First Fruits by Kim Brunson
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10, NIV).
The concept of First Fruits was born out of the CFI Jerusalem’s founder’s long held belief in tithing. In the early years of Christian Friends of Israel, formed in December, 1985, CFI tithed on all of its undesignated income to churches and congregations which had already been formed in the Land, some who had been in Israel many years. There were times when established congregations found it hard to function for lack of funding. Others needed musical instruments, electronic equipment, transport vehicles and members had emergency situations which they could not afford to pay. CFI was there for them.
Today many are enjoying the fruit of their labors but still need emergency funding, individual care needs, equipment for services, furniture for apartments, etc. We are happy to do this from our First Fruits fund. There is no difference in our eyes whether someone is a believer from an Arab background, Jewish, Orthodox, Gentiles, a leader or a congregant. The criteria is simply one believes in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as Christians who believe in Jesus (Yeshua). Some live in the Old City of Jerusalem and numerous needs come to our attention from north to south in Israel.
We extend this wonderful opportunity to partner with us to strengthen believers in the Land. CFI “makes it possible” for you to personally be a blessing to the Household of Faith in Israel today.
We cannot do what we do, without you!
Contact First Fruits at: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2020 - Project Update by Kim Brunson
And now I commend you to God [placing you in His protective, loving care] and [I commend you] to the word of His grace [the counsel and promises of His unmerited favor]. His grace is able to build you up and to give you the [rightful] inheritance among all those who are sanctified [that is, among those who are set apart for God’s purpose—all believers.
Helping people put their lives together based on our mutual faith in God’s Messiah Yeshua, this is our heart for individuals, families and congregations in Israel within the First Fruits project at CFI. Recently, with your generous and sacrificial financial support, we have been able to provide chairs for Beresheet Revival Congregation as they took possession of their own space to worship, pray, teach and host ministry activities in Jerusalem. It is the first Hebrew-speaking majority Ethiopian fellowship in the state of Israel. With the vision of the leaders there, it will not be the last, as their intent is to expand to other localities across the entire country.
CFI is pleased to help them at their inception. We were also able to interact with the House of Victory in Haifa, were we had previously provided the property with appliances for the apartment units, for men recovering from addiction. My wife Marcia (Hope for the Future Outreach Coordinator) and I were able to share encouraging teachings with the men that are residing there and afterwards, were able to enjoy a meal of fellowship with these gentlemen, who have committed to walk away from substance abuse into a path of biblical discipleship. One gentleman asked for specific personal prayer from us and exhibited a desire for a more intimate understanding of his value to God and His purpose in life; this was quite a profound interaction.
There were 2 other individual ladies that First Fruits was able to assist during this period of time. One is an émigré from Ukraine who is attempting to leave an abusive relationship via divorce, whose husband is actually incarcerated due to the violent episodes. She has been able to receive food assistance for her household, which includes a severely handicapped child and legal fee support to secure her status as a resident, so that she may remain in the land and prosper. The other is a young Domari girl from the Old City attending an Arab Christian college who aspires to become a human rights attorney, actually advocating for women across the earth who are experiencing a similar situation as the first lady that we are assisting, to a much more pervasive and serious degree.
We were also able to assist her household with food and support her daily transportation to and from her campus, which is just beyond the “green line,” where the commute options are limited, and where attendance is so central to success in her studies.
As diverse as the body of believers is within Israel, we are able to funnel resources that you entrust us with, in a manner, which is acceptable to the King. We will continue to look for the most effective methods to encourage followers of Messiah, whether it is with ministry, scripture, conversation or substance on your behalf because we know you love Israel as much as we do here, mostly because God is particular about Israel!
God gives them security, and they are supported; And His eyes are on their ways.
Mr. Kim Brunson
First Fruits Outreach Supervisor