About Us

 

Ministry Statement:

As Christians we have received from God a love for Israel and the Jewish people.

We want to bless them in the name of the Lord. We believe the Lord Jesus is both the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the world; however, our stand alongside Israel is not conditional upon her acceptance of our belief. We exist to comfort and to support the people of Israel, and to inform Christians around the world of God’s plans for Israel. CFI teaches the Church’s responsibility toward the Jewish people, and brings awareness to the Jewish people of our solidarity with them. We take His love back to the people who first brought it to us.  

 

Christian Friends of Israel had its inception in December 1985, Founded by Ray and Sharon Sanders.

You are welcome to write to us for complete details of CFI’s ongoing work in Israel.

https://www.cfijerusalem.org/contact 

Email: cfi@cfijerusalem.org    Phone: +972 (0) 2 623 3778 

There are affiliate representatives of CFI in a growing number of countries around the world. Their ministry offices are an extension of the international headquarters in Jerusalem.

CFI International Reps:  https://www.cfijerusalem.org/representatives

 

Foundation Principles

As Christians who have received from God a love for Israel and the Jewish people, we want to bless them in the name of Messiah Jesus.

The Early Church was Jewish. Christianity sprang from Jewish roots and has never ceased to depend upon and be indebted to the Jewish people.

We believe that the restoration of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel is in accordance with promises contained in the Word of God and that God’s time to “favour Zion” has begun.

We believe that Israel (people, land and nation) has a divinely ordained and glorious future, and that God has neither rejected nor replaced His Jewish people.

We acknowledge that the barriers that exist today between Jews and Christians are largely due to Christian anti-Semitism and Christian persecution of the Jewish people.

We believe in the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewishness of the New Testament.

Although we believe our Lord Jesus is both the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world, our stand alongside Israel is not conditional upon her acceptance of our belief.

 

Why should Christians be Friends of Israel?

Because God has made an everlasting covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.’ Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying; ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations… I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’” (Genesis 17:1-8)

Because God has demonstrated His faithfulness to this covenant by preserving the Jews as an identifiable people before Him.

“Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (the Lord of Hosts is His name): ‘If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.’ Thus says the Lord: ‘If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord.’” (Jeremiah 31:35-37)

 

Because our salvation has come through the Jewish people.

“You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22)

The Bible, which tells of our salvation, was written by Jews. The Messiah Yeshua, who brought us salvation, came into the world as a Jew. The disciples, who first brought God’s message of salvation to the Gentiles, were Jews.

 

Because Jewish people have been shamefully treated during the time of their dispersion, mainly by people who call themselves Christians.

“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

“You should not have entered the gate of My people in the day of their calamity… nor laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity.” (Obadiah 1:13)

Because the Jewish people are being restored to their land in fulfilment of Bible prophecy.

“But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.” (Ezekiel 36:8)

“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)

Because the restored Jewish State, with Jerusalem as its capital, will be the seat of government of the Messiah at His return.

“Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:3-4)

Because God plans to make Israel a blessing to the Arabs, for whom we also pray.

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria; a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of Hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’” (Isaiah 19:23-25)

Standing With Israel

Christian friendship and support for the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel have a clear Biblical mandate for this hour of history. Bible-believing Christian are being called upon to uphold Israel and her right to exist. Now, more than ever, the Jewish people need Christians who will not only PRAY for the peace of Jerusalem but will openly STAND alongside them.

“He remembers His covenant forever… the covenant which He made with Abraham… and confirmed it to Jacob… to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan.’” (Psalm 105:8-11)

“I ask then: Did God reject His people? By no means!… God did not reject His people, whom He foreknew… For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:1, 2, 29)

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A friend loves at all times and a brother is born  (for such a time as this), to help in a time of adversity.  Proverbs 17:17