ONE FOR ISRAEL
“We’re all in the same place, serving in the army, but to be able to share our common struggles and hardships that we’re all dealing with, really helps and strengthens us”
“Many times we’re going through something and we think we’re the only one in the world going through it. Then we come here (to the Soldier’s Ministry conference), and we begin sharing with one another and discover we’re going through the same things, and we’re able to pray with one another…to be able to share with one another holds so much power, just as Yeshua said ‘two are better than one’”.
“Thank you for your willingness to serve us as soldiers and to give us your time to invest in us!”
They’re just kids.
When others their age around the world are going off to their first year in college and working their first or second jobs, they are sweating it through basic training and learning to live a regimented life on a military base. They come from all backgrounds and all personalities – athletic and artistic, book smart and street-smart, outgoing and shy, weak and strong. With few exceptions, they didn’t volunteer for this, it’s mandatory*. In your town or city, these young men and women would just be transitioning from youth group to a college or young adults group. But in Israel, they are soldiers, serving to protect their country in a neighborhood full of enemies. And as believers, they make up a small yet significant portion of the Israel Defense Force (IDF). Like Gideon’s army, they are well-positioned to make a Kingdom impact within the nation.
- Serving in the IDF is mandatory for Israeli Jews after high school.
- Women must serve 2 years and men for 2 years and 8 months.
- Israeli Arabs are not required to serve, but some volunteer, including Muslims and a growing number of Christians.
Did you know?
Approximately 400 believers are currently serving in the IDF, out of a total of 200,000 active service members.
Less than 1%!
Serving in the IDF is not easy. It comes with a host of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges that can severely test and even break a person. For a soldier who believes in Yeshua (Jesus), the challenges can be compounded by the intense feeling of being alone – oftentimes, there is no community of believers on a base, and the soldier discovers he or she is the only one. Surrounded by conflicting values and worldviews, with strong peer pressure to conform and not stand out, they find themselves facing a battle of a different kind: the battle to stay strong in their faith.
With base life isolating them from their homes, congregations, and other believing friends, they decide to give the ways of the world a shot. They walk away from the faith. Others, though not walking away, find it difficult to stay strong, being buffeted by trials and temptations to such a degree that when they leave the army they are on spiritual life support.
ONE FOR ISRAEL’s Soldier Ministry exists as a spiritual armory and training center to support these and all believing soldiers, equipping them to stand strong in their faith and against the spiritual attacks of the enemy. Our aim is nothing less than to raise up generations of Ephesians 6 men and women who are trained to put on the full armor of God, looking to Him as their commander-in-chief and sticking with Him no matter what battles they face. Men and women who leave the army stronger than when they entered it, who don’t merely survive their service, but thrive within it. Men and women who not only maintain their walk with the Lord, but who also seize the opportunity to be His ambassadors to their fellow soldiers.
How We Equip our Soldiers – Equipment from the Armory
Weekly videos and devotionals produced from our studio that specifically address topics relevant to a soldier’s life: “How do I ‘pray constantly’ in the whirl of life an army base?” “How do I helpfully talk about my faith with others?”
Bible readings with practical, real-life applications sent directly to soldiers’ phones, making spiritual sustenance available at their fingertips.
Regular conferences where we gather the soldiers together to recharge and reset, providing them opportunities for mutual encouragement and fellowship and challenging them with spiritually-rich teaching to keep them going strong during their service.
THE BEST WAY TO BLESS ISRAEL IS WITH JESUS
For any army to succeed, the soldiers need a good, reliable supply chain, the resources to get the job done. For ONE FOR ISRAEL’s Soldier Ministry, we need a good supply chain too. Would you prayerfully consider being part of our supply team, to bless and encourage the believers who are serving their country, to help them stand strong in their faith and be a light and testimony within the IDF?
Your regular or one-time gift designated to ONE FOR ISRAEL’s Soldier Ministry will enable the production of spiritual equipment and resources for our soldiers – weekly videos and devotionals, prepared Bible readings with practical, real-life applications, and regular conferences. It will remind our soldiers that they are not alone, but supported by believers from around the world who stand with them. And ultimately, it will be a blessing not only for them, but will overflow to those they encounter, as they serve the nation of Israel.