Showing posts with label Sweden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweden. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What happened when Israeli evangelists met Muslim refugees in Sweden - ONE FOR ISRAEL

Israel was chosen by God to serve as a vessel - to bring his oracles (the Scriptures), to bring the Messiah to the world, and to show what God is like. Israel was called long ago to be a light to the nations. So it is our heart at ONE FOR ISRAEL to take the Gospel message out from Zion to the world.

We have been sending teams of Jewish and Arab students from our Bible college out to the nations to share the Gospel. One team was recently in Sweden, reaching out to Muslim refugees. They have returned with some amazing stories!
Dr. Erez Soref, President
Jewish-Arab mission team report back from Sweden!
"Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by
the gospel of peace." (Ephesians 6:14-15) 

Remarkable things happen when Jewish and Arab Israelis go to share the gospel together. Many European countries, like Germany and Sweden, have thousands of Muslim immigrants and refugees from countries closed to the gospel. But what happens when someone approaches them in Europe, speaking Arabic, and saying they are bringing a message of peace and love from Israel??!!

Our bold team of witnesses shared the gospel on the streets of Sweden, and saw two Muslims put their faith in Jesus! In one incident, one of the girls had prepared hearts with the words "God is love" in Arabic and English, and handed one to a lady wearing a burka. She took the heart and asked where they were from. "Israel" came the reply. With that she gave the heart back to the girl, and turned to board a bus. But seconds later, she changed her mind, got off the bus, and came back to talk to the team.
"For so the Lord has commanded us,‘I have placed you as a light to the nations so that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.’” When the Gentiles heard this, they were thrilled and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as had been inscribed for eternal life believed." (Acts 13:47-48)

Above you can see our team leading worship in Hebrew and Arabic, as we worship back in our Bible College here in Israel.

As a result of a previous trip to Germany...

One of our graduates, Sharbel Dakwar, went on a trip like this to Germany while he was a student at our Bible College. As a result, he made the decision to return on a long-term basis, and has dedicated his life to serve among refugees there. He has been living and serving in Germany for a year now, but the mission trip he had joined as a student was a stepping stone to his calling.
Interesting developments in the Middle East

On a different note, there have been some truly groundbreaking developments and surprising statements coming out of the recent conference in Bahrain. As Hananya Naftali (Messianic Jewish adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu) said, Israel has been waiting for these words for 70 years. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain openly declared, 

“Israel is a country in the Middle East. It is part of the heritage of this region. The Jewish people has a place amongst us.”
Could this be a new era for Israel?

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Friday, January 4, 2019

'The Stuff of Movies': A Battered Wife's Journey from Islam to Christian Pastor - CBN News Dale Hurd

'The Stuff of Movies': A Battered Wife's Journey
from Islam to Christian Pastor
CBN News Dale Hurd
STOCKHOLM – No one would have thought a Muslim woman in Iran who was simply trying to stay alive in an abusive marriage in Iran would one day lead two churches in Sweden, bring more than a thousand former Muslims to Christ, and be invited to speak before the Queen of Sweden.  
Living in Darkness in Muslim Iran
As a young woman in a Muslim culture, Annahita Parsan was powerless and insignificant. Her only hope was that she might one day find a good husband, and she did. But he died suddenly in an accident, and then she found herself trapped in a second marriage so violent, she expected to die.
She told us that during her abuse, "I didn't know anything. It was darkness. It was a really bad life."
And although she writes about the abuse in her book, Stranger No More, Parsan doesn't like to talk about it now. 

"It's not that easy speaking about that."
Beaten with a Shovel and a Suicide Attempt
Parsan admits being beaten with a shovel by her then-husband. As a battered wife, with bruises and cuts all over her body, Parsan eventually tried to kill herself with pills, but she survived. 
Her daughter Roksana remembers when her father threatened to slit her throat when she was just a small child.
"We wanted more cookies. Supernormal, and we ran up and we like said, 'More cookies! More cookies!' And he came up with a knife, put it to my throat and he said, 'Ask for cookies again.'"
About her mom, Roksana said, "She was striving to just survive for us, just survive to make a better life for us. And maybe that was something God had implanted in her so that she would have something to hold onto."
Fleeing Iran Only to Land in a Turkish Prison, Then to Faith in Christ
Annahita Parsan's journey to Christ and across two continents is the stuff of Hollywood movies, one that would include several brushes with death.
Parsan, her husband and her children fled Iran through the mountains to Turkey in 1984, where she and Roksana faced more danger, before landing in a Turkish prison. They would finally make it to Denmark where she divorced her still-abusive husband, and also heard the gospel for the first time.  Then she moved to Sweden where she and her two children walked into a church and prayed, "We are Christians, from now on."
Her 'Beautiful' Ending: Becoming a Pastor in Sweden
Annahita entered the ministry and has led more than 1,500 Muslims to Christ. She leads two churches and trains other churches how to reach out to and disciple Muslim background believers.  Former Muslims hungry for 'the God who loves' fill her church each Sunday. Parsan believes this was foretold in Jeremiah chapter 49, verse 39: "But in the latter days I will restore the fortunes of Elam, declares the Lord."
"It is about Elam and Elam is Persian," Parsan said, "And when I read that I know that it's about us. It's about all their life and it's amazing. God told Jeremiah at that time, and it's happening just now." 
But Muslim immigration has also made Sweden a home for dangerous radicals, and Parsan told us she has received death threats and lives with the knowledge she could be killed. 
Parsan said Sweden "…is a free country. But it's dangerous, too." She says she sometimes wonders if she will be killed by Islamists in Sweden.

As a young woman living what seemed like a hopeless existence in Iran, Annahita Parsan saw no plan and no purpose in her abusive marriage, only random violence. But God had a plan.
"God loved me and he was in my life from the beginning," Parsan said. "Sometimes [when reflecting on her life] I think, wow, it's beautiful."
Watch interview here: From Islam to Christianity
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bibi Netanyahu releases brutally honest video that reveals truth about Arab society - Israel Video Network

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