For three days in November, 2015 – Jewish and Arab Israelis serving in ministries throughout the Land joined together in Netanya, Israel for a vital time of encouragement. This special get-a-way is designed to provide rest, refreshment and renewed vision for ministry as we spend crucial time together in the Word of God. This is a much-needed respite for so many who labor tirelessly in the ‘white fields’ of Israel.
This retreat is entitled “Preach The Word / Shepherd The Flock” and is an annual gift to the local body from The Joshua Fund. This November’s gathering was the fourth year both Jewish and Arab believers in the Holy Land came together to study the scriptures, worship, fellowship and rest. The Joshua Fund has a heart to serve these pastors, ministry leaders and workers; for them to be physically refreshed and spiritually built up in the Word – and to encourage them in their efforts to reach the lost in their midst. The founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund is Joel C. Rosenberg, a Jewish believer who recently moved his family to Israel from the States and one of the retreat’s Bible teachers.
This retreat is designed and managed to host local Israelis, and the body of believers deeply values this unique time together each November. The atmosphere during shared meals and between the worship and teaching sessions is truly sweet – revealing familiar faces laughing together, friendships being renewed and the Lord’s true love readily displayed by us all, as we soak in this much-needed blessing. This year, Joel and four pastors from the States led the 260 special guests through Acts chapters 1-4 – including passages on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the early church’s transformation and the resulting powerful witness
“For the promise is for you and your children and
The very encouraging and challenging teaching sessions were in English – but TJF provided live translation for locals into Hebrew, Arabic and Russian. The MP4 audio files of each of the five teaching sessions will be made available for the Body’s further use very soon.
Later that week in November, this same blessed time of refreshment and Bible teaching was also brought to our brothers and sisters from throughout the West Bank. We heard the time there was a tremendous blessing as well; thanks to all who faithfully prayed for that effort!
Thank you also to The Joshua Fund and any others who helped make our time so enjoyable and enriching. May the God of Israel bless you in return for your kindness to us!
Below are a few brief interviews with participants at the conference. Click on the videos to view.
Interview with Wayne Hilsden, Founder and President of FIRM.
Interview with Jacob Damkani, Jewish Evangelist and Founder of Trumpet of Salvation to Israel.
Interview with Annu, a Biblical counselor from Beit Immanuel.