Programmes 136 – 150

Radio programmes from 136 to 150

Programme 150 – Shirel Ben Haim

My guest today is Shirel Ben Haim. We met recently in Netanya, a town just north of Tel Aviv. She is a young woman currently studying at a university in Israel. She is Jewish, but she wasn’t born in Israel. In this interview she describes what it’s like moving from one country and culture to another – especially to a place where there is conflict.

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Programme 149 – Bernhardt Schunkert (part 2) – Lifegate

Today we’re returning to Bethlehem to finish our tour of Lifegate – a new centre run by a German Christian called Bernhardt Schunkert which aims to help disabled children and young people reach their full potential.

Parts of the building are still not finished and we start today’s tour in a rather dark room – Bernhardt takes up the story.

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Programme 148 – Bernhardt Schunkert (part 1) – Lifegate

This week’s edition of The Olive Tree finds us in an area of Bethlehem called Beit Jala and we are going on a tour around a newly opened centre for disabled children and young people called Lifegate.

Bernhardt Schunkert, a Christian from Germany, is the director of the Lifegate. He is a social worker and came to work in Bethlehem 25 years ago where there are many children who are born with physical and mental abnormalities.

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Programme 147 – Hadassa Berne

Those who study Biblical prophecy often quote Scriptures that refer to the return of Jewish people from the nations of the world to live in Israel in the last days. Modern Israel has millions of people who have emigrated from the former Soviet Union, Ukraine, Europe, America – in fact from the four corners of the earth. But what is it like to leave the country where you were born and start a new life?

Hadassa Berne did just that. She is a young woman from Miami who was born into a secular Jewish family. Here she shares her story … I started by asking her how aware she was of her Jewish roots when she was young.

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Programme 146 – Esther (Dugit)

When I was in Israel recently recording interviews for this programme, I quite literally bumped into today’s guest. I was just leaving a congregation in Tel Aviv called Dugit, and in walked Esther. She is a Jewish lady, originally from America. She came to live in Israel in the 1980s and for years lived in Jerusalem where she ran an English tea shop which is funny because she isn’t English and she doesn’t like tea! Here she is to share her story.

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Programme 145 – Miriam Chernakov

The Olive Tree is designed to bring you the stories of Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus living in Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas, with a special emphasis on those working in the area of reconciliation.

My guest today is called Miriam. She is a student in her 20’s who wants to work with orphans. She came to Israel with her family from the Ukraine and begins this interview by describing the trials the family faced when they emigrated.

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Programme 144 – Simon Stout (part 2 of 2)

Today we hear again from Simon Stout. He came to live in Israel from America. He’s married with a young family. He gave up a job as a teacher to run the prayer ministry of a Messianic Jewish congregation called Dugit in Tel Aviv. His journey has been full of challenges, decisions, and uncertainty as he now explains.

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Programme 143 – Simon Stout (part 1 of 2)

My guest today is called Simon Stout and he has a surprising story to tell. A few years ago he would never have imagined himself coming to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and that he would become the co-ordinator of a prayer ministry in Tel Aviv. I met him in Tel Aviv and he told me his story.

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Programme 142 – Lisa Loden

Last week we heard from David Loden, who is using his skill as a musician to bring classical music featuring words from the Bible, such as Handel’s Messiah, to an Israeli audience in their own language. Today we hear from David’s wife Lisa.

Both David and Lisa have worked tirelessly for many years to encourage reconciliation between Israeli believers and Palestinian Christians. Currently Lisa, a Messianic Jew, teaches Arab students at a Bible college in Nazareth. Every week she drives from her home in Netanya, which is just north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast, to Nazareth which is an Arab town. Here Lisa explains why she does this challenging work and looks ahead to the future.

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Programme 141 – David Loden

Today finds us in Netanya, a city just north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Coast of Israel, in the home of David and Lisa Loden. They came to Israel in 1974 having been hippies in America before they came to faith in Jesus – or Yeshua, to use His Hebrew name.

They started a congregation in their home called Beit Asaph which today is one of the largest congregations in Israel. After many years as a leader of Beit Asaph David has returned to his first love – music – and here he describes how he is using classical music to engage with the Israeli public.

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Programme 140 – Maala Thomas

Today we are visiting Maala Thomas in her home in Netanya, situated just north of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast in Israel. Maala works in a school where she is a counsellor. She is married to Evan, and he is the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Netanya. However, Maala is not Jewish. Her parents are Finnish and she was brought up in New Zealand. In this programme we are going to learn what it’s like being married to an Israeli Jew and living in Israel – having to adopt another’s culture. Maala starts by explaining a little more about her early days.

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Programme 139 – Ofer Amitai (part 3 of 3)

How do we make sense of the news that is coming out of the Arab nations with their current turmoil, and Israel who finds herself constantly in the glare of controversy and criticism? This short weekly programme aims to help by shifting attention away from politics onto the stories of what God is doing through the believers who live in the Holy Land – both Jewish people and Arab and Palestinian Christians.

After all, they are the ones who are living under this pressure and trying to make sense of what is going on around them as well as believing God’s Word and understanding what it has to say about world events.

My guest today is well qualified to talk about these matters. His name is Ofer Amitai. His family have lived in Israel for generations. He was born and grew up there. He lives just outside Jerusalem. He is the pastor of a Messianic congregation and the leader of a prayer movement. I asked him to explain to us from the Scriptures what he believes God is doing in Israel and the wider Middle East today.

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Programme 138 – Ofer Amitai (part 2 of 3)

Ofer Amitai’s family has lived in Israel for generations. He was born and grew up there. He has watched the country develop and, like his father before him, has fought in various wars. As well as being involved in a prayer movement, he is the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Jerusalem and has a passion to pass on his rich experience to the young people in the congregation, as he explains.

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Programme 137 – Ofer Amitai (part 1 of 3)

My guest today is Ofer Amitai. He is a Messianic Jewish believer and pastor of a congregation. He lives in the Judean Hills a few miles west of Jerusalem. The past seven generations of his family have lived in the land of Israel and as a consequence Ofer knows the land better than most. This puts him in a unique position as the majority of the Jewish population are immigrants from around the world. I asked him what it means to him to be a believer in Jesus living in Israel today.

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Programme 136 – Paul Calvert

This week finds us in Bethlehem in a property that is being converted into a radio station complete with studios. The man with the vision for this station is Paul Calvert who originates from Cumbria in northern England. Bethlehem is today in the area known as the West Bank where the population is entirely Palestinian, the majority of whom are Muslims. So I asked Paul, ‘Where did it all begin?’

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