Passover: the most celebrated Biblical Feast

It is with a deep sense of gratefulness and yes, joy, that today I found this piece flowing through my fingers to the keyboard from my mind and heart. Yes, Israel has an astounding history that continues to unfold prophetically. The fact that the vast majority of the Christian world does not appreciate this truth, proves that they are simply out of touch with the Biblical prophets and the prophecies of Jesus Himself. We as a family have had the privilege of docmenting 2/3rds of Israel’s modern history in documentary form. “Blessed are those who bless you Israel” has been our esperience and it isn’t over yet. We have sons and grandchildren growing up in our footsteps. I invite you to stroll down through history at our Passover Feast.

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Hag Samach Pessach!

Meridel Rawlings

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Nepal My Love

Here is a sneak preview of some still photos from the movie project on Nepal that the Rawlings family are working on called, “You CAN make a Difference”. It is about combatting human trafficking and sexual abuse of children in this beautiful “rooftop of the world” mountain kingdom.

Jay is currently writing the script and found some pics he thought you would like to see. They were taken on a 17 km trek up towards the Annapurna range of the Himalaya Mountains when Meridel, Chris and David met by chance a young man and his sickly mother. As you will see they met other special people as well, young and old alike.

If you would like to help us complete this vital media project please visit our website where you can donate online via PayPal using most major credit cards.

The Desert Speaks

Join Jay and Meridel on their synagogue’s annual English Bible Study tour. This year they and 18 others decided to visit the amazing Negev desert for three days and two overnights. The Negev is the only desert in the world that is decreasing in size as the Israeli farmers are busy making “the desert bloom.” To quote Jay, “We especially enjoyed the spring time flora and fauna starting in the Ramon Crater, then at Kibbutz Ketura. There we learned about this unique community that celebrate their Jewish traditions as a great big family of 250 people! There local leaders taught about hearing the “still small Voice” and valuing the desert. We also visited Eilat where we learned the history of Israel’s southern most city surrounded by 3 Arab nations, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It was a very inspiring trip indeed.”

Dr Jay Rawlings, Lifetime Achievement Award in Media

The World Jewish Congress and the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus held their 10th Annual “Night to Honour Christian Leaders” on January 28, 2016 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. This years honourees were Dr Jay Rawlings, “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 40 years in the media producing more than 130 documentaries about various aspects of Israel and Mr Duke Westover, “The Tourism Award” for bringing 1000’s of Christian pilgrims to the Holy land during 40 years of arranging and hosting Israel tours.

Thank you

Shalom Dear Friends and Partners,

In a few minutes I will leave our home, just outside Jerusalem to pick up Meridel at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. She is returning from three weeks in Nepal via Finland.

Daniel, our youngest son and myself were there with her filming our latest documentary called, “You CAN Make a Difference.” This is the “working title” of a TV program exposing “Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse of Minors” in Asia and the Middle East. It is a $150 billion dollar a year criminal business. You may remember that our eldest son David and is brother Chris started filming this story with Meridel last year.

Over the last 40 years we have been fortunate to be able to give a “voice to the voiceless” in the media by writing, directing an producing over 130 documentaries, mainly about Israel, the Jewish people and their struggle to return to and to restore their ancient “Land of Promise” according to the Word of God. It has been a great privilege.

Of course we would not have been able to do any of this without YOU our faithful partners and supporters. Thank You for listening to His precious “Still Small Voice” that has prompted you to stand along side of us in prayer and finances. It has been a 47 year walk of faith and Praise God, He has never failed. Some of you have been with us since the beginning in 1969.

You may ask, Why did you not return home together with Meridel? The simple answer is that after we booked our tickets, I was informed by the World Jewish Congress and the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus that this year they decided to give me their annual “Lifetime Achievement Award” for our work in the Media educating a global audience about Israel’s historic and biblical cause. The award ceremony was on January 28th and previously we were scheduled to return on January 29th. So I changed my ticket to get me back to Israel by January 27th/2016. Thankfully our sons David and Josh and granddaughter Maya accompanied me to the gala reception and dinner in the posh new Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The event was attended by many dignitaries, including the Chairman and the CEO of the World Jewish Congress – Israel, which represents all Jewish organizations in the world. Also in attendance were several Members of Knesset, and the former Israeli Ambassador to the USA, Mr Michael Oren, and many Christian Zionist leaders.

As I mentioned in my remarks following the award ceremony, “any award like this is not the product of one person’s life but is a team effort, or should I say a family effort.”

You, our faithful partners of many years, are the behind the scenes driving force that makes such achievements possible. I publicly thanked you in my speech. Also, I had to thank all the Israeli’s we have interviewed over the last 4 decades, for their invaluable contribution to Israel’s story. In fact we have been granted access to some of the most amazing and heroic people simply because of the camera. What a joy it is to report to you that we have, by God’s grace, documented people, places and events during more than half of the years of Israel existence as a newborn State.

Together please join us in giving thanks to the Holy One of Israel. Can you say “Amen”?

May the Lord bless and strengthen you wherever you are around the world.

Sincerely in Him,

and with our love,

Jay and Meridel and sons and team.

Christmas Cheer from Jerusalem – A photo op by Meridel

Dear Family and Precious Friends,

Merry Christmas and a blessed anointed, healthy and prosperous New Year.

I had so much fun & frustration- ;-) making this collage. Josh came to my rescue.
Coming up 48 years of marriage, Jay and l have grown to include:
David, Adi, Amitai 15, studying film making in the Jerusalem Art school and Liyah 11, visiting family in Helsinki for Christmas.
Chris, Terhi, Noam 16, singing in Cantores Minores, the national Finnish boys choir, Youni & Liam 9 year old twins – packets of endless energy.
Joshua, and daughters Maya 15, Sophia 12 and Cecilie 10. They have moved to London. :-(
Maya will complete her school year here in Israel. Then she is one of only 20 applicants accepted, out of 100’s,
into a “prestigious art school in London for September 2016. To quote Maya, “My Dad is my hero.”
Daniel, continues to make TV shows and helps us to “get up to speed” here in Jerusalem.

Nepal. Jan 10th 2016, Jay, Daniel and I (DV) fly to Kathmandu Nepal to complete work on our film expose on child trafficking. Seeing is believing. We work and pray to make a difference! Please join us. Thanks.

That’s our story and its all for His glory!

Love one another into the most exciting year of your lives for 2016!!

Hugs,

Meridel and Men.

Download the Christmas newsletter with photos here!

An Appeal from Jay and Meridel to our Friends and Partners for 2016

December 2015 / January 2016

Shalom Dear Friends and Partners.

Here are three recent quotes from some of our friends and partners.  Just for you,

“I can’t tell you how moved I was upon reading Meridel’s “Still Small Voice” letter. I have passed it along to my minister and to many others.”
M.P.- Canada

“I was seeking the Lord as to what to do with my tithe, and when I came across your last “Jerusalem Vistas/ Israel Vision” newsletter I was prompted to send it to you. (I can’t get out to church anymore.)  I have followed your ministry since the release of your film “Apples of Gold” in 1980.”
C.K. – Canada

“Congratulations for your 2015 “Nehemiah Award” for a lifetime of excellence in the media from the International Christian Embassy – Jerusalem, appreciating your and Meridel´s untiring work of enlightenment, information, testifying and “mitzvot”!   (Hebrew for“good deeds”)  May the Holy One of Israel bless you further on with wisdom, strength and provision.
W. & I.  B. –  Israel.

For these lovely Words of Encouragement we as a family  “Give Thanks.”

The Bible says that, “it is always good to give thanks for His mercy endues forever.”

Meridel and myself and our team give thanks for people like you, many who have stood with us over the years in prayer and in finances.  The work of the Kingdom of God is a team effort… indeed.  Thank you.

A Lifetime Contribution to Israel  – Via You, our Donors and Us!

Over the last 40 years we have dedicated our lives to promoting and defending Israel and in teaching the Word of God through a variety of media. Our documentaries, TV shows, illustrated lectures, books and booklets have given a worldwide audience, Jewish and Christian alike, Biblical insights into ancient and modern Israel. The Word of God is coming to pass in Israel today, as promised, pointing to the coming of the Messiah and the completion of God’s redemptive plan for all Mankind. Thank God.

The enemy of this plan, Satan himself, knows that he must eliminate the Jews and Israel to thwart God’s eternal plan. This is called anti-Semitism and now anti-Zionism.

The ISIS terrorists are hell bent on killing off the Jews, Christians and any ethnic minority to establish their Islamic Caliphate. Thus ISIS is moving rapidly across the earth. The recent terrorist attack in Paris is an example of this curse in action. This is the “cursing” as mentioned in Genesis 12:3  “I will bless them who bless the Jews and curse him who curse (the descendants of Abraham) the Jews.”

The Next Generation

We give thanks that all of our 4 sons are here in Israel right now lending a hand to help us continue the work that God entrusted to us. Earlier this year, as an answer to years of prayer some capital funds were given to us to build a more modern and efficient studio. Our sons have embraced this challenge. They are leaders in the latest media technology and are working hard to help us achieve “the best for less.”   But our everyday expense funding for their salaries is often lacking. 

We are your representatives in the forefront of this battle IN THE MEDIA and we need your financial help to carry on. We are a completely “faith based” ministry.

We rely entirely on regular donor participation.  Every time you pray and the Lord prompts you to join us in this BATTLE FOR TRUTH and you send us a donation you are actually a soldier in this war.  THANK YOU for listening and obeying the “Still Small Voice.”

The Financial Burden

Day by day, in addition to the stress of the daily terrorist threats, Meridel and I carry a financial burden.  It is kind of like a domino effect. When funding is down stress builds up. Without a cash flow our staff need to look for other work. You ask, “Why the slow down in funding?” Is it a falling away? Well, sadly many of our veteran donors have stopped because of age.  So we need new partners.  We also appeal to some of our donors to please restart giving again. We ask you to give a listen to the “still small voice” concerning your stewardship vision for 2016. I believe, that as a “cutting edge” ministry, we are worthy of your regular support.

Meridel and I are appealing to you to remember us in Israel at this difficult time with your tithe or offering. Here is how to give:

  1. You can write us post dated cheques;  to “Jerusalem Vistas or Israel Vision”
  2. Give online via our website “Donate Button” ; Pal Pal takes major credit cards.
  3. Give by filling in your credit card details on the Response Form;  for letters

Together we can do it! Thank You for being a powerful blessing in a time of cursing.        www.israelvision.com 

Sincerely,     

Jay and Meridel and sons and team

Special Offer: For a gift of $100 or more we will send you a copy of our award winning film“ Apples of Gold”  with an added video bonus of when we received this years “Nehemiah Award” Both in DVD format or by an online link.

Wave of Terror in Israel

In these critical days, I believe there needs to be a clear voice concerning the issues of life and death unfolding in Israel and among the nations. Terrorism is spreading around the world like a cancer.  For the last forty six years now, Meridel and I have done our best to inform you (and a world wide audience) concerning the major events happening in Jerusalem from a Biblical perspective, using various media outlets.

Your Part Is Essential:

We give thanks to the LORD for the ways He has helped us over the years as a faith ministry. Please know that we look to the LORD for all of our needs but if you would like to be a part of our publishing of God’s Word in these trying times, we would be grateful.  Please know that your love gifts are greatly appreciated. In fact we can’t do our work without your help. The best way to help our work is through donating via our PayPal account that takes all major credit cards. (see the “Donate” button)

We deeply appreciate your partnership.

The LORD bless and prosper you out of Zion…is our prayer.

Genesis 12:3

The Nehemiah Award

The Feast of Tabernacles begins this Sept 28th in Jerusalem. That night the 4th and last of the blood moons will be visible IN ISRAEL on this, the first night of the feast. What is the Almighty saying to the earth?

Christian Celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles 2015

“And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ Then they set their hands to this good work.” (Nehemiah 2:18)

Nehemiah spearheaded the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonian exile to Israel, arriving in Jerusalem around 445 BCE. He not only displayed great courage and zeal but he was a determined leader and above all a man of God. The book named after him in the Bible records his accomplishments in rebuilding the fallen walls of Jerusalem and leading his people in spiritual renewal.

ICEJ has established the Nehemiah Award to annually honour outstanding biblical Christian Zionist figures at the Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles each year.

This year’s Nehemiah Award is bestowed upon Drs. Jay and Meridel Rawlings in recognition of their lifetime record of excellence in promoting and defending Israel and in teaching the Word of God through a variety of media. John Victor (Jay) Rawlings has a PhD in Jewish-Christian Relations, while Meridel Rawlings holds a PhD in Psychology and Counselling.

In 1969, the Rawlings’ were drawn from their native Canada to Israel by a simple message: “If you love Me, love My people!” Their latest book, Love My People, is a historical memoir of their lives and launch into ministry in Israel. In obedience, the Rawlings set about producing documentaries telling Israel’s story, which over the past four decades have gained them a worldwide audience, from Jewish and Christian communities alike.

They produced Apples of Gold, an award-winning documentary on early Zionist history through the 1973 Yom Kippur War and into the 1980s, distributed even by Israel’s Foreign Ministry as an educational tool. The Rawlings’ laboured for 20 years to see the release of Soviet Jewry, producing the award-winning documentary Gates of Brass on the heroic refuseniks trapped behind the Iron Curtain who longed for Israel.

The Rawlings’ were involved in numerous television productions on Israel for the Trinity Broadcasting Network100 Huntley Street and the Miracle Channel in North America, and the EO Evangelical channel in Holland. In more recent years, they have produced programs for GOD-TV as well as for the Christian channels TV-7 in Finland, and Norge Visjon in Norway. Their programs have been dubbed into German for Bibel-TV, and into Chinese and Spanish for other outlets.

Jay and Meridel were among the core founders of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in September 1980. Jay was the media coordinator for the founding of the ICEJ. His films were used far and wide by the ICEJ, especially in the early years. They have stood with the ministry ever since. Through various media tools, the Rawlings’ have sought to educate people on the importance of Israel in the light of current events and biblical history.

Meridel has also been working in the field of battling child trafficking and sexual abuse for the past 35 years, to teach and give counsel on this growing social ill. She has published books, documentaries and seminar workbooks on the topic, such as Honor Thy Father? Exposing the Secret World of Incest.

The unique contributions of Jay and Meridel Rawlings in educating and mobilising Christians to stand with Israel have been enormous. For forty years now, they have pursued one overarching mission – to use the media to bring honour to the Word of God and to bless His people Israel today. The ICEJ greatly admires and commends their dedication and excellence in this work.

Based on their lifetime of achievements in inspiring Christians to stand with Israel, the ICEJ hereby honours Jay and Meridel Rawlings with the Nehemiah Award for 2015.

(Photo: Reynold Mainse)

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