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Girl on Fire: Fearless Passion for God and Israel

 

Siraya Chambers might be young, but her bold faith far exceeds her age. Connected to CUFI by her Bible teacher as a high school Senior, Siraya fell in love with the pro-Israel movement when she came to Summit in 2015. She founded her CUFI on Campus chapter at the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a Freshman before being selected as a Bonhoeffer Fellow in 2016.

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Supporting Israel: Being Salt and Light in the World

 

Hovsep Chaparian grew up as an American, but his parents are originally from the Middle East. Several of his extended family members still live in Syria and Lebanon, and through his family he has an extensive knowledge of the Armenian community in the Middle East. His parents raised him with a love for Israel because of their Christian faith, but not every member of his family shares those feelings. So when Hovsep joined CUFI on Campus as a Bonhoeffer Fellowship student and visited Israel for the first time in August 2016, he already had a very personal interest in the role Israel plays in the Middle East.

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Voices of the Future: Changing Leaders into Visionaries

 

Chris Vasquez

Chris Vasquez doesn’t really like politics, but he really loves God. A native of San Antonio, he had attended Pastor Hagee’s Cornerstone Church for a long time and had heard about God’s love for Israel from the pulpit many times. But it wasn’t until he was invited to CUFI’s Washington DC Summit as a student in 2014 that God started to change his heart and draw him towards taking an active stand for Israel.

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Voices of the Future: Changing Leaders into Visionaries

 

Alex-OConnor

Talking to Alex, it is immediately evident he is not an average 20-year-old college student. For one thing, he is already a Senior at the University of Minnesota. For another, his intellectual depth and spiritual maturity marks him as someone far older and wiser than his age would suggest. In less than an hour, his thoughtful responses to our interview made it clear why he was selected as part of the inaugural class of CUFI on Campus Bonhoeffer Fellows.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. December 22nd Father Thomas Uzhannalil kidnapped in Yemen

 

In early March this year, militants attacked a Catholic retirement home in Yemen and murdered 16 people working there. In that attack, Father Thomas Uzhannil was kidnapped and is still being held prisoner. One of the nuns who survived described the brutal attack in an emotional visit with Father Tom’s family.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. December 21st Asia Bibi waiting for final appeal of her death sentence in Pakistan

 

For six years, Asia Bibi has languished in a prison cell after being accused of violating Pakistan’s Islamic anti-blasphemy laws. The Christian mother of five children has been sentenced to death, and her lawyers have appealed the court’s decision many times. The final appeal hearing was scheduled to take place in October, but was postponed after one of the judges recused himself. The new date for her final appeal has not been set at this time.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. December 20th Syrian Christian Refugees Fleeing Terrorists and Civil War

 

The ancient Christian communities of Syria, established in the first century AD, have been decimated by the Syrian Civil War ongoing since 2011 and the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group. Syria is the fifth most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian, according to Open Doors International. The country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is at war with several factions of rebels and Islamic radical groups, including ISIS. But Assad’s oppressive government is backed by Iran and its proxies such as Hezbollah, and Assad’s military is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of Syrians. CUFI’s Erick Stakelbeck explained the complicated situation in Syria on this episode of The Watchman. Unfortunately, there are no “good guys” in this war except the innocent people trapped between the competing forces.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 19th Christian converts risking their lives in Saudi Arabia

 

An estimated 1.2 million Christians live in Saudi Arabia, but most of these believers are migrants from other countries. By law, all Saudi citizens are considered Muslim. The Islamic government rules by strict Sharia law under which conversion from Islam is punishable by execution and churches are outlawed. In addition to government persecution, Christian converts are often the victims of “honor killings” by angry family members. In 2006, the government promised to allow Christians the freedom to worship privately in their homes but that promise has not been kept.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 18th Christian converts risking their lives in Afghanistan

 

The Church in Afghanistan is heavily persecuted. Open Doors International lists this country as the 4th most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world. There are no established Christian communities still in existence after the rule of the Taliban. New converts, who usually hear about Jesus from outside sources, are on their own. The last public church was destroyed in 2010. Meeting in homes is very dangerous. The Taliban still holds a lot of power, and their radical militants will target, kill, and kidnap any known Christians. Conversion from Islam to Christianity is legally punishable with life imprisonment or death.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 17th Christians threatened with violence in the territories under the control of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas

 

Approximately 40,000 Christians live under the rule of either Hamas in Gaza or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Life in these territories is often very difficult, and sometimes deadly, for Christians. Radical terrorist groups and extremist individuals know that the governing authorities will not punish them for attacking or harassing Christians.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 16th Pray for Christians Terrorized by Boko Haram in Nigeria

 

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The growth of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been devastating for the Christians living in Nigeria. Christians are a minority group in northern Nigeria, where they’ve been terrorized by Islamic militants for nearly a decade. Boko Haram’s goal is to completely take over the entire state of Nigeria and institute Sharia law.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 15th Pray for Christians Imprisoned in Sudan

 

Sudan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians, according to Open Doors International. The Islamic government regularly arrests and imprisons believers with false charges. An estimated 1.9 million Christians live under constant threat.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 14th Christians Imprisoned in Libya

 

Open Doors International released a report in May 2016 describing Libya as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian. The civil war in 2011 resulted in a divided government and the growth of the Islamic State. Both government forces and ISIS are hostile toward Christians, who have no religious freedom in Libya.

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12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - December 13th Coptic Egyptian Women

 

The entire Coptic Christian community in Egypt has been under intense persecution for many years. Their situation has grown even more dangerous since the Arab Spring in 2011. Just a few days ago, the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo was bombed and 25 Christians were killed. Although Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has made admirable rhetorical efforts to unify Egypt’s majority Muslim population with the Coptic minority community specifically, the Egyptian government has done little to protect Christians from terrorism, mob violence, kidnappings, and murders that are on the rise.

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Fighting BDS on the Streets of San Francisco

It has been almost a year since Israel began experiencing a surge in terrorism and violent popular uprisings. On Rosh Hashanah last year (September 13, 2015), the first victim in this wave of violence was murdered as he returned home from his family’s celebration of the Jewish New Year. Since then, there have been hundreds of individual attacks, over 500 people wounded, and 40 innocent people have been killed. It has been a year of tragedy and terror for many Israelis since that night. As we approach the next Jewish New Year, we want to honor the memories of those we’ve lost. May each of their lives be a light that is never forgotten.

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Christian Mother Facing Execution in Pakistan

Six years ago Pakistani citizen Asia Bibi was charged with violating her home country’s anti-blasphemy laws. She has been sentenced to death for her “crime,” and in just a few weeks, her lawyers will be given one last chance to save her life.

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We Remember: Israeli Couple Shot While Driving With Their Children - Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife, Naama, left a legacy of love.

 

It has been almost a year since Israel began experiencing a surge in terrorism and violent popular uprisings. On Rosh Hashanah last year (September 13, 2015), the first victim in this wave of violence was murdered as he returned home from his family’s celebration of the Jewish New Year. Since then, there have been hundreds of individual attacks, over 500 people wounded, and 40 innocent people have been killed. It has been a year of tragedy and terror for many Israelis since that night. As we approach the next Jewish New Year, we want to honor the memories of those we’ve lost. May each of their lives be a light that is never forgotten.

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Money Talks: The $400 Million Ransom Paid to Terrorists

 

MoneyTalks.jpgAn unmarked Iranian cargo plane in Switzerland is secretly loaded with pallets stacked with $400 million in foreign cash. Four American hostages are kept huddled in the Tehran airport under armed guard for nearly 24 hours, on their way home but not allowed to leave just yet. Finally, Iran lets the hostages board their plane, and as soon as the wheels are off the ground in Tehran the Iranian officials waiting in Geneva are allowed to take custody of the plane filled with cash. What just happened?

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What Makes Israel Home to the Jews?
Part 1 - The Graves of Wise and Holy Ancestors


What makes us call a place our home? What connects us to our home that’s unique and special? For most, that connection is about the relationships to the particular people and places that are part of our personal life now or at some point in our past.

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The Nation That Found God in Reading and Writing

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In Ancient Rome, rulers of much of Europe and the Middle East, only one or two percent of the population could read and write. In Great Britain, as recently as the mid-1800’s, the literacy rate was only a little over 50%.

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Israel’s Leadership in the Moral Conduct of War

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Among the many areas of human activity in which Israel is the world’s leading innovator, one of the most important is moral warfare. Among the many innovations that Israel has introduced into the battlefield are the following:

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UNRWA Perpetuating Conflict at US Taxpayer Expense

 

MapPalestina-thumb.pngThe United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was established in 1949 to assist Arab refugees who fled their homes when five Arab armies attacked and tried to wipe out the new Jewish state. It was supposed to be a temporary agency to help resettle the refugees. It failed in its mission, but instead of folding or starting over, UNRWA redefined its mission. Now, instead of working towards a solution, UNRWA helps perpetuate refugee narrative among actual refugees’ descendants, and thus the ongoing conflict with Israel.

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Why Are Israelis Having So Many Babies?

 

kinder-sm.jpgOne of the most consistent demographic observations is that higher levels of economic development translate into lower birth rates. Likewise, higher rates of women’s participation in the workforce and higher rates of post-secondary education for women are both associated with lower birth rates. Over the last 50 years, there has been an overall dramatic drop in birth rates in developed countries.

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A Legacy of Human Freedom

 

four-score-thumb.jpgAmerica has played a very special role in the story of human freedom. In the history of civilization, there are many great powers that have dominated the world stage. But the United States has played a unique role as a great world power that stands for an ideal of human freedom. The title, “Leader of the Free World,” was widely used to describe the US only after the American-led victory in World War II.

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The Concept of Martyrdom is Now Everyone‘s Business

 

Martyrs-Thumb.jpgThe word martyr originally meant “witness.” In the Greek New Testament, the term refers to someone who brings a testimony, particularly testimony of the Christian Gospel. For three centuries, until Emperor Constantine made Christianity Rome’s official religion, the Romans rejected these testimonies, and sometimes persecuted the Christians.

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The StartUp Nation’s Earliest Innovations God and Morality

 

Moses2.jpgThe list of made-in-Israel innovations is long and impressive. It includes cell phone technology, the latest pc processor chips, anti-virus software, much of the current data storage, email, and search-engine technology, cherry tomatoes, drip irrigation, desalinization and water purificationtechnologies, many of the latest medications for cancer, diabetes, multiple-sclerosis, and epilepsy, surgical lasers, and countless other innovations that have dramatically improved the quality of human life around the world.

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PALESTINE Israel’s Shadow Nation

 

BuildPalestine.jpgOne of the most profound ironies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the stark contrast between the national identities of these two peoples. If you took a profile of Israel and the Jewish people and inverted every one of their special qualities, then you would end up with the profile of a people strikingly similar to the modern day Palestinian. It’s as if Palestine is Israel’s shadow.

Consider the following:

 

1) The Jewish people are among the oldest people on the planet.

 

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ISRAEL the Rebirth of a Nation and the Re-Blossoming of a Land

NewCity.jpgFor the last 3,000 years, it’s only the Jews who have ever made the land of Israel bloom. It’s estimated that prior to the Roman destruction of Judea 1,900 years ago, there were several million people living in this small land. There were aqueducts, water cisterns, and elaborate systems of terracing and irrigation. The land was full of wine and olive presses, grain mills and threshing floors. But when the Jewish people were exiled from their land, the fertility of the land went into exile with them.

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The Israel Pledge

We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.

We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.

We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.

   
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