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ICEJ's Worldwide Branches

The ICEJ is represented nationally through its branch network in some 60 nations of the world. These branches have contacts with church leaders and movements in their nations.

Throughout the year the Embassy sends speakers around the world to explain important issues regarding Israel and the Middle East. Our foremost objective is to increase Christian awareness and support of Israel by stimulating leaders, churches and organizations to become effective influences in their countries on behalf of the Jewish people. Receptions are also held, bringing together local Jewish communities, Israeli representatives and Christian leaders in order to facilitate reconciliation and understanding.

The ICEJ works closely with Knesset Members (the Israeli Parliament) on various projects in Israel and abroad, through the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. These projects range from social assistance programs within Israel to establishing Judeo-Christian understanding, mutual support, and addressing foreign governments in defense of Israel. Embassy leadership frequently lobbies on behalf of Israel around the world by addressing governments, diplomats and community leaders. Our connection with Israeli embassies and missions abroad helps build secular public support for Israel and promotes Christian tourism and pilgrimage to Israel.

Through our network of national directors and representatives across the globe we are continuing to raise up support for the people of Israel through solidarity rallies, teaching events, conferences and advocacy campaigns.

ICEJ Branches Worldwide

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Albania

Pastor Gentjan Dervishaj, National Director

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Angola

Pastor Samuel Justo, Branch Director

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Australia

Juha Ketola, International Director

au.icej.org

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Austria

Karl Klanner, Branch Director

http://www.icej.at

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Barbados

Kyffin & Roberta Simpson, Branch Director
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Belgium

Jacob Keegstra, Branch Director

http://www.icej.nl

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Benin

Rev. Emile Adote, Branch Director

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Bolivia

Pastor Alberto Magno Sales de Oliveira, Branch Director

http://www.icej-brasil.com.br

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Botswana

Pastor Edwell Katsande, Branch Director

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Brazil

Rene Terra Nova, Branch Director

http://www.icej-brasil.com.br

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Burkina Faso

Simon Ramde, Branch Director

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Canada

Donna Holbrook, Branch Director

ca.icej.org

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China

cn.icej.org

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Colombia

Hector Pardo, Branch Director

Tel: (571) 619 9331

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Rev. M'Poy Maumbi, Branch Director

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Costa Rica

Teresita Torres Picado, Branch Director

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Croatia

Juha Ketola, International Director

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Czech Republic

Mojmir Kallus, Branch Director

http://www.icej.cz

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Denmark

Christina Leinum

Tel. +45 278 45470 or +45 209 34049

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El Salvador

Dr. Edgar Lopez Bertrand, Branch Director

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Estonia

Peeter Vosu, Branch Director

Tel: +372 644 8212

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Ethiopia

Peeter VoDr. Henok Ghebrehiwot, Branch Director

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Fiji

Mr Mikaele Mudreilagi, Branch Director

Tel: (679) 9353-805

fj.icej.org

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Finland

Kari Niemi, Branch Director

Tel: +358 (0)20 7181 280 

Fax: +358 (0)20 7181 289

fi.icej.org

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France

Robert Baxter, Branch Director

Tel. + 01 49 17 11 24

fr.icej.org

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Gabon

Eloka Otto Zachee, Branch Director

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Germany

Gottfried Bühler, Branch Director

www.icej.de

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Ghana

Rev. Kofi Prempeh, Branch Director

Tel: +233 (0) 504 561 793

Cell: +233 (0) 242 561 793

http://www.icejghana.com

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Guatemala

Pastor Luis Fernando Solares, Branch Director

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Honduras

Pastor Evelio Reyes, Branch Director

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Hong Kong

Colin and Nancy Chow, Branch Director

Tel: 852-3746-4507

www.icejhk.org

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Hungary

Juha Ketola, International Director

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Iceland

Olafur Johannsson, Branch Director

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India

Pastor Meka Padma Rao (Danny), Branch Director

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Ireland and Northern Ireland

Brian Silvester, Branch Director

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 814 479

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Italy

Tony Rozzini, Branch Director

Tel: +39 030 643 165

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Ivory Coast

Jean Kra Kouassi
, Branch Director

Tel: +225 (01) 90 90 14

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Kenya

Juha Ketola, International Director

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Latvia

Ilze & Maris Saulitis, Branch Directors

lv.icej.org

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Liberia

Rev. John Aaron Wright, Sr., Branch Director

Tel. +231886315818

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Lithuania

Michael and Fausta Maass, Branch Directors

Tel. +370 612 44147

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Malaysia

Elizabeth Lee, Branch Director

Tel: +6 016 3471 269

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Mauritius

Aubeeluck, Branch Director

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Mexico

Dr. Carlos Quiroa, Branch Director

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Nepal

Pastor Timothy Rai, Branch Director

Tel: 977 1 6638173

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Netherlands

Drs. Jacob Keegstra, Branch Director

http://www.icej.nl

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New Zealand

Derek McDowell, Branch Director

Tel: (09) 837 5384

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Niger

Moctar Soumana, Branch Director

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Nigeria

Rev. Mosy Madugba, Branch Director

Tel: 234 84 233669

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Norway

Leif A. Wellerop, Branch Director

Tel: +47 67 53 01 81

http://www.icej.no

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Panama

Marco A. Zevallos, Branch Director

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Papua New Guinea

Pastor Bezalal Tegi, Branch Director

pg.icej.org

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Philippines

Apostle Rolando "Joshua" Blas, Branch Director

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Portugal

Antonio and Carla Melo, Branch Director

www.icej-portugal.org

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Republic of Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Juha Ketola, International Director

Tel: + (972) 2 539 9700

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Romania

Pavel Antoneisi, Branch Director

Tel. +0230522355

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Russia

Howard Flower, Branch Director

ru.icej.org

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Senegal

Abdou Maiga, Branch Director

Tel. +226 (627) 56226

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Sierra Leone

Joseph Francis Williams, Branch Director

Tel. +232 30217280

 

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Singapore

Jehu and Christine Chan, Branch Directors

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Slovakia

Peter Svec, Branch Director

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Slovenia

Marcos Magno Morales Tavares, Branch Director

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Solomon Islands

John Hauirae, Branch Director

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South Africa

Luba Mayekiso, Branch Director

Tel: +27 21 882 9146

Fax: +27 88 021 882 9146

za.icej.org

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South Pacific Islands

Victor Schlatter, Branch Director

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Sri Lanka

Pastor John Kitto, Branch Director

Tel: 0094 112 734 663

Fax: 0094 112 810 125

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Sweden

Siewert Öholm, Branch Director

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Switzerland

Hansjorg Bischof, Branch Director

http://www.icej.ch

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Taiwan

Daniel and Linda Chou, Branch Director

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Tel: 02 2758-4190
Fax: 02 8192-6895

http://tw.icej.org

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Tanzania

Stanton Newton, Branch Director

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Togo

Komi Ayitiga, Branch Director

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Ukraine

Juha Ketola, International Director

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UK

Dr. David Elms, Branch Director

Tel:  07503624135

uk.icej.org

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Uruguay

Juha Ketola, International Director

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USA

Susan Michael, Branch Director

Tel: 615-895-9830

Fax: 615-895-9829

us.icej.org

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Zimbabwe

Jenny Stables, Branch Director

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For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” Isaiah 62:1

Arise Young Adults

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History

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Opening of the ICEJ in 1980

The Beginning

During the late 1970s the Lord began stirring the hearts of believers across the world concerning the nation of Israel and its prophetic role in modern times. Then, in the summer of 1980, the Israeli Parliament declared the city of Jerusalem to be the undivided, eternal capital of the State of Israel, established as such by King David almost 3,000 years earlier. Protest resounded across the international political spectrum, resulting in the closure of thirteen national embassies in Jerusalem.

A number of Christians living in Israel were then hosting a Christian celebration during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. They sensed Israel's deep hurt over the withdrawal of the foreign embassies and felt the call of the Lord to open a Christian Embassy in this, the City of the Great King. They called it the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and it represents Christians from around the world, speaking words of comfort and support to Israel. Ever since, the Embassy has provided a "servant's heart" ministry to the people of the land.

From its inception the ICEJ has had two dominant goals; first, to serve as a conduit of comfort and blessing through which believers in the nations could show their love and support to Israel. Second, the ICEJ stands as a prophetic voice to this generation concerning God's unwavering plan to fulfill His covenant promises to the fathers of Israel. Namely, that He would ultimately restore the children of Israel to their rightful land and sequentially to a right relationship with their God, the God of Israel.

Today

For the past three decades the personnel of the Christian Embassy, in Jerusalem and worldwide, have worked diligently to accomplish these God-ordained responsibilities. Even in the face of consistent struggle, the work has impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christians and Jews throughout the earth. Take a look at the following videos to learn more:

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Ministry Highlights

First Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, September 1980

One thousand Christians from every land came up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with song, dance, praise and worship in accordance with Zechariah 14:16. The Christians were invited to the Chief Rabbis' synagogue to receive a blessing from Rabbi Goren himself. Fifteen Christian leaders spent an hour sharing with the President of Israel - President Navon at his home. He said "You move me deeply" and "we appreciate what you are doing."

On the day of the Jerusalem March, 400 Christians participated and Israeli soldiers cheered and waved in appreciation of Christian support for Israel. The people lining the route said again and again in Hebrew "Blessed art thou, blessed art thou". An exciting foreshadowing of the Messianic prophecy contained in Matthew 23:39 "For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord", and "For he that receives you, receives me."


Opening of the ICEJ, September 1980

Teddy Kollek, the Mayor of Jerusalem, was present at the opening and was deeply touched by the Christian representatives from different nations as they presented their country's flag before him, pledging to pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of all Bible-believing Christians at home. In front of all the cameras, journalists and about 1000 Christians, the Mayor described it as one of the most moving experiences in his life.

 

 


Mordechai Outcry, Easter 1981

During the Easter of 1981 the Christian Embassy organized demonstrations around the world in support of imprisoned Soviet Jews and Prisoners of Zion, equating them with the situation of Mordechai and Queen Esther and the Jews of Persia long ago. Supporters of the Embassy in Jerusalem marched to the Russian compound and "nailed" their protest to the closed doors of the Russian Orthodox church there. The photo shows one of the banners used at the demonstration in Washington DC.

Coming 40 years after the Holocaust was perpetrated on Europe's soil, this was a fitting time to sound forth the trumpet on behalf of God's people. This congress, held 88 years after the first Jewish Zionist congress was held by Theodor Herzl, gave Christian leaders from different parts of the world the opportunity to harmonize their stand concerning the Jewish people and to establish the theological basis for their support for the reborn State of Israel.


The Gulf War, 1991

Victims of the Gulf War were moved into hotels with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The greatest need was for toiletries and warm running suits. Within a day, the ICEJ made arrangements with various factories producing the two items. The following morning Petra van der Zande of the ICEJ Social Assistance Department and Mr. Zvi Givati, the ICEJ Liaison, presented the two hundred and eighty victims with these gifts, through the Mayor of Ramat Gan, Zvi Bar.

During the Gulf War Israel television aired a 17-minute special on the ICEJ which explained why the 50-member staff decided to stay in Israel when the Scud missile attacks began. Included in the programme was an encouragement for the nation as Israelis watched excerpts from the Feast of Tabernacles video showing Christians representing 70 nations, during Succot. It was shown on prime-time television just before the evening news, when most Israelis saw it as they were confined to their homes because of the Scud threats.


Help with Aliyah to Israel, 1991

The ICEJ began to assist Jewish people from the former USSR to come to Israel. At first there was only passage through Budapest and Warsaw, so the Exobus program was set up to bring them through these cities. Later, as direct flights became available, Exobus brought them from their far-flung villages to the airports in Kiev and Odessa. The ICEJ also sponsored 50 full plane-loads of immigrants over 8 years, to assist them to come to Israel. The work is still on-going, with more buses and more centers being used to bring them out.

 

 


The Knesset Award, 1991

The ICEJ works without expecting awards or recognition. However, when these are forthcoming it gives us more credibility and acceptance in Israel and among the Jewish community worldwide. This facilitates our work and ministry on their behalf. In April 1991 the ICEJ received the Speaker of the Knesset's Quality of Life Award. The ICEJ donated its prize money toward Soviet Jewry housing. In its citation the following was mentioned as the reason for awarding the prize to the ICEJ:

"The Foundation recommends to award the prize to the International Christian Embassy for its continuous and energetic activity in education and information in Israel and abroad to strengthen the ties between Jews and Christians, for its activity to bring understanding between Jews and Arabs in Israel and for its activity to deepen Jewish and Zionist awareness among Christians around the world and for encouraging immigration to Israel."


Operation Solomon, 1992

After Israel's Operation Solomon rescued thousands of stranded Ethiopian Jews, the Embassy was able to assist in helping them absorb into Israel with the aid of Dr. Campbell Millar and his wife Ferne. The Millars had worked in Ethiopia among those with leprosy for some time and could speak the language. The ICEJ sponsored the building of two Tukuls (Ethiopian meeting places) in Beit Shean. Also, through Hansen Hospital in Jerusalem, examinations were made for signs of leprosy. Additional assistance was given with the absorption process including household items, medical aid and job seeking.

 


Dramatic Rescue in Moldova, 1992

When the Jews of Moldova were caught in
the crossfire of a regional conflict, the Jewish Agency asked the ICEJ to help evacuate them from Bendery. The ICEJ-sponsored bus teams did not hesitate, although they were based in Kiev, several hundred kilometers away. The risks were serious, but the team promptly reorganized to enable a coach to travel immediately to Odessa, from where they proceeded into the war torn region of Trans-Dniester in the southwestern republic of Moldova. Over a period of 3 weeks, the Exobuses carried about 400 Jewish refugees to safety.

 


Repentance in Toledo, 1992

Hundreds of Spanish Christians knelt in repentance and prayer in Toledo, carrying banners saying, "Please, Jewish people, forgive us for what happened in 1492." In 1492, during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the Jews were expelled from Spain. Five hundred years later, a meeting was held in which forgiveness was asked from the Jewish people, represented by Yitzhak Navon, former president of Israel, and other elders of the Spanish Jewish community.

Navon responded, "I am standing here in front of you overtaken by emotion and embarrassed. I am moved as the warmth and affection that you are bestowing on my people and am embarrassed because we are not used to such gestures.... Allow me to tell you quite frankly that our heart is full of deep gratitude because you give us back faith in mankind and plant in us hope for a better future in interpersonal and inter-religions relations."


Christmas Concerts, 1999

Three anointed concerts were held by the Embassy on Dec. 24-26, the even of millennium celebrations worldwide. These events helped to fill a void for local believers and Christian pilgrims reluctant to join in festivities held at the Palestinian-controlled Manger Square in Bethlehem. Two large choirs from the United States and an orchestra of mainly Russian immigrants presented Christmas carols and a nativity story with live animals on Christmas Eve. Handel's "Messiah" was performed on Christmas night to a house full of Israelis. And on Dec. 26, the audience joined in the Gospel singing presented by some of the solo artists who came with the choirs.
 


Aiding Lebanese Refugees, 2000

When the south Lebanese had to flee their homes due to the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon, the Embassy visited the places where the refugees were being housed to see if there was anything that we could do to help them.The ICEJ was part of the initial aid with baby clothes and personal care items, thanks to the quick response from our supporters.

 

 


The Covenant, 2001

The Covenant, a colorful biblical drama that recounts the miraculous story of the People of Israel, was first performed during the Feast of Tabernacles in 2001. The musical has since been translated into Hebrew and performed before thousands of Israelis.

 

 

 


Grafted, 2003

The ICEJ’s vision for young adults was realized with the foundation of the Grafted department. Grafted was founded to bring the ICEJ’s message of Biblical Zionism to a younger generation through their Feast of Tabernacles tour, by establishing work projects in Israel for young adults, and through international speaking tours.

 


 


Christian Allies’ Caucus, 2004

The ICEJ, along with other Christian Zionist ministries, was invited to participate with Knesset members in the Christian Allies’ Caucus. The caucus exists to raise Israeli awareness of the unconditional support of Evangelical Christians, launch joint welfare projects for the needy in the land, and enlist Christians in efforts to improve Israel’s standing internationally.

 


 


European Coalition for Israel, 2004

The European Coalition for Israel was formally launched in Brussels during a special conference on anti-Semitism organized with the European Jewish Congress. It is the first official pro-Israel lobby at the European Parliament, and aims to build support for the State of Israel, to provide a balanced perspective on the complex Arab-Israeli conflict, and the stand against the rising tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in Europe. The ICEJ is proud to be among the pro-Israel Christian ministries with pan-European and global constituencies that is participating in this coalition.

 


Christian Friends of Yad Vashem,  2006

At the Feast, in October 2006, the ICEJ and Yad Vashem forged an historic partnership, forming a Christian Desk at Yad Vashem with the aim of joining forces to fight anti-Semitism.

 

 

 

 


Jerusalem Post Christian Edition, 2006

The Jerusalem Post is the most widely recognized and trusted source for news on Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. In 2006, “The Post” approached the ICEJ to partner in producing a Christian Edition to keep Christians around the world better informed on what is happening in Israel.With major input from the ICEJ’s staff and directors, the Jerusalem Post Christian Edition was able to offer Christians around the world a high-quality monthly news magazine dedicated to their unique interests.

 

 


100,000 Milestone in Aliyah, 2006

At the 2006 Feast of Tabernacles, the ICEJ was proud to announce that it had reached the 100,000 milestone in helping Jews to return home. More than 1 million Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1989, which means almost one in ten during that period was assisted in some way by the ICEJ. The ICEJ invested over $40 million in Aliyah to achieve this milestone.

 

 


Aiding Sudanese Refugees, 2007

When 37 desperate Sudanese fleeing Muslim persecution crossed the border into Israel from Egypt in June 2007, the ICEJ immediately responded and to take care of these poor refugees. This bold initiative launched Operation Hope, which became a fully fledged project of the ICEJ securing better futures for hundreds of Sudanese refugees in Israel.

 

 


Bomb Shelters for Sderot, 2008

In response to the thousands of rockets and mortar attacks from Gaza, the ICEJ mobilized its supporters and raised funds to place six Operation Lifeshield bombshelters in the embattled city of Sderot. With only 15 seconds to find safety once the air raid sirens blast, the bomb shelters are a life-saving measure for these poor traumatized Israelis.

 


 


Stop a Nuclear Iran Petition, 2008

On September 18th, the ICEJ delivered a global petition to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon signed by over 55,000 Christians from more than 120 countries worldwide demanding that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be indicted for incitement to genocide against Israel. The petition was delivered to the United Nations on the eve of the Iranian leader’s planned visit to New York to address the Opening of the UN General Assembly the following week, where he was greeted by a mass rally demanding a stronger international response to the growing Iranian nuclear threat.

 


Feast Draws Record Crowd, 2008

Almost 8,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 countries took part in the ICEJ’s annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, shattering all previous records in the event’s 29-year history and defying the downturn in the global markets. The largest delegation came from Brazil, with 1,500 pilgrims, while delegations from Finland, Germany, Norway and the United States all numbered around 500 participants.

 

 


Relief for Israelis under Fire, 2009

When Israeli forces were ordered to combat the intensifying Hamas rocket threat just a few days before the start of 2009, the ICEJ moved swiftly to come to the aid of the besieged Israeli communities along the Gaza border. Our efforts, co-ordinated with local social workers, enabled hundred of battle-weary teens, seniors and low-income families to experience a reprieve from the rocket war with breaks far away from the terrors of the front-line in the Galilee and Eilat.

Within days of the start of the Gaza conflict in January protestors across the world began to flood the streets driven by a sense of deep hostility to Israel, fueled by highly distorted media coverage. Thankfully, Israel’s many Christian friends also took to the streets, staging solidarity rallies on every continent, including Costa Rica, the Philippines, Denmark, Finland and the UK. In Oslo, Norway, riot police had to come to the defense of the supporters of the ICEJ’s local branch using tear-gas to disperse a violent pro-Palestinian counter protest. 


Boycott Durban II Campaign, 2009

On Friday April 17th, the ICEJ delivered a petition to the White House urging President Obama to resist the mounting pressure to send a delegation to Durban II, the United Nations’ second global summit on racism. The so-called 'human rights' gathering was designed to review the outcomes of the hate-filled fiasco held in Durban, South Africa in the week before the 9/11 attacks of September 2001.

As in 2001, Durban II looked set to become another anti-Israel conference with the set aim of designating her an illegitimate Apartheid state. The arrival of Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Geneva further promised to turn the entire event into a farce. On the ground in Geneva the ICEJ national directors of Switzerland, France and Russia stood with hundreds of Christians and Jews as part of series of city-wide protests against the Durban II conference and in memory of the Holocaust.

In the Czech capital of Prague, ICEJ national director Mojmir Kallus spearheaded a rally at the Senate that led to the withdrawal of his nation from Durban II within hours of Ahmadinjad's opening tirade. In Jerusalem ICEJ International Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler refuted the charge of Israeli racism in an extensive debate on the influential Arabic language satellite channel Al-Hurra.


Jerusalem United Campaign, 2009

Jerusalem UnitedAt the 30th Feast of Tabernacles hosted by the ICEJ in Jerusalem, we took a stand against the growing international pressure to divest Israel of Jerusalem. We raised awareness through an online campaign, and showed our support to Israelis during the Jerusalem March when thousands of pilgrims marched through the streets wearing our football style t-shirt “Jerusalem United”.

The ICEJ was founded when the embassies of the world moved to Tel-Aviv in 1980 in protest over Israel declaring Jerusalem her capital. Support for Israel’s claim, historically and biblically, is core to the existence of the ICEJ. After 30 years of serving and standing with Israel, the 2010 Feast also carried the theme “Jerusalem – A Praise in the Earth” as the ICEJ seeks to add momentum to its Jerusalem United campaign.


Hands on in Haiti, 2010

On January 13, in the hours following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation of Haiti, a highly trained Israeli rapid response team had just finished a gruelling 18-hour recovery operation at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in a deep forest ravine outside Mexico City. "We were the closest ones" said Dovie Maisel from the ZAKA international rescue unit which was among the first on the ground in Port-au-Prince. "We were there almost alone." As the Israeli rescue team landed in the earthquake zone, the ZAKA leadership placed an urgent phone call to ICEJ Director Malcolm Hedding asking the Embassy to partner with them in their search-and-rescue operations in Haiti.In the gruelling 38-hour operation that followed, Maisel and his team managed to free eight students in a collapsed multi-story university building. It was a rescue effort underwritten by the generosity of ICEJ donors around the world.

Within hours ZAKA paramedics arrived in Port-au-Prince as part of a 200-strong delegation from the IDF, MagenDavid Adom and IsraAID. As the donations kept flowing, the Israeli rescue contingent earned worldwide praise for their heroic efforts. The IDF mobile field hospital was hailed as the only foreign aid mission able to do complex surgical operations in the disaster zone and one young woman whose life was saved during childbirth named her new-born son "Israel" in gratitude.


Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors, 2010

In April 2010 the ICEJ dedicated a new home for Holocaust survivors in the northern coastal city of Haifa. Spearheaded by the ICEJ’s German Branch, the Haifa Home demonstrated our long-standing commitment to help the estimated 210,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel end their days in dignity. Able initially to house up to 80 survivors, the ICEJ-sponsored Haifa Home was recognized throughout Israel as a model in dealing with the growing national problem of poor and needy survivors of the Shoah. 

 

 


Haifa Home Phase II, 2011

Our outreach to elderly Holocaust survivors in northern Israel continued to expand throughout 2011 with the purchase of two apartment buildings on either side of the original ICEJ-sponsored assisted-living facility in Haifa. Subsequent renovations enabled us to increase the living space to accomodate 125 people, with all their lodging, food and medical care provided. In 2011 the phased expansion was completed. Two dilapidated neighboring buildings were transformed into a multipurpose complex that includes attractive living quarters, a kitchen and dining hall, a synagogue, courtyards, and a medical and dental clinic that is also serving other needy survivors throughout the Haifa area.

Doctors and nurses from local hospitals volunteer to cover the residents’ health needs and the Home’s kitchen is now feeding other survivors who live in the surrounding community.


The Final Ethiopian Aliyah, 2011

A year of drought and political turmoil forced Israeli authorities to speed up the long delayed relocation of thousands of Falash Mura in Ethiopia - an ancient and isolated community of Jews that have always cherished the dream of one day returning to Zion. In August 2011, the first ICEJ-sponsored flight in this accelerated aliyah initiative landed at Ben Gurion airport. Meanwhile, ICEJ branches from all over the world have raised additional funds to help bring this last contingent of Ethiopian Jews home.

It is the last chapter in a story that began some 25-years ago with ‘Operation Moses’ the dramatic Israeli rescue of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had fled the nation’s bitter civil war and were trying to journey to Israel on foot via Sudan. Since that time the ICEJ has continued assisting the Ethiopian community in Israel, funding psychological therapy, after-school programs, summer camps and college scholarships for at-risk Ethiopian youth and teens.


Breakthrough in Arab Sector Aid, 2011

In 2011, the ICEJ funded the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of Arab sector social workers in Israel, as part of our efforts to guide Israeli authorities in targeting the most critical problems facing their communities. Despite enjoying a higher standard of living than other populations in the region, the study’s 85-page report told of social workers overburdened by case loads involving large families, and not enough specialists in handling at-risk children. It is part of the ICEJ's long-standing legacy of showing the love of Jesus to every people group in the land of Israel.

 


Bringing the Lost Home,  2012

ICEJ: Bnei Menashe AliyahAfter year of bureaucratic delays, members of India's Bnei Menashe community recieved all the necessary approvals to begin their long-awaited journey to Israel in 2012 and the ICEJ was there to help.  Exiled from Israel 2,700 years ago when the forefathers of this ancient Israelite tribe were forced from the Land by the Assyrian invasion, the return of the Bnei Menashe is a dramatic fulfilment of scripture.  The ICEJ was the proud sponsor of the first flight of 54 olim (immigrants) which arrived on December 24th.

 

 


Launch of ICEJ TV, 2012

ICEJ TVThe ICEJ has always had a clear mandate to speak to the Church worldwide about what He is doing in Israel, but felt challenged to amplify that voice through mass communication – internet, social media and television. The first TV initiative was the launch of the ICEJ Report during the Israel Now News program broadcast globally by Daystar TV. This new vehicle had a major impact throughout the ICEJ network leading to the production of Word from Jerusalem airing on God-TV with a viewership of some one billion people.

 

 


Befriending Survivors,  2013

ICEJ: Home for Holocaust SurvivorsWith its foundations firmly in place and its demand ever-expanding, 2013 saw our work at the Home for Holocaust grow.  This year residents of the Home paid a visit to our annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, bringing with them a report about the Home and the great blessing it is to them.  Donations helped us to complete renovations on a sorely needed kitchen which is used to feed not only residents of the Home but also other local survivors in the Haifa area. In addition to our ongoing sponsorship of the Home, we strengthened our adoption program, enabling Christians around the world to befriend and support individual Holocaust survivors.

 


Rapid Expansion into Arab/Muslim Nations, 2013

ICEJ: Expansion into Arab/Muslim NationsSo far this year the ICEJ has opened its 8th branch in predominantly Arab/Muslim nations. The amazing trend began two years earlier but has accelerated this year to the point that officials anticipate having at least ten such branches shortly. In some of the countries the entire body of Christians came fully behind the ICEJ, in some the political leadership of the country also gave their blessing.

 

 


Feast Moves to Pais Arena, 2014

ICEJ: Pais ArenaIn order to accomodate the growing needs at our annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, we left our long-term home at the International Convention Center Jerusalem (ICCJ) and in the fall of 2014, the Feast was held in the brand new Pais Arena.  With a concert capacity of close to 15,000 our new Feast home will allow for many more pilgrims to come up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast with us.

 

 

 


ICEJ Introduces Envision Pastors and Leaders Conference, 2014

ICEJ: Envision Pastor and Leaders Conference

With a vision to connect pastors and church leaders from around the globe the ICEJ lauched the Envsion Pastors and Leaders Conference. Offering ministry leaders an opportunity to refresh their spirit and receive a renewed vision for their ministry and calling, the Conference offers a visit to the Prime Minister's office, the Israeli Knesset and the Chief Rabbinate, high-level briefings from Israeli officials and scholars, in-depth teaching sessions on Biblical Zionism, a special ceremony at Yad Vashem and meetings at the Jerusalem Prayer Tower. Received with great success the Conference has continued as an ICEJ tradition. 


 


Iran Petition, 2015

ICEJ: Iranian Mobile Missile TruckWhen the negotiations between the  P5+1 world powers and Iran yielded far too many concessions to Tehran in regard to its renegade nuclear program, the ICEJ took action. A petition campaign was begun, the results which were presented to the foreign ministers of the Western democratic nations who negotiated with Iran, the Secretary General of the United Nations, President Barak Obama and other Congressional leaders. In all over 90,000 people stood with as we declared, "Not One Bomb for Iran."

 


 


Brussels Symposium, 2015

ICEJ: Brussels SymposiumThe International Christian Embassy Jerusalem held a symposium at the European Union parliament in Brussels titled “The Economic Wall of the EU Labelling Move.” The Symposium highlighted the unfair and counter-productive nature of EU guidelines for labelling products and services from Israeli communities in the West Bank and was hosted by MEP Takkula (ALDE, FI) and MEP Belder (ECR, NL). Main speakers included renowned international legal expert, Prof. Avi Bell, Greek Orthodox priest and founder of the Israeli Christian Empowerment Council (ICRF), Father Gabriel Naddaf, and the Chief Rabbi of the Netherlands, Binyomin Jacobs. 

Mandate

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ICEJ Mandate from Scripture

“Comfort ye, comfort ye My People” - The quote is taken from Isaiah 40:1-2. It is the “mandate from heaven” given to the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem three decades ago. It also includes an exhortation that appears to be a contradiction, at least if one applies it to the modern day context. This exhortation says:

“Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her, that her warfare has ended .....” Isaiah 40:2

For over thirty years the ICEJ has embarked upon a journey of giving comfort to Israel. This journey has involved deeds and compassion, and every town, village and city has been impacted, in some way, by our benevolence ministry that has helped the poor, healed the sick, housed the lonely, encouraged the children, and cared for the elderly.

Our Feast of Tabernacles celebration has impacted more than a hundred thousand Christians with the biblical perspective of recognizing the hand of God in Israel’s modern day restoration and the need to work with what God is doing, and bless it. As I have written before, we are thankful to God for His faithfulness. We have not done our work perfectly but we have done it sincerely. “The Day” at the judgment seat of Christ will determine its real value! Of this too we are most mindful and so should we all be!!

In what way then do we understand the command to tell Israel that her warfare is ended? It clearly has not! I believe we are to understand this in the following ways:

A Prophetic Call

The modern day restoration of the Jewish State has been characterized by war and conflict. However, the God who has brought His people back from the nations has done so with blessing and redemption in mind. It is the encouragement of and expectation of a glorious future that brings perseverance, hope and comfort to Israel.

The scriptures do foresee a time of unparalleled joy and peace being ushered in for Israel. The remarkable Messianic prophecies of Isaiah in chapters two, eleven, and sixty reveal this. “Israel’s warfare” is indeed about to come to an end and when it does, the whole earth will be amazed. Above all, God alone will get the glory for He will unravel a problem that has been far too great for the world to deal with. Not even the church has been able to sort this one out! Indeed much of the church today sees no biblical significance in Israel’s restoration. They believe it is merely a political accident orchestrated by the United Nations.

A Theological Statement

That is, much of Israel’s sufferings have been bound up with her calling. She, by the choice of God, became the vehicle of world redemption. The redemptive blessing of God has come to all the families of the earth through Israel.

This vehicle has been constantly challenged by the powers of darkness. For them the equation has been simple; destroy Israel and you effectively destroy the purpose of God for the world. Thankfully Isaiah declares that this “day” of warfare is coming to an end. On that “day” all the world will know that Israel existed for their blessing and not their cursing.

A Compassionate Response

The Prophet Isaiah says, “Speak comfort to Jerusalem”. Another translation of the same verse says, “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem”. A people in peace, joy, victory and blessing do not need the words of comfort or tenderness. No, it is a people in perpetual trauma and conflict that need comfort and tenderness. Sadly church history has been anything but this! Their words have been harsh, bitter and reviling. Thankfully we at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem heard an exhortation from heaven in 1980 that called upon us to “speak comfort to Jerusalem”.

As Israel moves steadily but surely to her God-given destiny, we are determined to “stay the course” with her. We will be guided by the words of Isaiah forty and the principles outlined above that flow from it. We are ever mindful that our journey has not been our story. In fact thousands of Christians from all over the world have made it their journey and story as well. We salute you for joining with us and thank you for standing with us in prayer and support. 

Dr. Juergen Buehler
Executive Director
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

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Mission Statement

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established in 1980 in recognition of the biblical significance of all of Jerusalem and its unique connection with the Jewish people. Today, it represents millions of Christians, churches, and denominations to the nation and people of Israel. We recognize in the restoration of the State of Israel God's faithfulness to keep His ancient covenant with the Jewish people. 

Our main objectives are:

  • To stand with Israel in support and friendship;

  • To equip and teach the world wide Church regarding God's purposes with Israel and the nations of the Middle East;

  • To be an active voice of reconciliation between Jews, Christians, and Arabs, and to support the churches and congregations in the Holy Land.

From its head offices in Jerusalem, the ICEJ reaches out into more than 140 countries worldwide, with branch offices in over 80 nations.

 

Our Vision is:

  • To reach every segment of Israel’s society with a Christian testimony of comfort and love, and
  • To reach and actively represent to Israel the support of denominations, churches, and believers from every nation on earth.

 

Welcome Message

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and to learn more about the work and the ministry of the ICEJ. Please consider joining us in taking a stand for Israel and the Jewish people around the world.

We are your Embassy in Jerusalem!

Yours in Christ,

Dr. J Buehler

Dr. Jürgen Bühler
ICEJ Executive Director

Supporting Israel

Supporting Israel

For over 30 years the ICEJ has stood by Israel, showing our support in a variety of ways, both in the land and around the world. We administer several aid projects, engage in advocacy for Israel, and assist in aliyah to the Jewish homeland.

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Teaching Truth

Teaching Truth

The ICEJ educates Christians all over the world about Israel's unique calling, political situation and social challenges. We are probably best known for annually hosting the Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles that draws thousands of pilgrims to Jerusalem for teaching, worship and prayer. We also undertake speaking tours and conferences around the world and have an active young adults program, Grafted, to reach the next generation of Christian leaders.

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Promoting Justice

Promoting Justice

The ICEJ is called to confront the rising tide of hostility that threatens the nation of Israel and the Jewish community worldwide. Islamic extremism is not just a threat to Israel, but is responsible for the persecution of Christians and oppression of women throughout the Middle East. We are confronting anti-Semitism worldwide through advocacy, accurate news reports and education. We are reaching out in support to beleagured Palestinian Christians and African refugees who have fled Muslim warlords.

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We invite you to join with us as we bring comfort to Israel and the Jewish people throughout the world.

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Battling For Zion

Israel faces threats on all fronts, from Hizbullah in the north, to Hamas in the south, not to mention the dire spectre of a nuclear Iran with its president threatening to wipe Israel off the map . While all men are entirely responsible for their actions it is true that behind these people are dark principalities of destruction and deception.

The Battle for Israel

There is no doubt that the Church in general needs to rediscover the role and power of prayer. Jesus said that His house should be “a house of prayer for all nations.” Today it is mainly a house of singing... Read more »

Paul wrote that we are to recognize this and thus oppose these principalities through the struggle of prayer:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6: 10-12)

Prayer is hard and demanding work and yet it constitutes the mighty power of God when discharged faithfully. We neglect it in our churches to our peril!

Paul, writing to the Church at Philippi said, “In all things by prayer……” (Philippians 4:6). If we took this simple advice we would see so much more of the “hand of God” in our communities.

This is an urgent call to prayer:
For Israel, the Church and our nations.

We believe that prayer can change all things and that God in Christ is calling our ICEJ family to faithful prayer. Please join us as we call on God as never before. To help you, we have provided some prayer points to focus your intercession, broken down into eight specific areas, to guide you in an eight-week season of prayer for Israel and the nations.

“O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.
See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.

With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”(Psalm 83: 1-4)


An 8-week Prayer Guide for Israel


 

Week 1: Pray for Our Leaders

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior." 1 Timothy 2: 1-3

The Bible calls us to pray for those in authority. That is for our national leaders. This according to Paul is the first obligation before us as we go to the place of prayer.

Pray for your national leaders, the Israel’s Prime Minister and his cabinet.

These leaders carry great responsibility and they need the wisdom and help of God. We have no right to criticize them as Christians if we have not regularly called out to God on their behalf! They are the “servants of God” (Romans13:1-4) and do not carry “the sword” for nothing.

Week 2: Pray for Israel's Protection

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn." Isaiah 54: 17

The Middle East region is a “tinder box” and destruction of immense proportions could take place at any time. To Israel's south, she continues to face serious threats from Hamas which has already launched thousands of rockets of one type or another. To the north, Hezbollah has thirty thousand new generation missiles aimed at Israel. We can only defuse these by the “missile” of prayer!

The Bible states that “no weapon against Israel will prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17) We need to hold these scriptures before the throne of God as we ask our Father to be merciful to His people Israel.

Week 3: Pray for Real Peace

"Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them.
This is the glory of all his saints.Praise the LORD."
Psalm 149: 5-9

While we can so easily dismiss peace efforts as insignificant and hopeless we should recognize that initiatives in this regard are going to be launched with or without our involvement. Our involvement is not official. It is in the place of prayer.

The book of Psalms declares that we rule national and international affairs from our bedrooms! Mary, Queen of the Scots said that, more than anything on earth, she feared the prayers of John Knox!

We should therefore pray much about all the efforts to reach a lasting peace in the Middle East and beyond, always recognizing that true peace comes only from God and His Son, the Prince of Peace.

Hopefully we too, one day, can gain a reputation that like that of John Knox!

Week 4: Pray for the Enemy's Plans to be Exposed

"The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), "Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?"

Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come..." Daniel 2: 26-28

The situation with Ahmadinejad of Iran is becoming critical, very critical. He has set his sights on Israel and desires nothing less than her destruction. This week we must wait on God and call out to Him to remove this threat from over the nation of Israel.

Daniel, the prophet of old, understood this and changed the direction of history because of his faithful prayers. Nothing could stop him, not even persecution! Daniel knew that there is a “God in Heaven “who reveals secrets to his servants.

Hold this fact before the “Most High” and ask Him to expose the sinister plans of destruction that people like Ahmadinejad and others have for Israel. God can do it!

Week 5: Pray for the Church and Her Leaders

"And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a noise of war in the camp." But he said: “It is not the noise of the shout of victory, nor the noise of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing I hear." Exodus 32: 17-18

There is no doubt that the Church in general needs to rediscover the role and power of prayer. Jesus said that His house should be “a house of prayer for all nations.”

Our prayer meetings are weak and badly attended and consequently our projection of ministry is greatly lacking in power. The early church by contrast made prayer a feature of every meeting. This is the testimony of the Book of Acts (Acts 1:14).

We need to urgently adopt this way of life together as, if we don’t, we shall “win on the grandstand but lose, where it counts, on the field!” The words of Moses will thus continue to haunt us when he said that he doesn’t hear the sound of defeat or victory but that of a good time.

Let us not be guilty of just singing while our world burns and our churches lack power!

Pray for your Church and for all the churches in your town and city. Pray that “your candlestick” will burn brightly and shine the light of Jesus upon your broken and fallen world (Revelation 2:5). Above all, submit to and pray for those whom God has set in oversight over you. These are precious men of God who need your prayers (Hebrews 13:17). They are not perfect but seek to glorify God in the local church. They count on and need your prayers. Support them by being faithful and dependable and God will honor you and answer your prayers.

Remember that Jesus cried out to God with strong crying and tears (Hebrews 5:7); therefore we should follow His example and do the same.

Week 6: Pray for God's Will in the Middle East

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" Matthew 6: 9-10

Scripture affirms that Jesus is now at the right hand of glory interceding for us (Romans 8: 34). He is also waiting for His enemies, of which He has many, to come to His footstool (Luke 20: 41-44). Included in this group are those who seek the destruction of Israel (Psalm 2).

 Week 7: Pray for our Governments

"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities,for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13: 1-2

The Bible clearly teaches that we should have respect and honor for our national leaders. Too many Christians confuse respect and honor with compromise. They are wrong! To carry out the biblical injunction to honor and pray for our leaders does not mean that we necessarily agree with them.

 Week 8: Pray for Faithfulness

"And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." (Revelation 5:8)

The Book of Revelation in chapter 5 and verse 8 notes that God’s great acts in history and in the earth today are because of the faithful prayers of His people. While prayer most certainly has an aspect of mystery to it, we know it moves the heart of God and that it does change the world. Prayer changes things because prayer changes us!

If My People

“If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -  2 Chronicles 7:14

In the lead-up to the US presidential election of November 2008, the ICEJ issued a call to prayer knowing the outcome would have profound consequences for the nation and Israel. We know that the result of any election falls within God’s sovereignty, however that does not remove from us the obligation to pray for our leaders as the Word directs.

The presidential campaign of 2008 may be over, but the need to pray and seek the Lord for our nations, the Church and Israel is as necessary today as it was then.

Prayer is the very backbone of our churches and nations. A prayerless church or nation is in serious trouble but, on the other hand, a church and nation at prayer is in a very safe and powerful place.

Today, the ICEJ continues to encourage all its friends and supporters to not only pray for the President of the US, but for all their leaders, knowing that each of our nations will one day be judged for how they treat the people and land of Israel (Joel 3).


If My People...

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Planned Giving

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Many of us wish we could give more to the strategic ministry of the ICEJ, but there are things we can do beyond simply writing a cheque that allow us to give more both now and in the future. With proper planning it is possible to save on taxes, provide for loved ones and also bless Israel in far greater measure than most of us ever imagined! Some of these ways are listed below:

Stock

You may own stocks that are worth considerably more than when purchased. Rather than paying the high taxes due on the increased value, donate that stock to the ICEJ. Then the full value is tax deductible to you and goes to benefit the Lord’s work.

Gift Annuity

Through a Gift Annuity you can make a gift to the ICEJ today, and enjoy the tax deductions, while receiving a fixed income for the rest of your life.

Life Insurance

If you have a life insurance policy that is no longer needed, you can name the ICEJ as the beneficiary. Or you can take out a life insurance policy on yourself just for the purpose of benefiting the Embassy’s work in Israel.

IRA

You can name the ICEJ as the beneficiary on your IRA.

Will

You can use your will or trust to make a gift to the ICEJ and to save enough on taxes that your family will still receive the level of financial provision that you intended.

As we prepare for and plan the future of this ministry, we ask you to plan with us. Through these simple planned giving instruments you may be able to make a greater and more far reaching impact than you ever thought possible.

Of course, everyone’s situation is different, so be sure to consult a financial adviser about the approach to planned giving that is most appropriate for you. And remember, the decision to give to the ministry of the ICEJ through your estate is one of the best ways to ensure a lasting legacy of blessing.

Please contact us to become a member of the ICEJ's Shomer Society ("Keeper of Israel") and include our ministry in your planned giving.

 

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