JEWISH VOICE BLOG

On the Ground in Israel

July 30, 2014

Israel stories “Day #21 - 2:29 a.m. My phone is beeping…On the screen it says: Alert over Ashdod. Another beep. Another one. Looks like it’s getting closer. I’m getting up…going to the kids’ room. Sirens….We are hearing some explosions.” These are words from a woman in Israel whose middle of the night scramble to hurry her family to the safe room in their home is circulating on Facebook. Another story tells of a siren sounding in Beersheba. When driving and a rocket warning siren sounds, ...

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Meet the Israel Defense Forces' “Foreign Legion”

July 30, 2014

Image: IDF Blog (see below) A number of IDF reservists living and working in Europe, Africa, and America have rushed back to Israel to help “Operation Protective Edge” succeed. First Sergeant Felix Neuber immigrated from the Ukraine in 1990 as a 17-year-old boy. He was drafted into the Civil Administration at 18 in a role defined as “combat support,” but did his best to change that. After a year and a half, he was reassigned to “Armored Corps,” where he took basic training and combat training...

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Rockets Flare as Hamas Rejects 4-hour Humanitarian “Timeout” with Israel

July 30, 2014

Image: IDF Blog (see below) With the Israeli security cabinet meeting today, and the topic of debate centering on either expansion or calling a halt to the ground offensive, the Times of Israel reports that most of the Hamas cross-border tunnels have been found and are being demolished as Day 23 of “Operation Protective Edge” comes to a close. Heavy Israeli strikes on Gaza were the order of the day, including allegations of an Israeli shelling of a UN school, with 15 reportedly killed, des...

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What Is a Hamas Tunnel into Israel Worth?

July 29, 2014

A noteworthy fact: Israel has not completely denied the import of construction materials into Gaza. They have only restricted it because they know Hamas is using it for terrorism. Source (see below): IDF Blog, Copyright usage info, License One of the chief demands of Hamas and the people of Gaza is that Israel end the long standing blockade imposed against them. The blockade consists of restrictions on travel across the borders into Israel, the amount of building materials allowed into Gaza, ...

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Israel Called to Brace for a Lengthy Operation

July 29, 2014

Israeli soldiers mourn the death of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier killed Monday in combat. His funeral was held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Source: AP Images Five more Israeli soldiers lost their lives and several more were injured following a mortar round that landed near a community outside of Gaza, as fighting resumed after a brief Eid al-Fitr (Muslim holiday) hiatus on Monday. Later Monday night, a squad of Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel inside Israel and killed five IDF ...

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Does Your Heart Beat for the Ukraine?

July 28, 2014

It has been 20 years since we conducted an outreach in Ukraine. We are eager to go back and a city full of souls awaits the Good News of Yeshua! The window of ministry opportunity is closing fast for helping the Jewish People in Ukraine because of rising anti-Semitism in that nation. We are working with the largest Messianic congregation in the world, located in Kiev, to bring our exciting Hear O’ Israel! Festival of Jewish Music & Dance to the Jewish People there. We are bringing specta...

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Prayers for Good in Evil Times

July 28, 2014

What is happening in Israel, and the world, changes hourly. It is hard to keep up. However, there are some key points that can be prayed at any and all times, that are general enough to fit the many, developing and volatile situations in the Middle East and elsewhere, but potent enough to hit the mark in the spiritual realm! Focus your prayers and get equipped to intercede for: Wisdom for LEADERS: This includes not only Israel’s leaders, but the leaders of any other nations or groups surro...

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Who Wants a Ceasefire?

July 28, 2014

Amid UN Security Council demands for a ceasefire, rocket fire increased immediately after a brief respite for Palestinians to observe a Muslim holiday. Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “Under these circumstances, Israel must do what it must do to defend its people.” Hamas has fired at least 2,500 rockets into Israel since the conflict began. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu The Prime Minister said Israeli forces will continue to dismantle Hamas’s cross-border tunnels and ...

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From the Field: Zimbabwe 2014 - Day 1

July 28, 2014

Grabbing dinner at the hotel. Everyone is plenty tired after thirty hours of travel, but happy to be in Zimbabwe. The worship team leads a time of worship before the orientation to Zimbabwe begins. Everyone on the team arrived safely in Zimbabwe on Saturday. Most everyone's luggage made it as well, but a few people are still waiting to see their things catch up with them. Please pray for a smooth set up of the site and that any hiccups be smoothed out without too much stress or incident. ...

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Medical Missions: Who is Waiting for Us in Buhera?

July 26, 2014

Our team is on its way to Zimbabwe! Over the weekend they will finish up their travels to Buhera – a rural region of the country – and help with the final set-up of the clinic facilities. Big white tents become a triage center, nurses’ units, examination rooms, and even surgical units. While we may have the luxury of a couple of standing walls here and there, or perhaps even a building with full-fledged rooms, the JVMI medical mission compound will also house a pharmacy and a prayer room. Wh...

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