My guest today is David Firestein – he is a Russian Jew – his parents, who were brought up in Communist Russia and are atheists, came to Israel when he was 10 years old. As a young man, David became deeply disillusioned with life and attempted to commit suicide. However, he survived and lying in a hospital bed and seeing the grief stricken face of his mother, David realised God had spared his life. Shortly after, he came to understand that Jesus was his Messiah – that He had died for his sins – and gradually he came to believe in Jesus.
My guest today is David Firestein. We met in Netanya, a city just north of Tel Aviv. David’s parents are Russian – his father a Russian Jew. After travelling around the world, the family came to live in Israel when David was 10 years old. He has a fascinating story and starts by talking about his parents.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today I’m in BeerSheva in southern Israel talking to Howard Bass – a Messianic Jewish pastor. As I travel around the Middle East recording this programme, I often hear believers talking about a prophecy in Isaiah chapter 19 that talks about there being a highway between Egypt and Assyria via Israel … and how Israel will become a blessing on the earth.
I asked Howard to explain more …