Action For Israel

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“In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers”


(Jeremiah 3:18)

From the North Country

We can with reasonable assurance say that the above Scripture has been in the process of fulfillment for the past 100 years. In the first Aliyah (large scale immigration)from 1882-1903, virtually all came from Russia.During the second Aliyah, they again came from Russia and also Poland, from 1904-1914. In the third Aliyah,again from Russia (1919-1923). There was a fourth Aliyah from Poland (1924-1932), the fifth Aliyah from Germany (1933-1939), and then the largest, the sixth Aliyah from the Soviet Union in recent decades.It is not surprising that the prophet specifically mentions,“out of the land of the north.” Later in chapter16:15, Jeremiah reconfirms the geographic area from where the bulk of the children of Israel would come from, “But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”In the meantime, the number of Jews in the land of Israelis quickly approaching the six million mark.

Testimony of Jesus

Religion is not a main concern among Jews in Israel; thus, a significant percentage of people are seeking truth, and truth is to be found. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Furthermore, Jesus stated, “Salvation is of the Jews.” To demonstrate the testimony of Jesus is one reason why Midnight Call Ministries International operates Beth Shalom in Israel. Our presence serves to affirm that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel, He is the Savior of the world, and He is Israel’s only true hope. The Apostle Paul specifically addresses the Gentiles when speaking about the Jews, “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy” (Romans 11:11). That is another reason why Midnight Call is present in the land of Israel. From here, we observe the daily life of the people; we see their needs and understand their searching. Whenever opportunity presents, we are there to encourage, comfort, and testify in the name of Jesus. The following is a report from our directors, Fredi and Beate Winkler, in Israel:

Dear Friends,

Here are a few words about our work in Israel.

It was 21 September 1973 when we married, and one week later,we moved to Israel. Then on 6 October 1973, the Yom Kippur War broke out.That was one reason we could not begin the construction of our long planned guest house, Beth Shalom.We had to wait until Spring 1974. Finally in October 1975, the facility was dedicated.

During those early days, we had many Jewish guests, particularly old ones who spoke German and Yiddish. Many stayed at Beth Shalom on a complimentary basis. During that time, quite a few groups of Holocaust survivors enjoyed a few weeks holiday in our guest house. Unfortunately, that generation is no longer.

Now, we concentrate more on tourists from around the world. It is our deep desire to share our love for the people of Israel. For the last ten years,many groups from the former Soviet Union, such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have been our guests.

In the first sixteen years, our nine children were born in the land of Israel; three sons and six daughters, and in the meantime, all have married. Two of the children, Ariel and Sarah with her husband Shai, are full time employees at Beth Shalom. Ariel is a government certified tour guide. Sarah and Shai are responsible for preparing food for the groups that come. Besides, both of these young men are always busy repairing and renovating the facilities. During the last 38 years,we were able to complete two major renovations that included extended construction to modernize Beth Shalom. Presently, the lobby and reception area are being rebuilt. Also, we are upgrading the dining room and the kitchen. After all, the kitchen has served us for about 35 years, so it’s time for renewal.On the top floor, we have our living quarters. Since all the children have moved out, we decided to surrender some of the space. The empty rooms are being converted into two suites. This is suitable for a family with children. The suites allow access to the roof terrace. Most of the work is actually done ourselves; subsequently, it takes a little longer.

One of the aims of Beth Shalom is to assist believers in the land of Israel. Beth Shalom also serves as a place for various fellowships of believers, which use our facility to hold their meetings and conferences. One of our daughters is doing a special work, which we, unfortunately, cannot publish due to the sensitive nature. There are several laws in Israel that define evangelizing children as being illegal activity. It is understood that our public activity is limited so as not to violate or disregard Israeli law. Breaking Israeli law would lead to the cancellation of our permanent residence permit. However, we never have nor ever will deny our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

~Fredi & Beate Winkler

Action for Israel

Needless to say, their children’s native language is Hebrew, but all are capable of communicating in at least four languages. This gives Fredi and Beate the unique position of analyzing the real needs of people in Israel, particularly those who believe in Jesus. Our Action for Israel fund, however, is not limited to believers but also supports other projects that are deemed necessary as a testimony to Jews that we, as Christians, love Israel.

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