Serve and Bless Israel Tour

Serve and Bless Israel Tour

You are invited to join Caleb Global on our next Serve and Bless Israel Tour, April 10-20, 2024.

I was just in Israel a few weeks ago to connect with and bless many of our Jewish and Arab partners. I got to see first-hand the fruit of our partnership and humanitarian aid touching hearts, restoring lives, and strengthening believers in the land.

As Christians, we have a unique opportunity to share the love of Yeshua at this critical time in Israel. While financial gifts are important, our presence speaks affirmation to our friends in the land that they are not alone.

Our coming tour is a unique opportunity, combining our high-value land tour where we visit the biblical sites and follow the life of Jesus with insightful teaching, meaningful connection with our partners, and opportunities to serve and bless both Jewish and Arab communities in the land.

You will leave having touched the land, the people, and the Kingdom of God.

I hope to see you there!

Executive Director, Tod McDowell

Three Keys for Effective Prayer in this Hour 

As we carry the burden of this war in our hearts, minds, and spirits; we need to keep our eyes upward. We need to “look to see what the Lord speaks” (Habakkuk 2:4). As we set our hearts on things above (Colossians 3:2), we can get God’s perspective and walk in His strength and peace. I believe the most important thing we can do concerning the war in Gaza is to pray.

As I sought the Lord for keys on how to pray, I sensed Him bring Romans 12:12 to me. This powerful Scripture has three directives that I believe will empower and strengthen our prayer lives! These mandates will help us stay in effective intercession for the long haul.

Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ‭

Joyful in Hope

Joy strengthens us as Nehemiah 8:10 declares, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Joy is not an emotion. It is supernatural. It is a demonstration of the Kingdom of God as Romans 14:17 says, “The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” To have a kingdom perspective and empowerment, we must operate out of joy.

Hope is an expectation of good. Hope fuels faith according to Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is being sure what you hope for and certain of that which you don’t see.” Hope also is supernatural. As Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Patient in Affliction

The proper definition of patient is “long-suffering.” That means to be willing to suffer long! Most of us get impatient when things don’t go our way. This patience in affliction requires supernatural grace and power. The word affliction in Greek means “tribulation, oppression, or distress.” So we are called to persevere when things are extremely difficult. We do not have an option to give up. This grit and determination postures us to thrive in the next mandate.

Faithful in Prayer

The word faithful here means “to be constant, to be diligent, and to give yourself to.” This reveals that we are called to pray continually. This is a practicing-the-presence-of-God prayer life. This is a proactive prayer life and not a reactive prayer life. We pray God’s prayers. We remember His promises and diligently remind God of what He said in His word!

Here is a review of this progression that is a key for us in this hour: 

Being joyful in hope gives us strength and a positive view of the future. This keeps anxiety, depression, and fear at bay. We can then pray from God’s kingdom perspective empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Being patient in affliction helps us to persevere and to not be discouraged when things don’t turn out the way we want them to. This keeps us grounded and immovable in our faith and trust that God’s word will prevail even when don’t immediately see it.
Our faith-filled diligent prayer life is what really transforms hearts and moves mountains in nations and people groups. Being faithful in prayer changes history. As Paul said we are to “wrestle in prayer.” There are no breaks in a wrestling match. We are to pray continually!

I bless you to continue to partner with God in this season of crisis and prayer intervention concerning the war between Israel and Hamas. You are called to be a watchmen on the wall for such a time is this. I pray that you will be strengthened with power in your inner being through your fellowship with the Holy Spirit as you pray and contend for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done!

Israel Update

What I sense God is speaking concerning the war between Israel and Hamas — Tod McDowell

As I have been praying about what God is speaking concerning the terror attacks by Hamas in Israel and now the war, the Lord spoke to me from Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” I believe these three principles are key in this situation: Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Doing justice is important.

As Psalm 97:2 declares: “Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Doing what is right and just is the foundation of God’s authority and His ways as expressed through this description of His throne. Because of this, I believe we need to support the Israeli army and governmental leaders as they seek to bring these terrorists to justice. For those of us who are mercy-oriented, we must not be offended by this pursuit of justice. I will talk about the importance of mercy next. Without justice, evil will spread and conquer. Governments, armies, and police forces are crucial to keeping societies safe and strong. They provide the foundation for people to live in freedom, to thrive, and to be fruitful. Executing justice is not easy. It is often painful and difficult. Lives will be lost. It is often messy. Mistakes will be made. But it is the first thing that must be done to stop the evil, demonic, and ruthless behavior exhibited by the Hamas terrorists.

However, we are called to love mercy.

This means that our hearts should be broken towards the individual terrorists who have been deceived through demonic ideologies, lies, and deception to partner with Satan himself to “steal, kill, and destroy” innocent lives. We need to have God’s heart of love for the Palestinians. They are not the enemy. As Paul says in Ephesians 6:12, “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.” While governmental leaders in Israel and those in the army and police force have the duty and calling to bring justice, we as believers have a “priestly calling.” 1 Peter 2:5 says, “…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.” A priest’s role is to bring mercy and not judgment to others. This is the calling of all believers. Our hearts should be merciful, loving, and gracious towards all—the Jewish people and Arabs—while at the same time standing against the satanic ideology manifested through Islam. This demonic anti-Christ spirit brings unfathomable, irrational, and diabolical acts toward God’s chosen people and land. The last time this spirit was on full display in such boldness and barbarism towards the Jewish people was during the Holocaust.

We need to walk humbly with our God.

It is so easy when there are major world conflicts to quickly become self-appointed critics, judges, and experts. We succumb to this pride by giving our own personal opinions and views through emotional responses on social media and other communication platforms. We need to fear the Lord more than ever. We need to be humble and tremble at His word. We can’t afford to communicate from our souls, based on feelings and thoughts that come from our perspective based on the circumstances. We must be rooted and grounded in God‘s word. This posture of humility is the only way that we are going to come together in biblical unity. The standard of unity that we are to walk in is “oneness.” As Jesus said in John 17:23, “…that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.”

Unity in the global body of Christ is the spiritual battle that I believe is at stake right now.

Satan tries to divide. He knows that a house divided cannot stand (Mark 3:25). Many Christians have been divided for decades concerning the Israel and Palestinian conflict. I believe unity is crucial. This oneness between Jewish believers and Arab believers is at the center of what God is doing in our day. I am deeply invested in walking with Jewish and Arab believers as God brings all believers from all nations to become “perfectly one.” When Jews and Arabs walk in oneness together, it is catalytic. The expression of love, family, and unity is indescribable. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Now is the time for us to stand together. We as Gentile believers in many nations around the world need to embrace our brothers and sisters that are in the center of this conflict.

Blessing Holocaust Survivors

Blessing Holocaust Survivors

Staring into the face of Boris, I could see years of pain and perseverance revealing his survival of four concentration camps. This was my first time sitting for over an hour with an interpreter hearing the story of one man’s survival. He was ninety years old. Tears kept coming spontaneously as I looked beneath the dynamic story and began to focus on God’s love for Boris and on this man’s heart that still carried so much pain and anger. In one of the concentration camps, the German soldiers were suspicious of men in his barracks trying to escape. It was the dead of winter with two feet of snow on the ground. The soldiers forced Boris and a dozen others to strip down naked and run in the snow around the barracks for several hours in the freezing cold. If any of them slipped and fell, they were shot instantly. Boris described how they mocked him and would throw snow at his face each time he ran past them. At the end of our time together, he went to stand up from the sunken-in couch. I reached out to help him up. He stiffened up and with astonishing strength and determination pushed himself up and stood as upright as his ninety-year-old frame could muster. My heart broke with a love for Boris and the other 100 holocaust survivors in Ashdod that I had the privilege to share my testimony with.

From that point on, Caleb Company began focusing the majority of “Israel Aid” to blessing the 300 holocaust survivors in Ashdod, Israel. Over the past five years, we have been able to provide them with food, blankets, heaters and other practical supplies. When we asked if there was anything else we could do, they responded that what would bless them the most is to help them to publish their stories in Hebrew and English so that what they went through would never be forgotten. Most Holocaust survivors hold tightly the message of “never forget.” This past October we visited them again. The leaders of their community know us well and ran up to us to kiss our cheeks. We have been blessed to be a blessing. This year, Caleb Company gave over $7,000 to translate and publish the stories of 500 Holocaust survivors into both Hebrew and English. Our God so loves and cherishes these men and women who have survived horrors unspeakable. As the majority are ninety years and older, there remains a limited number of years left to continue to bless and share the love of Jesus with them. We are so privileged and honored to be His hands and feet in manifesting that love to them. Thank you for your investment into Caleb Company as we pour it out to them.