by: Rebecca Verbeten, Zealous8:2 Coordinator
American journalist, Tom Brokaw, argues that the World War II generation, more commonly called “The Greatest Generation,” is to be credited with much of the freedom and prosperity that America enjoys today. They were a generation born and raised in tumultuous times marked by economic depression and war. Yet, they developed values of “personal responsibility, duty, honor and faith.” It was these values, embraced by these young people, which led to a great victory for the Allies and ushered America into a time of abundance.
History has witnessed numerous occasions when young men and women have risen to the challenge and sacrificially risked much to contend for what is right. In the summer of 1942 a group of young men and one young woman formed a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. Calling themselves the White Rose, they printed six anonymous leaflets and instructed German university students to passively resist the Nazis.
Once again we find ourselves in the midst of both political and spiritual turmoil and unrest. Much of the world from many spheres of Christianity is choosing to openly reject considerable portions of God’s divine order. From marriage and gender roles to the rights of the unborn and Israel—both her Land and her people—beliefs founded on the Word of God are commonly viewed as backward and uneducated. Once again, we are witnessing the young adult generation as they step up to defend Truth.
It was this bastion of Truth that drew a delegation representing four nations to Mt. Bental last spring. With the border between Israel and Syria in clear view, the young men and women stood at the site of a courageous battle fought during Israel’s war for the Golan. The battle occurred during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Once again, it seemed that Israel’s defeat was imminent, but after 900 of their tanks were destroyed, the Syrians turned and fled leaving Israel victorious.
On this spring day stood a band of a different kind of soldier. These soldiers know that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Facing the border, they began to fight their battle—through prayer, praying for peace over the entire region.
This is just one of many examples of how God is using Christian Millennials in Israel through the Zealous Israel Project. The power behind our success lies in teaching solid, biblical truths about God, His Word and His promises and plans for Israel. These truths are further implanted in the hearts of each team member through Bible study, Scripture memorization, book discussions, times of prayer and worship and community growth. The weight of the program is lived out daily as each team member is placed in a full-time volunteer position within the Bridges for Peace organization.
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“Learning more about God’s truths and how to stand on His promises has opened my eyes to see more of His goodness, faithfulness, healing and protection.” – Layden Pearce, USA
“During this year my viewpoint of Israel and the “Old Testament” has changed 180 degrees as I daily see prophecies being fulfilled.” – Christopher Sinclair, South Africa
“I have learned to truly and intentionally seek God FIRST. God is meeting me where I’m at and taking me deeper on a journey with Him.”— Kendall Standridge, USA
“One of the amazing things that I have learned here is the Jewish people’s strong faith in and hope for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” – Yu Matsuda, Japan
“By learning about this place, God’s chosen land and people, I have grown to know Him in a way so deep I never would have thought it possible.” – Becca Mason, USA
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