Programmes 316 – 330

Radio programmes from 316 to 330

Programme 330 – David Loden

Today I’m in Netanya, a town just north of Tel Aviv, talking to David Loden. He came to Israel with his wife Lisa in the 1970’s and established a congregation called Beit Asaph. David is now in his 80s and for most people that means taking life a little bit slower … not for David – he’s busier than ever. A professional musician, for the past few years he’s been translating major oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah, into Hebrew. He has formed a choir and an orchestra and together they have held several performances around Israel to packed audiences. I asked him to explain his passion.

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Programme 329 – Sharbel Dakwar (part 2 of 2)

Sharbel Dakwar is an Israeli Arab from northern Israel and we met recently in Haifa. His early life was beset with trouble which made him angry and he wanted revenge – particularly on Jewish people. But then his life changed … he became a follower of Jesus… and then something else happened, as he now describes.

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Programme 328 – Sharbel Dakwar (part 1 of 2)

My guest today is Sharbel Dakwar. He’s an Israeli Arab from northern Israel and we met recently in Haifa. His story moves from hatred to love… his early life was troubled and full of disappointment and feelings of injustice as he now describes.

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Programme 327 – Lisa Loden (part 2 of 2)

This week I’m in Netanya, a town in Israel just north of Tel Aviv on the Meditaranean coast, talking to Lisa Loden. Lisa and her husband David are Jewish believers and came to live in Israel from America over 40 years ago. They have always been at the cutting edge of what God is doing in Israel and the West Bank and their faith has had frequently been very practical. Here Lisa describes a project she is currently involved in to encourage new business enterprise within the Messianic Jewish body. I asked her why.

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Programme 326 – Lisa Loden (part 1 of 2)

My guest today, whilst being Jewish, has always been on the front line of reconciliation with Israeli Arabs and Palestinians. Her name is Lisa Loden and when we met at her home in Netanya recently, I asked her to describe some of the initiatives currently occupying her time.

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Programme 325 – Luke (part 2 of 2)

My guest today is a quietly spoken, self effacing young man from Wisconsin in the US. He first came to Israel aged 19 with his parents and stayed for just under a year before going back to America. He thought that was the end of his experience of living in Israel, however, when his parents returned for a second time, he felt it right to return with them albeit slightly reluctantly. However, as soon as he returned, he met his wife and they now have two young children and a third on the way. Luke found a secular job, but all the time longed to be working with believers. One day he received a phone call from Eric Benson, the director of the House of Victory, a faith based rehabilitation centre in Haifa for men struggling with addiction. I asked him what he did there.

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Programme 324 – Luke (part 1 of 2)

Whilst in Haifa recently I met Luke and his story impressed me. We met at Beit Yedidia – a guest house in Haifa that is connected to Beit HaCarmel, a large congregation where both Jewish and Arab people meet together each week. Luke is from the US and as you will hear, was persuaded to visit Israel as a young man by his mum and dad who were coming to volunteer in Israel for a year. Little did he know then where that first visit would lead!

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Programme 323 – Avi Mizrachi

Recently, whilst in Israel recording these programmes, I met with Avi Mizrachi in Tel Aviv where he is the pastor of a Messianic Jewish congregation. We hadn’t seen each other for about a year so I began by asking him whether he’d had an encouraging few months.

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Programme 322 – Joseph Haddad (part 2 of 2)

Today we return to Haifa to hear from Joseph Haddad, the pastor of a church in Nahariya in northern Israel where the congregation are all Lebanese – they came to Israel as refugees 16 years ago as Joseph will now explain.

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Programme 321 – Joseph Haddad (part 1 of 2)

Today finds us in Haifa in northern Israel and my guest is Joseph Haddad – the pastor of a Lebanese church in Nahariya, a small town in Israel on the border with Lebanon.

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Programme 320 – Ofer Amitai (part 2 of 2)

Today my guest is Ofer Amitai… he is a Jewish pastor and Bible teacher in Jerusalem. The recent flood of refugees, particularly although not exclusively from Syria, into Europe has created new opportunities for believers in Jesus to help Muslims … many of whom are disillusioned with their faith due to war within the house of Islam. Here Ofer describes how his small congregation in Jerusalem has sent out three missionaries…

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Programme 319 – Ofer Amitai (part 1 of 2)

This programme has one aim: to bring you the stories of believers in Jesus who live in Israel and the West Bank – both Jewish and Arab or Palestinian believers – to help us understand not the politics of the region, but rather what God is doing there despite the politics!
That is the reason I travel to Israel regularly to record these programmes… and this week finds me in Jerusalem talking to Ofer Amitai. He is a Messianic Jewish pastor and Bible teacher. Who better to ask why is Israel such a contentious issue, and why, despite being one of the smallest nations in the world, is this tiny nation constantly the focus of world news?

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Programme 318 – Palestinian Christian (part 2 of 2)

This week we return to The Gathering, an event that occurred in late 2016 when thousands of Christians from many nations of the world, the majority from China and the Far East, gathered in Jerusalem along with local Messianic Jewish believers and Arab Christians. My guest today is a Palestinian Christian from Jerusalem. He was one of the organisers. I asked him whether, as a Palestinian, he felt fully accepted by the rest of the mainly Jewish leadership team.

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Programme 317 – Palestinian Christian (part 1 of 2)

Recently, whilst in Jerusalem I visited a large conference called The Gathering where 5,000 Christians had gathered from the nations – many of them from China and the Far East – to worship God together with believers from Israel, both Jews and Arabs. As you will hear, this was an enthusiastic and noisy event! However one of the most significant people there was a Palestinian Christian … his story is both brave and unusual and for his safety, he remains anonymous.

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Programme 316 – Meno Kalisher (part 2 of 2)

Whilst in Jerusalem recently I met Meno Kalisher. His father was a holocaust survivor, his mother a Jew from Iran. Meno was born in Israel – his parents were amongst the first Messianic Jewish believers in the land and Meno had to decide whether or not to believe in Jesus – not an easy decision for a young Jewish person, especially in those days.
However, today he is the pastor of a congregation in Jerusalem that has grown from 13 to over 350. Are these people all new believers, I asked him?

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