Programmes 226 – 240

Radio programmes from 226-240

Programme 240 – Rod Powell (part 1 of 2)

Today I’m in Haifa, in northern Israel, talking to Rod Powell. He and his wife Margie, have just opened a home for prostitutes. This is the story of how a couple from America who were missionaries in Russia for many years came to live in Israel and how they found themselves helping these desperate women.

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Programme 239 – Andrey Teplinsky (part 2 of 2)

Today finds us back in Haifa in northern Israel, talking to Andrey Teplinsky. From a Russian Jewish family, Andrey came to live in Israel after the death of his father. He was a young man in his early 20s and already a drug addict. He found himself at Beit Nitzachon, a rehab centre in Haifa run by believers and the first few days were quite a shock.

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Programme 238 – Andrey Teplinsky (part 1 of 2)

Today we’re in the Israeli city of Haifa and my guest is Andrey Teplinsky, the grandson of Russian Jews exiled by Stalin to Siberia. Andrey’s story is fascinating. His journey has brought him from Russia to Israel, through dark times and tragedy, to a place of healing and hope.

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Programme 237 – Nabil Somara (part 2 of 2)

My guest today is Nabil Somara, an Israeli Arab who was born and lives in Nazareth. We met at the Nazareth Evangelical College where he teaches.
Nabil studied theology in Switzerland and America before returning to Nazareth. He could have chosen an easier life but he believed God wanted him back in Nazareth. He has a strong sense of destiny. “God is doing something beyond our expectations,” he told me. Nabil takes up the story.

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Programme 236 – Nabil Somara (part 1 of 2)

Today finds us in Nazareth talking to an Israeli Arab Christian called Nabil Somara who is on the staff of the Nazareth Evangelical College where he is the Director of Administrative Affairs.
Nabil was born in Nazareth in 1965 and has lived there all his life apart from a few years spent abroad to study. Today Nazareth is an Arab city where the majority of people are Muslim.
But when Nabil was growing up, it was a predominantly Christian city. So what has happened there during Nabil’s lifetime?

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Programme 235 – Daniel Yahav (part 3 of 3)

Daniel Yahav is a Jewish pastor in the northern Israeli town of Tiberias situated on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He has a growing congregation and enjoys good relationships with neighbouring Arab Christians. On today’s programme I wanted to find out how Daniel understands world news in relation to Biblical prophecy.

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Programme 234 – Daniel Yahav (part 2 of 3)

This week finds us in Tiberias in northern Israel talking to a Jewish pastor called Daniel Yahav. He was born in Israel – his father was a holocaust survivor from Germany.
Today Daniel is the pastor of a thriving congregation. However, living in northern Israel close to the borders with Lebanon and Syria can be unsettling and sometimes dangerous especially at the present time.
So I asked Daniel to describe what it’s like living and working under constant threat.

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Programme 233 – Daniel Yahav (part 1 of 3)

Today finds us in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel talking to Daniel Yahav. He was born in Israel. His father was a Holocaust survivor. In this, the first of three programmes with Daniel, he starts by describing his early life in Israel.

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Programme 232 – Eliel Fos (part 2 of 2)

Eliel Fos came to Israel from Uzbekistan when he was 13 years old. He became a drug addict and perhaps his life would have ended but his mother persuaded the House of Victory, a rehab unit in Haifa run by a team of believers under Eric Benson, to take her son in.

Today Eliel’s life could not be more different. He is married with three young children and is a youth leader in the congregation.

Eliel begins by explaining how he made the transition from the House of Victory to life outside.

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Programme 231 – Eliel Fos (part 1 of 2)

As always, this programme has one aim, to show through people’s stories, the way God is working in Israel and the West Bank despite the politics and religious tensions of the region.

Today finds us in Haifa, in northern Israel talking to Eliel Fos. Born in Uzbekistan, his parents had already divorced and his father had died when his mother brought her three sons to live in Israel.
Those early years were to prove difficult ones for Eliel as he now takes up his story.

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Programme 230 – Labib Madanat (part 2 of 2)

Today we continue with our journey through the heart of the West Bank – an area within Israel that is highly contentious, always in the news, where both Palestinians and Jewish people live in separate communities. Labib Madanat accompanied our group as we travelled – he is an Arab Christian and director of Bible Society work in the middle east. You join us now as we pause our journey through the West Bank at a high point in the road from where we could see two small communities – one Jewish, the other Palestinian. Labib wanted us to know what life was like for both peoples.

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Programme 229 – Labib Madanat (part 1 of 2)

Today finds us on a bus travelling from Tiberias, a city on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, through the heart of the West Bank up to Jerusalem. Our guide on this journey is Labib Madanat – the Middle East Director of Bible Society work. The population in the parts of the West Bank that are under the control of the Palestinian Authority are largely muslim and this is an area that not many Christians visit. But our small group was going there to hear about the small number of Christians who do live there – people who feel forgotten by the rest of the world.

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Programme 228 – David Davis (part 2 of 2)

My guest this week is David Davis, the pastor of a congregation in northern Israel near Haifa where, surprisingly you may think, Jews and Arabs meet together to worship every week on Shabbat.
This is a story that shows what can happen from small beginnings .. it is also a good example of what God is doing in Israel today .. and it helps us to understand what we can expect to see happening in the future as Biblical prophecy is being revealed.
David and his Jewish wife Karen moved to Israel in the 1980s and began working amongst drug addicts. David takes up the story.

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Programme 227 – David Davis (part 1 of 2)

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Olive Tree which today finds us in northern Israel, close to Haifa, in a Druze village called Usifya talking to David Davis, the pastor of a congregation where both Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus worship together.
This truly is a remarkable place of unity and reconciliation. I was there with a group of supporters from our charity, the Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund and David Davis, a former theatre director on Broadway, spoke to our group and explained how he came to live in Israel with his wife Karen.

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Programme 226 – Yousef Dakwar

Welcome to The Olive Tree with me Julia Fisher – the programme that brings you stories from Israel and the West Bank from both Jewish and Arab or Palestinian believers in Jesus. Recently I took a group of people to Israel to meet some of the people we work with through our charity, the Olive Tree Reconciliation Fund. In Haifa we visited Yousef Dakwar, an Arab pastor who is also the founder and director of Cross Media Productions – a Christian media organisation that broadcasts both radio and television programmes in Arabic around the world. I’ve known Yousef for many years and watched as his work has developed from small beginnings. We visited him in his studios and it was there he told us his story.

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