Tuesday, May 22, 2007

CUFI Urges Prayer for US/Israeli Servicemen

Christians United For Israel

May 21, 2007

Message from Pastor John Hagee


I ask that you join the Rabbis and me in praying Psalm 121 on behalf of the three American soldiers missing in Iraq and the three Israeli soldiers kidnapped by terrorists last year. They are Pvt Byron W. Fouty, age 19, Spc Alex R. Jimenez, age 25 and Pfc Joseph J. Anzack, age 20, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches

over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day or the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming

and going
both now and forevermore.

Message from David Brog

Last week was an excellent week for Nights to Honor Israel. We had three events in the following locations:

Avada, Colorado
CUFI Regional Directors Pastor George and Cheryl Morrison held their 29th -- yes 29th -- annual Night to Honor Israel in the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, outside of Denver. A crowd of approximately 2,500 people had the pleasure of viewing a multimedia drama presentation entitled "Jewel of the Ages" about the history of Jerusalem. Having seen prior productions by the Faith Bible crew, I believe everyone who's told me that this was one of the most sophisticated and touching dramas about Israel that they've ever seen. Following the drama, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold gave the keynote address about the current threats to Jerusalem and what Christians can do to help defend her. Ambassador Gold will also be one of our featured speakers this July at our Washington, DC Night to Honor Israel. Funds were raised for the Jewish Federation's program for assisting Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and for the Ariel Child Development Fund.

Alexandria, Virginia
I had the pleasure of attending and addressing the first annual Night to Honor Israel in Alexandria, Virginia, outside of Washington, DC. The event was organized by CUFI Regional Director General Jim Hutchens and his wife Patty. An enthusiastic crowd came to lend their support to the event, including Minister for Domestic Political Affairs Martin Peled-Flax from the Israeli Embassy, local rabbis, and many local pastors. Speakers included Arab Christian Zionist and World Net Daily Editor Joseph Farah and David Rubin, an Israeli who survived a harrowing terrorist attack in Israel. Jim Hutchens closed the night by most eloquently summarizing the purpose of the evening, and of CUFI, by reminding the Christians in the audience that they should pledge to the Jewish people the same pledge that Ruth made to Naomi so many centuries ago:

Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
You're people will be my people and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.
May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely,
If anything but death separates you and me.

Redding, California
Last Monday, May 14th, Redding, CA city director Dick Haak hosted that city's first annual Night to Honor Israel in the Redding Calvary Church. CUFI Berkeley city director Rosemary Schindler, having just returned from Israel hours before the event, shared the critical need for everyone there to attend the CUFI 2007 July Washington/Israel Summit. CUFI California State Director Pastor Victor Styrsky and his band, The Wild Branches, provided the musical entertainment and as always set a high emotional tone for the night. Local Rabbis and Jewish leaders shared their appreciation for what the Christian community was doing to stand with Israel at this critical juncture. As Pastor Victor put it, after that one night, "the relationship between the Redding Jewish and Christian communities will never be the same." A special thanks to Calvary Pastor Brian Blank and his congregation for opening their hearts and church to this event.

Pastor John Hagee David Brog
National Chairman Executive Director