ICEJ Canada and ICEJ Ireland leave their mark

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10 Mar 2015
ICEJ Canada and ICEJ Ireland leave their mark

ICEJ Canada has been a blessing to Jews and Israelis from ‘the great white North’ for many years. Since 2006, ICEJ’s historic and unique partnership with Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has resulted in significant gains in Holocaust education and awareness in Canada. Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director of the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, arrived in Canada recently for a speaking tour on Holocaust Education Week (HEW), while the ICEJ-Canada team identified church partners from Halifax to Vancouver to host Holocaust Survivor speakers.

Monthly “Intercession for Israel” meetings remain a big part of ICEJ Canada’s work all year round. These meetings draw attention to all forms of anti-Semitism and threats to the State of Israel, coupled with fundraising efforts for worthy causes. At the same time, Christian-Jewish joint action in Ontario included participation in UJA’s Walk for Israel, the annual Israel Rejoicing Celebrationin a Toronto Jewish Park and in rallies against terrorism in Israel while supporting victims of terror.

Through vibrant praying communities and faithful volunteer reps, ICEJ Canada has grown across vast provincial landscapes. The faithful vision and communication, spread through education, media and sharing, have left an indelible mark in Canada, in Israel, and in Christian-Jewish relations. The Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, church leaders, and intercessors work together to bridge a very large chasm and have shaped enduring friendships. 



ICEJ-Ireland hosted two hundred attendees at their annual conference at the Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk. The theme was “Modern Israel – A Sign of Hope to the Nations” featuring special guest speakers ICEJ International Director Rev. Juha Ketola and the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White. Rev. Ketola highlighted how the Lord’s dealing with modern Israel today is a message of hope and encouragement to build up faith in the Body of Christ. Canon White posed a serious challenge to Christians regarding the persecuted church in the Middle East today, expressing a need to respond to their cry.

The ICEJ-Ireland Director Brian Silvester welcomed the Israel Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Zeev Boker to the conference. The Ambassador brought greetings on behalf of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and spoke about the positive contribution that Israel was making to the business world despite ongoing security threats in the Middle East. A gift of appreciation was presented to the Ambassador by Paul Coulter, Deputy Director of ICEJ-Ireland.

After the Conference Rev. Ketola also ministered at Karmel City Church in Belfast. The powerful move of the Holy Spirit at the end of the service inspired Pastor Glen Dunlop to re-affirm the commitment of the church to Israel. At the People’s Church in Newtownabbey, led by Pastor George McKimm, Rev. Ketola shared his testimony, how through surrendering his life to the Lord Jesus he was led into revelation of the Biblical significance of Israel and the Jewish people. 


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