We recently held our Passover campaign, with around 200 orders for the Messiah film. Soon we also hope to begin an advertising campaign with another film about creation – advertising on the radio and working with several congregations in different parts of the land. We a plan to distribute over 5000 DvDs. This is the advertisement – ‘A unique opportunity for each of us to hear and to see with our own eyes the great discoveries of modern scientists. You would know a wonderful world in which you live. Mysteries of nature of living creatures and endless universe would be revealed to your eyes. Do not miss an interesting travel with the new science movie Miracle Maker. Call and you would receive the video as a present [number]’.
The advertisement would be from 17th of June to 14th of July on Radio 1, with 4 ads of 25 seconds and 1 of 10 seconds every day.
Please pray for this endeavor.
Tel Aviv African work
The work in Tel Aviv goes well. We have fed many thousands of people and also helped with medical aid for various diseases related to living in a park and in cramped conditions. We also get many opportunities to give out literature to local Hebrew speaking Israelis
Recently, I met some professing Christians, a group at the Dead Sea, and some other people from the same organization outside their distribution centre. They are not too sure what happens to an unbelieving Jew when he dies. One young man told me he signed a paper that he would not evangelize, I replied, You would rather obey man than God? Go and tear up the paper is better. I had hoped to make him think.
Is not sharing our hope and eternal calling something we should do, even commanded to do? No one in the group could give me a straight answer and a biblical answer, some said they go to Heaven and others said it’s up to God Himself. They could explain the Gospel. If this was not the norm, I would not mind but in all my years this answer is the most common one I hear among such people, and that saddens me. Even talking one on one, I hear it’s again and again, prompting me to think that these people do not really study or read their Bibles. I understand one can be afraid to stand up at times and tell the truth but should we not be ready when asked to explain what the Gospel is, should we not know it. Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. John 14 verse 6. Do we believe this?
I have just got back from Jordan and was able to witness to a Lebanese couple from UK. The wife was a Bahai and the husband a good man though not religious. I got to witness to them four times within that one day! It just so happened that I literally bumped into them four times in the same day. I do believe in providence so took each time the opportunity to speak further. Now they certainly know the Gospel!
In the Middle East impromptu invites are very common and spontaneity is often rewarded. In a taxi ride to Mount Nebo, during a friendly chat with the driver, I asked if we could go see his house, inviting myself, and he was more than happy for us to visit and welcomed the suggestion. This ended up with us enjoying Arabic coffee, tea, and treats, and meeting many of his relatives, and, most importantly, sharing our faith as Christians. We were even able to give out Arabic copies of the New Testament before we left. A divine tour!
One great need for Arab Pastors in Jordan is a good Bible, with good theological notes. Good Theological books in Arabic are rare, they have a real need of John MacArthur Bible, which are available in Arabic at forty dollars a time, which is a great deal when you live off a few hundred dollars a month. We hope soon to purchase fifty of them to distribute to the Pastors and Church leaders much in need.
On the way back to the border we met some British Muslims on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and they asked me what am I doing in Israel, I replied, telling people about the greatest one of all and they said, Jesus Christ?, to which I returned, That’s right!
Experience of a volunteer
TRIP TO ISRAEL 4 – 28 MAY 2012
On Friday 4th May we began the day with a trip to a Samaritan village where the Passover was being celebrated on Mount Gerazim which was the place where Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well. They believe in the Torah, however they have made some changes hence the difference in the dates of celebration. This gave the group of us the opportunity to speak to the many onlookers about Jesus and to distribute New Testaments to the Jewish, Arab and Samaritan people present both before, during and after the sacrifice of the goats. The priests who performed the sacrifice were clad in white which denoted their standing after which their garments were covered in blood following the ritual.
That evening we travelled to Tel Aviv to distribute food to the Sudanese and Eritreans who gather in the Central Park each day. Food was distributed to approximately 300 to 500 people. This takes place 4 times weekly. We not only distributed food but also gave out New Testaments in Arabic to the Sudanese and in Tigrinian to the Eritreans, the majority of whom took them gratefully even though the religion of the majority is Islam. On the Friday evenings we had the benefit of two nurses in attendance during which time “over the counter” medication was distributed to those in need. One man suffered from parasites in his eyes and so was given a note to attend the local hospital on the morrow to have this dealt with. Many complained of aches, pains, coughs and colds which was relieved by the dispensing of various medications.
There were only Sudanese and Eritrean men present in the park who had made the trek from their native homes after having undergone hazardous and often dangerous journeys to reach Israel. Their presence wasn’t necessarily welcomed by the local residents and a protest was made on one occasion but we were unaware of it by the time of our arrival. The men appreciated and welcomed our attendance particularly with the distribution of food, however they were fewer in number now than there had been during the winter as many of them had been able to find some seasonal work which enabled them to buy their own food. A number of other groups had started helping on Friday evenings to distribute food. We took every opportunity to hand out the New Testaments and speak with the refugees including the curious onlookers who wanted to know what and why we were doing what we did. Tony was interviewed one day by Channel Two, an Israeli television channel with whom he shared the Gospel and a Ha’aretz newspaper journalist was on hand on another occasion to take photographs and question us as to the purposes of our outreach.
We visited an Arab family to deliver a fridge plus some food on another day. The father is without employment and the family is reliant on the charity of others to meet their needs and also to assist with the provision of furniture for the sparsely furnished home. The father said that they had received much help from Christians but little to no help from Muslims which was upsetting to him as he and his family are Muslims.