yasser Arafat, founder of the Palestinian Liberation Movement (PLO), the overall Arab Christian population declined some 30%. This decline took place largely before the security wall was built that separates much of the West Bank from Israel proper, or other restrictions were put in place.
In the early 2000’s, when the second Intifada (uprising) began, Christians who did not embrace the Islamic anti-Israel agenda were shunned. The increasingly hostile Muslim society made it difficult for Christians to own land or run thriving businesses. As a result, Christian Arabs fled Bethlehem by the thousands.
The fact is, the only place in the Middle East where the number of Christians is increasing is in Israel!
SAVING CHRISTIAN ARABS FROM WHOM?
Sadly, many Christian organizations spend their efforts and resources crying out for Palestinian justice (which in their mind could only come about in the form of a Palestinian State). “Free Palestine” and “Israel Apartheid” campaigns, among others, bear the signatures of powerful Christian leaders and sometimes entire denominations.
I could make several arguments against such a move via Scripture or simple historical precedent. However, there is one main, significant issue that needs to be addressed when considering a cause to which Christians should or shouldn’t support. This issue is one that surpasses political and ethnic dynamics. The issue is freedom of religion.
When the founding fathers of the United States of America sat down to write a list of things they considered a “must” for their new country, the freedom to worship God apart from governmental control was at the top of the list.
In the same manner, before we followers of Yeshua give our backing to any cause, political or otherwise, we must consider the implications this support will have on the local Body of Messiah. To be more specific, before Christians get behind the forming of a Palestinian State for the sake of justice, they should consider the freedom - or lack thereof - that Christians will have in said state.
PORTRAIT OF A FUTURE PALESTINE
To those who embrace the “Free Palestine” campaign, I would say, “Define freedom.” Should “Palestine” be suddenly freed from the “oppressive Israeli regime?” Exactly what type of freedom-loving leaders would you envision taking the place of the “Jewish oppressors?” Where would they come from?
It’s often hard to predict what the future will look like, but in the case of the “Palestinian cause,” we need only look at areas currently controlled by the Palestinian Authority. We recently spoke with several Palestinian Arabs who were born and raised in the area. Some came from Muslim backgrounds and have family members serving prison time for terrorism; others are from nominal Christian backgrounds.
When we asked them if we could post blurred photos of them alongside this article, they declined for fear that the Palestinian Authority would somehow find out who they are. Their descriptions of corruption and an ideologically-run society are mind boggling.
“We almost never pay taxes. Before Israel became a nation, there was no organized country to which we belonged so it is not in our culture to pay taxes. Occasionally, if the Palestinian Authority wants to arrest someone without legal backing, they will arrest him for ‘not paying taxes.’ That’s when you know the PA is just mad at him for something else.” Note that despite media propaganda, many Palestinians know the Israeli government is more just than their own and feel their lives would be safer and better off in Israel rather than in a future Palestine.
They continued to explain how the rule of law works. “We don’t get theft insurance for our cars. There are very few thefts in the West Bank when it comes to Palestinian cars. Thieves usually steal cars with yellow [Israeli] plates rather than ones with white [Palestinian] plates. This is because the thieves are scared they may unknowingly nab the car of someone with connections to people of power in the government.” In the Palestinian-controlled areas, the people of power function like the Mafia.
The Palestinian Authority also forbids selling land to Jews. The penalty is death. But Palestinians still do it, and they will gladly be hired to build the homes of the Jewish people who bought the land. Because whenever they can work with Israelis, they know they will get a decent wage. This is the truth about how settlements are formed.
Palestinians pray at Al-Aqsa mosque compound (Mosque of Omar) in Jerusalem. (Photo: APIMAGES)
WHICH SIDE OF THE BORDER?
I recently visited a conservative Muslim Israeli-Arab family. They have lived in the Jerusalem area for generations, and we visit them often. As the young children of the clan played with my kids in the yard, I chatted with the family patriarch, his five daughters, two sons and their spouses.
They know we are Jewish followers of Yeshua, but there is mutual respect, and we speak freely about anything. Having grown up in Israel, I have a pretty good understanding of where both sides stand on the basic issues of land, religion and politics. But we always like to listen to an individual’s perspective, especially since we know Arabs rarely voice their opinions publicly for fear of retaliation.
I asked them each, should there be borders established for a Palestinian country, would they prefer their neighborhood to end up on the Palestinian side or the Israeli side. I asked this because polls have shown that many Palestinians want there to be a Palestine ideologically, but they don’t actually want to live there.
Their answer confirmed the confusing poll. They favor the idea of a Palestinian State but said the Palestinian Authority has built no infrastructure, no health care, no electrical structure, and no water system. The infrastructures used by Palestinian Arabs were all built by Israel, many of which are still maintained by Israel.
Wanting to understand their deepest reasoning for still wanting their own state, I pressed several times for an explanation. Finally, one of the daughters explained, “In Islamic religion, when Israel is destroyed, it’s the end of the world, so we never think what will happen the day after.”
Interestingly enough, this moderate Muslim girl viewed the founding of a Palestinian State and the destruction of the state of Israel as one and the same. In other words, the Muslim world is pushing for the founding of a Palestinian State because they believe it will cause the destruction of the state of Israel, the end of the world as we know it, and the beginning of a new Muslim utopian era.
This wasn’t something she actively supported; it was just something that was predicted to happen according to the Koran and as a Muslim she accepted it. Could her perspective shed new light on why perhaps neither Palestinian leaders from Hamas or Fatah do anything to build a vision for the future of the Palestinians? Maybe it explains why their information campaign never goes past forming their own country. Is it possible they are trying to create a country they don’t ever plan to live in?
FREE PALESTINE OR FREE PALESTINIANS?
While Israel has some minority groups that make it their business to stifle freedom of religion, by law we are allowed to worship God freely, and the courts will defend our right to do so. However, the Palestinian controlled areas are religiously oppressive (as is the norm in any Muslim dominated society).
Freedom of religion - especially when one has abandoned their Muslim roots for belief in Yeshua - is not defended in the Palestinian judicial system. There have been many reports of Christians forced to convert to Islam as well as claims that Hamas exhumed and burned bodies of buried Christians.
Images of supposed injustice around the world can conjure up deep emotions in caring individuals. But we must be careful, especially in our modern age where images can be cut and edited to say almost anything. Islamic radicals have spent decades studying Christians and western culture. They know just how to present things to hit the hot buttons of Christian compassion.
So the next time you or your friends find yourselves pondering which “side” to stand for, remember it’s more about figuring out where God stands on the most important issue - His relationship with all people. While I could give you a list of things I would like changed in my homeland of Israel, at least here we can spread the Word of God and both Jews and Arabs are free to make their own choice. On the other hand, those who live under Islamic rule - as citizens of a future “Palestine” - would never enjoy the free spread of the Gospel, nor the freedom to choose to worship their Creator.
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Pastor from China follows the God of Israel
Pastor Paul is one of a multitude of Chinese Christian leaders who has a burning desire to see his nation converted and brought into abundant life in this world and everlasting life in the world to come.
He founded a church in 2003 and then sent his young leaders out to start more churches - and today he has 40 growing churches bringing the Gospel to his people - the Chinese!
He also has connected with many other pastors in his area, understanding from God’s Word that our Lord loves unity.
Most of all, he understands that the first and foremost act of obedience to bring forth a harvest in his land is a strong network of prayer.
One day a fellow pastor urged him to go to the All Nations Prayer Convocation in Jerusalem lead by Tom Hess. At first he thought, “Why go to Jerusalem? I’m working in the harvest field in China, and that’s where my heart is.”
But he attended the conference in 2008 and his heart was stirred. However, when he felt God prompting him to come to Jerusalem every year, he said he felt shocked. “I will obey,” he said, “but I don’t know why.”
Ariel Blumenthal (Left) prays for Pastor Paul together with Ari Sorko-Ram and a Chinese Christian who has endured much persecution.
THE JEWISH CONNECTION TO CHINA
After attending the conference for the next two years, he began to understand that Israel is very important in God’s plan and, indeed, for the salvation of China.
He began to read everything he could find on Israel in the Chinese language. Books like Don Finto’s Your People Shall Be My People: How Israel, the Jews and the Christian Church Will Come together in the Last Days began to open up before him a huge horizon. (You can order Don’s book here.)
He devoured the Bible, now seeing the Jewish connection that runs from Genesis to Revelation. He also heard about Christians in the West giving donations to non-believing Jewish organizations, some of whom actually fight against the Messianic Jewish believers. Instead, he felt stirred to help the local Body fulfill its purpose in the land.
Pastor Paul explains the spiritual journey he underwent: I thought deeply about the new awakening concerning Israel that I saw happening around me among my Chinese fellow Christians.
I developed a profound desire to go deeper with my understanding of God’s plan for Israel. Most of all, I wanted to connect with the local believers. In 2011, I and my tour were in an Arab hotel in Jerusalem praying and struggling to understand what God was saying to us.
WHAT COULD I DO TO BLESS ISRAEL?
I knew that I wanted to do something that would enable China to bless Israel.
This verse shouted its message to me:
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!
I felt God was telling me to host a conference in Jerusalem between Chinese pastors and local Israeli Messianic Jewish leaders. I was shocked. Absolutely shocked.
I said, “But Lord, I am an unknown pastor. I am not famous or rich. I don’t even know any Messianic Jews in Israel! God, you could use someone from Hong Kong, or from Taiwan - some famous father in the faith.”
But then I said, “Lord, I have faith. I will obey and I know you will open the door.”
The very next day I met a Messianic Jewish couple, Noam and Debra, who worked for the believing tour company, Sar El. A further shock - without Debra knowing my struggle with the directive from the Lord, she simply said to me, “God will use you to organize a conference here in Jerusalem.”
I left to catch my plane and entered the airport heading towards my airline check-in counter. As I walked, I happened to glance at a man sitting by the side, looking at his iPhone messages. I recognized him although I didn’t know his name. But I remembered I had met him for two minutes at a prayer meeting some time before in Tel Aviv, hosted by Tom Hess.
Something leaped in my spirit. I went over and introduced myself, reminding him where we had met. He was Ari Sorko-Ram. He began to tell me his vision for the local Body of Messiah. He told me how he had begun studying Chinese a year before.
I had brought with me an offering of about $2,000 from my churches, but hadn’t known what to do with it, because until that day I hadn’t met any Israeli spiritual leaders. I had been feeling sad that I would be taking the offering back to China!
Now, I felt that I was to give Ari that offering. Of course he was very surprised! As we talked, I told him, “I want to organize a conference next year between Chinese pastors and Israeli Messianic leaders.”
The Chinese Christians know how to sing pray and dance. And they do it with all their hearts!
“I CAN HELP YOU!”
Ari looked straight at me and said, “I can help you. You have met the right person! In fact, I will adopt you! I feel like the Lord has said to me to adopt you.”
I didn’t know what the word “adopt” meant, and perplexed, I stopped to look it up in my Chinese-English dictionary!
Ari continued, “I know the Israeli leaders here in the country. I can help you organize a conference.”
Back in China I shared with my elders the story. We prayed and God gave me this plan - to create an alliance of Chinese Christians who will pray for Israel, who will love Israel, who will build a bridge between Christians in China and Israel’s Messianic Body, and who will help Israel and China realize their destiny.
We held three conferences in China last year to bring the knowledge of God’s plan for Israel to our people. I also visited Israel several times, and found the Messianic leaders I met excited about such a conference.
In 2012, some 100 Chinese and I came during Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and at our first conference we met with a number of Israeli pastors.
This year, 150 Chinese leaders interfaced with 80 Messianic Jewish leaders. We prayed, worshiped, and gave Israelis opportunity in small groups to share their vision and their work in the land. I was amazed at the connections being made - even though it was through translators!
Next year, we are planning for somewhere around 100 Israelis and 200-300 Chinese pastors and leaders to meet, again during the Sukkot Holiday.
Yes, I am amazed what God has done with an unknown pastor like myself. Through divinely directed encounters, God has begun to build a bridge between the Christians in China and the Messianic Jewish leaders of the land of Israel.
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THANK YOU MAOZ PARTNERS!
In the city of Sderot, right on the border with Gaza, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America acquired a warehouse to stockpile humanitarian aid. American businesses are donating millions of dollars of all types of goods which the MJAA then ships to Israel for free distribution to Israel’s neediest.
Last year Maoz partnered with MJAA’s Joseph Project by donating $50,000 to outfit the Sderot warehouse with commercial shelving, a fire-proof sprinkling system and a fork lift.
Ari Sorko-Ram visits one of Joseph Project;s 40 distribution centers serving Israel's needy.
This warehouse will serve six important distribution centers covering the entire southern area of Israel. However, Joseph Project lacks a truck to transport the goods from Israel’s ports to the warehouse, and from the warehouse to the southern centers in cities such as Beersheva, Arad and Eilat.
Maoz and its partners have the opportunity to provide this $90,000 truck - with only $45,000! The reason? Because another MJAA donor offered to match our gift. Thus $45,000 will purchase a $90,000 truck! Let’s do it!
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Dear Maoz Partner,
Last year we wrote to you about the need for commercial shelving to be placed in a warehouse acquired by the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America’s Joseph Project.
The warehouse is situated in Sderot, southern Israel, a city attacked by Hamas with more than 5,000 rockets. The MJAA had asked if we would write you, our Maoz Partners, about supplying this warehouse with commercial shelving.
The cost was $50,000. But the MJAA told us they had a contributor who promised to match our gift with another $50,000!
You met this opportunity with joy and enthusiasm, supplying all the shelving, and a mandatory sprinkling system and even a forklift to store the supplies.
And the MJAA was able to receive another $50,000 which went to help transport tons of supplies from the U.S. for families in Israel who are thrilled to receive all kinds of necessities from diapers to clothes to food staples.
All these products are given by American businesses to the Joseph Project - which then pays for the shipping, storage and distribution to 40 centers here in Israel.
Here is a testimony sent to the MJAA Joseph Project from a new immigrant who is a single mom from Russia:
When I looked for a job, I could not get work in my profession and had to take a job as a cleaner. So I clean 13 hours a day and have two different companies that I work for, one in early morning, and one in the afternoon to evening. It is long hours, but this is the only way I can pay the rent and bills. One salary is not enough to get by in Israel. It is not easy, but it gives me peace, as I can depend on these jobs to pay our rent, utilities, and food and my son Boaz’s education. For other things, like clothing for the two of us - the (Joseph Project) aid center was there for us, also with furniture and household goods. Otherwise, we simply would not have them. The aid center is a necessity for families like us. We bless them, and all who donated to help us... As for the future, I still hope to go back to working in my own profession.”
Now we have another opportunity to partner again with the Joseph Project by helping them buy a truck which will bring the containers from the ships to the warehouse and then deliver these goods to the distribution centers throughout Israel’s south.
The truck costs $90,000. When our Maoz partners invest $45,000 towards this truck, another MJAA partner promised to match this sum and the truck will be purchased.
Yes, Maoz Israel Ministries is centered in Tel Aviv to bring the Gospel to our city and our nation. We continue publishing books (11 in the pipeline at the moment), supporting Congregation Tiferet Yeshua, and hosting national leadership training conferences.
And we are convinced our greatest opportunity to reach the lost sheep of Israel is through our Hebrew Language Internet Evangelism we are pioneering in Tel Aviv.
But we will always have time to help the poor. Our partners want to see Israel saved and cared for - both body and soul.
Your support in purchasing this truck will bless many thousands of Israelis who will be able to take advantage of this assistance offered by the Messianic Community with the help of our Christian friends.
Your partners in blessings Israelis, body, soul and spirit!
Ari & Shira Sorko-Ram
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