Updates from Blessing Israeli Believers

September 14, 2017

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September, 2017

What the LORD is doing...


 

Update from Sandy Shoshani – Be’ad Chaim, Israel ProLife: As I write this letter, my eyes tear, my knees wobble and my heart beats faster. It is amazing to witness the mighty works of God as we
save lives.

 

At Be'ad Chaim's annual Board meeting recently, I reported the number of babies saved through our Operation Moses project since its humble beginning in 2006. As of today, we have saved over 2,000 lives. That's 2,000+ beds, bathtubs and strollers, and over 72,000 bags of diapers and boxes of baby formula. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of baby onesies and booties distributed by our clothing boutiques.

 

The finances to provide 2,000+ babies with basic needs for a full year has gone up and down like the ocean tide. It has been astounding to watch God provide faithfully. Surely, He cares for the unborn and blesses our work.

 

The most deeply touching part of reviewing our lists are the thousands of names: Names of moms
whose lives have been deeply touched and changed; and names of babies who are alive today
because of the ministry of Be’ad Chaim.

  • The first Operation Moses babies were born Autumn 2006. I can easily recall each of the 15 moms and babies whom we serviced that first year. We became integral parts of each other’s lives. I attended several births and visited each home, often spending hours with the families.
  • Our first OM baby, Michaella’s life was saved by an SMS who told her mom she was a gift from God. Her mom was a single, new immigrant from South America, who later found a great job.
  • Orian’s mom was young and wild from a dysfunctional family, but who dearly loves her daughter.
  • Ben Zion’s mom was a lovely new immigrant from the U.S. She now has a good job and recently invited us to her wedding.
  • Or’s mom came to Israel through trafficking. She married his dad and now has five sons.
  • Eitan’s mom was an orphan who became pregnant when traveling in Thailand. Despite her fears, she learned to support herself and her son.
  • Anat’s mom was alone, a new immigrant from Siberia, but has now discovered her Lord and is one of our precious Be’ad Chaim counselors.

This is a small sampling of some of our babies. We are now servicing 500 moms and babies nationwide. I can’t say that I know each one personally anymore. We have a fantastic group of counselors who befriend each mom and show her love, kindness and respect. Miraculously, through
our Operation Moses project, we provide the practical needs for each one of them.

 

I believe the traditional Jewish prayer on special occasions is appropriate:

 

Blessed are you, Oh Lord, King of the universe, who has given us life,
sustained us and enabled us to arrive at this occasion.

 

May the Lord richly bless you for partnering with us in this life-saving work. Through our lives together, God has done far beyond all that we could have thought or imagined. To Him be the Glory for all that He has done.

 

 

A Note From Dov Schwarz, Co-Founder Blessing Israeli Believers

 

Our BIB staff is located in the Houston, TX area. Our prayers and love go out to them and all those
affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please pray as my wife and I will be traveling to Houston next month.

 

Please prayerfully remember that we have precious Israeli Believing Partners in Jerusalem, Haifa, the Sea of Galilee, Netanya, and others. We trust our Messiah Yeshua to continue raising up precious
partners in the Nations to Bless Israeli Believers. And we continue to thank our Father in Heaven for all those who pray and give—we know that Genesis 12:3 is alive and well. “I will bless those who
bless you…”

 

May the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob rest upon you in Messiah Yeshua!

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

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Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

August 20, 2017

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August, 2017

 

What the LORD is doing...


 

Update from Efraim & Jeannie, Northern Galilee:
Shalom - שלום. Blessings and peace to you all this summer. Here in Israel there is just one type of summer weather - hot and dry. The only change is from hot to hotter.

 

The Land of Israel has very few perennial springs and rivers. Most of the river beds or wadis are dry stream beds most of the year. In the height of the summer there is almost no moisture or condensation to be found. The words of Psalm 42 were well written for the dry parched land:

 

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.

 

A deer didn't just stumble upon water, these animals know where to look for water or else they die. The sharpened instincts of these nomadic creatures lead them to the most likely places to find water. The spiritual application is simple to grasp. Yeshua told that we must hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). We too, as followers of Yeshua, should know where to turn in order to sustain our souls and thrive in the new life in the Messiah. My prayer for you dear friend is that you too will seek the comfort and provision only the Lord can provide.

 

On a sad and disturbing note; on Friday, July 14th there was another terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem aimed at Israel security forces. This horrendous attack killed two Israeli policemen on duty at the Al-Asqa Mosque. Both of these young policemen were from the Druze community here in Western Galilee. One of them Kamil Shnan, a 22 year old man, was from the neighboring village of Horfesh.

 

The murder of these two police officers wasn't a matter of two Druze men being killed, but two of Israel's finest cut down before their time. In solidarity with the family, I went to join them during their time of mourning. I sat and wept with the family along with dozens of other people. Since I am not familiar with Druze customs, a friend in the village accompanied me and introduced me to the family.
The Scriptures encourages us to "mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15).

 

There have been some fun times this month as well. As is the custom, I spent a day with the Massah Project that my niece, Liz, and some others are leading. This is a group of American college age Jewish believers who come to Israel to learn the Land and prepare for a ministry trip to Israeli travelers in northern India. Together we toured around Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. Included in the day was a swim in the Hermon River, one of the tributaries to the Jordan River.

 

Here in Nahariyya, Jeannie and I continue to see our ministry expanding. The Or Hagalil Congregation needs prayer as we seek the Lord's direction regarding renewal of the rental contract for our meeting room and activities center. The current lease expires in October.

 

As we continue to preach the Gospel and encourage the believers through His Word, we thank you for partnering with us in prayer and support. It is such an encouragement knowing we are together in preaching the Gospel to those who need to know Yeshua here in Israel.

 

We want to thank Blessing Israeli Believers for their faithful and generous support of our ministry work here in Israel. We appreciate you partnering with us as we further the Kingdom of God and look for opportunities for many to hear about the Messiah Jesus.

 

May the Lord continue to bless you, encourage you, bring you closer to Him and enrich your lives daily.

 

In Him,
Efraim and Jeannie

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

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www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

July 10, 2017

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July, 2017

 

What the LORD is doing...


 

A word from our co-founder Dov Schwarz:

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:42-44

 

Our Watch Therefore television program is airing weekly now with
two different time slots. I am praising King Yeshua as He truly has been faithful in directing my steps regarding the broadcast. What a joy and treasure to live with the view of the Sea of Galilee right out my back door, which also serves as my television recording set! We prayed for about a year for an affordable studio background to record the program. Now we have a place to record that is exceedingly and abundantly better than I could have asked or thought of-why am I surprised?

 

Watch Therefore airs from Israel across North America through the Christian Television Network (CTN) on Dish Network, Direct TV, and ROKU. It also is beamed by satellite to 75% of the world-Hallelujah!

 

The primary goal of the program is to help make authentic "faithful servant" disciples of Messiah Yeshua who are watching and ready for His soon coming. The faithful servant in Matthew 24 is watching for his Master's return and doing what his Master commanded.
I share about Blessing Israeli Believers on every broadcast and also the gospel at the end of most programs. This television airtime is so very expensive, but please pray and remember, "My help comes from the LORD" that He may raise up faithful partners who will come alongside to help!

 

Now is the time like never before to Watch Therefore and Be Ready!!!

Update from Ariel & Shayla

Sharing the Gospel with 16 Israelis from "Harvest" Village
A group of 16 Israelis contacted Kehilat haCarmel and asked if we could share with them about who Messianic Jews are and what we believe. Eliel and I (Ariel) had the privilege of sharing with them on Friday.
They were a group of older native-born Israelis - traditionally one of the groups that has been most closed to the Gospel - yet were incredibly open, and actually ended up staying with us for almost two hours because they kept wanting to hear more! They were all from a village called Katzir - "Harvest" in Hebrew - how appropriate!
We shared about the congregational life, the ways we reach out to the surrounding community, then about what we believe and how Yeshua has transformed our lives and many others' lives.

 

On the way there, I asked God if there was something He wanted me to share that I don't usually share. I saw a picture of an ultrasound and knew He wanted me to talk briefly about abortion. A huge portion of Israelis have been involved in an abortion at some level, and responses to any statement against abortion in Israel can often be violently negative, but I knew He wanted me to speak about it. So when I shared about what the Tanakh says about sin and our need for atonement, I briefly talked about abortion as well.

 

Soon afterwards, one lady interrupted, "But you're just laying guilt on us!" (I'm almost certain she had had an abortion). I responded, "My intention isn't at all to just lay guilt. Any good doctor has to first diagnose the disease before he can give the treatment. That's exactly what God did in the Tanakh, telling us clearly about our disease of sin, and then offering the solution." Then we repeatedly came back to the theme of Yeshua becoming the "guilt offering" (Isaiah 53:10), and how He removes the burden of shame for all the evil we've done, for all those who believe in Him.

 

The same lady who objected earlier came up to us afterwards and said, "Wow, you all are so full of love! Keep up the important work you're doing! This was marvelous!" Praise God!

 

The leader of the group stood up at the end and said, "Friends, I think the next step is for us to really experience this for ourselves, first-hand," implying that he wanted them to come to a service the next time. He told us afterwards that he loved the meeting so much that he wants to keep bringing groups!

 

Several people asked if I really believed the stories about Yeshua's miracles. I answered that He didn't just do miracles then, and shared about how Yeshua has healed over 200 people on the streets over the past few months, then offered them prayer if they had any pain. One lady had intense pain in her shoulder (7 on a scale of 0-10), but Yeshua healed her when we prayed. The word started spreading about this to all the others as well. Interestingly, her name is Ge'ulah, "Redemption!"

 

Quite a few of them took New Testamentsand the "Supernatural or Just Remarkable" booklet, as well. They all thanked us profusely and one lady even said, "This really opened my eyes!"Praise God!
Let's pray that God would open all their eyes to full revelation of Yeshua and bring them to Him, leading to an even greater harvest here in Israel!

 

Many blessings in Yeshua,
Ariel and Shayla (with Anayah, Amalyah, and Uzziel)

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

Donations can be made at:
www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

June 13, 2017

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Phone: 713-624-0943

 

June, 2017

 

What the LORD is doing...


 

A word from our co-founder Dov Schwarz:

 

Dear Partners of Blessing Israeli Believers,

 

We just celebrated the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) here in Israel! In the Torah this was a feast of harvest between the LORD and Israel. You see, Shavuot in Hebrew literally means "weeks"-this is the Feast of Weeks as it is seven weeks after the Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread. It is also called the "second Firstfruits". Our Lord Yeshua resurrected on the "first Firstfruits". In the New Covenant Scriptures the Lord is called the First fruits of the resurrection and we who are born of His Spirit are called a kind of first fruits:

 

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. I Corinthians 15:20

 

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1:18

 

In the Old Testament they were required to bring the first of the harvest and offer it to the LORD as a sacrifice. Then and today it is important to acknowledge that He who brought the first of the harvest is also the One who brings the rest of the harvest.

 

There were many ceremonies attached to this feast but one that stands out in my heart is the waving of two loaves with leaven. This is a bit unusual and I think, as some others do, that this represents Jew and Gentile who are saved by Messiah Jesus.

 

You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. Leviticus 23:17

 

Often in the Bible sin is pictured by leaven. These two loaves with leaven may represent Jew and Gentile both with leaven, yet both holy before the LORD due to the cleansing of the blood of the Lamb. Now because of His righteousness they are acceptable before our Father in heaven!

 

It was almost 2,000 years ago on Shavuot when the Holy Spirit birth of this New Covenant born again body began in Israel! Think of it, after all this time here we are back in the Land! Just like that day in Acts 2-once again Jews and Gentiles who love the God of Israel Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) are here, not only in Jerusalem, but all over Israel in one accord having been baptized by the Holy Spirit!

 

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4

 

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39

We celebrated Shavuot with a group of friends on our patio overlooking the Sea of Galilee and enjoyed a grand time of worship music and a wonderful meal together. How special it was to stand with a dear brother in Messiah and together read and teach about Acts 2. Amazingly, a strong wind began to blow through the majestic old trees that are in our back yard overlooking the Sea of Galilee! Truly, it is such a special hour to be an Israeli Believer in

 

Messiah Yeshua. Your participation in the work we're doing here in the land is truly a blessing and makes a great difference. We pray the blessings of Genesis 12:3 over your homes, and churches.

 

Shavuot greetings and thanks to our Blessing Israeli Believers Brothers and Sisters in the Nations!

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

Donations can be made at:
www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

May 4, 2017

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May, 2017

 

What the LORD is doing...


 

An Update from Oded Shoshani, Pastor - King of Kings Hebrew Congregation, Jerusalem

Single mother B continues to work as a nurse in the internal medicine department of the local hospital.
She recently took a test to try to advance her career. Please pray that she passes. She is very grateful for the help of Blessing Israeli Believers and grateful to know that you are thinking about her. She asks for prayer for her three children who are not in the Lord. Also, pray for her youngest son who is in the army and doing guard duty. B works very hard, doing a lot of shifts. Your gift is a real blessing to her and her family.

 

Single mother L continues to grow strong in her faith. She and a friend have begun going to a nursing home to share the gospel. Since beginning to work at Bead Chaim, Israel Pro-Life, she has become a more confident believer and is blessed to help others choose life. Her personal experiences and trials make her an empathetic counselor. Her nine year old daughter joins her in our congregation. Please pray for her son - a soldier, who is not a believer yet. L is VERY grateful for your help.

An update from Steve & Irena, Ministering in the Golan Heights

 

Study Tour Israel
Our Spring 2017 Semester is almost completed. It has been a blessing to see the students seek the Lord and a daily basis.
We have had numerous scheduled and non-scheduled tours, events and even opposition. The students have all expressed how living in Israel has changed their lives.

 

After 3 full days of touring the Galilee and Golan Regions our students in the picture here enjoyed camping on the shore of the Sea Galilee.
The Golan students also spent 3 nights in Tel Aviv where they shared the Gospel with numerous people. Now Mike and Val are going back to Tel Aviv to follow up with those who have expressed a desire to learn more about Yeshua.

Through your generous designated gifts we were able to pay one months rent for Dema, Ina and their two children. Dema injured his back and is unable to work and is in middle of process to receive government assistance. Your gift bridged the gap during this process and kept a roof over their heads.

 

Elena is a pensioner and found herself in need of a new pair of glasses, which is not covered through Israel's medical insurance. We were able to send her to the optometrist and she received a new pair of glasses. She has asked that we convey her gratitude as now she is able to read her bible every day!

 

"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to Me." Matt. 25:40

Warm House
After months of prayer seeking how to best reach our community with the Gospel we received a phone call inquiring if we could host a warm house. They went on to explain that during WWII the Jewish people where either placed in concentration camps, ghettos or hid where ever they could from the Nazis. Those who hid looked for what came to be known as a 'Warm House' a place to hide, or receive a warm meal from loving Christians.

 

We joyfully started a Warm House that meets twice a month. We share a clear Gospel message, sing worship, and read poetry all to the glory of our Lord, Yeshua. Presently there are two groups totaling 30 people attending who are open to hear the Word of God!

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

Donations can be made at:
www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.