Greetings in Christ,
But Jesus answered and said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24). As our plane touched down at Ben Gurion International Airport, I had a sense that my family was about to experience a unique travel adventure. I had been to Israel 40 years prior as a bicycling teenager, fully aware that the country had gone through major changes since then. But, as a relatively new nation in 1975 and now as a developed nation in 2015, the needs of the people of Israel are the same as Jesus identified 2000 years ago. There are lost sheep in Israel who need to be found.
Our family discovered the diversity of the people of Israel in our two weeks of travel. From the heights of the Golan and the Syrian border to the depths of the shores of the Dead Sea, Israel is much more diverse than one would imagine from a nation the size of New Jersey. The highlight of our journey was the time spent with David and Eti Zadok and their family. Lively conversations broadened our understanding of how this ancient land of the Bible fits into the modern struggles of the Middle East. But one thing became obvious, the six plus million people of Israel are the same as the six plus billion people on the planet…they all share a need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our family worshipped with the Zadoks at Grace and Truth, one of the few protestant congregations in Israel and the first to have been able to build, from the ground up, a sanctuary for worship. What a blessing!
My take away from this journey was simple. Israel is no different from Japan, Uganda, Germany or Argentina in that its people need the Messiah. And efforts to bring the Gospel to Israel deserve to be met with the same intensity as the efforts to bring the gospel to any other part of the world where Christ is not known and not worshipped. Christian Mission to Israel (CMI) has a mission statement similar to that of hundreds of missionary sending agencies in America, “To know Christ and to make Him known.” You likely already support missions in many parts of the world. If CMI is new to you, would you consider partnering with us through prayer and giving so that the Israeli people, too, would be reached with the Gospel?
CMI Board Member
From David Zadok ~
Ten years ago, upon completing my studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, my family and I returned to Israel, and I assumed my role as the director of HaGefen Publishing. Even though we returned to Israel after only three years in San Diego, California, there were many new beginnings. We not only moved to a different city and home, but also into new roles. For me, after 18 years of work in secular environments both as a major in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and in a high tech company, directing a publishing house was a challenge. Also, Eti and our three children had their own new beginnings.
As I look back, it is amazing to see how the Lord has used the HaGefen staff in producing a variety of literature in different languages which have been widely used in Israel and around the world. In the area of evangelism, we have published close to 400,000 copies of various books and booklets in six languages, including Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Amharic, Farsi and Turkish. Our books have been sent out free of charge to countries like Jordan, Ethiopia and Ukraine, and to Eritrean refugees in Tel-Aviv.
We are grateful for the many of you who have partnered with us through your prayers, contributions, and even your visits.