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Christian Support for Israel—Vital for our Times

February 1, 2014
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I have frequently been involved in conversations with Christians (in many countries) who are concerned about the decisions that are being made by their leaders—decisions that are often not in Israel’s best interests. Recently the P5 +1 (USA, China, Russia, United Kingdom, France plus Germany) were meeting with Iran and making decisions that could have drastic impact on the State of Israel. Today the United States (and other nations are in agreement) is pressuring Israel to make concessions for peace with the Palestinians. These concessions, if implemented, would result in a division of the Land and a two-state solution. South African Christians are greatly concerned about the stance their government has taken toward Israel and they are not alone. Few nations are standing firmly with Israel. Canada is a shining example of a country solidly supporting Israel and enjoying blessing during a time when many nations are staggering with the financial recession.

Many Christians are concerned that their country will be judged by God for its actions against Israel. Remember, Joel 3 says that God will judge the nations because they divided the Land. We have reason to be concerned.

National leaders may not be making the right choices, but many Christians are! At Bridges for Peace we are standing with Israel 365 days a year and we are not alone! We are witnessing a wonderful groundswell of Christian support for Israel.

Standing Together Against Common Enemies

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I believe this new level of relationship between Christians and Jews is God-ordained and vital for our times! We are living in sobering days. The Middle East is in turmoil with the Arab Spring, Iranian ambitions to become the Islamic Caliphate, radicalization of Turkey, the ongoing Syrian conflict, Russian involvement in the region, Hizbullah rearmed. And in addition, the financial system around the world teeters on the edge of recession/depression, and Israel is in the crosshairs of Iran.

As people who believe in the Bible and in the God of Israel we need to stand together against evil and common enemies. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We must not fall into the trap of complacency.

During the Second World War there were some amazing Christians who saved Jewish lives. They did it because it was the right thing to do. They did it even though it put their families at risk. They stood with the people of Israel because they were standing with the God of Israel.

I am convinced that we need to be people of faith, prayer and action. We need all three elements. I urge you to pray for Israel and for your nation. I urge you to believe God and His promises. And I urge you to righteous action for Israel in your country and to support projects in Israel.

What Should We Do?

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Bridges for Peace wants to help you as you stand with the people of Israel and the God of Israel. We believe that when you bless Israel you will receive the blessings of the Almighty. If your nation is on God’s balancing scale, I believe that your righteous actions can make a difference. If true believers will stand up for God and His plans for Israel, then we will see a change! Do it because it is the right thing to do!

We provide a wealth of study materials so you can know the facts and be prepared to tell the truth about Israel.

Our weekly email Current News Prayer Update provides information so you can pray effectively for Israel and the nations.

Our study tours give you the opportunity to meet the people of Israel and learn in the Land of the Bible.

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Our Israel projects allow you to give tangible proof of your love for Israel. Through Bridges for Peace you can be the face, hands and feet of Jesus to the Jewish people. Our team of Christian volunteers ministers to the needs of the Israeli people 365 days a year. Twenty-eight thousand people in 54 communities receive food each month from Christians around the world through Bridges for Peace.

Christian Support in Action

Shoshanna is a Holocaust survivor who lives with her daughter Edi; their only income is a very small government retirement stipend. They struggle to just survive from day to day. Recently some food parcels were not picked up and so we asked our friend Miki if he knew of a special need. He called Shoshanna and Edi to let them know he was on the way with food. They immediately started to rejoice.

When Miki arrived, they looked in amazement at all the meat, chicken, fruit and dairy products. They were overwhelmed with the abundance and shouted with joy. Miki helped carry the food to their refrigerator. Much to his amazement, there was nothing in it except two bottles of water. They were kissing him and thanking him. He explained that the food was from Bridges for Peace, a Christian organization that wanted to bless them. They said, “Make sure that Bridges for Peace knows that we will bless them and always remember this day of abundance.”

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Our Jewish friend, Miki, experienced the touch of the Lord through Bridges for Peace, and a Holocaust survivor was rescued from hunger because a Christian like you gave to the Bridges for Peace Food Project.

For the sake of the Lord, your country, your family and the needy of Israel, I ask you to give generously to our Food Project today. We can make a difference and we will do it because we love the Lord, we love His people and it is the right thing to do!

My prayer is that our faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will shine brightly even in the midst of difficult times so that God’s name will be known throughout the world.

Blessings from Israel,
Rebecca J. Brimmer
International President and CEO, Bridges for Peace