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Christian Support for Israel Soars Ahead of the High Holy Days

Christian support for Israel soars ahead of the High Holy Days Photo Credit: © 2021 IFCJ, photo by Yossi Zeliger

JERUSALEM — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is launching a $10.9 million aid program to help over 260,000 people in Israel and the former Soviet Union during Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days. This is the largest program The Fellowship has ever launched for Rosh Hashanah and is more than… Continue reading Christian Support for Israel Soars Ahead of the High Holy Days

Israel: Caring for Orphans and Widows

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The premature death of a spouse threatens the stability of a family and leaves a gaping emotional hole for the surviving wife or husband. An Israeli organization is reaching out to families, widows, and orphans using the Bible as their guide. Chris Mitchell, CBN News: Once a week this home is filled… Continue reading Israel: Caring for Orphans and Widows

Christian-Funded Charity Responds to Humanitarian Needs During Israel-Palestinian Conflict

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JERUSALEM — Due to continued rocket attacks across central and southern Israel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), the largest Christian-funded provider of security and humanitarian aid in Israel, increased aid to affected citizens waiting out the conflict. “Last week, we immediately approved security measures like bomb shelters and protective vests to… Continue reading Christian-Funded Charity Responds to Humanitarian Needs During Israel-Palestinian Conflict

ICEJ: Our Ambassadors to Israel

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – It may come as a surprise to many Christians that we have an embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Not the U.S. Embassy that was relocated to the capital of Israel in 2018. It’s the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and it has been open for 40 years. The embassy was opened in… Continue reading ICEJ: Our Ambassadors to Israel

As the Threat of Terrorist Arson Attacks Looms, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Secures Vulnerable Israeli Communities

JERUSALEM — Security officers in southern Israel must fight the fires set by terrorist rocket, missile, and incendiary balloon attacks. These attacks from Gaza have become a near-daily occurrence in the region, especially in the summer. To guard against this threat, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) recently distributed 75 personal firefighting… Continue reading As the Threat of Terrorist Arson Attacks Looms, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Secures Vulnerable Israeli Communities

International Humanitarian Organization Partners with First Responders Ahead of Snowstorm in Israel

Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of The Fellowship, with staff delivering food boxes and blankets to elderly citizens in Jerusalem and the surrounding region. | Photo Credit: © 2021 IFCJ, photo by Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

JERUSALEM — On Wednesday, just ahead of the storm that covered Jerusalem and the surrounding area with a thick blanket of snow, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) together with United Hatzalah, distributed more than 200 packages of warm blankets, space heaters, and food supplies to elderly residents of the capital and… Continue reading International Humanitarian Organization Partners with First Responders Ahead of Snowstorm in Israel

Fellowship of Christians and Jews Gathers Emergency Aid for Israel

JERUSALEM — Against the backdrop of the severe economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) have set up emergency funds in 140 municipalities across the country. The funds will help local welfare departments provide immediate assistance to families and elderly… Continue reading Fellowship of Christians and Jews Gathers Emergency Aid for Israel

After COVID-19 Delay, 100 Olim Have Arrived in Israel

JERUSALEM – With the assistance of the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), 53 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine landed in Israel on Monday evening. Two days earlier, 44 olim from Uzbekistan and Georgia also arrived in Israel. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Agency and The Fellowship in… Continue reading After COVID-19 Delay, 100 Olim Have Arrived in Israel

IFCJ Donates $2 Million for Lifesaving Equipment in Israel to Fight the Coronavirus

JERUSALEM — As the number of individuals in Israel diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus rises, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) plays a critical role in Israel’s fight against the pandemic. On March 20, 2020, The Fellowship approved $2 million in special grants to 15 hospitals for respiratory equipment and other lifesaving machinery. Additionally, The Fellowship purchased 20 special testing… Continue reading IFCJ Donates $2 Million for Lifesaving Equipment in Israel to Fight the Coronavirus

IFCJ Creates $5 Million Emergency Fund to Help Elderly, Holocaust Survivors in Israel Cope with Coronavirus

UK PM at the Holocaust Educational Trust 25th anniversary, September 16, 2013. Photo by Number 10, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

JERUSALEM— The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has created a $5 million emergency fund to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This fund will primarily support elderly Israelis, some of whom are Holocaust survivors, with packages of food, hand sanitizer, and other essential items. The Fellowship is uniquely positioned to… Continue reading IFCJ Creates $5 Million Emergency Fund to Help Elderly, Holocaust Survivors in Israel Cope with Coronavirus

Israel Hosts Our Crowd Conference to Showcase Innovation

JERUSALEM – Israel’s reputation for groundbreaking technology is one reason it’s described as the “Start-up” nation. Much of that new technology was recently on display in the “Our Crowd” conference in Jerusalem, displaying solutions for everything from coronavirus infection to the wildfires in Australia. Our Crowd is an annual event that showcases Israel’s innovations from… Continue reading Israel Hosts Our Crowd Conference to Showcase Innovation

Could Israel Save the World from the Coronavirus?

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The Jerusalem Post has reported that Israeli scientists are “on the cusp” of delivering an effective vaccine to prevent the new coronavirus. The good news comes while the country itself is contending with its first cases of the influenza. The bad news is that the WHO has labeled the risk of the… Continue reading Could Israel Save the World from the Coronavirus?

IFCJ Provides Freedom Flight to Nearly 200 Ukrainian Jews, Airlifting Them to Israel

JERUSALEM — One year after the sudden passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is hosting a Freedom Flight in memory of their late founder. The Fellowship chartered three planes arriving from Ukraine with 186 Ukrainian immigrants to Israel (olim) on February 24. Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein and… Continue reading IFCJ Provides Freedom Flight to Nearly 200 Ukrainian Jews, Airlifting Them to Israel

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UN Targets Israel – Ignores World’s Worst Abusers of Women’s Rights

GENEVA — The U.N. Economic and Social Council approved 40-2 a resolution that targets only Israel for alleged violations of womens rights, yet does not include other countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan, all notorious for often misogynistic policies and denying basic rights to women. The United States and Canada were the only… Continue reading UN Targets Israel – Ignores World’s Worst Abusers of Women’s Rights

American & Canadian Christians Help European Jews Immigrate to Israel

TEL AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed 121 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine on Monday morning at a special reception ceremony held at the foot of their plane. The olim, who arrived on a special flight organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, were filled with excitement at the welcoming ceremony… Continue reading American & Canadian Christians Help European Jews Immigrate to Israel

Ahead of U.S. Visit, Yael Eckstein Tours Security Projects in Israel Funded by The Fellowship

JERUSALEM — Throughout much of its existence, The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has stood in the gap between the support people feel they need in the vulnerable parts of Israel and what the government has had the capacity and capability to provide. “No government in the world protects its people as… Continue reading Ahead of U.S. Visit, Yael Eckstein Tours Security Projects in Israel Funded by The Fellowship

Fire Destroys 40 of 50 Homes in One Israeli Village

MEVO MODI’IM, Israel —Yael Eckstein and Dari Carlebach have something in common. They are both the daughters of noted rabbis. Carlebach’s late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, was known as “The Singing Rabbi” for his unique, lyrical style of prayer which became famous throughout the world. His songs drew many to Mevo Modi’im, the idyllic Israeli village… Continue reading Fire Destroys 40 of 50 Homes in One Israeli Village

Rockets Barrage Southern Israel – IFCJ Responds with Eight Mobile Shelters, Work on Fifty-Three More

JERUSALEM — When Hamas and Islamic Jihad began to barrage southern Israel with over 600 rockets in less than 24 hours, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews immediately began to assess the effects of the attack on its program recipients and to enact their broader emergency response plan only deployed when Israel teeters on the brink of… Continue reading Rockets Barrage Southern Israel – IFCJ Responds with Eight Mobile Shelters, Work on Fifty-Three More

India Leading in Solving Plastic Pollution Problem: New Israeli Invention May Help

DELHI – The invention and introduction of plastic were hailed as a major development in the realm of scientific research that would impact the entire world. There is no doubt that it has, but the impact has not always been beneficial. Decades later, we face a major unintended consequence of this miracle product. It won’t… Continue reading India Leading in Solving Plastic Pollution Problem: New Israeli Invention May Help

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President-elect to Move Brazil’s Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

SÃO PAULO – Four days following his election, Brazil’s President-elect, Jair Bolsonaro confirmed that he will keep his campaign promise to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is… Continue reading President-elect to Move Brazil’s Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

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Oman Recognizes Statehood of Israel

Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah

BAHRAIN – Oman’s Foreign Minister, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, issued a statement at a security summit recognizing the statehood of Israel this week following a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman. Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this . .… Continue reading Oman Recognizes Statehood of Israel

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Eye on Israel: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Is the Israel/ Hamas problem our problem?By and large, it is reasonable to say that many Americans – and, perhaps, many Christians – do not stay abreast of news in Israel. Whether that is a result of a preoccupation with our own personal concerns, the American political scene, or any other number or equally legitimate… Continue reading Eye on Israel: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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More Crop for Every Drop: Israel Shares Precision Agriculture with India

NEW DELHI – India is among the most inefficient agriculture producers in the world – and all major crops – wheat, sugarcane, cotton – consume large quantities of water. Agriculture consumes 83 percent of India’s water resources, leaving only 17 percent for domestic and industrial use, according to a recent report in The Hindu Business… Continue reading More Crop for Every Drop: Israel Shares Precision Agriculture with India

Israel Facing Water Crisis but Willing to Share

The Sea of Galilee - where the crisis is looming

JERUSALEM – Drought and water shortages are plaguing nations all around the world. Blame it on whatever you choose, the need to provide adequate amounts of clean, sweet, potable water must be addressed before the local and regional water crises become a global, life-threatening crisis. Israel faces a potential crisis as the Sea of Galilee,… Continue reading Israel Facing Water Crisis but Willing to Share

Paraguay Becomes 6th Nation to Say It Will Move Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem [Update]

Paraguay President Horciao Cartes with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

ASUNCION – Paraguay has become the sixth nation to indicate plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It is the fifth country to do so since U.S. President Trump publicly recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017. Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes announced the plans to move the country’s embassy sometime before his… Continue reading Paraguay Becomes 6th Nation to Say It Will Move Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem [Update]

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Romania May Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

BUCHAREST – The Romanian government has approved a proposal to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The move was announced by Liviu Dragnea, the Speaker of the Lower House and leader of the Social Democratic party. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila confirmed that the measure has been approved, but there are still some hurdles… Continue reading Romania May Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

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Anti-Terror, Pro-Israel Rally in India Attracts 70,000

CALCUTTA – A crowd of an estimated 70,000 attended an anti-terrorism, pro-Israel rally in Calcutta on February 15th. Speakers discussed a range of topics that centered on the problem of recent Iranian terrorism against Israel, citing is as an indication of things to come as Islamic terrorists are increasing acts of aggression in India, especially… Continue reading Anti-Terror, Pro-Israel Rally in India Attracts 70,000

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Guatemala Follows United States in Declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

Guatemala followed the US in declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel.

On Christmas Eve, Guatemala’s president announced they will follow the United States in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and moving their embassy to Jerusalem. There is some speculation that Guatemala will be the first country to move their embassy. Guatemala refuted these speculations, saying they will follow the lead of the United States. Per… Continue reading Guatemala Follows United States in Declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

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President Trump Declares Jerusalem Capital of Israel

Jerusalem was declared the capital of Israel by President Trump on December 6.

On Dec. 6, President Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. He also ordered the US Embassy in Israel to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The New York Times reports, “President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion… Continue reading President Trump Declares Jerusalem Capital of Israel

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7 Hills Church Announces Groundbreaking Initiatives on Vision Sunday

CINCINNATI — 7 Hills Church hosted its annual “Vision Sunday” during its morning services Sunday, Oct. 3, at its Florence Location, Cincinnati Location and online. When Pastor Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel church in Atlanta, Georgia, made a surprise appearance at 7 Hills Church’s annual “Heart for the House Vision Dinner” in August,… Continue reading 7 Hills Church Announces Groundbreaking Initiatives on Vision Sunday

Churches Confront ‘Raw Trauma’ in Shadow of ‘Forgotten’ War

HEALING RAW TRAUMA OF 'FORGOTTEN' WAR: Michael Johnson, president of Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), talks with people still suffering raw trauma in the aftermath of the "forgotten" war in the former Soviet nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Partnering with local churches, SGA brings aid and comfort.

LOVES PARK, Ill – Churches in the first-ever country to adopt Christianity as its national religion are confronting “the rawest imaginable trauma” in the wake of a “forgotten” war. With the news dominated by Afghanistan — and the recent focus on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in the U.S. — the victims of the lesser-known… Continue reading Churches Confront ‘Raw Trauma’ in Shadow of ‘Forgotten’ War

Virtual Bible & Archaeology Fest XXIV

WASHINGTON — The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) magazine, will host its signature event online this fall. The 24th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest on October 16–17, 2021 offers live talks from leading Bible scholars and archaeologists from around the world via Zoom. Paid participants can enjoy a weekend of accessible, online learning… Continue reading Virtual Bible & Archaeology Fest XXIV

Os Guinness Inspires NRB Attendees

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DALLAS, TX – The renowned Dr. Os Guinness was the featured speaker at the fifth and final day of the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention on June 24, 2021. He was one of the many Christian luminaries to grace the stage at the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, Texas. Others included former U.S. Secretary of State,… Continue reading Os Guinness Inspires NRB Attendees

Dr. Jimmy DeYoung: 1940 – 2021

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – Popular radio and television preacher and conference speaker Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, Sr. passed away on Sunday, August 15. He had been hospitalized for eight days with complications of the COVID virus. Following his graduation from Tennessee Temple University, DeYoung participated in ministry with Dr. Jack Wyrtzen at Word of Life Fellowship in… Continue reading Dr. Jimmy DeYoung: 1940 – 2021

Ananias House Offers Peace of God to People in the Middle East

HOUSTON, TX – Ananias House is a ministry dedicated to serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel in the Middle East and in North Africa. They equip communities with the training and resources to enable the church to be the place for restoration, healing, and hope. Although it is not a vision or mission statement… Continue reading Ananias House Offers Peace of God to People in the Middle East

GFA World Helps India Face Its COVID Goliath

FIGHTING FOR BREATH: GFA World (www.gfa.org) -- one of the world's largest humanitarian agencies -- is sending lifesaving oxygen equipment and other vital supplies to help people fighting for breath amid India's devastating second wave of COVID-19. People can support the agency's COVID-19 relief efforts by going to its website.

WILLS POINT, TX – The COVID-19 virus is claiming 120 lives per hour in India, according to a CBS News report. With relatives of the dead waiting hours in line at the country’s crematoriums, many fear that the number of deaths is under-reported. Worldometers reports that the average number of new cases of COVID in… Continue reading GFA World Helps India Face Its COVID Goliath

Two Mothers Whose Love Changed the World

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As we approach Mother’s Day, children – young and old – will reminisce, poets will wax eloquent, and greeting card companies will enjoy a splendid spike in sales. The story we are about to share is true. It happened a very long time ago – about 3,500 years, give or take, but it remains a… Continue reading Two Mothers Whose Love Changed the World

U.S. Ministry Supports Christian Kids Camp in ‘Shadow of Chernobyl’

CAMP BRINGS HEAVEN’S HOPE TO 'CHILDREN IN SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL:' Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) -- a U.S.-based mission to the "forgotten" children and families of the former Soviet Union -- is aiming to give an "unforgettable summer" to orphans, abandoned kids, and children still suffering from the lingering effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that happened 35 years ago on April 26. Local evangelical churches, with SGA's support, plan to stage 500 summer camps across the former Soviet Union this year.

LOVES PARK, IL — A U.S.-based mission to the “forgotten children” of the former Soviet Union is aiming to give an “unforgettable summer” to children still suffering from the lingering effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that shook the world 35 years ago on April 26. Supported by Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org), Camp… Continue reading U.S. Ministry Supports Christian Kids Camp in ‘Shadow of Chernobyl’

TBN Set to Air Full Slate of New Programming to Celebrate Easter Weekend

LOS ANGELES — TBN, the world’s largest religious broadcaster, announced today a special Easter weekend lineup of fresh programming. Stemming from the success of last year’s programming to which 15 million people tuned in, the network is offering more content than ever before beginning Thursday, April 1 through Easter Sunday, April 4. “I am excited… Continue reading TBN Set to Air Full Slate of New Programming to Celebrate Easter Weekend

Russian Opposition Leader Seeks Eternal Answers

VIRGINIA BEACH — With his life and freedom on the line as he challenged Russia’s dictatorial regime, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reached out to Christian leaders in a search for “eternal values,” a Christian minister to the former Soviet Union told CBN News. Sergey Rakhuba of Mission Eurasia, a ministry that supports the church… Continue reading Russian Opposition Leader Seeks Eternal Answers

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Doubles Assistance for Passover

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JERUSALEM — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) will provide Passover assistance in the amount of approximately $6.2 million to Israeli families, children, elderly, new olim (immigrants), and soldiers, as well as $700,000 to help needy Jewish populations in the former Soviet Union (FSU). This more than doubles the amount of assistance… Continue reading The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Doubles Assistance for Passover

Russia Gospel Surge ‘Is COVID Silver Lining’ as Thousands Hear About Christ

RUSSIA GOSPEL SURGE IS 'COVID SILVER LINING:' Russian Christians going door-to-door in frigid temperatures reached 25 percent more non-churchgoing children and families with the Gospel over the past few months than ever before -- largely because of COVID-19. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA, www.sga.org) says COVID is actually opening doors for the Gospel in Russia and the former Soviet Union as churches' compassion outreach melts hearts.

LOVES PARK, IL — Christians in Russia going door-to-door in the bitter cold reached thousands more children and families with the Gospel over the past few months than ever before — largely because of COVID-19. Illinois-based Slavic Gospel Association’s (SGA, www.sga.org) Christ Over COVID campaign and Immanuel’s Child Christmas outreach helped Russian Christians and their… Continue reading Russia Gospel Surge ‘Is COVID Silver Lining’ as Thousands Hear About Christ

Hundreds of Fellowship Volunteers Visit 1,500 Lonely Elderly on Purim and Give Them Festive Food Gifts

JERUSALEM — As part of its ongoing activities to improve the well-being of the elderly in Israel and reduce the effects of loneliness and poverty among them, The Fellowship is implementing a special Purim activity in which hundreds of volunteers will come to the homes of about 1,500 lonely elderly people and give them festive… Continue reading Hundreds of Fellowship Volunteers Visit 1,500 Lonely Elderly on Purim and Give Them Festive Food Gifts

God Is Writing a Beautiful Story for Iran

ALPHARETTA, GA – It takes only one visit to Elam Ministries’ website to see the evidence that God is writing a beautiful story for Iran. What is that story, and how can it be possible? Isn’t Iran ruled by the Muslin ayatollahs? Haven’t Iranian officials called the U.S. and Israel “Big Satan” and “Little Satan?”… Continue reading God Is Writing a Beautiful Story for Iran

Christmas Russia Outreach on Target to Reach 50,000 Children

RUSSIA — An annual event launched by Slavic Gospel Association in 2002 — is on target to distribute Christmas gifts, children’s Bibles, and personalized ornaments to 50,000 Children in Russia. Despite lockdown restrictions SGA church partners are reaching out into hospital, orphanages and the homes of vulnerable children as part of their Immanuel’s Child outreach.… Continue reading Christmas Russia Outreach on Target to Reach 50,000 Children

Discover 222 Ministries International

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GLENDALE, CA – No, this is not a list of 222 international ministries. It is an introduction to the faith-based 222 Ministries International founded in 1991 to take the Gospel to one of the most difficult places on earth: Iran. 222 Ministries’ Beginnings Lazarus Yeghnazar and his wife, Maggie, left their home country not long… Continue reading Discover 222 Ministries International

Hellenic Ministries – Getting the Gospel to Greece

ATHENS — Hellenic Ministries incorporates nearly a dozen different initiatives to share the gospel with the people of Greece. Many of us don’t give Greece a second thought when it comes to global evangelism. But would you believe that less than 1% of the people in Greece claim to be born again? The Hellenic Ministries… Continue reading Hellenic Ministries – Getting the Gospel to Greece

Small Star, Bright Light in Russia

Vladimir Miskevich, a Russian pastor who now serves as Chief Administrator of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, shares a moving story about a grieving Russian mother who has kept an Immanuel’s Child “Star of Bethlehem” ornament for 15 years, remarking that “The smallest things are always big enough when done for the Glory of… Continue reading Small Star, Bright Light in Russia