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If you’ve been following Yeshua Israel Ministries for any amount of time, you know family is an important part of our mission. While street evangelism is a common approach to spreading the Gospel, in Israel it rarely brings about long-term fruit. On the other hand, mentoring and supporting Israeli families is the most effective way for long term expansion of the Kingdom of God and rooting its influence deep in the heart of Israel.
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Yeshua Israel Worship Initiative
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It was a corporate worship experience that got me back on track with God. I was about 15 when I attended a worship service (not by choice :)) and experienced God so powerfully that all the rebellious things I’d so passionately pursued suddenly seemed so dull. The worldly music I used to find solace in suddenly felt empty, and the thrill of doing things I wasn’t supposed to felt stale. I became so keenly aware of God when songs about Him played that it was easy for me to get caught up in the moment and worship like no one was watching.

My grandmother, Freda Lindsay, co-founder of Christ for the Nations, always seemed to have some intuition about my calling to worship and often asked me if I was practicing my singing and piano. I studied various instruments and voice, but I was married with children before a great team of musicians would initiate an intensive season of worship leading and songwriting for me. 
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We want to share our joy of our daughter entering into her journey of being an Israeli woman of God. Filmed in Jerusalem, Israel.
 
Unrest in Jerusalem
  Muslim Temple Mount Riots

For the past few weeks tensions have once again reached their tipping point and spilled over into our lives here in Jerusalem. Collective chants of Allah Akbar echo across the ancient stones of buildings built long before Mohammed ever declared Allah the one true god.

You may or may not have heard on the news what sparked the latest flare up. Two weeks ago, two Islamic terrorists took a selfie of themselves in front of the Dome of the Rock and then started firing their smuggled guns killing two Israeli guards before being killed themselves. The strange part of this story is that the Temple Mount is generally frequented only by Muslims and tourists - not Jews. The role of security forces stationed there is to keep the peace - and make sure no non-Muslims attempt to pray on the grounds. So, it’s confusing as to why they chose this place to attack. Perhaps, they realized the chaos it would breed.
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Make a Joyful Noise (in Hebrew)

  by Shani Ferguson
  Make a Joyful Noise - Yeshua Israel Report
You would think the many challenges of a new life in a new land would discourage believers from investing long hours writing music in their newly learned Hebrew language. However, something in the heart of these pioneers understood that worship was historically a core part of Jewish culture and therefore an essential element for getting properly established in the land.  READ MORE

 
2017 Already Intense for Israel
  by Shani Ferguson

Yeshua Israel Report - Intense 2017 Already for Israel

Already 2017 has proven to be a year like many others in recent memory. The latest international gathering in Paris was just another attempt by world leaders to once again try to force Israel to give up her land. In return, they offered the empty promise that Islamic terrorists will suddenly leave Israel alone.
Thankfully, that convention experienced mass confusion and only resulted in yet another symbolic gesture against Israel without any lasting consequences.  READ MORE

 
‘Tis the Season for Family
  by Shani Ferguson

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As our family grew, we came face to face with the challenge of giving our all to both our dreams and our family. We wrestled in our hearts between our passion for what we knew God had called us to do - and the family we knew He gave us to raise.
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Hebrew Myths 101
  by Shani Ferguson

Hebrew Myths 101 - Yeshua Israel Report
And Some Beautiful Secrets From the Language of the Bible

There should be some credibility given to the idea that Hebrew, like other languages, has unique and beautiful aspects to it that are too complex to translate in one word. Reading any text in a language other than the authored language can result in something “getting lost in the translation.”
Take a simple example of the name of the great I AM, who was and is and is to come - Yahweh (י
הוה). Did you know that this name in Hebrew is a combination of the words “was”, “is” and “is to come” all wrapped into one word?   READ MORE

  
Discovering Hebrew Roots
by Shani Ferguson

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If you're Christian, are you the New Israel? What does it mean to be Jewish?  Is being a Messianic Jew an upgraded version of being Christian? These are age-old questions that have been argued over in living rooms and courtrooms around the world. These questions have fueled religious wars and the slaughter of entire villages. And yet, these questions hold within them a promise of hope and destiny for us all. 
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Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem PART II
by Shani Ferguson

Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem PART II

Part II
- Because of the amount of relevant categories for prayer in regards to Israel, this article has been broken into two parts. The first part (sent last month) deals with physical issues such as land, government and security. This issue, the second part, deals with spiritual issues such as ministry, character and the Body of believers in Israel


Part I of Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem included physical prayer topics for Israel such as land, government, economy and immigration. These topics are the usual things that get people arguing in regards to right and wrong, justice and warcrimes. But if the spiritual aspects are dealt with, often the natural things fall into place. So let us delve into the spiritual needs of the Jewish people and the Promised Land. God promised to bless the earth through the families of Israel. It is their calling and destiny whether they recognize it or not. And yet, when Israel is in right standing with the Lord, how much more will we see the nations experience the Kingdom of God manifest on the earth? It’s not a hope, it’s a promise. So let’s dig in our heels together and contend for God’s ancient plan to be fulfilled in the hearts of the children of Israel and ultimately in our own lives. (Rom 11:15)  
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Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
by Shani Ferguson

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If you watch a variety of Christian shows about Israel, you might honestly believe that the greatest prayer need in Israel lies somewhere between the 6th trumpet blast and the rebuilding of the third temple. I mean no disrespect, since any attempt by Christians to bring Israel to God’s attention is greatly appreciated by both Him and us Jews! Yet, I can only assume the reason these things become the focus of prayer is because, although Christians worldwide get tremendous insight from the Bible, they often lack updated information to make their prayers for Israel more specific and relevant to the times. The quickest way to overcome this problem is simply to go to the best source for things going on in modern day Israel – Israeli believers.  
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How We Reach Israel
by Shani Ferguson

How we Reach Israel - 2016 Yeshua Israel Report

Having been born and raised in Israel and officially founded Yeshua Israel in 2001, we have discovered that when pursuing the restoration of the Jewish people to God, the patient, long-term approach is by far the most effective. It is not one big prophetic event, but rather countless, constant small efforts that will serve as the hammer that shatters the stony casing around Jewish hearts.  
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When the Levites Return to Their Posts
by Shani Ferguson

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“Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.” This brilliant piece of wisdom is attributed to 17th century Scottish poet and politician Andrew Fletcher. With his hands in both the arts and legislation, he found that when properly applied, the arts carried more influence on the behavior of society than the weight of law. Fletcher’s thoughts were echoed in the hippie, counterculture movements of the 1960s and 1970s, where a famous guitarist was quoted saying, “I use music to open up people’s souls; then, I preach whatever I want.”  READ MORE

  
The Journey to Justice

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If I had a shekel for every time my kids declared an issue in their life “not fair,” I would probably already have enough money to send all of them through college - twice. It seems inherent, as if every child is born with a natural sense of things needing to be right - and a drive to make it right when it is not. We all grumble inside when the team member who caused the most problems gets praised for a job well done. We also all smile inside when a guy acting like a jerk turns around and walks straight into a not an instant gavel that can be brought down. 
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  Why are ‘Normal’ People Joining ISIS?

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While world leaders sit around scratching their heads regarding what to do about ISIS, it is becoming clear to many that there are two types of people in the world - those who don’t like ISIS and those who join them. No terrorist group - or modern day organized military for that matter - has been able to ignite such excitement in a generation. 
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NEW! "Weep" - Music Video - “Weep”, originally written in Hebrew is just as moving in its English form.  It describes the inner struggle and longing of the Jewish heart for God and her homeland. Anger begets anger and hate begets hate. But weeping has a power all of its own. Will you share your tears? CLICK HERE TO BUY OR KNOW MORE...
  
The Four Winds & The Walking Dead

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The Four Winds & The Walking Dead
A fully alive and restored Israel is the most incredible testimony of God’s redemptive power and loyalty to humanity. This also makes it one of the greatest threats to the kingdom of darkness. The enemy of heaven cannot stop the wind once it begins to move. But he can try to keep the message from reaching the four winds, that it’s their time to blow.

There is nothing that would make the enemy happier than to have the Church take one look at Israel and walk away with disgust, not realizing Israel is in that crucial stage between birth and it’s first breath. 
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   Living in Israel 2013: Difficult but Awesome

I'm a mother of four little kiddos and a wife to a hard working man. I grew up just outside of Tel Aviv and moved to Jerusalem 5 years ago.

I have options, I don't have to live here. And every subsequent visit to the US screams to my maternal instincts, "It'll be so much easier if you just move here!"  READ MORE
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Wow, its Jerusalem Snow! - Lastest Israel News Video

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Wow, its Jerusalem Snow!  In this video you'll see some of the most incredible photos of Jerusalem as a winter wonderland!

We'll also show you footage outside our apartment during the greatest snow storm in Israel's modern history.  Shani gives an explanation on Israel's desert climate weather.  Hope you have fun and enjoy our snow experience!
 
December 2012 Yeshua Israel Report

  How Gentiles Saved the World

December 2012 Yeshua Israel Report
Irena Sendler was a Polish Gentile who studied to become a social worker at the Warsaw University. When the Germans occupied Poland in 1939, she became a part of an underground movement and even recruited many of her friends to work toward saving Jewish children from the Nazi’s. Since social workers were not allowed in the ghettos, Irena obtained fake documents and passed herself off as a nurse.
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Photo Above: Scene from the movie: The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

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What was Operation Pillar of Defense all about? - Lastest Israel News Video

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What was Operation Pillar of Defense all about?:  Living in Jerusalem, Israeli born and raised mother of 4 small children explains the background story of the one week long conflict between Israel and Hamas. She explains when the conflict really began and how it can be solved.

Hamas attacks their own civilians:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0VrIo2PJUA
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Tragic Boy Dad & Ex-Con Politics - Lastest Israel News Video

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Tragic Boy Dad & Ex-Con Politics:  Commentary by an Israeli-born-and-raised mother of four, wife of one, living in Jerusalem.
How a convicted-bribe-taker is reinstated as head of Israel's largest Orthodox Jewish political party. And how an Israeli newspaper managed to blame Orthodox Jewish crisis pregnancy center for death of teen would-be daddy. WATCH OTHER VIDEO BLOGS
 
  To Strike or Not to Strike Iran (That is the Question)

November 2012 Yeshua Israel Report If Israel does not strike Iran before it creates a nuclear bomb, smaller Arab countries will have to abandon their alliances with America and create an alliance with Iran out of self-defense. Then where will America station her soldiers in the Middle East? And who will she buy oil from?

I am confident the Jewish people will ultimately survive. But how many Jews survive is still up for grabs in my mind. Biblically, the amount of protection Israel enjoys is directly affected by the amount of prayer that is sent up to heaven by believers worldwide on her behalf.   
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  The Rise of the Sabra Believers
October 2012 Yeshua Israel Report
Today, for the first time in 2,000 years there are hundreds of native born Israelis who grew up in Israel as Jewish believers in Yeshua. We are more commonly referred to as Israeli Messianic Jews.
We are now teens and young adults. We’ve lived through missiles, gas masks and endless hours sitting in bomb shelters. We’ve spoken openly of being “born twice” - which is a hard one to explain in Hebrew. We endured the scoffing of our peers, and the mocking of our teachers about our belief in the “Christian God who kills Jews.”   
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  September 2012 Yeshua Israel Report
  Demystifying Israel
September 2012 Yeshua Israel Report We’ve all seen it - the endless flow of television shows about Israel and her history.  Some have footage of ancient caves in the hills of Judea, or buildings in Jerusalem with thousands of years of history. Others  go with an in-studio format, boasting a host clothed in priestly robes anxious to tell you about the latest in biblical prophecy and the mystery of the Jewish people.

These shows fascinate many Christians who want to understand the significance of Israel. The problem is that they can leave people more confused than informed.  
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NEW Garden of Secrets [OFFICIAL] Music Video


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Garden of Secrets [OFFICIAL] Music Video:  This stop-motion music video is made up exclusively of almost 5000 still photographs. Nothing is video footage. The song is "Garden of Secrets" from the album Garden of Secrets inspired from the Song of Solomon.

For behind the scenes pics and more visit our music page on Facebook and Youtube: 
Shani Ferguson Music on Facebook
Shani Ferguson Music on Youtube


  Abraham's Secret
February 2012 Yeshua Israel Report If you’ve never considered your life activities in light of a multi-generational vision, perhaps it is because you’re thinking, “Why bother since Yeshua’s return is imminent?” Consider the term ‘hitting beyond the ball.’ It’s a classic rule in games like golf and baseball. It is derived from a simple law of physics: those who try only to hit the ball will not hit it nearly as well as those who continue swinging after the ball is hit. So let us live ready for Him to return any day while planning for His arrival in 100 years.

Even in His parables, Yeshua was clear that His arriving while we are busy doing His will will be much better received than His arriving to see us standing staring at the sky.
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Palestinians Don't Want Their Own State - Latest Israel News Video


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Palestinians Don't Want Their Own State:  When polled Palestinians say the don't want to live in a "Palestinian State". Egypt's borders with Gaza are open. Iran develops smart nukes.
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  December 2011 Yeshua Israel Report
  Pilgrim's Progress
Look How Far We've Come

December 2011 Yeshua Israel Report The late 70’s in Israel were as much about the birthing of the modern Messianic movement in Israel as anything else. The Jewish belief in Yeshua had gone into a figurative exile as Jewish people lived in literal exile. This all began to change once Israel was reborn.

Some of the most devoted hippies of the 1960’s were abruptly captured by the heart of God during the “Jesus movement” of the 1970’s. Come to find out, an astounding number of newly transformed hippies were Jews. Not only did many of them become born again, many of them answered the call to return to the home of their ancestors - Israel.  READ MORE
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Extreme Makeover Terrorist Edition


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Extreme Makeover Terrorist Edition:  Is the French president a liar himself? Prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal look forward to more terrorism. Abbas promises to build homes for released terrorists.
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Seraphim - Israeli Worship


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 Seraphim (Album "Garden of Secrets"): This clip by Shani & Kobi Ferguson is from a live worship concert at the Elav national youth conference hosted by Succat Hallel.
The music is available, click here.
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Peace Aggressors on the High Sea

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Koran Omits David and Goliath
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Turkey Eats Israeli Cold Cuts
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Understanding UN Bias Against Israel


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Understanding UN Bias Against Israel:  This is the clearest video on the web explaining the world bias through the U.N. against Israel. Invitation to Durban 3 NYC Sept 21
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Unrest in Jerusalem

  

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Unrest in Jerusalem

by Shani Ferguson


For the past few weeks tensions have once again reached their tipping point and spilled over into our lives here in Jerusalem. Collective chants of Allah Akbar echo across the ancient stones of buildings built long before Mohammed ever declared Allah the one true god.

You may or may not have heard on the news what sparked the latest flare up. Two weeks ago, two Islamic terrorists took a selfie of themselves in front of the Dome of the Rock and then started firing their smuggled guns killing two Israeli guards before being killed themselves. The strange part of this story is that the Temple Mount is generally frequented only by Muslims and tourists - not Jews. The role of security forces stationed there is to keep the peace - and make sure no non-Muslims attempt to pray on the grounds. So, it’s confusing as to why they chose this place to attack. Perhaps, they realized the chaos it would breed.

Israeli Soliders Killed in Temple Mount Terror AttacksTwo Israeli guards killed in the Temple Mount Terror Attack: Kamil Shnaan (left) and Haiel Sitawe (right)


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22 year old Master Sergeant, Haiel Sitawe hold his newborn baby 3 weeks before being killed by a Muslim terrorist.


In response to the attack, Israeli police placed a security checkpoint with metal detectors at the entrance to the grounds. In reaction to the metal detectors, riots broke out as many Muslims refused to go through the security checks and simply prayed outside on the streets. Inspired by the uprising, a Muslim terrorist snuck into a Jewish village and murdered a grandfather, his daughter and son as they celebrated the birth of the newest grandchild.

If you’re wondering why the uproar over metal detectors, allow me to give quick context. While Israel captured the Temple Mount in 1967 from Jordan, oversight of the grounds remained in the hands of the Jordanian Islamic leaders. This arrangement is known politically as at the “status quo”. While Israel has never made an attempt to change this arrangement, rumors constantly swirl among Muslims that Israel wants to build a new Temple where their beloved Al-Aqsa mosque now stands. Therefore, any initiative Israel takes at or near the Temple Mount is suspect. And while some Muslims would go and pray regardless of who they have to pass through, the more extreme Muslims (of which Jerusalem has plenty) view placing Israeli guards with metal detectors at the entrance to their place of worship as offensive and degrading.


Ariel Sharon on Temple MountThe last time tensions broke out in regards to the Temple Mount was in 2000 when Israel’s then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon simply walked the grounds of the Temple Mount. This “show of force” brought about riots, barbaric lynchings and 5 years of bus bombings that left hundreds dead, thousands wounded and millions living in fear of when and where the next attack would take place. Since then, Israel forbids Israeli government officials from visiting the site.

It has been more than a decade since the momentum of those terrorist attacks was thwarted by the building of a long barrier wall (stopping the smuggling of bombs for mass murder). But Israel hasn’t been able to stop the teaching of this radical Islamic ideology in the schools. So all this time, extremists have been hard at work indoctrinating their young to give their all to protect the Al-Aqsa mosque - by life or by death. And if you ask them, preferably by death. Everyone knows we’re sitting on a powder keg. Hands tied by the international community, Israel focuses its effort on the only thing it can do - avoid creating the spark.

I watched an interesting interview of an Imam who preaches regularly at the Al Aqsa mosque. Asked what he felt Israel had done wrong in regards to putting up the metal detectors, he explained that Israel shouldn’t be here and therefore any action it takes is wrong. When challenged by the Israeli journalist that according to Islam Allah ordains all things, therefore Israel’s existence is Allah’s will, and the Imam agreed. He explained that Israel’s existence is Allah’s punishment to Muslims for not being good enough Muslims but that the punishment of Israel would last only 76 years beginning in 1948. He concluded that in 7 years, when the 76 years are up, all the Jews in Israel will either become converts to Islam, or be dead.

We live in a fascinating paradox here. The supernatural is always stirring around us in an irreconcilable conflict between the kingdoms of Light and Darkness. In Jerusalem, the most dramatic expression of this conflict is Islam vs. Jews and Christians. Their god is at war with our God, but their god is also at war with them. It takes wisdom and maturity to understand that some of the Arabs living among us may be dangerous, but they are not are our ultimate enemy.

Only we, who have been reconciled to God, have the ability to come before the throne of God to intercede on behalf of the Arab people and plead for their deliverance from this false god who holds them captive to fear, and anger and hate. And so we ask you, as you continuously pray with us for the safety and salvation of the Jewish people, to also pray with us for the deliverance of the Arab people from the god of Islam. He is not a kind god and he rejoices to see the destruction of those who reject him as well as those who serve him.

BIG MOVE

Even before this latest uprising, we have felt it was time to move from our current home in Jerusalem. Housing in Israel is an enormous expense, so 5 years ago we moved to a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem to save on costs. The neighborhood was near an Arab Muslim neighborhood that was largely peaceful and we had no problems. But in the past year our kids have been harassed by local Muslims from the nearby neighborhood every time they went outside to the playground - even with an adult present. It has gotten so bad we don’t allow our kids outside alone for more than a few minutes which is hard on them as our apartment isn’t big.

So we have made the decision to move and will be moving this summer to the western side of the city. It is more expensive but we feel it is important for our family’s well-being. It is also closer to our new ministry center and studio so we will be able to spend more time there. While we usually raise funds for projects to help other individuals and families in the land, we are now asking for you to help ours.

A move is a big and time consuming event and we’d like to get past this and continue to focus on making disciples, building strong families, and developing a community of musicians and worshippers in Israel to be a light to our nation and the world. We’d like to ask you to help us with our one time moving expenses of $10,000. Please consider helping us reach this important goal as our move is imminent.

Thank you for standing with Israel,
Kobi and Shani and family and the entire Yeshua Israel team

Ferguson family this summer on Jerusalem boardwalk
Ferguson family on Jerusalem boardwalk days before recent violence began.



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