Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I greet you in The Name of The Great I AM. The beginning and the end, the first and the last, may He be MAGNIFIED and GLORIFIED. And may we, His body, be found faithful and obedient. I send this to you with deep love!
I sat down for a cup of coffee and a moment of rest out on the merapeset (balcony). There I saw two soldiers and an older man wearing plain clothes, solemnly crossing the street toward our building. I felt a chill and began praying as they entered the building next door to us. I waited and waited. There were no screams or wails of grief, so I felt my body relax a bit and kept praying. Soon one soldier and the older man came back outside and then walked in the same manner back to where they had come from, leaving one soldier behind.
It could signal all manner of things, none easy or happy. I am learning more and more about our army day by day and I am humbled as I do.
I cannot share the names of the believing soldiers (and children of believers) fighting right now. I have been asked not to do that. God knows their names, but I am touched by the fact that our sisters and brothers in the army are in very sensitive and strategic positions because they can be trusted.
Please pray for them and please pray that they are strengthened in their spirits…that they SEE Him Whom they serve and are given fruitful opportunities to share His Name.
We had a soldier wearing her uniform at the service last night and I learned something that I didn’t know. She had been in a battle and a member of her battalion was killed. The battalion was then removed right away from the fight. The army takes them out for a “cooling off” period because the soldiers become as close as brothers through their training and serving together. The army does not want someone blinded with grief to then act crazy in the midst of war.
IN SPITE OF WHAT YOU ARE HEARING AND SEEING, the IDF does a PHENOMONINAL job of keeping an eye out for blood-thirst, rage, and hatred. That cannot characterize us. Most Israelis agree that we need compassion with sharp discernment even in our warfare.
As we went out this morning to run errands downtown, I pointed out to my husband the flags up and down the rail line. Interspersed with the alternating Israeli and Jerusalem flags are the Golani flags. This group usually leads the IDF into battles. It is this group that lost so many on the first day of the battle. There are many signs, which read, “Hug a Golani.”
My husband and I are planning to join the throngs going to the Mount Hertzl Military cemetery here in Jerusalem to attend the funeral for a Jerusalem soldier killed in battle yesterday. His name is Amitai Yairi. I think the paper said that he was 20. We did not know him, nor his family, but it is the little we can do to stand with those nearby. As of now, 43 soldiers and officers have given their lives.
We are definitely in a battle fighting for the existence of Israel. This is not a small, light, or political battle − this is life and death. We KNOW that and we KNOW Who wins, however we also know the scriptures, and in spite of many prophets and eschatologists, we know that He calls us to STAND PRAYING and TO STAND.
It is very difficult for Israelis to see needless deaths taking place in Gaza and all the suffering there. This too is a battle and one well calculated by those who are set to destroy.
My pastor has a very important prayer letter which you can read here.
Thank you for your prayers for Israel, for us, for the plans and purposes of God to be fulfilled and to bring glory to His great Name. May there be fruit for His kingdom, and MAY WE BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME. May you be encouraged, and kept in His straight and narrow path.
your sis J
I am sending this letter so soon to forward to you my Pastor’s prayer letter as I feel that it is very important. It is easier reading from the web page, so you can open it here