Programmes 196 – 210

Radio programmes from 196-210

Programme 210 – Ofer Amitai (part 2 of 2)

Today finds us in Jerusalem talking to a Messianic Jewish pastor called Ofer Amitai. In this interview we explore the questions of whether or not God has a role for Gentile Christians, who live outside of Israel, with what is going on there today. Whilst there are a growing number of Messianic congregations in Israel, the numbers of believers is still relatively small – just a few thousand. But, they have to deal with a great deal attention from Christians around the world who are keen to meet them and hear what is going on amongst them! So Ofer, as a pastor, has to care for the people in his congregation and at the same time deal with all the people who come knocking on his door from outside the country! And as well as caring for his congregation, he writes regular letters to these people with prayer pointers, one of the most recent letters was on the subject of persistence in prayer. I put it to him – how does he cope with so much pressure?

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Programme 209 – Ofer Amitai (part 1 of 2)

Today we’re in Jerusalem talking to a Messianic Jewish pastor called Ofer Amitai who as well as running a congregation, also leads a prayer movement which guides and encourages people to pray for God’s will to be done both in Israel and the nations of the world.
At a time when many would say the focus of the gentile Christian world is looking at Israel, albeit often with strong opinions, I asked Ofer what he would say to people listening to this programme who want to understand why Israel and the Jewish people are important from a Biblical point of view, but who, at the same time, cannot see or understand their role in what is happening.

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Programme 208 – Yousef Dakwar (part 2 of 2)

Yousef Dakwar is an Arab pastor in Haifa, in northern Israel. He has been a pastor since the age of 19 and he is married to Christine who gave up her job in nursing to help her husband. From the beginning of his ministry, Yousef has always been involved with both Arab Christians and Messianic Jewish believers – he believes that it is both possible and indeed necessary to enjoy fellowship together despite the ongoing conflict between the two peoples.
As well as being the pastor of a growing, vibrant church, Yousef is also the founder and director of a media ministry called Cross Media Productions. I asked him when he first became interested in using radio and television as a means to share his faith with others.

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Programme 207 – Yousef Dakwar (part 1 of 2)

Can there ever be peace in the Middle East? Yousef Dakwar is an Arab Christian who lives in Haifa in northern Israel. He can trace his family back generations. They lived in a village in northern Israel that no longer exists because it was destroyed in 1948. But Yousef is not bitter or seeking revenge. Rather he has discovered that forgiveness and reconciliation are the way forward. Today he is the pastor of an Arab church in Haifa, and the founder and director of Cross Media Productions which broadcasts programmes about the Bible and the Christian way of life in Arabic on both TV and radio.

I visited Yousef at his studios in Haifa and in this, the first of two programmes with Yousef, we hear about his early life.

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Programme 206 – Eitan Shishkoff (part 2 of 2)

Today we continue with the story of Eitan Shishkoff. I met him in Haifa recently where we recorded this interview. He and his wife left the comfort of the United States and came to live in Israel in 1992 having left a hippy lifestyle when they discovered that Jesus or Yeshua was their Messiah. I started by asking Eitan did he know what he would be doing when he arrived in Israel?

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Programme 205 – Eitan Shishkoff (part 1 of 2)

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of The Olive Tree with me Julia Fisher where we seek to find out what God is doing in Israel and the West Bank through the lives of believers who live there, Jewish believers as well as Israeli Arab and Palestinian Christians.

Today finds us in Haifa in northern Israel talking to Eitan Shishkoff. He spent the first 40 years of his life living in America. In this the first of two programmes with Eitan we hear what happened to change him from a radical hippy to becoming a radical believer in Yeshua.

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Programme 204 – Elizabeth Atteih

Welcome to the programme that brings you the stories of believers living in Israel and the West bank today – Jews, Arabs and Palestinians. Today finds us in Haifa in northern Israel talking to Elizabeth Atteih. She comes from an Armenian family and her husband Najeeb, is an Israeli Arab. They run a Christian bookshop in Haifa and lead a church which meets in the garage of Najeeb’s parent’s home. As you are about to hear, they both come from challenging backgrounds. However, when we met recently, they were full of stories and feeling very encouraged as Elizabeth now explains.

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Programme 203 – David & Karen Davis (part 3 of 3)

My guests today are David and Karen Davis. They moved to Haifa in northern Israel from the US over 20 years ago. They opened a rehab centre. Then they built a worship centre called Kehilat HaCarmel on the top of Mt Carmel – if you’ve been to Israel, you might have been there. They welcome people from the nations every week to their congregation which is a mixed group of Arabs and Jews!

So, I asked them to explain to us gentile Christians, what is our role in what God is doing in Israel today?

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Programme 202 – David & Karen Davis (part 2 of 3)

Today finds us in Haifa – a unique city in northern Israel where Jews and Arabs live side by side and co-exist together. It’s built on the side of Mount Carmel which rises steeply. I met David and Karen Davis in a hotel on the top of the mountain and we sat overlooking the vast panorama of Haifa Bay – the old part of the city lies near the docks, the oil refinery is off to the right, the Bahai temple with its immaculate gardens runs from the top of the city to the area known as the German Colony below. There is a university, hospitals and schools, and a growing number of congregations.

In this programme we continue with David and Karen’s story. I started by asking them about some of the Scriptures that inspired them in their early days in the land over 20 years ago.

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Programme 201 – David & Karen Davis (part 1 of 3)

Today we’re in Haifa, in northern Israel, on Mount Carmel overlooking the vast sweep of Haifa Bay. In the distance we can see Lebanon and with me are David and Karen Davis who came to live in Israel over 20 years ago. They established a rehab centre for addicts called the House of Victory and built a worship centre called Kehilat HaCarmel. As we sat looking out over Haifa, they told me the story of those early days.

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Programme 200 – Jewish believer (Anon)

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of the OT with me, Julia Fisher, where we seek answers to the questions what is God doing in Israel and ask why should I be bothered? Recently in J’lem I met with a Jewish believer who is actively engaged with Muslim Background Believers in Jesus living in the nations surrounding Israel – for that reason we are keeping his name anonymous. I put it to him that events not just in Israel but also around the world appear to be intensifying…

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Programme 199 – Evan Thomas

Welcome to the Olive Tree – the programme that brings you news and interviews direct from Israel and the West Bank to find out what God is doing in the region despite the controversy and conflict that are part of everyday life there. Evan Thomas is a Messianic Jewish pastor in Netanya. He is also involved in reconciliation between Jewish believers and Palestinian Christians. Recently a conference in Bethlehem called Christ at the Checkpoint was held that engages these two groups. Evan attended and took part – was he encouraged?

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Programme 198 – Sandi Soshani (Part 3 of 3)

This week we continue with the story of Sandy Soshani – brought up in a traditional Jewish family in America, she came to faith in Jesus – a costly decision as her father tried everything to dissuade her. Today Sandy is married to a pastor – they have 7 children and she is national director of a pro-life organisation in Israel called Ba-ad Lachim.

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Programme 197 – Sandi Soshani (Part 2 of 3)

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Olive Tree which finds us once again in J’lem talking to Sandi Soshani, director of Ba’ad Lachim – a pro life organisation. Sandi was born into a traditional Jewish family in America. When she became a believer in Jesus, her family was distraught. Today she describes how she came to Israel a broken person who had undergone brainwashing to dissuade her from her faith. But she did have the names of three messianic believers in her pocket.

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Programme 196 – Sandi Soshani (Part 1 of 3)

Recently I was in Jerusalem and met Sandi Soshani, the national director of an organisation called Ba’ad Lachim which means Israel Pro Life. In this, the first of three fascinating and insightful programmes with Sandi, we hear about her early life. She was born into a traditional Jewish family in the US. Sandi takes up the story.

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