The subject of Israel and the Middle East invokes strong reactions! How important it is therefore to understand, as Christians who believe the Bible, what God is doing there. It can come as a surprise to hear how few believers there are in Israel and the West Bank… their numbers represent a tiny percentage of the population. Yet, in the past 40 years those numbers have grown from a handful to several thousand today – so something is going on!
My guest today is Rod Powell. He and his wife Margi were missionaries in Russia for many years. They left Russia not by choice but because the authorities threw them out of the country as you will hear.
They found themselves in Israel… listen now as Rod shares his story…
Maala Thomas was born in New Zealand to Finnish parents. She married Evan, a Jewish man, and they left New Zealand and moved to Israel. They settled in Netanya. Evan became the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Netanya and Maala taught in a nearby school. Recently Maala retired from teaching and when I met her recently, she had just returned from Africa where she had been on a short mission trip. Although this was her first trip to Africa, it turns out that Africa had been in Maala’s heart for many years as she now explains.
Sharbel Dakwar is an Israeli Arab from northern Israel and we met recently in Haifa. His early life was beset with trouble which made him angry and he wanted revenge – particularly on Jewish people. But then his life changed … he became a follower of Jesus… and then something else happened, as he now describes.
My guest today is Sharbel Dakwar. He’s an Israeli Arab from northern Israel and we met recently in Haifa. His story moves from hatred to love… his early life was troubled and full of disappointment and feelings of injustice as he now describes.
This week I’m in Netanya, a town in Israel just north of Tel Aviv on the Meditaranean coast, talking to Lisa Loden. Lisa and her husband David are Jewish believers and came to live in Israel from America over 40 years ago. They have always been at the cutting edge of what God is doing in Israel and the West Bank and their faith has had frequently been very practical. Here Lisa describes a project she is currently involved in to encourage new business enterprise within the Messianic Jewish body. I asked her why.
My guest today, whilst being Jewish, has always been on the front line of reconciliation with Israeli Arabs and Palestinians. Her name is Lisa Loden and when we met at her home in Netanya recently, I asked her to describe some of the initiatives currently occupying her time.