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The last time I saw Derek Prince was at a service at Christ Church, Jerusalem in August 1995. I was there to attend the International Conference of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism. That Sunday morning the church was packed with visitors from around the world as is often the case at CMJ’s historic church in Jerusalem’s Old City. 
Image of Derek Prince's gravestone Derek Prince and other members of Christ Church led a powerful intercessory prayer group during the 80's and 90's there. A prolific writer on the topic of the power of prayer and fasting, Prince’s books have been re-printed and are available online at several sites under “Derek Prince books.” 
On a recent trip to Israel, I walked with a friend who serves as a caretaker at the Christian cemetery in Jerusalem to see where Derek Prince is buried and to pay my respects. His books and teaching influenced an entire generation of believers. It is good that they are still available to readers today. His love for the Jewish people and his understanding of their place in God’s plan of salvation ran deep in his life and were expressed wonderfully in all his books.
Appointment in Jerusalem was a book which blessed me greatly as a new believer. I recommend you read it on this 40th anniversary of its publication. It is a story out of the Book of Acts as our friend Charles Gardner points out. The book was re-printed in 2005 as a 30th  anniversary edition. To order, see (and type "Appointment in Jerusalem" in the title search field).
-- Dr. Theresa Newell

Lydia Prince’s Appointment in Jerusalem – 40 years on

By Charles GardnerAppointment in Jerusalem, book cover
Amidst an increasingly secular Western world where God is assumed to be dead, or a figment of one’s imagination, it’s time to celebrate a book published 40 years ago.
Appointment in Jerusalem charts the incredible story of a young schoolteacher who had an encounter with Christ every bit as dramatic as the Apostle Paul’s and went on to fulfill her destiny in a city she knew nothing about, allowing the Holy Spirit the guide her every step.
Lydia Christensen was in her mid-thirties, living very comfortably in her native Denmark as her local school’s head of domestic science. But she was searching for God, whom she couldn’t find in her Lutheran surroundings. She even turned down a marriage proposal for fear it would detract from her determined quest to discover whether Jesus was real. And when He appeared to her in a vision, her remarkable journey of faith had begun.
Other visions followed, she began to speak in a language she had never learnt and was soon baptized in the sea by a Pentecostal pastor, sparking much ridicule and scorn from her colleagues and pupils.
It was through a vision of people in Middle Eastern dress that she felt a call to Jerusalem. She gave away her possessions and set off, in 1928, for the ‘City of the Great King’, as the psalmist describes it (Psalm 48.2). Like Abraham, she didn’t know where she was going to stay or how she was going to make ends meet, especially as she had no work permit. She only knew God had called her there. At one point she was down to her last 86 cents and went without food for four days, but it only deepened her trust.
Her first task came as quite a shock. A Jewish man, having heard that she was a kind woman, came to ask her if she would look after his dying baby daughter. Initially protesting her inexperience, she took her in and anointed her with oil as she prayed for her healing in Jesus’ name. Tikva (meaning ‘hope’ in Hebrew) made a remarkable recovery, so much so that her parents wanted her back, by which time Lydia had grown to love her as her own. But she realised she had to offer her up as a sacrifice, as Abraham had done with Isaac, and just as in the biblical narrative, she did receive Tikva back as it turned out her parents were unable to cope.
And when serious riots broke out between Jews and Arabs in 1929, she was forced to run the gauntlet of no-go areas in order to fetch water, which had been cut off by the fighting. When she struggled to get over the barricades with Tikva on her shoulders, suddenly – out of nowhere – a man came to her rescue. When she told her friends what had happened, they were all convinced it must have been an angel! 
Others were leaving the city because of the tension, but Lydia believed God was calling her to be a “watchman on the walls” (Isaiah 62.6), praying for the peace of Jerusalem. And in the ensuing years she continued to mother scores of abandoned Jewish and Arab children. She also realized the city held the key to the world’s future and that Christians need to do all they can to help Israel.
We owe them a huge debt which has gone unpaid for too many centuries, she wrote to her mother. “It is to them that we owe the Bible, the prophets, the apostles, the Saviour Himself.”
Perhaps if such calls had been heeded on a wider basis, millions of Jews could have been saved from the Holocaust which was to come.
At the end of World War II, Lydia married Derek Prince, the well-known Bible teacher, and Appointment in Jerusalem was published by Kingsway in 1975 [Chosen Books, in the US] with Lydia Prince as author “as told to her husband Derek”. Together, Lydia and Derek adopted and raised nine Jewish and Arab children in Israel. They were saints in our midst and left great blessings in their wake.

An Important Request from Christ Church Jerusalem

Dear Praying Friends,
As most of you already know, Jerusalem and other parts of the country have witnessed a number of violent incidents this week. The upsurge in terrorism comes at a time when the Temple Mount has been a focus of friction between Israelis and Palestinians.Pray for peace in Jerusalem
Our staff and volunteers are safe, but we do worry about the implications if this violence does not end soon. We at Christ Church ask that you pray for the following:
  • That God will pour out his peace and the bloodshed will come to an end
  • For God’s protection of human life - in every community
  • For the Palestinian press that has been inciting the public with wildly exaggerated reports and untruthful stories.
  • For the few politicians (on both sides) who are cynically using the unrest for their own political purposes.
  • That God will discredit leaders (religious, political and others) who advocate solving this conflict with violence and more force.
  • That those who perpetrate terrorism will be caught and brought to justice.
  • That the Israeli army and police will act with wisdom.
  • That Palestinian and Israeli officials will cooperate to bring an end to the tension.
  • That God through his Spirit of Holiness will bring reconciliation and healing to Jews and Arabs (especially in Jerusalem where divisions between the two communities are the deepest).
  • That God will give the followers of Jesus the opportunity to be witnesses of his Presence in this situation.
If you have planned to come to Israel in the upcoming weeks or months, please do not cancel. Tourists are rarely ever caught up in the political violence that occasionally breaks out here. Even with the recent events Israel is still safer than any major city in North American or Europe.
David Pileggi
Christ Church Jerusalem

Vulcan hand signal explained

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock the pointy-eared, cerebral  Vulcan, on the Star Trek series, died on February 27, 2015.  Soon after his death the YouTube below went viral.  In it, Nimoy talks about his Jewish family background and how the famous Vulcan hand signal, which Mr. Spock used on the popular series, had a Jewish root from synagogue worship which he experienced when he was young!
Nimoy's parents, Dora and Max Nimoy, were from Iziaslav, Ukraine. Leonard was born in Boston March 26, 1931. Whether or not you are or were a Trekkie, enjoy this interview!

Gates of Gath, home of Goliath, found

by Dr. Theresa Newell, August 11, 2015
Recently Israeli archeologists from Bar Ilan University uncovered what is believed to be the gate of the city of Gath, home of Goliath, the giant that David slew in the Valley of Elah. The area of the find lies between Jerusalem and Ashkelon.  It is thought to be the largest gate ever found in Israel.  Along with the gate, a large city is being unearthed showing an iron foundry dating from 3,000 years ago, which could account for the weapons of iron the Philistines used to keep the children of Israel under their thumbs. 
The city of Gath is believed to have been the largest city in the area in the 10 - 9th centuries BC. The city was occupied until about the ninth century BC, when it is said it was destroyed by Hazael, king of Damascus.

God's Holy Highway

by Dr. Theresa Newell, July 2, 2015
I met Charles Gardner, a Christian journalist from England, at CMJ’s Christ Church Guest House, Jerusalem in the Fall of 2013. His enthusiasm for the Land and his love for the Jewish people struck me immediately. His latest book, Peace in Jerusalem, has recently been published by Olive Press and is available on Amazon. (Use the CMJ USA Amazon Smile button on our home page to order).
Peace in Jerusalem, book by Charles GardnerAs the back page blurb on the book headlines: “Here is a Middle East peace process that does not involve politicians or bureaucrats!” Gardner combines the miracles he witnessed at the second At the Crossroads conference held at Christ Church in May 2014 with the history of the founding of Israel. Over 70 invited church leaders, many with Muslim-backgrounds, from around the Middle East, shared their testimonies of coming to faith there. They prayed and worshipped together with Israeli Messianic Jewish leaders in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 19: 23-25 had quickened the spirits of the Rev. David Pileggi, rector of Christ Church, and other leaders in Jerusalem several years ago – It read:
“A highway would go between Egypt and Assyria;  then Egyptians shall worship with Assyrians . . . Israel shall rank with Egypt and Assyria and shall be a blessing in the center of the world . . . So the LORD of Hosts will bless them . . . Egypt my people, Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my possession.

Soldiers from Down Under come up trumps for Israel

Having charted the role played by Britain – and especially its Christians – in the restoration of the Jewish people to their ancient land, I think it’s only fair to record for posterity the vital contribution made by our Antipodean friends from Down Under.
You may recall me saying how UK evangelicals, and in particular the now international society CMJ (Church’s Ministry among Jewish people), were at the forefront of efforts to persuade the British Government to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East. This resulted in the so-called Balfour Declaration of 1917 and became a practical possibility just nine days later when General Allenby’s forces took Jerusalem from the Turks.
But without the brave ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand) forces this could surely not have happened, and the Jewish people remain forever in their debt.
Against all odds, the legendary charge of the ANZAC light horse brigade completed a victory in the Battle of Beersheba that might not otherwise have been possible and paved the way for the subsequent capture of Jerusalem, bringing the centuries-old Ottoman Empire to an ignominious end in the process.
As it happens, April 25 is ANZAC Day which this year marks the centenary of the landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula of Australian and New Zealand forces, who subsequently conducted a brave eight-month long campaign against fierce opposition, losing 8,000 of their men, and has since been marked as a day of remembrance for all 60,000 ANZACs who fell during World War I.

The Wonderful Blessing of Passover

I have just had the immense privilege of sharing, with hundreds of school children in my home town, the story of how Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, celebrated Passover with his disciples shortly before his trial after booking a large Upper Room in Jerusalem’s Old City for the occasion.
I had to re-tell the story dozens of times to a total of more than a thousand pupils aged six to eleven over seven days as part of engaging the kids with Christian teaching about Easter – that we see it as the fulfilment of Passover and which also happens to coincide with the Jewish festival this year.
They sat in rapt attention as I explained how, at this ‘Last Supper,’ Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) instituted what has become known to Christians as Holy Communion. But it was a Passover meal much like that celebrated by Jews today, except that when it came to the third of the traditional four cups of wine poured out (known as the ‘cup of redemption’), he made the startling declaration: “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
We believe he was about to be sacrificed as the ultimate Passover Lamb, of which all previous feasts were only a foretaste. And he added that he would not drink again of the fruit of the vine “until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God” (Mark 14.24 New Testament).

Near CMJ's Christ Church Compound:

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus's trial in Jerusalem.

David Pileggi and Israeli archaeologist Shimon Gibson are quoted in a recent Washington Post article about the opening of that archaeological site at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem's Old City.
The Rev. David Pileggi, minister of Christ Church, an Anglican congregation whose complex includes a guesthouse and heritage center near the museum, said the discovery... confirmed "what everyone expected all along, that the trial took place near the Tower of David." (Washington Post, 4 January 2015)
Read the article here:
"Part of Herod's Palace sits underneath a section of the Christ Church compound. Wouldn't it be interesting if Jesus actually stood where we are!" said a member of CMJ Israel's staff.

Jerusalem Focus on General Who Stopped the War!

by Charles Gardner
The World War I British officer who gave the order to lay down arms in 1918 is the subject of a year-long exhibition in Jerusalem opening this week. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Lt. Gen. Sir William Dobbie’s life is being celebrated at Christ Church, an Anglican community with strong links to the family and located within the ancient walls of the Old City.
Soldier of Christ:  General Dobbie pictured with his wife and daughter
When in 1929 riots broke out in what was then part of the British Mandate of Palestine as Arabs became anxious about growing Jewish immigration, the then Brigadier Dobbie – a distant cousin of T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia fame) – successfully brought calm to the situation as he sought God’s guidance!
With very few troops and widespread disorder throughout the country, the career army officer and devout Christian was faced with a dilemma. Rejecting outright such suggestions as placing the country under martial law or requesting RAF bombing raids on Arab villages, Dobbie turned to prayer. It was hardly a textbook tactic but, when reinforcements arrived, he spread his men very thinly to cover as wide an area as possible, and the violence ceased in the early stages before things got out of hand.


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