CBN Israel Celebrates Early Passover with Group of Single Mothers

Just two weeks and counting till all of Israel celebrates the first of the Lord’s spring feastsThe Passover. At this time,  Jewish mothers spend countless hours scouring cupboards, scrubbing floors and shining a light on every corner of the home in search for any hidden crumbs of leavened bread. Soon, Israeli houses and streets will be filled with Jews and Christians from around the world who have come to participate in observing this sacred holiday. 

In the midst of the busyness and preparations for this great feast, CBN Israel invited a group of single mothers and their children to participate in a evening of fellowship where their souls could be refreshed. Twenty-seven woman came. When everyone had arrived, and the steam was still rising from the freshly prepared food, staff member Arik asked those who were present, ‘What would you prefer we do first? To eat physical food or spiritual food?’ Unanimously the ladies agreed that they had all come hungry for fellowship with God and with each other.

After a time of worship, Arik gave a strong message on how to get out of a spiritual desert. “Yeshua paid a high price for our freedom and He wants us to live in that freedom.” Arik stated. “The number one way to get free from our bondage is to draw closer to God. From that place comes thankfulness, worship and a desire to give. When we give, we express the nature of God who has generously given so much to us.” 

The women were affirmed in their identity, not in their status as single mothers, but in who they are in Messiah, Yeshua. One woman shared in response, “I have been feeling stuck in my relationship with God. But I know God is waiting for me to come to Him. This message really inspired me and helped me with what I need to do to get free.” 

When the women had received a hearty meal of spiritual food, they were then served a buffet of homemade quiches, salads and drinks. In this environment, the women were able to reconnect and strengthen their relationships with one another. Before the meeting came to a close, the ladies were lavished with presents to take with them such as holiday gift cards and blankets which were generously provided through our partners. 

We at CBN Israel believe that we are called to strengthen the Body of Messiah here in the Land of Israel. One of the ways we accomplish that goal is by providing physical, spiritual, emotional and financial support to the local Body of believers. Because of our generous donors, single mothers, Holocaust Survivors, believing entrepreneurs and many more have received aid in their time of need. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us? 


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Freedom is the Goal

We are approaching the Feast of Passover when all of Israel will recall to mind their ancestors exit from Egypt. This was a historical event that took place, but there is a deeper meaning inside the story which we all can relate to. It is the process of our own freedom from bondage.

When Yeshua came the first time, He fulfilled the prophesy in Isaiah which says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”- Isaiah 61:6. Those of us who believe in Yeshua can testify that this is certainly true. Messiah Yeshua has indeed set us free from the bondage of sin and death, in a similar way that the children of Israel were set free from Pharaoh’s cruel dictatorship. It was an instantaneous transfer from darkness to light, slavery to freedom, from Satan’s dictatorship to relationship with God. But perhaps you are asking yourself the question, “why then do I still experience bondage in certain areas of my life?” 

I believe the answer to that question lies also in the Exodus story. The transition from hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt to becoming a responsible freeman was a long process. It was a journey of lessons, a rewiring of thinking and a never ending walk with God. God led them through the desert towards the promised Land to teach them who He is so that one day, they would be a nation of freemen who would exemplify who He is to others. 

For the children of Israel, the journey took much longer than God had originally intended due to the attitudes of their hearts. They needed extra time to learn His ways and to learn obedience before they were ready to inherit the promise. It’s true of us also. If we discover an area in our lives that is enslaving us and keeping us from inheriting God’s promises of life and freedom in Yeshua, we would do well to evaluate where the root cause of the bondage comes from. For the people of Israel, it was a matter of wanting something other than God. When God had them fasting food and water, they missed their land of bondage where they had leeks and onions. When they hadn’t experienced God’s miracles for a while and their leader hadn’t come down from the mountain with a fresh word from God, they grew weary and impatient and turned their hearts toward idolatry. When they had grown tired of the journey and bored with God’s provision, they grumbled and complained, bringing judgement on themselves. In every one of these instances, there was always a root that stemmed from the heart. 

If there is an area in your life that you are struggling with that is keeping you in bondage, I would encourage you to ask the Lord to show you where it’s stemming from. The Lord is our deliverer who is always after our freedom. If you are willing to deal with the root cause of bondage in your life, He will not only bring you into the fullness of His promises, but you will also become, like the children of Israel, a testimony to who God is. 



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What Kind of Woman Will You Be?

When my husband and I and our three kids moved to Israel from the Former Soviet Union, we came with nothing. Though I had a degree in engineering, it was of no use to me without knowing the Hebrew language or the culture. I felt paralyzed by the challenges. Many days I sat in my house doing nothing but crying. One day, as I prayed about my circumstances, I realized I needed to make a decision. What kind of woman was I going to be? What kind of attitude was I going to have? If I continued to let my circumstances overwhelm me, my family and I would suffer. But if I began doing what I could to help improve the situation, I knew God would help me each step of the way. I found work cleaning houses and attended classes to learn the language. I studied accounting and when I finished the course, God opened doors for me to find employment. Today, I am not only able to help my family in the area of finances, but also others who are in need.

Woman have an important role to play in the family, the society and also in the work place. As women, we can either lead people to salvation, or in paths of destruction. In the book of Proverbs 14:1, we read, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands”.  In scripture, we see examples of both. But let’s focus on the ones who are wise.

Deborah is an excellent example of a godly woman. Her situation, was most likely not as good as many women in the western world have it today. Yet we see the position she held as prophetess and judge for her people and how she was revered even by her leader. When King Barak was afraid to face his enemy, Sisera, in battle, he requested for Deborah to accompany him. The wisdom God gave to Deborah in that time of war, helped save her King and her people. (See Judges 4 & 5).

Another example of a woman who God used to save her people is Esther. When she was taken from her humble life to the exalted position as queen, she was faced with a decision to either be strong and courageous, or to hide in the comforts of her royalty. We read in the story that after days of prayer and fasting, she risked her own life in order to save her people.

There are so many examples in scripture and in history of woman such as Deborah and Esther who by faith, did great things. These women, who, when faced with difficulties, did not panic or become stressed, but instead they turned to God in prayer and became influential. These women are no different than you or I. We too can chose faith in place of fear, prayer in place of panic and responsibility in place of despair.

God is ready and willing to act on your behalf, but perhaps He is waiting for you to take that first step of faith. What kind of woman are you going to be? Remember, our choices do not only affect ourselves, but also those who follow after us.

“”I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants”.- Deuteronomy 30:19

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She Made One Change And It Changed Everything

*Liya and her husband, *Aaron, moved to Israel from Africa with their four young children. Due to complications with Aaron’s status and decisions that were made, the family was soon thrown into a financial crisis. Liya tried saving money wherever she could including taking their youngest out of daycare. But the burden of the situation weighed heavily on her mind and emotions. She began to feel hopeless and in despair. Every day that passed she became less and less motivated to do anything for anyone, including herself. 

When Liya learned of the work of CBN Israel, she quickly made an appointment with Arik, the financial adviser. According to Liya, “this was the moment everything changed”. Arik shared with Liya from his own experience about the importance of taking responsibility for her life and that there was no benefit in blaming someone else. If she wanted to see change in her family, she needed to be the one to act. When Liya heard these words, depression left and hope rushed in to fill it’s place. It was as if she went from thinking from the fog of her circumstances to an elevated perspective with a broader view.

The very next day, Liya woke up with determination to make a change. She was determined to find a job. “Anything will do”, she thought to herself. “One thing will lead to another”. 

Her pursuit for work paid off as Liya found a job in caring for an elderly woman. As she applied herself in her work, word got out and more caretaker opportunities began to open up. Even at an unexpected time, she experienced yet another unexpected surprise. 

In a casual conversation with her daughter’s former daycare teacher, she expressed her hopes to put her daughter back in just as soon as she could afford it. The next thing she knew, Liya was being offered a job to become the manager of the afternoon shift! This position meant that she could not only spend time with her daughter in the daycare, but that her child’s attendance would be free. She was further granted permission for her older children to join them in the daycare after school. 

As Liya reflected on all that had happened in just three short weeks since the day her perspective changed, she remembered a question Arik had asked her during their meeting together. “If you could have a job doing anything you like, what would it be”? “Education!” she answered him. It had always been her desire to work with children. 

Recently, Rachel shared with Arik, “God used you and the team of CBN Israel as a spiritual pipeline in my life. Something was blocked and you came just in time to remove what was blocking and to restore life, hope and security for me.” 

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”- Charles Swindoll.

*Names in this article have been altered for privacy

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Couple Set Free From Financial Ball and Chain

*Sasha and *Tanya are a young couple who made Aliyah, (Jewish immigration to Israel), at the turn of the twenty-first century from the Former Soviet Union. Though they came separately to Israel, their past experiences were parallel in nature. Neither one had ever had good role models in their lives and their longing for belonging lead them into the wrong crowds. Their names were known among the gangs, doing drugs and consuming alcohol and through this lifestyle, they each plummeted headlong into debt. 

But God, in His great mercy, brought messengers of hope to bring them the good news of His salvation. And in receiving Him, their lives began to change. They met, married and desired to progress in their relationship with God. Yet, in every step towards advancement, they were jerked by the reminder of their debts like a dog coming to the end of it’s leash. Sasha tried to earn money the right way, working hard for his income. But the moment his paycheck reached the bank, the money was transferred in full towards the unpaid debts. In short time, Sasha and his new wife became discouraged. There seemed to be no freedom from the ball and chain of their past mistakes. 

It was in this state that the couple began searching for help. When they learned of the work of CBN Israel, the two began to feel hope. They met with Arik, the financial adviser, and together, they formed a plan. Requests for help were sent to various organizations and slowly but surely, the donations came in. In a matter of months, what seemed impossible became a reality. Every shekel of debt that the couple had accrued was entirely paid in full. 

“We don’t know how to thank you”, the couple said as they followed-up with Arik by phone. “If you were not there to listen, to pray and to help us, we would still be in that situation.” 

Now that the debts have been paid, Tanya has begun studying and volunteering her time to help those in drug rehabilitation. Sasha is working temp jobs while searching for permanent work. And the couple will continue meeting with the staff of CBN Israel for further financial counsel.

*Names altered for privacy. 

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Purim and Masks

The book of Esther is one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. The whole story can be viewed as God’s faithfulness even when we are unfaithful. The history prior to the story has everything to do with the story itself.
The nation had fallen under Divine judgement due to persistent rebellion and the practice of idolatry. After slavery in Egypt and experiencing God’s mighty deliverance, the Children of Israel went into the land of promise. But the people continued on a path of rebellion until God had no choice but to bring them under His own judgement. The kingdom of Judah was destroyed, and those who survived were exiled to Babylon.
The book of Esther was written from this place of exile and sorrow; a period where God seemed to have cast away His people and was hiding Himself from them. The Jews lived defenseless and completely at the mercy of a foreign kingdom. If ever Satan was looking for an opportunity to erase God’s people, the time had come. But in all of Israel’s failures, we find a God who remembers His people, and watches over them even while they are under His own hand of judgement.
Mordechai, Esther’s uncle, was a righteous and believing Jew living in that period of exile. In spite of experiencing the pain of God’s judgement with the rest of his people, he made a choice to honor God, regardless of what society around him thought. It was a difficult choice he had to make, but by refusing to conform, to bow down and honor Haman (“the enemy of the Jews” Est 3:10) he became the reason for a legal plot to wipe out all the Jews of the kingdom.
A lot was cast and a date was chosen. A legal decree was signed by the king declaring a set time when all the Jews throughout the kingdom would be killed. There were no protections or government systems to appeal to for justice or mercy, and there was no right to self-defense. The decree was a ‘death warrant’ for every Jewish man, woman and child; to be carried out in the name of the king. 
But God, who was never mentioned by name but was hidden in the story, did not leave His people to the whims of evil men. He may not have revealed Himself as in the former days, but it was He that worked out the great salvation for the Jews against all their enemies. He proved again to His people that He is a faithful God, and remembers them even when they were under His own judgement.
In Purim, we wear masks to remind us that God himself was a masked character in the book of Esther. He never came out to reveal Himself, but was working out His plan of deliverance for His people from His secret place.
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Chinese Celebrate New Year With Group of Single Mothers

The celebration of the Chinese New Year is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals with the largest annual mass of human migration. On Monday, February 19th, a group from China came to celebrate their new year with CBN Israel and a group of single mothers in Jerusalem. These thoughtful men and women came only with a desire to serve with no expectations to receive anything in return. For them, as believers in Yeshua, their joy was in their giving.  

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”- Acts 20:35


With the interior of Beit Sar Shalom all tastefully decorated in red posters with Chinese symbols, the group introduced everyone present to some noteworthy aspects of their culture and history. “There are many words in the Chinese language that have biblical meanings”, the group leader stated. She and the team then went on to teach the moms and their children how to write their names in the Chinese language. For the children, this was a highlight of the evening. 

Afterwards, the women were entertained with songs as they savored the taste of homemade, authentic, Chinese food which the group had spent the afternoon preparing. Salmon, salads, egg soup and of course, the famous item-white rice were all a part of the menu. 

At the end of the meeting, each of the woman and children were presented with a blessing unique to each of them which was written in the Chinese language. The women were very grateful for all the love that was shown and the hard work that had gone into the preparations for the evening.

Through the ongoing work of CBN Israel, there are many ways to get involved in caring for widows and single mothers throughout Israel. To partner with us or for more information, contact us at: 

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Ashes and Beauty

In biblical times, ashes were associated with mourning. They were an external symbol of death, destruction and tragedies resembling the agony a person was going through. One example from the book of Esther was when the decree of Haman to destroy the Jews went out:

“When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” (Est 4:1-3, NKJV)grief-2

We live in a fallen and broken world, filled with broken people. The tragedy and pain is not only our own experience but of those around us. We cause brokenness and we ourselves are broken. We may no longer use ashes as a symbol of mourning, but mourning is still part of our lives.

Our Lord knows our brokenness and came in person to carry away our sorrows. Most of His ministry years weren’t spent in the large centers of power and influence, but among the distant, the outcast and the broken. He went through the forgotten parts of the country and spread healing in the places of brokenness. He started out in the distant Nazareth, and declared His mission:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;” (Isa 61:1-3, NKJV)

Our Lord is still finding us in our brokenness. He still sees our grief and reaches out to comfort those who mourn. But He does more than comfort us; His touch is there to offer an exchange. You see, like in the time of Mordechai, we cannot enter into the King’s courts wearing our sackcloth and ashes. We have to be wearing proper attire to enter into the King’s presence. That is why He exchanges “Beauty” for our “Ashes,” and “oil of joy” for our “mourning.” We can continue to mourn for as long as we choose, but there comes a time where the Great Healer wants to escort us into the courts of the King, and to do so we must accept His exchange.grief-1

If we desire to see the broken made whole, we must change our location to the place where healing takes place. There is a prophesy in the book of Isaiah about the suffering of the Messiah. It says:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:5, NKJV)

The word used in Hebrew for “stripes” is- ובחבורותו-(U-be-Chavurato)- which is also the word for “being together.” So the verse also can mean that “In His presence” or “when being with Him” we are healed. It is His choosing to come and be with us that is the source of our healing, and He comes not only to sit with us in our grief, but to give us garments with which we can walk together into the courts of the King.

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A Matter of Life Or Death

*Chaiya was pregnant with her second child and was among the protesters in a pro-abortion rally when she met *Shoshi from the organization, Be’ad Chaim. “If you keep the baby, we will help you”, Shoshi told her. Chaiya was young and unhappy with life. She had already suffered so much, how could she possibly add another child to the mix of her struggles? But Shoshi’s words played over in her mind and compelled her to pursue the offer. Because of Shoshi and the help of Be’ad Chaim, Chaiya’s baby is alive today. 

Last week, the staff of CBN Israel were invited to speak to a group of mothers who have all declined abortion with the help of Be’ad Chaim. Chaiya and her two small children were among those who came. Staff member Arik Peled shared his personal story of how he too faced difficulties in his life as a child and young adult. He suffered abuse and parental absence which caused him to look to other means to fill his needs. But one day, Arik realized his life was his own responsibility and the decisions he made would affect his personal future. He could no longer blame others for the life he lived. His choices were his to bear. Arik went on to give examples for the women of ways they can start taking control of their lives, giving them hope for a better future. 

After the meeting, several of the women shared how the message had impacted them. Chaiya however, was in tears. “That message was very deep”, she said. “It was as if everything you shared was just for me”. 

Chaiya related to Arik’s personal story as she too suffered abuse from a family member, causing her to leave home at a young age. She wanted to blame others for her struggles, but after hearing Arik’s message, she desires to take responsibility for her life and the choices she makes for her children. 

Chaiya needs our prayers as she still has a challenging road ahead of her. Pray with us that she will have courage to act out the message she heard and to forgive all those who have hurt her. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support as we at CBN Israel, seek to make a difference. 

*Names altered for privacy

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In The Face of Temptation

It was my first time living for any extended amount of time in Israel when I met a dynamic woman who was introduced to me as a prophetess. She was always ready with a word from God to give to anyone she met- believers and strangers alike. On the outset, she seemed incredible, even larger than life. But as I learned her story, something seemed unsettling.

She was a wife, a mother and a pastor of a large congregation overseas. Each time she came to Israel, she left all that she had behind in order to do what she felt “called to do” for several months at a time. A man whom she nicknamed her Boaz accompanied her everywhere she went.

Eventually, the day came when everything she had crumbled. She made the decision to marry her Boaz leaving dozens of devastated families behind, including her own.

“Take heed that you stand lest you fall.”- 1 Corinthians 10:12

While the story is specific to this woman’s life, the temptation is not. Everyone experiences temptation in one form or another. 

Devastation doesn’t often effect marriages, ministries or our lives in forms of instantaneous natural disasters. It comes through one decision off the path at a time. We all love the grandeous ideas of being favored, exalted, doing GREAT THINGS FOR GOD! But those great things are so often Satan’s trap leading to our fall. Jesus’ greatness came in the form of servant-hood. Our great acts for God, our mighty ministries, our pedestal marriages can all fall hard if we are not careful to watch over them.

Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are. He was offered the kingdoms of the world. He was offered a way out from the suffering of the cross. He was told by His closest friend that God forbid He die for the sins of the people. But in all these temptations for grandeur, pleasure, and ease, He chose the cross. We have the hindsight to see that God exalted Jesus above all because of that decision. But we are faced daily with a choice of which road we are going to take. In the example above, we see a person who made choices that lead to compromising their commitment to their spouse and church.  Obedience to God’s calling doesn’t lead us to a path that is in opposition to His principles. 

When the Lord opens your eyes to a temptation from the enemy through His word, by His Spirit or in some other way, like Jesus did, resist it with the truth and run in the way of righteousness. Even though the right path is not always the easy one, in the end, you will look back and see those past trials and temptations as markers of victory over your enemy. 

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