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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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