At a time when the UN is falsely trying to accuse Israel of ‘Apartheid’ (which literally means ‘apart-hood’ in Afrikaans), we are determined to stand together as One New Man in Messiah!
Israel is a mixed society with Jews, Arabs and other minority groups, all having equality before the law. In contrast, the Apartheid regime of South Africa separated Whites and Blacks by law, prohibiting living together, traveling together, studying together, and even going to the same cinemas or beaches. That kind of separation and rejection is the opposite of love. Here at One for Israel, we want to display God’s love and bring glory to him through our unity.
As our Jewish and Arab staff and students have been made new in Messiah, we can love each other, learn side by side, grow together and serve together, showing the world that Yeshua can break down every barrier between us.
There is no divide that Yeshua cannot overcome, and no brokenness that he cannot heal. We are not only learning how to study the Bible in depth together, but we are also learning how to walk it out in our everyday lives. By taking this message out to the world, others can see that our Messiah is the Prince of Peace.
United in Messiah for the glory of God
Recently, a team of Jewish and Arab staff and students took this message of unity in Yeshua the Messiah, and the Good News of his salvation for all, to Germany. Here is the account of one of the Arab students about their time out there:
“Last month, I had the privilege of taking part on a Mission Trip to Germany with the college, where we worked with local churches doing all kinds of outreach. I was able to share with the many Arabic speaking refugees there about the gospel.
“One man I met had come from Iraq and had experienced such horrors done to his family that he had become an atheist. He simply could not believe in God anymore. However, we were able to build a good relationship, and he allowed me to pray for him – particularly to get a job, which is what he really wanted.”
IMMEDIATELY after he left us, he found a job! He has been in touch by email, and he is more open to the Lord as a result of this wonderful miracle. God hears and he answers!
“We prayed with people from Iran, Tunisia, and many other places. It was a very blessed time, also to work alongside brothers and sisters in Germany.
“We also did kids work, spoke at universities to students, did lots of evangelism, led worship, and were able to serve in all kinds of ways. The fact that we were Jew and Arab together – a united team from Israel coming with good news of peace – had a great impact!”
The false accusations against Israel will not stop, but even though there are great chasms of pain and lack of understanding between Jews and Arabs, in Yeshua, we can have fellowship and love together, joined in one family as sons and daughters of the same Father. Yeshua is the only one who can break down every dividing wall.
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:14-22)