As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the incredible impact your generosity has had on reaching Israel and the Middle East with the love of Yeshua this year.
In addition to sustaining our ongoing ministries and programs, your extraordinary generosity has been pivotal in addressing the urgent humanitarian crisis in Turkey and Israel. Following the earthquakes in Turkey, we received over $30,000 in aid to help build shelters for those who lost everything.
In the past few weeks, you have done it again, contributing over $75,000 towards Caleb Global’s crisis response in Israel. From displaced families to soldiers, Palestinians, and believers in Gaza, you have provided crucial support in a time of great turmoil. We cannot thank you enough!
While there are numerous testimonies for which we are thankful this year, one story in particular stands out. Over the summer, one of our teams spent several weeks ministering in Israel. Before departing for their trip, they wrote a worship song in Hebrew to share at a children’s summer camp.
As the conflict unfolded in Israel, one of the first messages we received from our partners was a touching video of children sheltering in a bomb shelter singing the very song our team had written. It is impossible to express our gratitude at seeing the fruit of seeds sown in these children’s hearts bear fruit of hope, security, and comfort in the God of Israel at a time of great peril.
We believe that the events unfolding before our eyes are clear evidence that now is the time for revival. Now is the time for Israel’s eyes to be open to her Messiah. Now is the time for the sons of Abraham—Isaac and Ishmael—to be reconciled. Now is the time for the greatest outpouring the world has ever seen.
Thank you for standing with us with your prayers, your finances, and your faith as we contend for revival in Israel, the Middle East, and the nations. You are an integral part of Caleb’s mission, and we are profoundly grateful for each and every one of you.
May you and your family be blessed with a joyous Thanksgiving,
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!
Who better to guide our walk with the Lord than a godly man who has stayed the course for over eight decades? Don Finto may be in his senior years, but I have seen firsthand his vigor and passion for Jesus as he continues the race and finishes well. In his new book, PREPARE! Don s writing reflects his true heart for the body of Jesus. There are dark days ahead for some of us, but he teaches that we can maintain hope for a bright future. When we join with wisdom, prayer and integrity, we can respond correctly even in times of unjust suffering. I hope you study the deep truths in this honest look at what it means to walk uprightly, and fulfill the purposes of God for your own life. –Heidi G. Baker, PhD, Co-Founder and Director, Iris Global
Don Finto’s new book describes how to walk as a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) in these end times. As usual, Don’s writing is to the point, bringing complex topics down home, where anyone can relate to it in a personal way. Not only does the book help position you for a right understanding of the times before us, it provides you with inner encouragement and faith to stand victoriously. While some write about how to be successful, and others write about the difficulties, Don writes how to be successful in the midst of the difficulties. The book is real, practical, and simple which in itself is no simple task. Don shows you how to face a disastrous situation that looks like a tidal wave, and then shows you how to ride a surfboard of victorious faith, rising above the circumstances. –Asher Intrater, Jerusalem, Israel
Young leaders, let us soak up the words of this time-tested spiritual father and truly live prepared lives! –Andy Byrd, School of the Circuit Rider, Fire and Fragrance Ministries
Zechariah 14 clearly states that a time is coming in history when every nation of the world will turn against Jerusalem. We have thankfully not yet reached that place, though a discerning mind can see how this may shape up in the future. Having just returned from Israel I saw even more the facts in the present conflict between the forces of Hamas (by the way the Hebrew word for “violence” is “hamas”) and Israel and saw how the news media reports all this. It’s clear how they and the nations will ultimately turn against this host people who have brought us redemption through Jesus.
Israel is the most compassionate nation in history in the way they are fighting against Hamas. They know where all the rocket launchers are located. They possess some of the most precise technology and intelligence sources on the planet. They could have wiped out every rocket launcher in a matter of hours, but they know this would also take the lives of tens of thousands of innocent Gazans. The main reason being Hamas hides their rocket launchers and weapons among schools, hospitals, and private homes, knowing Israel is more reticent to destroy them because they will inevitably take the lives of innocent civilians.
Pastor Steve & Pastor Israel Pochtar in Ashdod
As Benjamin Netanyahu told the world some time ago, if Hamas will lay down their arms, there will be peace, but if Israel lays down their arms, there will be no Israel.
Pastor Steve Berger and I spent much of last week in Israel, visiting some of the leaders among Jesus followers, as well as military personnel and government leaders. We were shown actual footage of one of the smart bombs used to destroy some of the weapons caches and tunnels in Gaza. Before the bomb was detonated, Israel took every precaution possible to see that innocent civilians and children would be spared. They 1) sent down leaflets urging all to leave the area because Israel was about to destroy the house containing the weapons, 2) made phone calls and sent text messages to warn the civilians to leave the area, 3) sent out their drones to see if any civilians were detected in the area, 4) dropped a small explosive on the roof of the building to try to scare people out of the house, 5) then release the bomb – and yet even in the releasing, if civilians were seen, the use their precise laser directors to redirect the bomb to an open field, 6) send humanitarian aid to the civilians, and 7) provide a hospital clinic to minister to the wounded.
Sharing at Grace Chapel with Pastor Steve
The world media knows nothing of these precautions, nor do they care. They are more interested in accusing Israel of war crimes for the loss of civilian lives, but never take time or initiative to accuse Hamas of war crimes even though all their thousands of rockets sent into Israel are intended to kill as many Israelis as possible, including innocent children.
What is the message from all this? Do not rely on the media to give you truth. Read the Book!
Does this mean that we hate the Gazans or even the Hamas terrorists? No, there are many innocent people in Gaza. There are Gazan believers who need our help, and we must keep praying the Lord will reveal Himself both to Israel and to the Palestinians. Pray that even these Hamas terrorists will have visions of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus and will accept Him as their Redeemer. Many terrorists have been redeemed through the years, including the well-known “terrorist” named Saul, who was out to
kill all the believers, but had an encounter on the road to Damascus that changed his life and the lives of thousands of others who came to know Jesus as Lord.
Pastor Steve and I shared the message at Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN on Sunday. The whole message can be seen by going to www.gracechapel.net and scrolling down to “Latest Message” and “Part 6 – Trip to Israel.”
Stay strong! Keep looking at Jesus! Let fear and anxiety turn to prayer and to praise to a God who redeems!
We have been receiving all kinds of inquiries about our people in Israel. As many of you know, our 14 students and two interns, plus Steve Allen, his son, Isaiah, and Blaine Kimball are all there for the month and arrived during great upheaval, but our team and fellow believers in the Land are doing excellent and are safe. When they arrived they joined in the intercession for Israel and the nations at Sukkat Hallel 24/7 prayer center, prayed at the Western Wall and toured the City of David, as well as went through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
Before heading south to serve at Kadesh Barnea, a very peaceful place in the southern desert where the original twelve spies went into the land inJoshua’s day, they helped usher at the Elav youth conference in Haifa. There 300 Arab youth from Israel, the territories, and Jordan gathered with 500 Israeli youth who are Jewish believers, and 100 others from the nations to worship, pray, and praise the Lord Jesus who reigns as King, even in the midst of turmoil. Heidi Baker spoke on the power of the Holy Spirit and other speakers also encouraged the participants. We rejoice in the tremendous unity between the Arab and Jewish believers that took place at Elav.
The school first arrived during great upheaval after the murder of three young Israelis by Hamas agents, followed several days later with the revenge murder of a young Arab by an outlawed far right group of Jews. Three have been arrested and confessed to the murder of the Arab youth. The whole nation of Israel has been in shock and mourning. There has now been an escalation of rocket fire from Gaza, and as a result more Israeli Defense Forces being called up, so we are prayerful and exercising godly caution, while at the same time standing in His peace, guidance and counsel in the Land.
Thank you for continuing to pray with us for God’s Word to be spread through Israel and the nations, and that our teams and our covenant believing partners in Israel will be used of God powerfully in this time.