Inside Israel – “The Long Way Home”

Hi dear ones and welcome to a look inside Israel today. J of Jerusalem shares insights into the people, the nation, and her own heart. Thank you so much for stopping by and praying. God bless you and lead you in all ways today! Now, here’s J . . .

18 June 2011
This first week back at work after being in the hospital was a long one, but not without some special touches. My pita man at the shuk was so happy to see me again, as was the cucumber man. With all of our desperate struggles going on here, we find time for a ‘facebook page boycotting cottage(cheese)’ since the price has gone up so high… we still find humor! Special touches…

For example, I met Ruth (Ruth in Hebrew is pronounced ‘Root’) Evenshtein’s Mother.
Ruth is a woman of about 40 who has 3 small children…and cancer. The cancer took her by surprise (I guess it takes all of us that way) and I have been able to be a bit of a support system for her. She found a ‘lump’ behind her ear yesterday morning and came to the doctor with her Mom. Ruth is a lovely, attractive woman, but her 70 year old mother is downright stunning!

Ruth introduced us and when her Mom found out where I was from (in the ‘old country) she was thrilled; “Oh! I have always longed to visit there… to see the beauty and the expanse! I hear it is so beautiful!” We began sharing about our pasts, and, after a bit about my hippie background, her Mom said that she had been in Berkley Calif in the ‘60s. I asked her about the path that her life had taken her. Ruth piped in: ‘My Mother was a child holocaust survivor.’ her Mother continued; ‘Yes, I was just 5 when my father and I were released from the camps. We alone survived. It was 2 years before we could get to Jerusalem. Back then it was hard to get in. They were limiting the Jews.’

She told me that she was so thankful to have been with her father as so many children that age had no one left to care for them. ‘Jerusalem was such a small town back then in the 60s. My husband got a job teaching M.E. studies in Berkley and we went there. It was such culture shock for me! I would say to people “I did not know that America is like this!” and they would say to me “Berkley is not America!”

My heart was beating quickly. ‘This is amazing!’ I said. ‘We experienced the hippie years as Jews from the opposite perspective!’ ‘What do you mean?’ she asked me. ‘Well…as a Jewish child born immediately after the holocaust, from my earliest memories ‘something’ that I couldn’t understand was driving me, gnawing at me, filling me with grief and hopelessness. Do you realize that most of the early hippies were Jews? We were so filled with rage and lawlessness and a passionate drive that we didn’t understand…but I didn’t realize until years later that most of the people were Jews!’ I continued, ‘You, on the other hand, were thankful for life and had a passion to live and to build Israel, and to do the very best that you could. It seems to me that we were both caught up in something much bigger then ourselves.’ She told me that she had begun writing her memoir, not beginning with what went on inside the camps. ‘There is so much written about those horrors. But when we were released…they just opened the doors…we walked out of hell…filled with disease and starving…and the people around us tried to kill us… they were afraid of us… we had to hide all of the time and dig for food…I will give you a copy of what I am writing.

Two years ago I was in Detroit and I had an urge to go and see a movie called ‘The Long Way Home’. I was shocked, and cried my eyes out through the entire movie. It was my story! That is what made me decide to write.’ The door to the exam room opened and it was time to go in, thus ending our conversation. My phones (mercifully silent for that short time) began ringing again and the meeting ended, but not the fragrance of it.

Ruthie came out of the exam room and fell into my arms crying uncontrollably “It’s a bug bite! It’s just a bug bite! I was so scared! I don’t want to die, I just want to live and raise my babies!” I began to laugh (her Mom had gone on ahead and was out at the car) ‘Ruthie! With a legacy like yours a little thing like cancer isn’t going to get you down. Listen to your Mother…look at how much they survived.” She nodded and added ‘And my Grandfather, my Mother’s Dad, just died at 97’ we began laughing together. ‘It’s bigger then us Ruthie.’

Please pray that I, or someone else, will be able to tell her…them… about “The Bigger”…The One Who Alone is able to keep us alive…and bring us home.
The name of the movie stuck in my mind; “The Long Way Home’. It is, indeed, a long way home. Sometimes I feel as if I have lost my way. I never would have thought that I would say that, but The Presence of The Lord sees so far off. My prayers seem so dry, so empty. I read this morning in Psalm 29:7 “The voice of The Lord divides the flames of fire.” and I immediately turned to Acts 2:3 “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, and one sat upon each one of them.”

I thought of the 3 friends of Daniel who came through the fire without even the smell of smoke, and the great and precious promise in Isaiah that though we walk through the fire it shall not scorch us. It is all His Voice…His Presence…that divides the flames of fire and that leads us ‘The Long Way Home’. No other voice can save us from the flames of hell. No other Presence can ‘shine in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of God in the Face of Jesus Christ’.

How I NEED that Presence, that Voice again in my life. What good is it to share Him with those who need Him unless we do it with The Presence of The Almighty God and The Power of the Holy Spirit? There is nothing in ME that can give anyone new life…only in Him as I convey Him to another. Oh yes, my dear sisters and brothers…I need Him desperately! I am not where I have been at other times (this is not condemnation…it IS confession and a request for prayer). With my sister scheduled to arrive on the 8th of July I long to be walking in His Spirit and available for Him to use me.

I did not intend to write what I just did, but I’m glad that I did. When we are needy we need prayer. I confess to Him and to you that I am needy!

And our nation needs prayer as the world, with it’s upside down thinking tries to close its noose upon this tiny place. There has been a steady stream of European leaders here for the past two weeks pressuring out Prime Minister to ‘give up’. The next ‘flotilla’ is preparing to set sail to Gaza, and, on the same day that my Sister is scheduled to arrive, so are huge numbers of demonstrators planning to disrupt our airport, arriving as ‘tourists’. I will add the IFI prayer notes for those of you who use them.

Thank you so very much for your strength in the body! May The Lord bless you with His very best for each of you. Lovingly, your sis

Friday Prayer Points
17 June 2011
1. Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance, when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another ! people, He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.
Psalm 105:1-15 NKJV
Give thanks:
· God is doing mighty works
· He has an everlasting covenant with His people
· He has chosen us to show His mercies
· He has chosen Jerusalem to show His mercies
· When two or three are gathered together He is in our midst
· We welcome You, O God!

2. The possible second flotilla
The IHH (Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation) is now thinking about pulling out of the planned flotilla planned to sail to Gaza to break the Israeli blockade. Now it is possible for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza through Egypt (as well as through Israel). Last year’s flotilla and its outcome caused a dramatic deterioration in relations between Turkey and Israel. Pray:
· Thanks that there are these signs of reduced interest in sending another flotilla. This is a definite answer to our prayers.
· Lord, dissolve the poison of animosity towards Israel!
· Give wisdom to the leaders of Israel and help them to be prepared for every eventuality.
· Don’t allow Israel to be drawn into any confrontation which is not of Your making.
· Prevent any flotilla being used to cause harm.
· Thank you, Lord that Israel has signaled her willingness to defend her borders and exercise her responsibility to protect her citizens as with the flotilla in May 2010 and with recent attempted incursions in the Golan Heights.
· May well-meaning but misguided people involved in these plans to come against Israel be caused to fear the possible consequences.
· Pray that the second flotilla would not take place.

3. The borders of Israel
· We give thanks for the firm stand which our Prime Minister has taken against a return to the pre-1967 borders.
· Thank you, God for your covenant with Abraham to give this land to your people. (Psalm 105:9 and following)
· Pray that Binyamin Netanyahu will continue to hold fast to what God has established in His word.
· Shield Israel from international manipulation intended to make her relinquish the land, particularly Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
· May the plans to rob Israel of her inheritance come to nothing.
· Strengthen all those in the nations (notably many in the US Congress) who are standing up for Israel.
· May the borders of Israel be the borders You want them to be, O Lord! Prepare Israel to protect these borders!

4. Fear of God in the surrounding nations.
From this week’s prophetic portion:
And (Rahab) said to the men: I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
Joshua 2:9-11 NKJV
So many of Israel’s neighbors, many of which are declared enemies of Israel, are going through times of great upheaval and shaking at this time. We prayed that God would use these things to bring about His purposes, and equip the believers in these nations to be used by the Lord in great power.
· May the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom, come upon the Arab/Muslim people in the nations surrounding Israel.
· When they are caused to fear God would they cry out to Him to reveal Himself.
· Would You pour out revelation about what You are doing with Your people in Your land.
· Give believers in these nations the grace to withstand persecution and may the persecutions not hold back the knowledge of the living God and His word.
· Let Your voice be heard, O God, in the power of Your word!
· Shake many out of their familiar ways and when they cry out in confusion and in pain empower the believers to show the answer. May the perfect love of Yeshua (Jesus) cast out the fear of man!

5. Crying out to God
Last week we prayed that in their need and desperation, the people of Israel would cry out to God and there would be calls to prayer from among them. This week in a neighborhood in Jerusalem, fliers were circulated which invited the residents to volunteer to commit to prayer regularly during a particular hour in the week, with the aim of establishing a 24/7 prayer chain. Praise God for this immediate answer to prayer. May He multiply this many, many times over! There are many initiatives calling for worldwide prayer for Israel or for Jerusalem. However, these have come from people in the nations like Robert Stearns and Glenn Beck. We thank God for these initiatives, but we long that Israel too will cry out on her own behalf.
· May Israel cry out:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills-from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV
· As Israel cries out to You, may we see You intervening:
The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
Isaiah 30:30
· May the leaders and the people of Israel not trust in man but in the Lord:
Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 NKJV
· Cause Bibi Netanyahu and his family to recognize the awesome responsibility of the leader and to become desperate for Your intervention.
· Break religious pride. Let our people cry out to You because we depend upon Your grace and mercy and not because we “deserve” Your help.
· Drive home our need for You. Make us desperate before too much more blood is shed!

6. Salvation of Jewish people
· Thank you, Lord that You desire us much more than we desire You.
· Open their spiritual eyes! Lift the veil which blinds them to the knowledge of the truth! Break through the barriers of history which prevent Jews from knowing the true Son of God (as opposed to their wrong image of Him).
· Pour out a spirit of grace and supplication as You have promised:
And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.
Zechariah 12:10 NKJV
· Save the elderly, the holocaust survivors, the sick – those whose earthly hope may have ended. When You pour out the spirit of supplication on them, be there for them, O God!

7. Aliyah
Now therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul. For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this! people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.
Jeremiah 32:36-42 NKJV
These words have not yet been fulfilled, but they are being fulfilled. Aliyah is the necessary step for most Jews to be saved. Many Jews fear man rather than fearing God. They fear the desire of Israel’s enemies to wipe out the Jewish people when they are all gathered back in the land of Israel. Pray:
· Thank You that You break down the barriers of fear as people put their trust in You and step out in faith.
· Bring the Jewish people to their senses and come back to their land.
· May the Jews see that their inheritance is in the land of Israel.
· Break down the barriers which materialism, language, culture, comforts, government regulations, etc. place to the aliyah. May Your people no longer be held back and may they not perish in the nations!

8. Shabbat
· Thank You for our true rest in Yeshua.
· Thank You for the quietness which comes when we let You do the planning.
· Thank You for the heavenly peace of this Shabbat.
· Lead Your people into Shabbat rest. Give Your Spirit and salvation in Yeshua.
· Thank You for Shabbat as part of Your covenant with Your people.
Shabbat Shalom!

ani b’derek

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Inside Israel – Thanks For Praying

Hi and welcome to Inside Israel today! This time J of Jerusalem, a Jewish believer in Jesus, sends us a heartfelt thank you. Her husband had been recovering from being hit by a motorcycle and then had a heart attack. Thank you so much for your prayers for her, her husband and her nation and God’s . . .Israel. Now here’s J . . .

How thankful I am for the prayers and loving encouragement that I have received from so many of you. I am sorry that I have answered no one…but I have answered, in my heart! Each of you. Thank you so very much!

My husband is expected to come home from hospital tomorrow. The heart attack that he suffered on Monday did do some damage, the extent of which we don’t yet know. I am assuming that we will be learning that, and a great deal more tomorrow when he is released, and in the days to come. He will need to, again, stay home from work for several weeks. Aside from that we know very little about what lies ahead of us but that makes us no different then anyone else. Who knows what tomorrow holds? We can only be totally secure in knowing that He knows it ALL! What PEACE that brings!

For us, personally, it has been a time of great upheaval… a roller coaster of emotion. Three months of dealing with broken hip, followed by the great joy of our new Grandson, and now the heart attack…and that is just since the end of October! I often feel like a reflection of our region of the world.

I hope to write more over the next few days, but, in this exhausted state, I only wanted to thank you from deep in my heart.

I add a prayer request for a young boy (he is somewhere between 6 and 14 years old … it is hard to tell, he is so ill and so small in the bed) in the intensive cardiac care unit who is not doing at all well. He is attended to night and day by his father and mother, and some siblings join the vigil. They are a very religious family and I told the father that I would be praying. He told me, with great tears in his eyes, that the boy (who goes in and out of consciousness) now has blood clots in his legs which must be operated on again. The boys name is Etan Rafiel ben Bracha (‘Rafiel’ means ‘God is my healer’. ‘Ben’ means’ son of’ and ‘Bracha’ is his mother’s name which means ‘blessing’) Thank you for sharing this prayer request.

ani b’derek

Inside Israel – The First Chanuka Light

So glad you could stop by today and get a glimpse inside Israel, as J of Jerusalem shares about the first Chanuka light. Enjoy and God bless you and your families!

Chanuka 2010 1 Dec 2010

As our younger daughter and I lit our first (of 8) Chanuka candle tonight, we thanked God for His Light…Yeshua, Jesus, The Light of the world…the light that shines in darkness and pierces it…for whosoever will. Thank You, Lord for lighting my darkness and joining me to Your family of those lit by Your Light!

I traveled home from visiting my husband in the hospital today hoping for a fast trip…perhaps 20 minutes. But as the rest of my day went, so did my ride; I arrived home almost 2 hours after I went to the bus stop! The sky was dark by the time I alighted from the bus and many of the public Chanukah’s were already lit. I had a long time to think about something The Lord impressed upon my heart earlier today after running my third failed errand this morning. Dropped into my heart, as I was fretting over wasted, precious time were the words ‘There is no such thing as ‘wasted time’. It is all victory if you walk it patiently and graciously. Remember…it is how you walk the path’. ‘But Lord, I am so very tired, and I have more to do then I CAN do.’ No. I dare not protest! Do I know more then HIM?? Does the pot say to the potter…why?? ‘Yes, Lord. Teach me.’ So, on this final bus ride home He continued to point out much to me. This bus runs through a very religious neighborhood and there was not one complaint voiced on the bus although we stood in gridlock traffic for so very long. That alone was a wonderful and unique experience…no complaining!

The hospital that my husband has been in for the past 3 weeks is an interesting one…different from the one that he was in for the first 2 weeks. This hospital, besides being a rehabilitation center, is also a geriatric and psychiatric hospital. It is one run on mercy. It sits adjacent to the Jerusalem cemetery (har h’minukhah), Mountain of Rest. Years ago my husband and I were horrified to pass an old age home named ‘Fare well rest haven’. It was right next to a cemetery and we thought that was incredibly cynical. But we found this hospital, with it’s placing, very peaceful.

Growing up, the food that I identified with Chanuka was ‘latkes’…a deep fried potato pancake which we topped with applesauce, but the Chanuka food here is ‘sovganioat’…a deep fried jelly donut (over the past few years, chocolate, halva, caramel and icing have also appeared). Foods identified with Chanuka ARE ‘deep fried’ because ‘Light’ and ‘oil’ are synonymous in the middle east, where oil lamps still burn. I had stopped at the shuk on the way to the hospital and purchased 12 sovganioat, an inexpensive chanukiah (candelabra for Chanuka) and candles to bring to the hospital to share with the staff … because… you see…besides tonight being the first light of Chanuka, it is also another special day: it is the last day for my husband to be in hospital. He is to be released tomorrow morning!

And THAT is why I was scurrying around today, like a chicken without a head, attempting to jump through all of the bureaucratic hoops necessary for his release.

Chanuka, I know that you remember, is the celebration for LIGHT…for it commemorates the multiplication of the oil for the menorah in the temple after it had been defiled by the Greeks. The Macabbis found only enough pure oil to keep the lamps burning for 1 day, and it required a week to produce the pure oil. God miraculously kept the Light burning…as He still does! Thus the holiday is kept some 2,000 years later with the lighting of special candlestick (Chanukiah)…8 lights and one ‘servant light’, the ‘shamus’ to light the rest – first night we light one candle, the next night 2, and so forth. I have shared the story and traditions many times. This year Chanuka is VERY early, and no one seems quite ‘ready’. It is celebrated on the 25th of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which is lunar.

As with all of our various hospital stays, the roommates make such a strong impact, and this last stay was no different. My husband, being the youngest resident, (and since he is 65 that is saying something!) was placed with another ‘young man’ (56) who had suffered a stroke. He is a Moslem, and his name is Ruef. When we entered the room his family eyed us suspiciously, so I reached out warmly to them and his wife was the first to respond. She spoke some English, and he speaks Hebrew so we were soon fast friends. It was interesting to see his 3 grown sons enter the room daily, each one approaching him individually and bowing on their knee, kissing his hand and then pressing it to their forehead (as in blessing) 3 times. Today I asked him about it: ‘It has been interesting to me watching your sons greet you’ I began. ‘It seems to me that you are an important man…perhaps you are the village chief?’ I asked. He warmed to my sincerity and smiled; ‘Yes I am.’ he answered. ‘Such power must be used with great wisdom and compassion’ I commented. Again he smiled; ‘This is right and this I have also received. I became chief through my mother and I received her compassion and wisdom. All of the village comes to me to settle problems. There is one thing I do not tolerate; no man may speak badly of his wife. I have never lifted my voice to my wife. I have shown her respect and so she has always respected me. Our children must do the same.’ His words reminded me of an article my I had just read to my husband about the Druze. They follow the laws of Noah and are extremely moral people. I also thought back to the book of Judges and realized that that is what Ruef does… he ‘judges’ his people and he does it wisely.

I brought Ruef a sovganioat just as his family brought us some of their sweets for a recent feast that they had. Hertzog hospital is a religious hospital, but once again, there is no prejudice, and great mercy is shown to everyone. Although I left before the candle lighting tonight, my husband called and told me how several older men came and lead in the blessings of the lighting of the candles and songs. Soon after a group of young people came and danced and handed out more sovganioat. Another group of children came and sang songs. He was very touched by the warmth, as was Ruef. Peace, His peace, is the only thing that can bring peace into the hearts of those caught up in strife. I am thankful to be an instrument of His Peace in small ways. It is a blessing to see that His Light still lights up small corners.

I know that this is an inadequate letter, but I wanted to share the love of His Light…and ALSO…

TWO ANSWERS TO PRAYER: The first you have heard already; my husband is to come home tomorrow! The second is like the first…our older daughter called with the wonderful news that they signed a rental contract today on the top floor of a house in a moshav much nearer to us (although still a bit of a trek). It is on a very pretty, rural moshav that has horses. Thank you SO much for holding our ‘crisis to crisis’ family on prayer. He is SO faithful!

May The faithful Light of the world, Light our hearts and paths…for His glory alone! Lovingly, your very tired sis

ani b’derek

Inside Israel – J in Jerusalem

So thankful for any of you who stopped by today to find out what J has been up to. She is a Jewish believer who made aliyah to Jerusalem from Alaska some 16 years ago. Right now, she is asking for prayer for her husband and herself, following an accident where he was hit by a motorcycle. Here’s the latest update . . .

With so MUCH going on in our country that I would love to share with you who understand and pray, I must simply take this short time to update you on our personal situation. That you care is a sign that He also does, as I can’t count on ‘feelings’ during these exhausting days. Thank you for being His Hand extended!

My husband was transferred by ambulance from regular hospital to a rehabilitation hospital last Monday. The doctors said that he will not be able to work for 3 months. He is still in pain, but less and he is happy to be finally receiving physiotherapy.

It has been an emotionally (and physically) exhausting time for me as I have had to learn yet another new vocabulary and realm of bureaucratic maze.

I rode an emotional roller coaster last Sun when the hospital social worker told me that he had been accepted into the best rehab center…I just had to hurry to get there and sign in for him. It was far, so I took a cab to be told that he was definitely NOT accepted and I needed to leave (no space). After calls to the social worker I was told ‘Stand there and do NOT leave!’. I did that…for 2 hours. Finally I fell into a ball of mushy tears at the final rejection and took another expensive cab to the other rehab center, known as ‘the bad one’. To make a VERY long story short, he is now in the second hospital and I KNOW that God, Who really DOES work ALL things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, ultimately has his good prepared and IS in control!

The police finally entered my husband’s case and told us that we HAD to have a lawyer (something neither of us have any experience with) as there are reams of paperwork and impossible bureaucracies that lie before us. (the accident lawyers work by law on a percentage of the final claim, so thankfully, they are NOT paid out of pocket). We believe that The Lord has lead us to the right one; simply another area where we must trust Him. We are NOT ‘suing’, there just must be a lawyer to make it through the maze. Don’t ask me to explain this…I can’t.

Visiting hours are from 3:30-8:30 here as the patients are in physiotherapy all morning, so when I am not working I am engaged in the red tape. My days are long and non stop. Since the hospital is depressing I try to be there for most of the visiting hours.

During this entire time we have had a couple of EXTREMELY ‘high maintenance’ guests… the same ones who were here during my radiation treatment. They are ‘new age’ and it has been a challenge. They left today and I am about to fall into bed, but I DID want to update you and to THANK YOU (!) for all of the WONDERFUL and encouraging emails and even some cards. I am so sorry that I have been unable to write. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US IN PRAYER! HE IS WORKING! My husband appears much more tender…please pray for His enduring, permanent work to be complete. His GREAT FAITHFULNESS which strengthens where there IS no strength and keeps even lame feet in His path, never ceases to call to praise!!
LOVINGLY, your sis

ani b’derek

Inside Israel – A Witness and a Testimony

Hello! Hope you are all up for another look inside Israel. J of Jerusalem shares her experiences inside a hospital room with her husband, who is still recovering from being hit by a motorcycle. Thank you for reading and for your prayers!

The Lord is SO good and deserves all of my praise, as small as it is! Glory to The Name of Yeshua! Jesus, the Messiah!

I should be leaving for the hospital right now, but felt an urgency to send out this testimony:

Since there is no room in the orthopedic ward, E. is still in the cardiothoracic surgery ward. It has its benefits. There is more room around each bed (for cardiac equipment) and it is a quiet ward. In his room there are 3 beds. When we arrived, the first bed was taken by a Christian Arab man named Elia, the middle bed was by a 20 year old yeshiva student, and E. has the third. As I mentioned, we are reading the book ‘Anointed for Burial’, a powerful testimony book, and although I read ‘quietly’, I am sure that words are heard.

I noticed that the young yeshiva man (a yeshiva is a place where people study scripture, much like a ‘seminary’, but based on discussion) was reading the book ‘Son of Hamas’ in Hebrew and I said to him ‘Oh! I see you are reading ‘Son of Hamas’! I hear it is wonderful!’ He answered ‘Yes! It is an amazing book!’

His friends would come and pray for and with him, in all of the traditional ways, Elia and his wife would also pray together in their way, and E. and I were reading and I would pray. Interesting room!

The night before last I heard that the young man was going home and found him in the ‘general room’ (a big room where there is coffee and tea and chairs and a tv) engaged in a heated discussion with two Moslem men. He had his book in his hands. I overheard him say ‘Well I am Jewish so I can’t!’ ‘Hum’ I thought…you can’t ‘what?’. It became apparent to me that he was WITNESSING to the two Moslems! Back in the room I told him ‘I saw you talking with the two Moslem men last night about the book.’ He quickly answered ‘Oh! They HATE this book! They really HATE him!’ I asked ‘But what did YOU think about the book?’ He smiled “It was wonderful. It was mostly a Christian story, but he can’t come back here to live anymore.’ I said ‘You know that I am Jewish, but I also had an experience like Him and now I am also a follower of Yeshua. I am still Jewish but I love Him and He lives in me and has changed my whole life. We can also follow Him.’ To my surprise, he didn’t flinch at all but smiled and said ‘Yes. I understand that anyone can ask Him!’

Although that was all we had time for speaking, he brought us all of his left over treats and I have no doubt that he heard much of what I was reading. I am sure that this young man was in that particular bed for a reason. Although I don’t know his name, we can still pray for him. J

As he and Elia left, there has been a major change and I do ask for prayer. The first bed now contains a devout, charismatic Moslem man with 3 (at least) wives. Having not seen it ‘up close’ before, a deep chill came over me when his ‘first wife’ floated in like a black death in a full body ‘burka’. I did not realize that even their hands are clothed in black gloves. This man must be a very powerful man. He is handsome, wealthy, popular, speaks AT LEAST Arabic, Hebrew and English fluently, and has flashing black eyes and a powerful smile. There has been a change in the room since he entered and E. is now depressed and not as happy to read the book.

We were told that we can expect him not to work for 3 months, and to be in much pain at least that long. He is also having an ultrasound of the bladder repeated today as it looks as if he sustained possible injury there as well. He is supposed to be moved to a rehabilitation center in a week, and those are rather depressing I am told. Today, we have old, unsaved ‘friends’ arriving to spend 2 weeks with us from NYC. She was a friend of mine in Jr. High School (ancient times!) I have been thankful at how The Lord has used this time drawing E back to Himself, but these friends will have the opposite influence unless He intervenes. I KNOW He is not taken by surprise. Please continue to pray for E’s healing but mostly for the spiritual battle going on around him/us. Thank you…your very tired sis

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Inside Israel – A Personal Prayer Request

Hi and welcome to Inside Israel today! J of Jerusalem had e-mailed earlier to ask for prayer for her husband, who’d been hit by a motorcycle. Here is her follow-up e-mail about his condition. Thank you all so much for praying!

I was really overwhelmed by the email response to my prayer request! I couldn’t BEGIN to answer them all! It was by far the most emails I have ever gotten and I am touched. Thank you for such love and for the prayers, which is most important!

I am VERY tired, but want to fill you in briefly:
(I purposely don’t use our names in emails as I explained before, since we need some prudence concerning our identity)

E. is MUCH better then he was when I wrote just following the accident, Praise God! The injury appears to be confined to a fractured left pelvis (illium) so we are hoping that soon he can use a walker with the help of the right leg, which is still having problems holding weight (very sore). He is still in a fair amount of pain and the doctors told him to be prepared for about 2 months of this. An area of concern is that he still has not been transferred down to the orthopedic ward as it is full. He is on the cardiothoracic surgery ward and they are NOT equipped to handle an orthopedic patient, so he is not receiving optimal care. Since he also does not speak much Hebrew nor does he hear well, I must stay with him most of the time (as I described before concerning our hospitals… ‘services’ are NOT provided) – the nursing staff is very small and over worked.

During this whole thing, his spirit has been much more tender and he has been open to prayer. We used to read together and he has suggested that I read a book to him and I am reading a wonderful testimony to him and ask for prayer that his spirit be open once again to a full, deep, enduring and complete working of The Lord. That The Holy Spirit would grab hold of his heart again as he is forced to let his body heal. Thank you for your prayers!

I am also thankful for GREAT grace enabling my weakness with His strength, but I admit to being tired. I am at hospital at most hours that I am not at work. I am NOT on the computer except rarely (like now for a brief update – or during a not so busy time at work). I go to hospital at around 5am before work and return there after work until about 8:30.

Thank you for your prayers. This did not take The Lord by surprise, so I know that He is in control and will glorify His Name!

lovingly, your sis

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