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Programme 349 – Eddie Santoro (part 5 of 5)

On my last trip to Israel to record stories for this programme, I spent some time with Eddie Santoro. Born into a traditional Jewish family in America, he became a hippie but today he’s the pastor of a large Messianic congregation in Jerusalem. He’s recently recovered from brain cancer and was declared cancer free. After sharing his story, the next morning he woke up with pain in his throat …. had the cancer returned?

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Programme 350 – Katherine Snyder (part 1 of 2)

Today we’re in Jerusalem in an old shopping mall in the Jaffa Road to meet Katherine Snyder who is the director of a counselling service she started called Anchor of Hope. The Messianic body in Israel may be relatively small, but Katherine, a professional counsellor herself, knew for a long time that many people needed help but none was available. This is the story of how one woman followed her dream and is now seeing that dream realised.

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Programme 351 – Katherine Snyder (part 2 of 2)

Today we’re in Jerusalem in an old shopping mall in the Jaffa Road to meet Katherine Snyder who is the director of a counselling service she started called Anchor of Hope. The Messianic body in Israel may be relatively small, but Katherine, a professional counsellor herself, knew for a long time that many people needed help but none was available. This is the story of how one woman followed her dream and is now seeing that dream realised.

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Programme 352 – Jim Schultz (part 1 of 3)

My guest today is Jim Schultz, executive director of the Joseph Project, a humanitarian aid organisation based in Israel.
The Olive Tree is all about bringing you the stories of believers in Jesus living in Israel and the wider Middle East … who are they, where are they from, what is their story, how do they come to be doing what they’re doing etc etc! In Jim’s case, his story started in America … and as you are about to hear, he threw away the opportunity to come a successful lawyer.

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Programme 353 – Jim Schultz (part 2 of 3)

My guest again this week is Jim Schultz, who today is the executive director of a humanitarian aid organisation based in Israel called the Joseph Project.

Jim trained as a lawyer in America, but gave it all up because he and his wife believed God was calling them to a different sort of work. A chapter in the Bible, Isaiah 49, given to them on their wedding day and on several occasions after that became a pivotal factor in their prayers and thinking and for 5 years they waited. As we sat in a rather noisy coffee shop in Jerusalem, I asked Jim as what point did they realise God was calling them to Israel.

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Programme 354 – Jim Schultz (part 3 of 3)

This week I’m in Jerusalem talking to Jim Schultz, the executive director of The Joseph Project, a humanitarian aid organisation that provides relief to needy people, both Jews and Arabs or Palestinians living in Israel and the wider Middle East.
Trained as a lawyer, Jim turned his back on the legal world believing God had other plans for his life. Chapter 49 of Isaiah had influenced his thinking for several years so when he and his wife came to Israel initially for one year did they return home to America again?

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Programme 355 – Suzanne & Simon Minchal

Today I’m in Jaffa, Israel, the Biblical port city that today lies just south of Tel Aviv, visiting the headquarters of Shevet Achim, a Christian organisation that makes it possible for children with serious heart defects who live in Muslim nations surrounding Israel, to come to Israeli hospitals for intricate heart surgery. This unique work was started by Jonathan Miles just over 20 years ago and in that time hundreds of children from places like Gaza, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Kurdistan have been able to come to Israel for life saving operations.

Suzanne Minchal is a theatre nurse from Sweden using her annual leave to volunteer at Shevet Achim. Her husband, Simon, originally from England, is a pastor in Sweden and he was visiting his wife for a few days. I asked Suzanne why she wanted to give up her precious holiday leave to volunteer in this way.

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Programme 356 – Ann Carroll

Today I’m in a very busy coffee shop in Jerusalem talking to Ann who came to live in Israel from Texas at the age of 40 about 20 years ago. It wasn’t until her teens that Ann discovered she was Jewish and that changed everything for her. It took her a while to settle in the country but now she is involved with other believers and including meeting with Arab Christians as she now describes.

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Programme 357 – Indian believer

Recently I was in Tel Aviv – Israel’s largest city situated on the shores of the Mediterranean. It’s a cosmopolitan city and my guest today reflects that. She came to Israel from India as she now explains.

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Programme 358 – Yonatan Allon

Recently I was in Haifa and met Yonatan Allon. He helps run a charity that provides dental care for the poor. It is called the HaTikva dental clinic and Yonatan explains the vision behind the project.

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Programme 359 – Eliel

Today we’re in Haifa in northern Israel talking to Eliel. He came to Israel from Uzbekistan along with his Jewish mother and two brothers when he was a teenager. But settling into Israeli life proved difficult for Eliel; he started mixing with bad company and became a drug addict. When his life had spiralled out of control, his mother heard about the House of Victory in Haifa – a rehabilitation house for addicts run by believers – and it was there Eliel’s addiction was broken and he came to faith in Jesus. When we met recently, I asked Eliel to explain how his life developed after leaving the House of Victory because today he is a very different person!

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Programme 360 – Burghard Schunkert

Come with me to Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem, to meet Burghard Schunkert, director of a centre for disabled children called Lifegate. This is a place of sheer excellence – for Burghard, a Christian from Germany – a dream come true. He first had that dream 30 years ago as he now explains.

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Programme 361 – Nihad Salman

Today we’re in Bethlehem having lunch with Nihad Salman and his wife … Nihad is the pastor of an evangelical church there and it is important to understand that Christians in Bethlehem represent a tiny percentage of the population, the majority being Muslim. So you might think that they are afraid and discouraged. However, the reality is very different … here is a church sending out missionaries! I started by asking Nihad to explain more about the sense of urgency he feels about what God is doing not only in Bethlehem but in the wider Middle East.

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Programme 362 – Daniel Yahav 1 of 4

My guests on these programmes are believers in Jesus who live in Israel – Jewish, Arab and Palestinian people. The programmes are recorded in Israel where these people live today with all the pressures that go with living in the region. Some Christians however, maybe you are one, have questions that need answers. One of those questions is, In what ways were the Jews supposed to be a blessing to the nations. Were they supposed to be intercessors – if so what does that mean? Daniel Yahav is a Messianic Jewish pastor in northern Israel – I put that question to him.

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Programme 363 – Daniel Yahav 2 of 4

Daniel Yahav is a Messianic Jewish pastor in northern Israel. He has a deep understanding of the Bible so I asked him a question that is often heard in the UK, some Christians seem obsessed with Israel. So is the modern day state of Israel God’s chosen people? Is Israel still special or since the covenant has been broken and a new covenant established, has the church replaced Israel as God’s chosen people?

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Programme 364 – Daniel Yahav 3 of 4

My guests on these programmes are believers in Jesus who live in Israel – Jewish, Arab and Palestinian people. The programmes are recorded in Israel where these people live today with all the pressures that go with living in the region. Some Christians however, maybe you are one, have questions that need answers. One of those questions is, In what ways were the Jews supposed to be a blessing to the nations. Were they supposed to be intercessors – if so what does that mean? Daniel Yahav is a Messianic Jewish pastor in northern Israel – I put that question to him.

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Programme 365 – Daniel Yahav 4 of 4

Many Christians, maybe you are one, have questions about
Israel and the Bible that need answers. One of those questions is, The Christian world is divided in its understanding of Israel and the Jewish people – how important is it that there is a right alignment between Jewish believers in Israel and gentile believers in the world in these days, which many believe are the end times, in preparation for the 2ndcoming of Jesus? Daniel Yahav is a Messianic Jewish pastor in northern Israel – I put that question to him.

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Programme 366 – Sergei Babaskin

Recently I was in Haifa in northern Israel to meet Sergei Babaskin. Originally from the Crimea, his life has been full of surprising challenges and, as you will hear he now finds himself living in Israel.

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Programme 367 – Eric Benson

My guest today is Eric Benson, director of the House of Victory, a rehabilitation centre for addicts in northern Israel. He’s been there for many years and seen literally scores of men enter the house more dead than alive and leave well. I put it to him that he must be encouraged.

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Programme 368 – Mordechai Wiseman (Israel Firstfruits)

Whilst in Tiberias recently I came across an organisation called Israel Firstfruits that aims to encourage entrepreneurship amongst believers in the land, for both Jewish believers and Arab Christians. The founder and CEO of Israel Firstfruits is Mordechai Wiseman. He has an interesting story of his own … but first I asked him to explain his vision.

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Programme 369 – Rod Powell

Today finds us in Haifa, in northern Israel talking to Rod Powell. He and his Margi were missionaries in Russia for many years and speak Russian fluently. A few years ago, they came to Israel almost by chance and met a prostitute and drug addict called Sveta who was desperate to change her lifestyle. Rod and Margi’s life took a new direction as they took Sveta into their home as he now describes.

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Programme 370 – Rita

Israel is a wonderful land of surprises – I visit regularly to record these programmes and each time, I’m amazed at the variety of people I meet … and all the stories gathered help to build a picture of what God is doing there in these days, despite the ongoing tensions and political upheaval in the region. Today my guest is Rita and we’re at a home for women who have been trafficked or been victims of abuse. The home, or The Shelter as it is called, is situated in a village in northern Israel. After visiting the Shelter and seeing the women and the many children who live there, we sat down to talk and here Rita shares the story of what is going on there currently.

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Programme 371 – Naeem Barhoum

I was in Tiberias to see the work of an organisation called Israel Firstfruits that was founded a few years ago by a Jewish believer called Mordechai Wiseman. The aim of Israel Firstfruits is to encourage young believers in the land to have the courage to step out in business in order to support the growing number of congregations, where many of the people are struggling to make ends meet. This is because Israel’s population includes many immigrants from other countries and it takes a while for them to find their feet, learn the language and find a job. Israel is a very expensive country with a high cost of living – and poverty is a huge problem. Naeem Barhoum is an Arab Christian who was born and grew up in northern Israel. He works alongside Mordechai in mentoring young entrepreneurs … listen now as he shares his story.

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Programme 372 – Leah Ortiz

Today my guest is Leah Ortiz. She and her husband David live in Ariel, in the heart of Israel on the edge of the West Bank, surrounded by many Palestinian villages. They pastor a Messianic Jewish congregation in Ariel, they work amongst Palestinians, and they help to care for Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in Ariel … as Leah now explains.

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Programme 373 – Victor Kalisher 1 of 2

My guest today is Victor Kalisher. We met recently in J’lem where he is the director of Bible Society work in Israel. Victor’s father had survived the holocaust and eventually found his way to Israel. Life was extremely difficult for him but through a series of so called coincidences he came to believe in Jesus as his Messiah. He married and Victor and his brother were born.

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Programme 374 – Victor Kalisher 2 of 2

My guest today is Victor Kalisher. Ten years ago he gave up a well paid job in industry to become Director of Bible Society work amongst Jewish people in Israel. When we met in J’lem recently I asked him what drew him to this work.

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Programme 375 – Israeli Arab Christian leader 1 of 2

Recently whilst in J’lem I met with an Israeli Arab Christian leader over breakfast to hear about a meeting he had organised between Arab Christians and Jewish believers in J’lem. ‘Did it happen?’ I asked him.

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Programme 376 – Israeli Arab Christian leader 2 of 2

One of the emerging stories of recent times is about the numbers of Muslims who are becoming believers in Jesus. My guest today, who will remain anonymous, is an Israeli Arab Christian leader who cares deeply that Muslim people should at least hear about Jesus and know the truth about Him. He uses apologetics to engage with Muslim people. ‘So what sort of issues do you raise’ I asked him.

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Programme 377 – David Ortiz

My guest today is David Ortiz, originally from Puerto Rico, today he is married to Leah and together they pastor a Messianic congregation in Ariel in central Israel, close to the West Bank. Ariel is surrounded by Palestinian villages where the population is entirely Muslim and over the years David has visited many of these villages and distributed Bibles. As a result, there are now many believers in Jesus coming from a Muslim background. I asked David to describe what life is like for them.

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Programme 378 – Mazen Naswari

Today we’re in the Old City of J’lem talking to Mazen Naswari, pastor of an Evangelical church there. Mazen is an Israeli Arab or Palestinian. I asked him how long he’d been a pastor.

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Programme 379 – Eliezer Louvendal

My guest today is called Eliezer Louvendal. His grandparents escaped from Poland and Germany during the war to escape the Holocaust, and settled in Argentina. Eliezer’s father later moved to Brazil which is where Eliezer was born and where he grew up. By the age of 21 he had finished his education and had a good job which paid a high salary. However, Eliezer knew there had to be more to life than earning money and owning an expensive car as he now describes.

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Programme 380 – Shukry

Today my guest is Shukry who lives in the Old City of J’lem. Here he tells his story … a story of finding God in the midst of turmoil.

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Programme 381 – Ofer Amitai

This week my guest is Ofer Amitai. He is the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Jerusalem and knows his Bible well. Here he comments on the words of Jesus in Matthew 23 v 39, ‘You will not see me again until you say Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’. Ofer believes no greater tragedy has befallen Israel than estrangement from her Messiah. I asked him what he meant by ‘estrangement’

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Programme 382 – Ofer Amitai 2/2

The subject of Israel is guaranteed to cause a stir in Christian circles and one question that is often raised is this, ‘Is the modern State of Israel still God’s chosen people or has the Church replaced Israel?’ Who better to answer that question than a Jewish pastor in J’lem called Ofer Amitai.

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Programme 383 – Avi Mizrachi 1 of 3

This week we’re in Tel Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean in Israel. 3 million Jewish people live in this city which has only existed for just over 100 years. My guest today is Avi Mizrachi – he was born in Tel Aviv and today is the pastor of a congregation called Adonai Roi, the Lord is my Shepherd. Avi is excited about what God is doing in Tel Aviv as you will hear … but first he explains a little about his story.

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