Elderly Atheist Finds Faith Through Healing

*Aneta was both a psychotherapist and an atheist. When Aneta met people who spoke of their faith in God, she felt compassion for them. For she was convinced that believers in God were in need of mental therapy. But when Aneta was given a hopeless diagnosis, she experienced a first-hand encounter with the Truth.  

Aneta spent the majority of her difficult life in the Former Soviet Union. As a child, she was separated from her family and never told of the siblings that she had. Until one day, when she received a phone call from a woman named *Danya in Israel explaining that she was her blood relative- her sister! Danya had been searching for her through a Russian tv program called, “Wait For Me”, which helps families to reconnect. It was through this reunion with Danya that Aneta decided that she too would immigrate to the homeland of her Jewish ancestors. 

After arriving to the country, Aneta reached the age of retirement and spent her days caring for a sick member of the family. A short time later, she too fell severely ill, and was hospitalized. “I know believers in God who could pray for your healing”, she was told by a visiting friend. “I’ll ask one of them to call you if you’d like”. Aneta’s thoughts concerning believers hadn’t changed since her younger years. But she felt that a refusal of prayer would seem disrespectful. So, she agreed. 

A few days later, one of the staff of CBN Israel’s partners from Beit Hallel, phoned Aneta in the hospital. The staff member prayed for Aneta’s healing and hung up the phone. After the prayer, she began to feel something happening inside her body. A doctor came in to give her a blood test and had a look of surprise in his eyes as he reported that she was completely healed!

When Aneta returned home, she knew the truth. Today, she shares with everyone she meets that God is alive and it was He that healed her. 

“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”– James 5:14-16

*Names altered for privacy.


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African-Israeli Youth Hungry for Financial Mentoring

Last week, the staff of CBN Israel were invited to give financial counseling to a group of African-Israeli young adults. The students were high-school graduates who recently completed their mandatory service in the Israeli army. These young men and women are intelligent from their studies and matured by military disciplines, but they had never been taught the very practical wisdom of financial management.

This particular group of young adults are children of Jewish families who have immigrated to Israel from Africa and have formed a tight-knit community in central Israel. On this occasion, as is often their custom, the families prepared a meal to be eaten together. The ladies prepare the salads and the men cook the meat on the fire. The leader of the community, Pastor *Teru and his wife, join in the work and feel empathetic for the families of their community. Teru shared with the staff how opportunities have come to him and his wife to live a good, rich life here in Israel through hand-outs of sympathetic, well-meaning Christians that they have met along the way. But Pastor Teru politely declines, replying to these offers, “The Lord has brought me here to be a pastor. I am a shepherd who is to live among the sheep.”

During the meeting, the staff of CBN Israel shared practical tools for money management, one of which was the introduction of the Envelope System. This system is a means to help individuals gain understanding as to where money is being spent and how much they have to work with. “I want people to feel the money for themselves”, said staff member Arik Peled. “When people work with the money itself instead of always swiping a plastic credit card that appears to have no limit, they get a sense of reality and they tend to make better decisions”.

The staff further discussed with the group the ins and outs of the economic systems in Israel. In this “family-like” atmosphere, the students felt the freedom to ask questions and receive answers that pertained to their specific situations. When the meeting came to an end, this group of hungry youth begged the staff to stay and teach them some more. These, along with many others in the younger generation, are longing for the wisdom of a mentor who can help them avoid major financial pitfalls. “We need to be able to connect the spiritual things with the practical things”, said one of the students. “As believers, we hear so many spiritual things. But we are human beings in a physical world, and we need to be taught the practical things as well”, said staff member Arik. 

Arrangements are being made for the staff to return to host an additional seminar.

*Name altered for privacy.

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It Was The Third Night of Hanukkah

A Hanukkah Poem

It was the third day of Hanukkah, and all through Beit Sar Shalom, everyone was mingling, the single mothers felt at home.

Spread across the table, were salads, latkes and more, enough for every person to come and eat round four.

The Hanukkiah candles were lit to start the evening, and then the staff led the moms in choruses singing;

“Banu Choshech Legaresh” and “Maoz Tzur Yeshuati”, these were the songs that were sung by all, oh so joyfully.

After came the meal to everyone’s delight, and then Hanukkah donuts to top it off just right.

When everyone was satisfied and had eaten their fill, the room came to a hush and everyone was still;

As a mother from Ukraine, danced with all her might, to glorify the Lord clothed in a garment of white. 

Though many things took place this night and memories were made, the most important thing to remember is how much we have to give thanks. 

No matter what one goes through or what troubles one may face, God is still good, at work in our lives, and is worthy of all praise!


At the close of the evening, each of the women received a gift card to be used to buy clothes for themselves and their children. It was such a beautiful and heartwarming experience to be both with these women, and in the presence of God. The women were touched, and God was glorified. This was a Hanukkah celebration to remember.


God bless you.



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Full Circle

*Reuben is a Jewish, Ukrainian immigrant who made Aliyah to Israel seventeen years ago. Growing up in a secular environment, Reuben was negatively influenced and fell heavily into drugs. Five years ago, he came to know Yeshua as his Savior and was set free from his addiction. Reuben went through a believing rehabilitation program in central Israel, met and married his wife and began working in a carpentry job. Although he has left his old lifestyle behind, the effects of his past still loomed over him in the form of an exorbitant amount of debt.

Reuben became aware of the work of CBN Israel and reached out for financial help and guidance. Through a series of meetings with the staff, Reuben has become more financially stable. CBN Israel petitioned the help of various organizations who in turn gave donations that entirely cleared his debts! Today, Reuben is the head of the rehabilitation center that lifted him out of his struggles, was trained by CBN Israel in helping others become financially free, and is looking to start an independent business in the carpentry industry.

The staff of CBN Israel have seen great progress in Reuben’s life both in his finances and in his walk with the Lord and believe the Lord will use him to help others walk in freedom.

*Name altered for privacy.

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Marketplace Believers Connect to Expand God’s Kingdom

For the past five years, CBN Israel has been partnering with Israelfirstfruits for the purpose of developing believing business entrepreneurs for the market place in Israel. God has given His people Israel a mandate to be a light and and a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3). One way that this is being accomplished is by expanding His influence through believers in the marketplace.

Each year, the two organizations work together to train believing entrepreneurs in both business and character through a six month course. Experienced, educated believers, both local and international,come to share their knowledge with the students.

In the course’s “grand finale”, the students are coached in creating a business plan which they can then present at the annual  Israel Business Forum. The Forum is a highlight event where investors, entrepreneurs and advisers come from around the globe to connect with Israeli believers for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom through business relationships. First, second and third place winners of the business competition will receive an investment towards launching their business venture.

In September of 2015, Matthias and Tabea Oppliger were among the three winners of the business competition. With the money invested to them, they opened a social business in Tel-Aviv, Israel called A.I.R. an acronym meaning, Act. Inspire. Restore. A.I.R. employs victims of the sex trafficking industry, helping them to come off the streets and reintegrate into society with newly acquired skills such as wood working. Read more about the great work of A.I.R.

In September of 2016, Helen and Eldad Sagi received first place in the business competition and has since started Lily Pops, a business in producing organic popsicles. Lilly Pops is currently advancing towards a larger space and equipment for mass production. Anyone who has ever tasted one of these memorable treats knows it won’t be long before these pops are in high demand.

The students of this year’s business course are gearing up for the 2017 Israel Business Forum where three winners will be chosen for investment in their business venture. If you are an investor or an entrepreneur looking to connect with marketplace believers in Israel, come join us this year in Jerusalem!


We hope to see you here.


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A House for the Suffering

A Home For Rehabilitation & Strengthening

We recently started to work with an organization that has rehabilitation houses spread all across the country. In some of the houses, there are families including families of single mothers. In each rehabilitation house, a congregation is formed. When the congregation reaches 50 people, the organizers open a new house. In these houses there are many needs and people with financial problems. Some because of their past and others because of the cultural difference due to most of them being new immigrants. In our opinion, there is a great need for help, and this will take time and effort.

We have already begun to work with a man living in one of these houses. He was a drug addict in the past, but has now been sober for a few years. He is still trying to get out of debt that he has accumulated. We helped him monetarily with some of his debts, and have been giving him financial counseling. He will be joining our seminar on how to help others with finances.

Another young man we are working with comes from an African background. He grew up in a believing family but slipped between the cracks, and became homeless and a drug addict. In the past year, he has changed his life around and has been sober since. He doesn’t have any support system, and isn’t taking advantage of his rights. We will accompany him through this process of change.

We are in constant need of prayer because we are being exposed to these kinds of stories on a daily basis. We don’t have “formulas” for these people. We try to meet each person that has fallen between the cracks, listen to them, build them up and consider how to best help them in their specific situation.

Our main priority is to be able to listen, empathize, and love. To see these people eye to eye. To renew the hope and trust in people again, and help them rebuild their trust in God, that He truly cares and loves.

All of this requires sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and the ability to let the fruits of the Spirit work through us in this world, where we mainly focus on ourselves, on our wisdom, knowledge and experience. It is not always an easy effort to listen to the Holy Spirit and not lean on our experience and knowledge, or to what we see with our own eyes.

Therefore, we ask that you would stand with us in prayer. That although we are being exposed, we would still be sensitive and creative.

Finally, we ask for your prayers for our upcoming volunteer seminar focusing on family finances. There will be volunteers from all over, and we are hoping this will help the body across the country.

It is not always easy to push and encourage people to volunteer, but we see it as a great need. We are trying to organize a seminar of four meetings in the month of June, and we still don’t have enough people who are interested.

We are praying for at least 10-15 people who are willing to take part in this volunteer program. If it’s on your heart, please get in touch with us here.

Thank you for standing with us! We are grateful for each and every one.

God bless you.

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Israeli Believers Break Through in Business

Gassan grew up in Nazareth, Israel from the time he was twelve. He tried his hand at a variety of  jobs including engineering, but always felt that business ownership and management was the place for him. After studying a short time in Israel, Gassan moved to France where he studied business before returning to Israel to put his education to work.

In short time, his diligence paid off and his restaurant, Rosemary, soared to the top of the charts, becoming Trip Advisor’s #1 restaurant in Nazareth. Yet, as in all things, there are two sides to every coin. With success comes a lot of responsibility and Gassan found that maintaining a high standard in business required a great deal of his time and efforts. Perhaps it was time to explore other possibilities.

Gassan knew what he needed to do. He began building a new business plan and sought for a way to connect with believing business entrepreneurs both locally in Israel as well as abroad. He learned that both of these desires could be fulfilled through the business course held by Israel Firstfruits and CBN Israel. Gassan signed up to attend. To his surprise, Gassan learned through the course, not only about business, but about doing business God’s way.

“I was not expecting to gain such spiritual growth,” Gassan stated in an interview with the staff of CBN Israel. “The course has made me think more about what God wants me to do and not just what I want to do. And if God wants me to do something, I know He will bless it.” Gassan says that he trusts that the leadings in his heart come from God.

One of the many benefits of studying in the business course is the connections made between believers. Still with a few weeks left to the completion of the course, Gassan is already making progress towards his new business ventures through connections he has made. God knows how to bring people together to expand His kingdom and the business course is just one of the ways this is accomplished.

Every September, for the past four years, Israel Firstfruits and CBN Israel host a business forum where entrepreneurs, investors and business advisers come from around the world to connect with local, market place believers in Israel. Watch CBN Israel’s facebook or Twitter page for updates and consider attending the 2017 business forum in Jerusalem! 

We hope to see you here!

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Immigrants to Israel “Come Home” to the Arms of Perfect Strangers

The following in quotations was written by our partner Ludmilla with Beit Hallel Congregation

“Over the last year we have seen a significant increase in the flow of immigration to our city of Ashdod.

Consequently there have been many more requests of assistance and help, so we have increased the frequency of our humanitarian projects, as well as significantly raised the resources dedicated to helping the poor.Immigrants to Ashdod

We run a distribution center that works daily to provide people with clothes and food packets. We also conduct special projects 6 times a year giving out essential products to help many immigrants in their first months in Israel. Blankets, heaters, fans, kitchen supplies, school backpacks for kids, as well as gift cards for school supplies are all an enormous help to many families.

Every Jewish holiday we also organize special concerts and celebrations with gifts and dinners for new immigrants that get to celebrate true Jewish festivals for the first time.

Our humanitarian work has grown by 50% in the past year.  Currently we assist in feeding 1,200 families on a monthly basis.”

Food prep in Ashdod

We at CBN Israel are providing Beit Hallel Congregation with food vouchers to help bless these new immigrants as well as the Holocaust Survivors they serve in Ashdod. Here is one new immigrant’s story.

“Sofa, a single mother from Ukraine, came to Israel only a few weeks ago. She shared a little about her life back in her home city of Gorlovka where war is unceasing. The windows in her home were without glass, so she covered them up with plywood and blankets. She and her daughter were freezing in the icy, winter temperatures and they were starving from the lack of food and work due to the war. When Sofa and her daughter first arrived in Israel to the city of Ashdod, they came with almost nothing. They were so grateful to have such a reception from the staff of Beit Hillel. When she was told that she would be able to receive food once a month, she sobbed and could not believe what she had left and the help she was getting free of charge.”

Would you consider joining us in blessing these new Israeli immigrants with food vouchers by giving a donation to CBN Israel today? Thank you for your support and prayers.

God bless you!

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One Lie at the Root of the Problem

In Great Need of God’s Help

A precious believing family we are working with to help get out of financial crisis shared with us about their struggle with one of their children. Their son, *Avi, understood God to only love him if he did what He wanted him to do. But if he stepped outside the lines or didn’t attend congregation, God would be angry, disapprove of him and would not love him anymore. This belief played out in behaviors of hurt and rebellion and in turn, brought on a slew of troubles for Avi and his parents. 

Arik, our financial advisor who was working with the couple offered to take the boy under his wing to give him counsel and better understanding of the Biblical truths about the nature of God. Both Avi and his parents agreed to Arik’s offer. During these sessions together, Avi began to realize that God is love and there is nothing we can do to change His nature. But our actions do have consequences and we are in charge of our choices that lead us down either a path of destruction or a path of life. 

Like the sun coming out after the storm, God’s love and truth is brightening up Avi’s heart, life and countenance. Today, he is learning to walk in balance and to enjoy life within God’s healthy boundaries. We are witnesses of God’s work of healing and restoration in Avi’s life and in his family relationships. 

Would you pray with us for Avi and his family? Please pray:

    • That God would continue the work that He has begun in bringing order to their finances.
    • That the family would relate with one another in a healthy, godly way. 
    • And that God’s word of truth would continue to set their minds free from all lies of the enemy. 

God bless you! 

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They Tried to Kill Us, They Failed, Let’s Eat!

A Purim Celebration with Holocaust Survivors

By Bethany

After interviewing Israel Roytman and hearing about his work with Holocaust Survivors, he invited me to come to a Purim celebration with the Survivors that he cares for in Jerusalem. I was thrilled! I have had very few experiences with this group of people but my heart leaps at the opportunity to be with them and hear their stories. 

On the day of the celebration, I was late due to difficulties in finding parking in downtown Jerusalem. I figured it shouldn’t be a problem; perhaps I would just slip in the back door (if there was a back door) and joyfully observe from a hidden spot in the back of the room. I followed directions to the location, climbed the stairs to the entrance, and carefully opened the door. The moment I was in view, the whole room lit up as if it was my surprise birthday party. An elderly man came straight away to take my arm and escort me to my seat while Israel introduced me on the microphone to those present in the room.

CBN Israel PurimI was seated and handed a gift basket they had put together of wine and chocolates not for Purim, but for International Women’s Day. I was still in shock by the grand welcome when Israel invited me to greet everyone on the mic. Still in a daze, I shared greetings from CBN Israel and spoke of our love and prayers for them. I returned to my seat and exchanged greetings with those at my table. I was surprised to see several people that I knew and loved in the room. I felt so welcomed by the Survivors and by everyone present. It was really something to see the life and joy on each person’s face. 

The formalities were over, it was time to celebrate! Israel and a few of the Holocaust Survivors gathered around the mic and began to sing songs together to their hearts content in Hebrew or Russian. We danced the Hora (a Jewish folk dance step), we sang and sang and sang some more. We ate, we drank and we laughed. It was truly a memorable experience.One of the sayings that sums up nearly every Jewish holiday is this:

“They (Israel’s enemies) tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat!”

CBN Israel PurimTo see Holocaust Survivors singing and dancing, eating and drinking and living to a good old age gives us a very strong message. No matter what Israel’s enemies have tried to do to destroy this people and their God, His word of truth still stands. There will always be a remnant. The people of Israel and their God lives! 

If you wish to contribute towards giving food vouchers to Holocaust Survivors in Israel, please do so here. 

God bless you! 

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