2 No. 6 | December 2005
From the Church in Israel
Shared by our dear friend and pastor, Francis Frangipane
is the epicenter of many of the world's events. Indeed,
what happens in the Holy Land can cause powerful shock waves
around the world. Daily, we are deluged by reports from
newsrooms about Israel. As we in the church have learned
to care more for the Jewish people, we have become more
sensitive to how the nation of Israel views us. We are even
concerned about the viewpoints of the Orthodox Jews as well
as the positions and threats of Israel's Islamic enemies.
Added to this sea of voices and opinions, we also listen
to the teachings of evangelical preachers, calling us to
pray for the peace and protection of the Jewish people.
All of this is good and acceptable. However, most of us
have yet to hear from the actual leaders of the evangelical
church in Israel.
Thus, on a recent trip to the Holy Land, I made it a point
to visit with a number of Israeli pastors. I was so impressed
with their love, faith and humility that I asked them if
they would issue a statement that might, in some way, express
their hearts to the wider body of Christ, especially to
the church in America, but also throughout the world. The
pastors with whom I spoke were, in fact, representatives
of a larger group of around 70 leaders.
I listened to their hearts, it was easy to see that these
were believers in pursuit of Christ's character. Although
they came from a variety of church backgrounds, their hearts
were steadfastly united in Christ, and they are individuals
given to prayer and evangelism.
believe Christianity needs to hear the voice of the church
in Israel. Thus, in the months ahead, my hope is to feature
the perspectives and insights from leaders serving Christ
in the Holy Land. Indeed, I was blessed to learn that, when
major hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast of the USA, these
leaders did not automatically judge and condemn the United
States. Instead, they focused their congregations on redemptive
prayer for America. As I listened to them, I was deeply
impressed that the church in Israel was truly growing into
the spiritual temple of God (Eph 2:21-22; 1 Cor 3:16). In
a very moving way, I felt the significance of a genuine
holy reality - as big a miracle of grace as the restoration
of Israel itself. The church in Israel was praying for believers
in America and around the world. They were truly becoming
"a house of prayer for all nations." With the
memory of Hurricane Katrina in mind, they sent this greeting:
To the Church in America,
We are a body of leaders in Israel who would like to express
our hearts concerning the tragic events, which took place
in America due to recent hurricanes. Please help us connect
with as many of our brothers and
sisters as possible by forwarding this letter to the Body
of Messiah throughout the different churches in the USA.
First of all, please accept our apologies for not responding
earlier. Sometimes the sheer enormity of these events leaves
one at a loss for meaningful words. We are struck by the
weight of the catastrophes which hit the Gulf States of
the southern U.S. and by the resulting distress and suffering
of so many people. We feel earnest sorrow for the great
loss of life and livelihood; and we would like to assure
our brothers and sisters in America of our love and prayers,
as we earnestly beseech our God to intervene in this situation.
We consider it important to let you know that we are standing
with you in this critical hour, wanting to express our sympathy
and brotherly friendship and taking the opportunity to utter
our thanks for the American believers' faithfulness concerning
their relationship to Israel. How often in years past have
we received your intensive support in prayer and in generous
main reason for wanting to extend comfort to you is the
simple fact that you are our brothers and sisters in the
Lord. In addition, God has used America again and again
to provide assistance to Israel as a nation. We are bound
together on many levels. "And if one member suffers,
all the members suffer with it…" (1Corinthians
12:26). At the same time it is our prayer that God will
use this season of shaking as a new awakening of the American
church, as well as the nation. May He impart His heart and
thoughts to His people in more meaningful ways than in any
previous generation. May His kingdom break through in new
and bigger dimensions - within the United States and, through
selfless American Christians, across the entire world! For
it is written, "in all things God works for the good
of those who love him, who are the called according to his
purpose" (Romans 8:28).
- as God's chosen people and the firstborn among the nations
- has experienced a history of much shaking, even to the
degree of judgment (a history that has not yet come to an
end). But we know that the reason for this is God's holy
love and divine calling. He disciplines the ones he loves
(Hebrews 12:6). The United States has been considered by
all a favored nation, used mightily by God and blessed for
her missionary work and for standing by Israel through the
years. She has been given abundant material and spiritual
blessings. She sees herself as the leader of the world.
It is only to be expected that such a nation will be held
accountable to a higher standard of righteousness. We want
to encourage you to shine brightly amidst a darkening world.
In this sense of blessing, calling and responsibility there
are strong parallels between our nations, highlighting God's
principle that "from everyone who has been given much,
much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted
with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12:48).
pray that your ear would be next to God's heart in the midst
of the calamities, which have stricken your great nation.
May you tangibly experience His presence in every trying
hour. Through the tears, may you and your nation experience
the richness of God's mercy. May He be glorified in your
courageous and compassionate response.
We love and appreciate you. We are with you.
Your brothers in Yeshua our Messiah,
(And many others who were not available
to sign this letter).
SPRING SUCCOT INTERCESSION
April 17 –
Please be in prayer, even now, for God to be speaking to
that the Intercession team he is calling together for this
would hear and obey. Are you one of this team? We need to
start now. Please request your Spring Intercession Tour
packet now. This is a time of dire need for intercession
in the Land.
Contact Cheryl at 319-393-1096 – firstname.lastname@example.org