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This Group is for the support of Israel. Israel's Motto: "HOPE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO" Gen 12:3 God promises a blessing to those who bless Israel!

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Started by Edwin Prather. Last reply by Wilton Baxley May 19, 2015. 1 Reply

Love her as God has said! We have to stand for her even if God will protect her. I for one do not want to feel his wrath cause we as a country does not honor her. In Jesus I trust! The Jews have…Continue

God said he would bless those who bless his people

Started by Juanita. Last reply by Sis Mar 2, 2012. 5 Replies

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Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 2, 2012 at 9:48pm

Joanie asked me to post this here:

Genesis 16.....

Hagar and Ishmael

 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

   Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

   When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me.”

 6 “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

 7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

   “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

 9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

 11 The angel of the LORD also said to her:

   “You are now pregnant 
   and you will give birth to a son. 
You shall name him Ishmael,[a] 
   for the LORD has heard of your misery. 
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; 
   his hand will be against everyone 
   and everyone’s hand against him, 
and he will live in hostility 
   toward[b] all his brothers.”

 13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[c]the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi[d]; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 2, 2012 at 9:47pm

12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward[b] all his brothers.”

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 2, 2012 at 9:43pm

it makes me sad, too, Sis....we need to keep praying and trusting in the Lord and the fact that He is in Control and can do what He wants to do....As you said once before, we are trusting in the Bible...not horses and charriots...It is difficult to see this going on...but it is scriptural!  

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 2, 2012 at 8:30pm

Prayer Alerts

March 2, 2012

Woman Beaten by “Modesty Patrol” – an Orthodox Jewish woman was brutally attacked by a group of Orthodox Jewish men over suspicions that she is a “missionary”. The men are suspected to be part of the “Modesty Patrol”, which is an extremist group using violence to “correct” what they believe is a threat to their beliefs. The woman, in fact, is not a missionary; she teaches and prepares women who are converting to Judaism. This kind of crime is only a picture of what is to come for people like Messianics who believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah, and are considered a serious threat to the Orthodox Jewish way of life. Please pray for a speedy recovery for this woman, S, and for the criminals to be found and brought to justice swiftly. Please also pray for God’s strengthening of the Body of Messiah as we stand before inevitable persecution from various sources…may we be gentle and strong in our witness no matter what comes. For more, see Woman Attacked in Jerusalem

US Preparing Plan for Iran Strike – as it appears that tougher economic sanctions are not stopping Iran from moving forward with its nuclear program, reports have surfaced that the US is also preparing a plan for a military operation in Iran. While this is good news for Israel, who is also readying for a military strike on Iran, it could mean the beginning of World War III, and that will have serious consequences for both the USA and Israel. We are in need of God’s great wisdom more than ever before; please pray that He will grant His perfect, divine wisdom to leaders of both the USA and Israel, and for His protection over innocent lives if a military strike does happen. Please pray for a miraculous, non-military intervention in Iran’s nuclear program and that He will frustrate the knowledge of those who seek to advance a nuclear weapon. For more, see US Strike on Iran?

Please continue to pray for the Body of Messiah in Israel as Israel is facing uncertain times; please pray we will be a great source of blessing to all Israel and that through our witness, many in Israel will come to know their Messiah. Please pray for strength, courage, gentleness, and boldness in our witness to our neighbors who do not yet know Yeshua.

Thank you for praying and standing with Israel! Shabbat Shalom…

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 2, 2012 at 5:12pm

i am so happy your Chinese Missionary friends liked the video...we just need to keep praying for the salvation of all of these wonderful Jewish believers.

Tootsie...LOVE that flag...it is so good to have you back!  we have missed you so much!

have a blessed weekend, everyone! hugs! xo

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 1, 2012 at 3:19pm

Praying for the salvation of all Jews...Dear Lord...These are your people. We pray that you will open the eyes of those Jews who are ready to know the true Messiah. You are the One who draws us...We ask for favor for the Chinese Jewish community for Salvation...that they might know You...In Jesus Name we ask...
Amen.

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 1, 2012 at 3:16pm

this is from 2009

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 1, 2012 at 3:14pm

Shavei Profile: From “Jin Jin” to “Yecholiya” – a Chinese Jew’s journey to Jerusalem

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28/02/2012

Jin Jin / Yecholiya

She started life with the name “Jin Jin.” Today she goes by “Yecholiya” – Hebrew for “G-d is able.” And that has certainly been the case for this brave young woman, one of just a few Chinese Jews who, with Shavei Israel’s help, have been able to immigrate to Israel. Six years after making aliyah, Yecholiya is fully integrated into Israeli society: she speaks Hebrew, loves to eat shakshouka (a Middle Eastern dish), and works as the first Chinese Jewish tour guide in the Holy Land.

It’s quite an accomplishment for a Jew growing up in the hinterlands of China, far from the major population centers. Still, for a thousand years, the Jewish community of Kaifeng, once one of the capitals of imperial China, flourished. Jewish merchants from Persia or Iraq first settled the area. At its height in the Middle Ages, there were as many as 5,000 Jews in Kaifeng, with rabbis, synagogues and various communal institutions.

But, in the last 150 years, the community has been decimated by a series of floods (which destroyed the last remaining synagogue), poverty (by the middle of the 19th century, the community was forced to sell its Torah scrolls and remaining assets) and, ultimately, assimilation. While today there are only 500 to 1,000 identifiable descendents of the Jewish community in Kaifeng, an awakening has been taking place and many Chinese Jews are reclaiming their heritage.

Yecholiya, 25, was one of them. It was her father who initially set her on her path to Israel. “When I was very young, my father always told me that I was a Jew and that one day I will get back to Israel,” Yecholiya says. She fulfilled that vision and moved here in 2006 to study for a formal conversion. “The more I learned about Judaism, the prouder I became. This is the land that G-d promised us. I know now that it was the right decision to come back to Israel.”

Her father, sadly, is not in Israel with Yecholiya. Her parents want to come, she explains, “but they don’t know Hebrew, not English either. It’s very difficult at their age to study a new thing.” Her parents and even her six-year-old baby sister Hadassah have visited Israel, however, spending time with Yecholiya here in 2010.

In 1996, the Jews of Kaifeng were stunned when the Chinese government suddenly changed their identity cards, which had formerly read “Jew,” to “Chinese,” Yecholiya says. “At the time I didn’t understand what was going on, but deep in my heart, I was opposed to having my nationality changed.”

Despite this bureaucratic setback, life for the Jews of Kaifeng has improved remarkably in the last ten years. While before then about the only traditional practice kept was not eating pork, Yecholiya says, today the community gathers each week to celebrate Shabbat. “We do it in a simple way. We eat together; we sing together.”

The community also celebrates Passover (in this case, “we do everything,” she says) and Rosh Hashana (“I love to eat bread dipped in honey and to feel all the people together”).

A homemade kippa knitted by Yecholiya's mother

Yecholiya’s family have become leaders among the Kaifeng Jews. Their home functions as a sort of Jewish “visitors center” and her mother knits and sells hand made scarves, shawls and even kippot (head coverings). Each has a combination of Jewish symbols – a menorah, Torah, Star of David – and writing in English and Hebrew.

She holds up one of the scarves and points to the Magen David. “This is a very strong symbol for me. It’s full of courage. It always brings me back to the history of the Jewish people and what we went through to be in our country.”

It took courage, too, for Yecholiya to arrive in a strange land and jump in feet first. Immediately from the airport, she was driven to Jerusalem to pray at the Western Wall. “I was crying and thinking, finally, I am home,” she says. She studied for her first year at a girl’s seminary south of Jerusalem, then learned Hebrew at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in the north, before joining the tour guide course at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she now lives.

She is passionate about her role as a tour guide to serve as a “bridge” between two countries that are increasingly intertwined. She is well placed to serve as an informal Israeli diplomat.

“China is my home. Israel is also my home,” she says. “Last year, 10,000 Chinese came to Israel to tour. More and more are coming each year. But only certain things reach them through the media. Much is still secret. They want to come to know more, to understand the people and the environment here. And once they do, they will go home and tell other people what Israel looks like through their eyes.”

Yecholiya made aliyah with three other girls from Kaifeng. Here they are at the Western Wall

Yecholiya hasn’t been entirely alone as a Chinese Jew in Israel. She arrived with three other Chinese women and the four studied together. One has since gotten married and moved to the U.S. where she has a new baby; the rest, like Yecholiya are still single. Yecholiya was joined last year by seven young Jewish men from Kaifeng. We wrote about them here [link]. And, after six years in the country, she has no lack of native Israeli sabras as friends.

Yecholiya would never have made the journey to Israel without the help of Shavei Israel. “In the beginning they found us” in Kaifeng, she explains. “They helped us get from China to Israel and they gave us all the support we needed to study after we made aliyah.”

Does she miss anything from China? “The noodles!” she laughs. “Israeli noodle soup is too soggy.” But she makes up for it with Israeli staples – falafel and (even more) schwarma (meat off a skewer stuffed into a pita). “I like meat!” she jokes.

Israelis are not sure entirely what to make of Yecholiya. “They will stop me and ask if I’m from the Philippines or Thailand,” she says. “When I tell them I’m from China and that I’m also Jewish, they’re very surprised, but after that they will say kol hakavod and welcome!”

So, what does Yecholiya think of Israelis? “They are really funny and nice and warm. When they are inside a synagogue, they are pretty strict, but at a celebration or festival, they will sing and dance like a child. If you are crying on the street, they will stop to see what happened to you and ask if you need help. It’s something I really love.”

With a name meaning, “G-d is able,” we asked Yecholiya what she prays for. She cites the famous verse in the Bible where it is prophesized that the Jewish people will return from the four corners of the earth on eagle’s wings. “That’s it in one sentence. It’s what I really want, and I hope that it will come true.” And she adds: “that my family can come back soon.”

Comment by JULIE NAZARIAN on March 1, 2012 at 3:11pm

Wow Sis, that is really an interesting article!

it is so great to see you here, Maria!

have a blessed weekend, all! xoxo

Comment by maria on March 1, 2012 at 12:06am

Julie, thank you for starting this group.

 

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