Today I’m in Haifa in northern Israel talking to Eric Benson, who has been the director of a rehab centre for recovering drug and alcohol addicts since 1992. The centre is called the House of Victory and welcomes both Jewish and Arab men. As you will hear, Eric is a Christian and over the years hundreds of men have passed through the doors and found release from addiction. Eric takes up the story.
My guest this week is Joel Ben David, a missionary with Jews for Jesus based in Israel. I met him in Tel Aviv recently to find out what motivates him to do this difficult work because after all, not many Jewish people are sympathetic to the person of Jesus, especially in Israel. So, I asked him to explain why he believes the work he does is so important.
Today finds us in Tel Aviv at the offices of Jews for Jesus, the international organisation that unashamedly attempts to make Jesus an unavoidable issue particularly to Jewish people. My guest is Joel Ben David. As you will hear, he was born in the UK into a traditional Jewish family. He later became an orthodox Jew. Today he’s a believer in Jesus. He has been on quite a journey, so let’s listen to him now as he describes who he is and what he does.
With the current appalling loss of life and unspeakable suffering that is going on in Syria, and because so many thousands of refugees are streaming out of the region and seeking to come to Europe, we are perhaps taking more notice of this news story than we might have otherwise. For this programme I visited the home of an Israeli Jewish believer in Jesus living in Jerusalem. Because he is a missionary to the muslim world it would be too dangerous to give his name.
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…