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FCSI Newsletter April 2018

 

FCSI Newsletter April 2018
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FCSI Update April 2018

Our Mission:

To motivate students in Israel and equip them to be SALT and LIGHT on their campuses through Bible study, training, evangelism and networking

As many people around us in Israel are celebrating Passover as well as Easter, we pray that people in our country would realize Who is the real Passover and sacrifice. FCSI is working to make this possible on Israeli campuses, and we would like to share with you some highlights of what we did in the last three months to make this happen.

 

FCSI held its Mark Manuscript Bible study conference for the fourth year, this year from 28th February – 3rd March.  This time we had a limited number of about 50 students with only three classes (Arabic, Hebrew and English) as some universities/colleges had changed their exam schedules so many students were unable to attend. We will be holding another camp in August to allow more students to attend.  The camp last month was a great time to study the first five chapters of the Gospel of Mark, as well as having joint times of worship and prayer with all three groups. Teaching was done by FCSI staff, students and board members.  We counted 22 languages present the conference.

Some participants shared how this experience was for them…

“I must say that the deeper engagement with the Word of God influenced my life extremely! It also helps me on a daily basis. Inductive Bible study guides to the right understanding of the Word of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit I can apply it to my life. At this particular conference, I realized what an authority God’s Word has in my life!”
(Hebrew speaking student)
“It was amazing to see the Bible come alive for the students!  They went from just believing in Jesus to hearing and responding to His call to ‘follow me’.  Students were challenged in what true faith would look like and how to let Jesus be Lord, not just over their spiritual life, but over every part of their lives.”
(Kevin, International Staff)
“What I was doing before was not really studying the Bible, and now I realized how to better read God’s Word” 

(Arabic speaking student)
“I really loved the fact that during the whole conference we were focused on the Word of God all the time! I really hope that I can attend next time!”
(Hebrew speaking student)
“As teachers, we sensed God’s presence in the room – God spoke with the group in many ways, opened our eyes to see many things that we needed to repent on and change. The group did so and committed many things to God” 
(Rasha, Arab Staff) 
 

During March, Haifa University organized a day were all student cells on campus can have a booth and share about what they do. They also allowed the FCSI group to do so as well, and the students there took it seriously and wore special T-shirts and brought materials. It was a great opportunity for the FCSI group to be known on campus, as well as an opportunity for some conversations with students at neighboring booths.

Some students left their contact information to continue to talk about faith. The Haifa group is arranging a trip to Jerusalem to walk the Via Dolorosa and have invited them to join. Some of them are not even from a Christian nominal background.

 
The FCSI staff also had a weekend retreat with a couple who served with a sister student ministry, where they spent  time studying the book of Hebrews, and discussed time management and developing ministry partnerships and fund raising.

Also, in the last two years, FCSI staff have been part of training  and ministry networks through IFES www.ifesworld.org

* Rasha (FCSI staff for Arabic speaking students and training) is part of the Global Leadership Initiative. 
https://www.ifesworld.org/en/global-leadership-initiative

* Neeman (FCSI staff for Hebrew speaking students) is part on the Young Staff Network though IFES Europe. 

* Kevin & Lavinia (FCSI staff for International students) are part of International Student Ministry Network in IFES Europe. Next week, Kevin will be the speaker at the Global Impact Conference in Poland; a conference on International Student Ministry for the continent of Europe.  Kevin will be speaking about the Gospel in Places of Division and Conflict, using John 4 as the base.

Rasha at the latest Global Leadership Initiative meeting in Nepal
 

Also recently two of our student leaders in Emeq Yezrael (Jezrael Valley) College had the chance to take part in the KFS (Danish student ministry) Easter conference, where every year two FCSI students are invited through the Danish Israel Mission (DIM).

 

Preparations are taking place for our Joint Conference 10th-12th of May 2018, with the theme “Jesus in the Center”!

More about the Joint Conference in our next newsletter.

We would appreciate your prayers for these issues:

  1. Our Joint Conference and Annual Meeting in May.

  2. FCSI’s search for a new General Secretary as Zaher (current GS) is retiring from the role.

  3. FCSI financial challenges and needs; there is a $46,000 deficency between our expected income and proposed budget for 2018.

 

Thank you תודה شكراً

For your prayers and support

FCSI Students & Staff

 

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