Today I’m in J’lem talking to a Jewish missionary to the Arab world … yes, an unusual story as you will hear and for that reason, he remains anonymous. How are we to make sense of the news … how does it relate to what we read in the Bible? Well, who better to ask than my guest today.
There are Christians around the world who believe that Jesus will return to Jerusalem as the Bible foretells. The majority of believers in Jesus I have met who live in Israel believe His return is imminent. They watch world events and they read their Bibles and their understanding is that time is short. My guest today is no exception. He is a Palestinian Christian living and working in the Old City of Jerusalem. His name is Shukri and he works full time as a youth pastor.
My guest today is Ofer Amitai – a Messianic Jewish pastor in Jerusalem and leader of an intercessory prayer movement. When I visited Ofer in October 2016, the Feast of Tabernacles had just happened. We met in his office situated in the outskirts of Jerusalem … and as you will hear, there were a lot of police cars passing as we spoke! I was asking Ofer about the unrest in the Arab world that has resulted in thousands of migrants making their way to Europe.
My guest today is Ofer Amitai – as pastor of a Messianic congregation in Jerusalem and leader of an intercessory prayer movement, Ofer is somebody who has a deep knowledge of the Scriptures as well as considerable insight into current world events. As we continue to watch a steady flow of migrants coming out of Syria and other countries and making their way to Europe, I started by asking Ofer whether or not he believes God is allowing all this upheaval.
On today’s programme, Avi Mizrachi, a Jewish pastor in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, helps us understand the unrest in the Arab world that has brought thousands of refugees from countries including Syria to Europe. As Christians, what should our response be?
Today we return to Tel Aviv in central Israel to meet with Avi Mizrachi, a Messianic Jewish pastor in the city. Last week, we heard how, after serving his time in the Israeli army he went to the United States to make his fortune … instead he became a believer in Jesus and his life was turned upside down. Let’s hear what happened next…
Today my guest is Avi Mizrachi. Today he is the pastor of a congregation in down town Tel Aviv. His story is fascinating … and like all good stories, we begin at the beginning!
Today finds us back in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, where the majority of the population is Muslim. There is however, a small community of evangelical Christians there too and Salim Anfous is the youth pastor in one of the churches. His vision is to encourage the youth in his care who feel they are a minority within a minority. The schools follow an Islamic curriculum so for young people who are Christians this is very challenging.
Recently I visited Bethlehem, which is in the West Bank and where the majority of the people are Muslim. There is however, a tiny evangelical community of Christians there and Salim Anfous is the youth pastor in one of the evangelical churches in the town. He was born in Saudi Arabia but came with his family to live in Bethlehem when he was a teenager. Salim is a man with a vision to help the young Palestinian Christians in his church to deepen their faith in Jesus.
Today finds us in Bethlehem in the West Bank talking to Salim Anfous who is the youth leader of the Immanuel Church there. Life for Christians in the West Bank is challenging – as we shall hear, they are a tiny percentage of the total population which is Muslim. Over the next three weeks, Salim is going to share his fascinating story. Today, we start at the beginning … which for Salim was in another Arab country.