What is God doing in Israel?

Our aim is to build bridges of understanding and support, in a spirit of reconciliation, between believers in the Holy Land – both Jews and Arabs – with Christians worldwide

connect & understandget involved

What is God doing in Israel?

Our aim is to build bridges of understanding and support, in a spirit of reconciliation, between believers in the Holy Land – both Jews and Arabs – with Christians worldwide
connect & understandget involved

In memory of Labib Madanat ….

who died on Monday 15th November 2021 aged 57 years.

This week we received an email from Labib’s wife, Carolyn to say … I’m not sure if you’ve heard the devastating news that our beloved Labib has left us to be with Jesus. He was on a ministry trip in Iraq when he suffered a heart attack on Monday. The children and I are en-route to Amman where we will wait for him to arrive from Baghdad so that we can lay him to rest.

We at the Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund counted Labib as a true friend and we will miss him greatly. The picture above was taken in November 2014 when Labib guided one of our OTRF tours in Israel for a day as we travelled through the heart of the West Bank from Tiberias up to Jerusalem – here overlooking the city of Nablus.

After first meeting Labib in Jerusalem in 1999 it was clear from the start what a unique person he was. Born into a Jordanian family, he grew up in Jerusalem, went on to study in Iraq then married an English wife; in other words, Labib crossed borders to become the man he was – a man whose identity was firmly rooted in what he believed. He would share his love for Jesus with anybody at every opportunity. He was a bridge builder, a reconciler, a man who cared deeply for individuals. He was humble, wise, warm and sociable. He spoke with authority and to listen to him share his experiences and insights was always challenging.

How grateful we are that some of our most recent Olive Tree programmes are with Labib.

We thank God for his life.

OLIVE TREE RECONCILIATION FUND

Our aim

…is to build bridges of understanding and support, in a spirit of reconciliation, between believers in the Holy Land – both Jews and Arabs – with Christians worldwide

Understanding Modern Israel: A Biblical Perspective

The new book by Julia Fisher

Connect

Stories help us to connect with others. Listen to somebody share their story and you enter their world. All the stories you hear or read on this website are from people who believe in Jesus and live in Israel – Jews and Arabs/Palestinians. Then ask yourself the question, ‘What is the connection between their life and mine and why should I care?’ 

Understand

Stories help us to understand the times. As Christians, whether Jew or Gentile, we all share the same faith and the same Bible. Imagine walking around Jerusalem and taking the path from the Old City across the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane and then standing on the Mount of Olives – the very place where Jesus ascended into heaven and where He will return to. Understand the roots of our faith are here!

Support

Stories awaken our hearts towards others. For believers in Jesus, living in the Holy Land today can be very tough whether you are Jewish, Israeli Arab or Palestinian. You can give to support those in need and know that every pound you donate via the OTRF will go to help believers we know who are working with the poor and vulnerable, the homeless, the disabled and those recovering from addiction. 

Reconciliation

Stories of reconciliation between ‘enemies’ surprise us! In the context of the Middle East this means Jews and Arabs and these stories are at the heart of what God is doing in Israel today. Muslims becoming believers in the God of Israel and praying for their Jewish neighbours. Former Orthodox religious Jews meeting their Messiah. Arab and Jewish pastors meeting together to pray for each other. God has no favourites. All have a part to play in the story that is Israel today. 

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations."

Ephesians 2:14 - 15

"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd."

John 10:16

"This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus."

Ephesians 3:6

"He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit."

Ephesians 2:17-18

"His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility."

Ephesians 2:15-16