"Z" is an Arab evangelist who lives in the Jerusalem area, and ministers with his team to needy Muslims in the West Bank. They reach out both spiritually and practically with humanitarian aid. He and his team are dear friends of Revive Israel, and we often join together for worship and fellowship. Revive Israel is also one of the main financial supporters of their ministry.
Because of the love and unity between Jew and Arab in Yeshua we saw a great receptiveness to the gospel in Finland. The door was opened for the Good News, which otherwise would have remained closed. Even a secular newspaper wrote up our story! Together we were a testimony of God's supernatural transforming love. Natural enemies have been made brothers in Yeshua.
|Z with Revive Israel team|
"Z" told the Fins about how he had once come to a checkpoint carrying many supplies and Bibles. The Israeli soldiers did not want to let him pass, and a serious confrontation developed. After getting angry with the soldier, "Z" later felt convicted that his behavior was not fitting for a believer. The next day happened to be Israel's Memorial Day. "Z" was again at the checkpoint, and the same soldier was also there. Suddenly, the siren of remembrance for the Israeli armed forces began to sound. Out of respect, "Z" got out of his car and stood. This was a very unusual thing for an Arab to do, and led to him being able to apologize to the soldier for having been angry. The testimony of Jew and Arab together can not develop artificially. Only a real friendship and love commitment can bring true covenant, with everything it involves.
|Asher praying with Z|
"Z" remarked, "The people there were at first not open to the idea that an Arab had come from Israel. The Finnish people told me their eyes were opened by seeing a son of Ishmael and a son of Isaac together, and that now they would begin to pray for Muslims.
Everyone wanted to hear this unique story of Jew and Arab who are not fighting each other - these two sides that desperately need transformation and the One who can transform them."
*Z's real name has been withheld for his protection.
Please continue to pray for Congregation Ahavat Yeshua, the discipleship training center, regular evangelism ministry, preaching ministry throughout Israel and abroad, our fund for needy believers in Israel, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel, outreach center in Jerusalem, etc.
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Daniel Juster: Judeo-Christian Values|
|Martin Shoub: From Shia to Yeshua|
|Eitan Shishkoff: Fire on the Mountain|
|David & Orit Shishkoff: Train Up Your Children|