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
First Fruits Report- April 2021
Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skilled. 1 Chronicles 15:22 (AMP)
I was able to make a courtesy visit to Yuval Arts, a school of music and media being stewarded by strong and talented believers in Yad Hashmona. The Davises were able to share with me their vision for pushing students toward excellence in vocal and instrumental music, and the use of social media and graphic arts alongside a strong curriculum of biblical and Hebraic relevance to both tracks of learning. They bravely assumed the mantle of a previous ministry leader during this challenging period and CFI will partner with them on future projects to fortify their assignment in the land. They affect many generations of believers where they are. We were also able to encourage a young worship leader originally from Ukraine. Dmitry is employed in Haifa as an industrial engineer. He leads worship at a small Russian congregation and lives in an apartment adjacent to the church property, where a majority of the membership is elderly and are connected with the Aliyah that happened post-Soviet empire. He is very excited about his life in Israel and looks forward to re-establishing a travel/tour service from eastern bloc nations, once COVID restrictions have lifted.
The Nassers currently reside in the wife’s parents’ home in the Old City and are quite young with 2 small children, one being a new-born. They hardly seem old enough to have the responsibility of parenting themselves, but within this rich Arab Christian culture, they are attempting to thrive in the face of sporadic school closings and other inconveniences associated with the pandemic. CFI’s support has been timely.
One of our media team accompanied me to Ashkelon where we visited a lady the CFI has provided a new washing machine for. She had been a previous recipient of support from us over 20 years ago, so her daughter reached out to determine if we could repeat the assistance. While we were there, Svetlana shared with us about her journey from war-torn Chechnya and her path to recognizing Yeshua as her Messiah. She has spoken of a miraculous healing that has taken place in her body and we agreed with her in prayer that her son, who came to Israel 5 years before the rest of family. He experienced a severe mental breakdown during the period of transition and we prayed that would receive a full recovery of health and identity, while in her care. The month ended with us filming a video from Ashilim that will highlight the First Fruits project. We covered the direction that the project is headed and the momentum that we would like to maintain this year. Please stay tuned to the website for that content.
The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who fall and raises up all those who are bowed down.
Psalm 145:14 (AMP)
Kim S. Brunson
First Fruits Project Supervisor