Today my guest is Daniel Yahav, a Messianic Jewish pastor living in the north of Israel. He has a deep understanding of the Bible in relation to the times in which we live. With all the conflict that is going on in the nations surrounding Israel coupled with the migration of thousands of refugees to Europe, I asked Daniel whether he believed the world will ever be the same again.
Today my guest is an Arab pastor from in northern Israel. He has been following the plight of the refugees fleeing Syria and believes that Arab Christians have a particular role to play at this time as he now explains.
Today I’m in northern Israel talking to an Arab Christian. He’s the pastor of a large Arab church as well as running a media company that broadcasts to the surrounding Arab nations. When we met, his concern was for the refugees fleeing Syria as he now explains.
Recently in London I met Karol Joseph from New York. She’s been a missionary with Jews for Jesus for many years and has worked in several countries around the world including Israel. She was in London recently to help with a summer evangelistic campaign, and I started by asking her to describe what it means to her, talking to people and sharing her faith on the streets.
Today we return to Nazareth in northern Israel to talk to Yohanna – a Palestinian Christian and the academic dean for both the Nazareth Evangelical College and the Bethlehem Bible College.Yohanna was born and brought up in Israel – he is an Israeli citizen. As a Christian he has had to come to terms with how to respond to living in a land divided by conflict and strong feelings of injustice. So how does he respond?
This programme has one aim: to bring you the stories of believers in Jesus who live in Israel and the West Bank – both Jewish and Arab or Palestinian believers – to help us understand not the politics of the region, but rather what God is doing there despite the politics! That is the reason I travel to Israel regularly to record these programmes… and this week finds me in Jerusalem talking to Ofer Amitai. He is a Messianic Jewish pastor and Bible teacher.
This week we return to The Gathering, an event that occurred in late 2016 when thousands of Christians from many nations of the world, the majority from China and the Far East, gathered in Jerusalem along with local Messianic Jewish believers and Arab Christians. My guest today is a Palestinian Christian from Jerusalem. He was one of the organisers. I asked him whether, as a Palestinian, he felt fully accepted by the rest of the mainly Jewish leadership team.
Recently, whilst in Jerusalem I visited a large conference called The Gathering where 5,000 Christians had gathered from the nations – many of them from China and the Far East – to worship God together with believers from Israel, both Jews and Arabs. As you will hear, this was an enthusiastic and noisy event! However one of the most significant people there was a Palestinian Christian … his story is both brave and unusual and for his safety, he remains anonymous.
Whilst in Jerusalem recently I met Meno Kalisher. His father was a holocaust survivor, his mother a Jew from Iran. Meno was born in Israel – his parents were amongst the first Messianic Jewish believers in the land and Meno had to decide whether or not to believe in Jesus – not an easy decision for a young Jewish person, especially in those days. However, today he is the pastor of a congregation in Jerusalem that has grown from 13 to over 350. Are these people all new believers, I asked him?