MAY 2009 NEWSLETTER
HERE WE GO AGAIN! EBENEZER’S TELEPHONE & EMAIL OFFICE DETAILS WILL BE CHANGING Dear members & friends, First of all, we would like to thank all the people who have faithfully prayed for Grace’s, our wonderful Administrator, house to sell over the last few months. All praise and glory be to God, as this has now happened. Grace will be moving over the next couple of weeks, so please continue to pray for her that everything will go smoothly. What this means for you is that OE will now have a NEW telephone number and a NEW email address to contact the office on as of the 18th May. The new telephone number is: (07)
4729 1243 The new email address is: email@example.com Please note that the office will be closed between the 14th May –17th May for shifting purposes. Our PO Box and bank details will both remain the same. For your information, you will always find any updated details on how to contact Operation Exodus on the back page of every newsletter. We do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause, but do ask that you please make the necessary amendments in your records to avoid any correspondence problems. Abundant blessings, Operation Exodus Australian Head Office
THE RISING WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM WHAT ARE WE TO DO? By Don Finto In a doctor’s office recently I was asked what I think about present conditions in the Middle East. Without even thinking, I made a statement that surprised me. I said, “The whole world is in a pre-Nazi era.” Then I began to ponder my own outburst. Why would I have said this? Because leaders of nations are arising who are brazenly, publicly and unashamedly calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jews. These are the “Hitlers” of our generation. Among them are Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But Jewish hatred is rising in other nations of the world as well. In February of this year, a time bomb was found in a synagogue in Lutsk, Ukraine. It was set to explode when the synagogue would be filled with worshippers. In January, the security guard for a synagogue in Mariperez, Caracas, Venezuela, was attacked and tied up, while the invaders ransacked the synagogue, threw the Torah scrolls to the floor and scrawled “Damn the Jews!” epithets across the walls. Also in January, Holland had an outburst of cont. pg 2 1
cont from page 1 anti-Jewish actions. In Amsterdam, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a building housing a synagogue, and a house was torched. In Haaksbergen, windows of a synagogue were smashed. In Arnheim, a synagogue was set on fire. In The Hague, “Jews to the gas” slogans were hurled at Jews by people wearing swastikas. In Wellington, New Zealand, Jewish graves were desecrated. In March, Columbia University Jewish faculty member Elizabeth Midlarsky, found a Nazi swastika spray-painted on her office door, and the FBI is investigating a string of swastika incidents at George Washington University. We are in a worldwide pre-Nazi era, as in the days leading up to World War II. The world is turning against Israel and the Jewish people, just as the prophets predicted. At some point in the future the governing authorities of every nation will turn against Jerusalem. That will be the signal of the return of Jesus to be King over Israel and Ruler of the nations in a reign of peace (See Zechariah 14). Believers among the nations will soon be called to a decision. Will they stand with the Jewish people or will they believe the world media and turn against them? It was not the believing church of Germany, Poland and Austria who were deceived. It was the church who had lost God’s heart, including His heart for the Jewish people. Isaiah, Daniel, Paul and Jesus all describe a coming time of great wickedness when the darkness will deepen over the entire earth, but a time when righteousness will also thrive. “Thick darkness is over the peoples,” cried Isaiah as he looked into the future, “but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you (60:2).” There will be a time of “great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again,” Jesus said, but it will be “at that time” when Jesus will be revealed from the sky (Matthew 24:21, 30). At that time we are to be “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which [we] shine like stars in the universe, as [we] hold out the word of truth,” Paul admonished (Philippians 2:14-16). “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us,” he further cautioned (2 Corinthians 4:7). “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever,” Daniel foresaw, hundreds of years before Jesus came. Those who are wise! Those who lead many to righteousness! In the midst of great darkness! In a time of great distress! Never before equalled and never to be equalled again! Yes, turbulent times, but also our finest hour. Stay strong! Stand on the Rock! Stand with God’s people. Shine in the midst of the ever-encroaching darkness.
KYRGYZSTAN The importance of safe and efficient border crossings between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, for aliyah flights from Almaty, is an ongoing request. In March, Valentina , who was following her family, which made aliyah in December, waited at the border for 3 hours due to a spot check that was carried out on the vehicles by specially trained dogs of the drugs squad. Please continue to remember this matter in prayer.
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FINANCES We thank the Lord for His faithfulness as He continues to bless the ministry in so many ways, providing funds to meet all our needs. We thank all of you, who support us financially and who intercede for this provision on our behalf. Please pray that: ▪ His provision will continue to flow to fulfil His purposes in the midst of the worldwide financial crisis. Psalm 24:1
Georgian Olim – Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of 28 olim from Georgia. We were privileged to meet them at the Additional funds are needed to cover the expenditure currently airport and it was a joy to see young families arriving home to being incurred, such as legal and admin costs, as a result of the Israel. Please pray for them as they settle in the land. restructuring of the Moscow base office. This restructuring is New Olim – Over the past months we have had several calls necessary for the security and safety of our teams and potential from olim from English speaking countries like USA, Canada olim with regard to Russian legislation. Please pray for: and South Africa, who are seeking assistance, as they struggle ▪ the Lord’s wisdom & provision so that we continue to to settle and find good affordable accommodation and jobs. It is honour Him in everything we do not always easy to find jobs if they do not speak Hebrew. This discourages people, as it is not easy to learn a new language in a short period of time. A few whom I have visited and shared with are considering returning to life where they came from. Joshua 3:4 ‘….you have not passed this way before.’ The reason is not always because they want to, but because they In these challenging days where we see increased hatred and cannot take care of their families if they do not find a opposition to Israel and the Jewish people we need each other job. Please pray for: more than ever before. Our unity in the place of prayer and ▪ opportunities for these olim to find good jobs & be willingness to stand in the gap for aliyah from east and west – from the rising of the sun to its going down – is a unique call to encouraged to stay in the land ▪ us to have wisdom, as we seek ways to assist these the ministry of Ebenezer Operation Exodus.
husband to make aliyah 3 years ago, the father, his brother and youngest daughter have also now made aliyah. Only the The economic crisis in Ukraine has allowed the extreme mother and the middle daughter remain and as soon as the Right to capitalise on the turmoil engulfing the former Soviet daughter finishes her studies they will also go to Israel. republic. There was an unexpected regional election victory Hallelujah! in Ternopil, western Ukraine, by an ultra-nationalist party led by Oleg Tyagnibok, who has urged the expulsion of all Prayer is needed for a family of potential olim near Baltsy. A Jews and Russians from Ukraine. His slogan is “Love is Jewish widow and her 4 daughters, lost their husband/father Nationalism”. It is reported that President Viktor Yuschenko a year ago. Another tragedy befell this precious family this and Yulia Tymoshenko, the Prime Minister, are embroiled in winter when their youngest daughter, who was only 3 years a dangerous feud and do not understand how to lead the old, took a wire from the decoration on the New Year tree country out of crisis. Please pray for us: into her mouth and was electrocuted. The widow and her ▪ to have great wisdom in this difficult & sensitive remaining 4 elder daughters (schoolgirls) live in abject poverty. Their house is dilapidated, the walls are wet, and situation ▪ the leadership, of Ukraine, to unite & focus on the they struggle to survive. They have no problems with the documents, but need to be encouraged, as the mother is still real problems hesitating, although she realizes that they need to make this step. We have visited and tried to encourage them and Permission has now been received from the Cabinet of promised assistance and support. Please pray that: Ministries in Ukraine for all 4 humanitarian aid loads from ▪ the Lord will comfort & heal this precious family & Holland, Germany, & the UK. give them vision & hope for their future in Israel
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We praise the Lord for His faithfulness and His grace! Praise the Lord for: ▪ the fruitful distribution of the medicines for the Holocaust survivors in Moscow & Moldova as we continue these projects this year ▪ the fruitful meeting of the humanitarian aid team, which was held in Kiev in March; many points have been discussed & many tasks lie ahead of us Please pray for: ▪ The Lord's blessings & guidance for aid distribution ▪ God's protection over all Ebenezer vehicles & drivers, especially when they transport olim & are distributing the aid ▪ The humanitarian aid programme to become more international, i.e. for other countries to be involved in fund raising for different H/A projects
Thirteen Jewish families (28 people) made aliyah on 29 March. Among them was the family of Tsisana , who shared that God had miraculously intervened in their lives the day before their departure. The family was busy packing when all except Tsisana’s son, who was in a closed room, suddenly lost consciousness. Her daughter-in-law was somehow able to crawl to her husband’s room and call for help. He immediately threw open all the windows and called an ambulance. Everyone was hospitalized and given emergency aid for carbon monoxide fumes. At 7.00 am on the day of the flight to Israel they were discharged from hospital. Praise the Lord!
KAZAKHSTAN Zhanna had the joy of helping 12 olim make aliyah from Kazakhstan in March and there was a steady stream of potential olim visiting the office. The office is a real meeting place! Prayer meetings are held here and the phone is well used to contact volunteers and comfort and encourage the Jewish people. A number of the latter have phoned sharing their difficulties especially regarding the sale of their flats. Please pray for: ▪ Zhanna to have wisdom & strength as she gives oversight to the operation in Kazakhstan ▪ the potential olim to be able to sell their flats in preparation to making aliyah
Thanks to the Lord for: ▪ new contacts with pastors & deepening relationships with Jewish people Pavel has been encouraged after visiting two new Pentecostal churches, where he received a warm welcome, with openness to God’s word concerning Israel and His plan for the Jewish people. Requests for help from the Head of the Association of Holocaust Survivors have strengthened our relationship with Jewish leaders and provided openings Isaiah 49:22 into the communities in Baltsy and Tiraspol. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See I will beckon Family reunited – Wonderful news! Stella and her husband to the gentiles, I will lift up My banner to the peoples; were granted Israeli visas and flew to Israel on 5 March they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders” joining her mother Elena, and son Viktor (Ezek 39:28). Tsehman Family - having helped the elder daughter and her
Local Prayer Initiative - Newcastle District In preparation for the Australian/UK prayer initiative currently underway, the Lord led our Board member Kevin Fell, his wife Fay, the Hunter Valley representatives Kevin and Jan Lewis, and two prayer supporters, on a wonderful day of prayer. I hope you will be encouraged as you read their following report!
ednesday 8th April dawned threatening showers when we gathered in Kevin and Jan Lewis' home, i.e. Kevin and Fay Fell, Joy Corrbridge, and Nell Byrnes. We commenced with Breaking of Bread, taken standing in remembrance of Passover, and prayed for the success of our prayer walk, which we commenced at the historic Convict Lumber Yard, the first convict settlement in Newcastle. The history of the site is very well known; it is a well laid out area, and a detailed history is preserved on site. Because of the Jewish content in the First Fleet and beyond, we prayed re their escape from bondage, and the breaking of links established long ago. (Ex. 6:6, Acts 7:7). God showed us a key lying on site in unusual circumstances, which we took as a sign that their shackles had been undone, thus facilitating their escape. We then went to the Breakwall, a convict built causeway joining Nobby's Head (then an island) to the mainland at the entrance to the harbour. We prayed to remove stones of offence, and to close the inward gates and open the outward gates (Ps.118:22), which served also as a reminder of Yeshua, the Rock of Salvation, the very opposite of stones of offence. A stone was thrown off the causeway, and when it shattered on landing we took it as a sign that stones of offence had been conclusively removed. We also scattered sand to symbolise the growth of Israel "as the sands of the seashore" when they have all returned to the Land. This was followed by moving to the Anglican Cathedral -- situated on a prominent hill overlooking Newcastle, with the Baptist Tabernacle and Presbyterian Church nearby, and the Synagogue a little further down the hill; a great vantage point for overlooking the whole harbour, as well as Newcastle Airport in the distance. We prayed in regard to the latter that the gates in would be shut, and the gates out would be opened (Ps.118:19-20), that False Aliyah would be totally replaced by True Aliyah. We also stood against Replacement Theology in the nearby churches (Jer.23:29), and also against any evil influences on this "High Place". Our attention was drawn to a weather-cock atop the old preserved bell tower in the grounds, which reminded us of Peter's denial of our Lord, and a columbarium built into the Cathedral – so we stood against both these deadly influences. We then prayed for release of the Jews from their Synagogue attachment as we passed by (parking is difficult nearby). The next port of call for us was Morpeth, the main river port in the early days, where many free settlers landed, and which was the main trading port in the area. Jews were very prominent in the area, with a Synagogue and Jewish Cemetery in Maitland nearby. We prayed against signposts to this area (Jer.31:21), and for signposts from the area. We also prayed against Masonic links to both Morpeth and Maitland, as many Jews were prominent in Freemasonry in the early days as a means of assimilation into the community and freedom from anti-semitism. (1 Cor.10:14). We were glad to see that this place is finished as a port, and felt we had broken any links holding God's people to the locality. We were also heartened by a number of birds (both large and small) breaking out of thickets on the bank for no reason, a sign, we believed, of freedom for God's people from here. We concluded a wonderful day with thanksgiving that the Lord kept the showers of rain from our immediate surroundings all day, and with further prayer for False Aliyah to be impossible here, and for True Aliyah to be made from the Hunter Valley. Truly a wonderful day, with a great sense of victory, and a feeling by us all that much had been accomplished in the heavenlies. To God be the Glory!! Kevin & Fay Fell, & Team
“And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.” Gen 21:1-2
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Abundant blessings, Operation Exodus Australian Head Office We do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause, but do as...