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 …
Today I’m in BeerSheva in southern Israel talking to a Jewish believer called Howard Bass. He and his wife came to live in Israel in 1981 … I asked him why.
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?
My guest today is a Jordanian Christian called Labib Madanat. He directs the work of the Bible Society in the Middle East, is well travelled and has a deep understanding of what goes on there. He lived in Jerusalem for many years which is where I met him recently, in a rather noisy hotel lobby as you will hear. He had just driven from Jordan having crossed into Israel at the Allanby Bridge. He started by describing his sorrow at the increased level of violence on the streets of Jerusalem by his own Arab/Palestinian people against Jewish people.
The Syrian refugee situation has grabbed our attention as we have watched thousands of desperate people risk their lives trying to reach Europe. My guest today has first hand experience of this situation having met Syrian refugees living in camps in Lebanon. Marcel Rebiai is the leader of a Christian community that has teams in various countries around the world including Israel and now Lebanon. Here he explains what he has seen and why he believes Christians in Europe have an opportunity to share the gospel with these people – many of whom are deeply disillusioned with Islam.