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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday, Donations and Petitions

Happy Hanukkah and Blessings from our Wonderful Messiah!
   Can we ask you to do a simple thing? Here it goes!
   Repeat after me…
   “I helped make this possible.”
   Yes, you DID!
   If you have prayed
   If you have given
   If you have written us a note
   If you have visited Israel
   If you have encouraged others to stand with Israel
   If you have interceded on behalf of the lost souls of Israel
   If you have given to provide literature in Hebrew
   If you have invested in our Hebrew media outreach
   If you have undergirded our Tel Aviv congregation
   If you have donated to
   If you have CARED….
   – then you are helping to shape the future of Israel!
   And we want you to know we regularly pray for you, our Maoz fellow worker, and ask God to bless you, to pour out His Spirit upon you and your family, to give you supernatural abundance, not only in your finances, but in your relationships, your family, your God-given callings and gifting and talents.
   And truly, we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that because you have blessed Israel and her people, the promise is absolute:
   “I will bless those who bless thee.” Genesis 12:3
   So, we continue to fight the good fight of faith. Some days are more difficult than others in this battlefield where we are serving. But any day we hear from you – through your correspondence, your gifts, your prayers, your commitment to cry out at noon every day, “LORD, help Israel!” – buoys our faith, and strengthens us to continue on in the Land that truly is ripe with possibilities to impact lives for God.
   In this coming year, we believe we will make an impact such as we have not yet seen on the next generation. In fact, we are committed to focus our energy, our resources, our time and our talent to reaching this new generation, and mentoring them to become bold leaders of the Faith. 
   We ask you to travel this road ahead with us, as we engage online with Israeli unbelievers—to reach them with the Gospel. As we develop leaders in our congregation to take new ground for God. As we empower our Israeli staff to set and reach goals they have never thought possible—with our youth, our children, our publishing, our media.
   We ask you to pray, to give, to tell others – simply get involved in reaching the Jewish people with the Gospel.
   Recently, a well-known pastor said that one of the most anti-Semitic things a person could do was NOT share the Gospel with your Jewish friends. We agree!
   With your love, your gifts, your prayers, we will continue to share the Gospel with everyone who will listen. And we will continue to prepare this next generation to stand tall, stand firm, and stand strong – until ALL ISRAEL IS SAVED!
   We thank you for coming alongside us – in the past, right now, and in the coming days ahead.
   Together, we see it happen!
        For the salvation of Israel,
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          Ari & Shira Sorko-Ram

Jerusalem Prayer Team:
The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word which means to dedicate.  The Feast of Hanukkah, also known as the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights, commemorates the Jews regaining control over Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple.  The temple had been desecrated by the invading Seleucid armies of Antiochus in 167 BC.  A Jewish priest, Mattathias, and his five sons (known as the Maccabees) led a revolt and called the nation back to God.  He said, "If all the nations of the king's dominion harken unto him, yet I and my sons will walk in the covenant of our fathers."

After the invading armies were driven out of Judea and Jerusalem, the Maccabees consecrated the Temple and rededicated the Holy of Holies.  There wasn't enough oil to keep the Temple menorah burning throughout the week-long dedication, but somehow the candles never went out. To me, this story is symbolic of you, God's covenant saint and your commitment to keep the light of the Holy Spirit shining brightly in your life. May that light burn brighter than ever for God's glory during this next year.

But for the hungry of Israel, Hanukkah will be a bitter time instead of a happy one.  There are hundreds of thousands of Jews who do not have enough food to eat during the holidays.  I remember going to bed hungry just before Christmas when I was a child. One Saturday morning I went to the dump to look for food. An elderly man who was also there looking for food gave me a stick because I was scared to death of the rats. My pants had holes in shoes were so small that I had an abscess on my heel. I don't want to close my heart or wallet to the cries of poor children like I was...or to the precious elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel who are hidden from sight but whose needs are very real.

Today I'm asking you to help the Jerusalem Prayer Team feed the hungry of Israel this holiday season.  There is a tragic and widespread epidemic of hunger stalking the nation of Israel.  The economic crisis has taken a toll on Jewish families, especially the children.  A shocking report revealed that almost 750,000 people in Israel, many of them children, are suffering from malnutrition.  My heart breaks when I think of their suffering...and today I'm asking you to help me change that.  Together we can provide food for the hungry of Israel; a simple meal that you provide can save a life. 

Today as you read these words, millions of men, women, and children are at great risk.  Their lives could be snuffed out at any moment--simply because they are Jewish.  The hatred and anti-Semitism filling the Middle East, and indeed the world, must be countered with the truth and the love of God.  But even if there were no threat of war, the problem of hunger would not go away.  I am asking you today to stand with Israel with a special offering to help us prepare the people of Israel for the horrors of the coming war and meet the urgent need of hunger among the Jewish people. 


God has provided us with an amazing opportunity to do more than ever before to help His Chosen People at this crucial and historic moment.  A precious friend of the Jerusalem Prayer Team has stepped forward with the largest matching gift challenge in the 40-year history of our ministry!  Every gift we receive this month will be doubled, up to $330,000!

So far 860 loving partners have given $105,700 toward the matching gift offer which will be doubled to $211,400. We have 17 days left in this matching gift challenge. Why not do something great for God today? Your gift will be matched 100%!  Please join me right now in praying for a commanded blessing on each partner who gives according to Psalm 122:6 and Genesis 12:1-3.  Also please pray that the Spirit of God will speak to compassionate hearts right now to bless the Jewish people.

When you give today, you can do twice as much to help deliver Israel from destruction and save the lives of thousands of Jews.  This is our moment, and I am asking you to be as generous as you can when you send your gift so that this wonderful matching gift challenge can be met.

I have been in Israel during virtually every major battle fought by that nation over the past several decades. I was with the troops during the Hamas and Hezbollah war comforting my people even as missiles flew over our heads to rain down death and destruction on Jewish men, women, and children.

Israeli diplomat friends called me and begged me to leave the war zone--to get out of the line of fire. They warned me, "You could die."  I responded that I planned to die; death would be no shock to me. Until that day comes, I will do everything within my power to obey my Savior and defend my people.

I have seen firsthand that in the south of Israel great numbers of Russian Jewish refugee children do not have bomb shelters in which to seek safety. I can tell you that there will be an enormous need for food, medicine, and blankets.

In Arab countries, Jews will be hanged, shot, and blown up when the war comes. This is especially true in Iran. We must do everything in our power to "blow the trumpet in Zion."

This is the Word of the Lord for you and me today. Can you imagine what you would do if you knew your children and grandchildren were in harm's way and a missile would hit their home? I know you would do everything humanly possible to protect your loved ones.

God wants us to do everything humanly possible to protect His loved ones--your brothers and sisters in Israel.  Will you stand with me today in support of the Jewish people?


As I prayed about this, I was directed to the Book of Joel: "Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up," (Joel 3:9). "Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand..." (Joel 2:1). "Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room. Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar..." (Joel 2:15-17).

Iran is on the brink of going nuclear and Israel has no option but to stop this demon-possessed terror regime whose leader has declared that Israel is a "stinking corpse which will be wiped off the map," and that the Jews are "evil, greedy thieves and murderers...a cancerous tumor...filthy germs and savage beasts.. a rotted dry tree...a true manifestation of Satan."

I am asking you today to join with us as we stand in the gap for Israel and blow the trumpet in Zion.  When you send your gift today, you will do twice as much to help us

    Rescue Jews targeted for death in Muslim countries and help them escape

    Provide for the needs of impoverished Jews, especially children and the elderly

    Warn the leaders of the world that God's curse will follow their actions to curse Israel

When you send your gift of any amount, we will send you a copy of my book "The Jerusalem Prophecies."  The Holy City is the center of the enemy's attack, and you need to know what God has to say about the future of Jerusalem--and those who bless and curse the Jewish people. If you are able to send a gift of $100 or more, we will send you the book and a full-color Comfort Ye My People afghan. And if you are able to send a gift of $1,000 or more, we will send the book, the afghan, and a handcrafted museum-quality large silver-trimmed shofar.  Please be as generous as you can when you send your gift today.


Thank you for being part of the Jerusalem Prayer Team and supporting our work to stand in the gap for Israel at this critical and prophetic moment in history.  God bless you for blessing His Chosen People according to the promise of Genesis 12:3 which He gave to Abraham.

Barukh Adonai yom yom ya'amos-lanu ha'El Yeshuateinu.
Blessed be the Lord who daily carries our burden; the God of our salvation.

Your ambassador to Jerusalem,

Dr. Michael Evans
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International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation:
Dear Friend of the IIACF,
The Israel Allies Caucus Foundation is very blessed to be supported by a core group of wonderful donors.  This small but dedicated group gives the IIACF the financial ability and moral authority to wield an outsized impact in Washington, DC, and beyond.  Please support this critical work and make a donation to the IIACF before December 31.
The last few years have been a very turbulent time for Israel.  Towards the end of this year the Palestinian Authority attempted to circumvent any peace talks with Israel by maneuvering in the UN to try and establish a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.  Fortunately they did not succeed, but now with uncertainty following the Arab not-so-Spring, an increasingly hostile Iran which is that much closer to a nuclear weapon, and policies coming from Israel’s allies that have emboldened her enemies, we have a very tough year ahead of us.
Coming into 2012 the IIACF will double our efforts and we utilize every tool available to strengthen support for Israel not only in the USA but also across the globe through our network of hundreds of Israel supporting members of Congress and Parliaments.
On issues ranging from UN and UNRWA reform, to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to the Iranian threat, our staff are working with and educating members of Congress to make a real difference in our relationship with Israel.  Moreover we are working to coordinate these activities in over 20 nations and between these countries.  We are capitalizing on the momentum and relationships that were created in 2011 and we are working to affect a stronger support for Israel, based in the truth.  Indeed, the IIACF exists to overcome these serious challenges that Israel is facing.
• Please Click Here to see highlights of IIACF activity in past year
Click Here to find our 2011 photo album providing an overview of year in images. 
• Lastly, CBN News did a great story on our recent chairman’s conference which also provides a great overview of our work:
This past year saw our staff and offices grow, new caucuses launch, campaigns succeed…but so much more work needs to be done.
Please consider supporting the IIACF by making a year-end donation online or by mailing a check to the address below.  There is no better investment in Israel’s security and future. 
Thank you for considering this request, and we wish you all a blessed holiday season.
With warm regards,
Willem Griffioen
Executive Director
1901 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC 20006
202-280-1178 ext 101

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews:
Solomon, Moisey, and Sonya are three Jewish children who are living in heartbreaking poverty.

There is dampness and mildew in their apartment. Their bathroom wall is crumbling and the wallpaper throughout their home is stained with mold. All three children suffer from asthma, but the family has no money for medical care or for repairs to their home.

Seldom is there any food in their kitchen.

Sadly, this family’s story is all too common across the former Soviet Union. In fact, tens of thousands of families are living in unimaginable conditions — sometimes with no running water and only old iron stoves for heat. Parents and children often sleep on the floor with a few blankets and while they struggle to survive the harsh winter temperatures, these people urgently need help.

That is why IFCJ is working so hard to help impoverished Jewish families throughout the region.

Through gifts to IFCJ’s Isaiah 58 program, we were able to provide Solomon, Moisey, and Sonya’s family with food, warm clothes, and winter coats, and also paid the family's gas bill, ensuring that they have heat.

However, as the number of impoverished people continues to grow, more people are lacking in the essentials they need to survive than ever before.

Jewish people in this part of the world also face a dangerous rise in anti-Semitism. Every day they are at risk of violence, discrimination, and religious persecution. Your support will not only help provide for their basic needs, but also send them hopeful reassurance that they are not alone … that you have heard their cries for help and responded with love and caring.

Happy Holiday, and God blesses Israel and you!

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