Olive Tree

Julia Fisher’s weekly radio broacast

Programme 302 - Erika Panchoud

This week I’m in Netanya, a city on the shores of the Mediterranean just north of Tel Aviv. My guest is Erika Panchoud. Originally from Tennessee, she came to live in Israel with her husband and their two daughters a few years ago. However, after only a few weeks, Erika’s husband died. This is a story of survival.

Programme 301 – Sandi Soshani (part 2 of 2)

This week we return to a very noisy street in Jerusalem to the office of a pro-life organisation called Be’ad Chaim to meet the director, Sandi Soshani. The aim of Be’ad Chaim is to support women who have had an abortion as well as those seeking an abortion – to help them at their greatest point of need. As an organisation, Be’ad Chaim seeks to help mothers practically when they decide to keep their babies.

Programme 300 – Sandi Soshani (part 1 of 2)

This week we’re in a very noisy street in Jerusalem in the offices of a pro-life organisation called Be’ad Chaim talking to the director Sandi Soshani. Originally from America, Sandi came to Israel as a young Jewish believer. She met and married her husband and now several years later, Sandi’s husband is the pastor of a Messianic congregation and Sandi is working full time with Be’ad Chaim. We started by talking about the changes she has seen in Israel over the past 30 years, particularly the growth of the Messianic community

Programme 299 – Joe & Debbie Finklestein (part 2 of 2)

Joe & Debbie Finklestein are Jewish – born and raised in the United States. They met when they were young, became believers in Jesus at roughly the same time and married. They were involved in a Messianic congregation in America and even formed a messianic music band. But it was when they were invited to travel to Russia that the course of their lives started to change. Today they live in Arad, a town in the desert in southern Israel. So let’s listen as Joe takes up the story.

Programme 298 – Joe & Debbie FInklestein (part 1 of 2)

Come with me to Beer Sheva situated in the desert in southern Israel. Recently I was there to record interviews for this programme and met Joe and Debbie Finklestein. In this the first of two programmes with them, they start by sharing the story of their early days and how they met – later we’ll hear how and why they decided to move to Israel. Joe takes up the story.

Programme 297 – Swiss Christian

I’m in Jerusalem talking to a Christian from Switzerland who has been working here for several years amongst both Arab and Jewish people.
More recently, he and others from his community have pioneered a work in Lebanon to help the Syrian refugees. As with so many others I have interviewed for this programme, a prophecy in Isaiah 19, that refers to there being a highway between Egypt and Assyria with Israel being a blessing in the nations, has been a recurring theme.For security reasons, my guest remains anonymous. Listen now as he brings us the story of his recent experiences in Lebanon.

Programme 296 – Jonathan Miles

My guest today is Jonathan Miles, founder of a charity called Shevet Achim which for over 20 years has brought children with congenital heart disease from Arab nations surrounding Israel for life saving surgery in Israeli hospitals where they receive expert medical care and for the majority, return home healthy. We met at the Wolfson hospital in Tel Aviv having visited a ward where we saw children from Gaza and Kurdistan who were recovering from surgery and preparing to go home. 

Programme 293 – Labib Madanat (Part 2 of 2)

My guest today is Labib Madanat who travels the world in his capacity as Middle East Director of the Bible Society. Labib comes from a Jordanian family. He has lived in Jerusalem which is where we met to record this interview. He understands the Muslim mindset and is deeply distressed by the war that is going on within the house of Islam. He told me how, in his experience, many Muslims are very open to hear about Jesus. So I asked him, how does he go about sharing his faith?

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