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FCSI Newsletter October 2017

FCSI October 2017 Newsletter
FCSI Newsletter October 2017
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FCSI Update October 2017

Our Core Goals:

Training, Mobilizing, Evangelizing and Networking

As the new academic year in Israel started in the last two weeks, we thank God that student leaders are working to cast the vision to other students and planning for the new academic year. In the last two months, preparations were done for this new year in several aspects.

Training students with a focus on: servant-leadership and serving other students, how to cast the vision of the campus as a mission field, and how to grow student groups. There were about 25 student leaders and volunteers from 8 groups. At the end of this training, each group is planning for the new academic year.

Student Training

The FCSI staff also met to plan for the new year, prayed together and decided to focus on growing mission this year, and to do so the plan is to work on four aspects of mission: Prayer, Discipleship, Scripture Engagement and Evangelism. Goals were set for each aspect and our staff and student leaders are working on these goals even as you read this newsletter.

We had two national conferences as well, one conference for Arabic speaking students (September) with about 100 students attending. The topic of this conference was “What do you do from Monday to Saturday”, focusing on daily, practical living and the influence we have as believers.

The Hebrew speakers conference was held during October with about 60 students attending. Its topic was “Finishing the Race”; focusing on the challenges that student go through in their university life. The conferences were organized by the Arabic Student Committee and Hebrew student committee, respectively.

Arabic Student conference
Hebrew Student Conference
(out of security reasons, we try not to show faces in the pictures)

Also some International students in FCSI organized a hike of the “Jesus Trail” from Nazareth to Capernaum. During the hike, they studied on an amazing journey that Jesus took for just 24 hours across the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4-5: Calming the Storm, Freeing the Demoniac, Healing the Bleeding Woman and Raising Jairus' Daughter). They were encouraged to see a Jesus who is stronger and more powerful, yet more caring and close. They were also challenged to see what journeys Jesus could be inviting them on in their lives and on their campuses.

FCSI took part in IFES “World Student Day” on the 20th of October, where we hosted breakfast & prayer meetings in three locations (Haifa, Jerusalem and BeerSheva). As we prayed for believing students around the world, we focused on the theme that the IFES set - “Generous Life” - a life of service & influence in our communities, campuses and churches.

The FCSI delegation of the mission trip to Canada (this last summer) also met for a reunion to reflect on their time together and pray for future steps. During this time they reflected:

  • One student shared how she had to grow and accept people who are different than her and how God can work through diversity.

  • Another student shared how great it was to focus and work together on the same goal, even though they came from various backgrounds and nationalities.

  • Some expressed how working and serving with kids in the camp in Canada they were able to make change in the campers lives as well as in their own.

  • Another shared how serving with poor people made them realize it is possible to share with the marginalized people through being with them and sharing life with them.

  • Students were encouraged that, through the Mark drama they performed in University of British Columbia, one student who heard the gospel for the first time started attending the student group there.

We would appreciate your prayers for these issues:

  • For students groups to start in all locations were there are students we know.

  • For FCSI staff and students to be able to accomplish the goals set in the four fields of mission above.

  • For FCSI’s financial situation as seems there is not enough funds to cover the costs tell the end of 2017.

Thank you תודה شكراً

For your prayers and support

FCSI Students & Staff

Donate

Direct bank transfers:
FCSI
Address: Mercantile Bank, Main Branch,
30 Galilee Street, Nazareth, Israel

IBAN: IL39 0176 3900 0005 7981 509
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FCSI Update August 2017

Our Core Commitments: 
Scripture Engagement 

Community 

Prayer

 

As most students in Israel are finishing their exams and having some summer vacation, usually less activities take place in FCSI. However, this year we are having a special opportunity of sending students from FCSI to a mission trip in Canada. FCSI has had a special partnership with IVCF Canada for more than 10 years already. You can read more about the history of this partnership HERE

 
 

Dinner prepared by the FCSI delegation 

As you receive this newsletter, a group of seven students from FCSI led by FCSI staff Rasha are in British Columbia, Canada, together with students from CSPU and IVCF, and they have already been doing one week of training and ministry that included a dinner (prepared by the FCSI delegation). The topic was about how we respond to marginalized people and pain. There were about 50 people attending, among those 50% were not Christians. Later in the week the delegation visited UBC and did the Mark Drama there as well as visiting local churches.

 

 

The second week, the group went to volunteer in a camp for teenagers, and during the third week, they will be hosted by IVCF staff to conclude the trip.

We would appreciate your prayers for the mission trip, that the students will be blessed and that they also can be a source of blessing to others!

 

Last week, Kevin and Lavinia returned back to Israel after one year of being away to continue working with FCSI focusing on International students.

 
 

We would appreciate your prayers for the upcoming conferences and events:

  • Arabic speaking students conference
    26th – 29th of September 2017
  • International students hike on the Jesus Trail  “Walking by Faith” 
    5th – 9th of October 2017
  • Hebrew speaking students conference
    13th – 14th of October 2017
 

Thank you תודה شكراً

For your prayers and support

FCSI Students & Staff

 

Donate

Direct bank transfers:
FCSI
Address: Mercantile Bank, Main Branch,
30 Galilee Street, Nazareth, Israel

IBAN: IL39 0176 3900 0005 7981 509
Swift code: BARDILITXXX

Or go to this link https://ifesworld.org/en/give and specify FCSI – Israel.

Tax deductible donations possible in several countries. Please contact us at info@fcsi.ws for more details.

FCSI Newsletter June 2017

http://mailchi.mp/fc06dbd25bca/fcsi-june-2017-newsletter?e=2aac7b8d69

 

FCSI Newsletter June 2017

FCSI Update June 2017

Our vision : To see active and influential student groups on every university and college in Israel, affecting both church and society

As the academic year comes to an end, we look back and realize how much we need to trust the Lord while living and serving Him on Israeli campuses. Sometimes we are making plans and we are able to accomplish them, while other times not, or maybe only part of it when we start asking the questions of ‘why?’ and ‘how’? That can lead to feeling disappointment!

In these times, we remember that the Lord asks us to rejoice despite all the challenges around us: He is the source of joy – what He did for us on the cross. We would like to share with you some joyful moments in FCSI of the last few months.

We rejoice in the active student groups this academic year in these locations from North to South (some locations have more than one group): Tel-Hai, Carmiel, Haifa University, Technion, IDC Hertzliya, Tel-Aviv University, Hebrew University, Weizmann Institute, Ben-Gurion University and Sde Boker.

We rejoice in the student leaders and students on each campus who keep doing the good work in Bible study, prayer and outreach.

 
We rejoice over the Christmas outreach (December) at Haifa University with more than 80 students attending from various backgrounds during which the message of Christmas was shared.
 
We rejoice in the two lectures that took place in the Technion (December & March). The first topic was “Does God Not Exist?”, and the second was “Did Science Bury God?”. There were so many great responses and questions from several students who attended that one of our staff and one of the speakers had to go back one week later to answer more questions!
 

We rejoice in our board meeting weekend (January) where we worked on FCSI policies as part of the FCSI governance; a project that the board has been working on for the last two years. A good part of it was accomplished during that time.

We rejoice about our second staff training (February). While visiting some Biblical sites in the Jezreel Valley, it was also a time to learn more about mentoring, leadership, team work and evaluation.

We rejoiced in our Mark Manuscript Bible Study conference (March) – you can read more about it in our previous newsletter here: http://en.fcsi.ws/blog/2017/03/24/1129/

 

We rejoice in sending a delegation of 24 students and staff from FCSI to take part in the IFES Europe Presence Conference in Germany during Easter time (April):    https://www.facebook.com/europeanstudentevangelismconference/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQvzqw0ZrL_imxQGVa9b4jg/videos

One of our FCSI students was chosen to be the MC for the opening night, and some other students and staff led seminars and tracks during the conference. The conference was an encouragement for many of the students in the delegation, as we were inspired by the teachings, testimonies and connections with students from Europe. The students are very eager to apply the new ideas they learned to their student groups.

 

We rejoice in holding a study day in Nazareth (May) about believers in society. More than 60 students, graduates and others took part in this day, and were challenged to think about their role in society from a Biblical perspective.

 

We rejoice in our camping weekend, where about 80 students (Hebrew, Arabic and International students) had a time to worship, pray, play games, as well as hike together. The director of the camp site was amazed to see people from a variety of backgrounds united and speaking in the same spirit!

 

We rejoice in Debora’s ministry with FCSI for the last two years through IFES Europe Interaction, mainly working with International students in Israel. Debora left back to Germany just a few days ago.  We are so thankful for her love and service to all of the students. Please pray with us for God’s greatest blessings in her next steps!

 

                         Please do pray with us for these issues:

  • Wise decisions of the board and the student committee concerning the future of FCSI and other challenges

  • Mission trip to British Columbia, Canada, during August in partnership with IVCF Canada.

  • Our autumn student conferences

  • Financial needs to be met soon

  • Kevin and Lavinia’s return this summer to serve with International students

 

Donate

Direct bank transfers:
FCSI
Address: Mercantile Bank, Main Branch,
30 Galilee Street, Nazareth, Israel

IBAN: IL39 0176 3900 0005 7981 509
Swift code: BARDILITXXX

Or go to this link https://ifesworld.org/en/give and specify FCSI – Israel.

Tax deductible donations possible in several countries. Please contact us atinfo@fcsi.ws for more details.

FCSI Mark Newsletter 3/2017

‘Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures for ever.’

Psalm 107:1
We are filled with gratitude as we share the news of God’s work during our most recent national conference! We thank the Lord that we get to see His vision for the Christian students in Israel unfold: we are seeing more and more students reading the Bible, leading to change in their personal lives. We had the third consecutive annual Mark Manuscript Bible Study conference for FCSI this month! It was a fantastic experience where Arabic, Hebrew, and English speakers got together at the Baptist Village to spend time in the Word. We are thankful we were able to train 15 teachers, and have them work alongside us as facilitators in the classrooms. We are thankful to see the number of participants on the rise each year. Two years ago, when we had our first Mark Manuscript Conference, twenty students participated. Last year, at our second Mark Manuscript Conference, eighty students participated. This year, however, we had 110 participants all together!

A Glimpse Into FCSI’s Mark Manuscript Bible Study Conference

The time we spent together was marked by a pleasant atmosphere where people were getting to meet each other outside of the classrooms and work together in groups during the lessons. It was also refreshing to have space and time for sports activities, where students participated enthusiastically. The main focus of the conference, however, was to work on the inductive method of reading the Bible, spend time in the scripture, learn to be comfortable with asking the difficult questions, and have the courage to try and answer them. Because of the language barrier, we had the students split up into groups according to the language they spoke. The Arabic and English speaking groups were split into two groups each, Mark 1 and Mark 2. Mark 1 started from the beginning of the gospel, and Mark 2 was for participants who already attended the previous conference, and they picked up from where they left off last year. The Hebrew speaking group started from the beginning of the gospel, as Mark 1.
 

What the students have said

Aseel one of our teachers

“Each Mark Manuscript Bible Study Conference was a life changing event for me. Even though in all of them I took part in Mark 1 and studied exactly the same passages from the Bible, each time a new facet of God was gloriously revealed to me. The richness of the word is so amazing that no matter how much we study it, it feels like we have only “scratched the surface” and seen a glimpse of the glory of God and there is still so much more to be unveiled to us… Keep Reading

One of the international students

“The conference was really a blessing to me. I was in the first conference last year and decided to come to the second one because each time we study together using the inductive method, I get to learn and see new points of view on many verses. The conference made me think different and appreciate God’s work more deeply.”
An international student who was here for the conference last year said ” I decided to come back all the way from the US just for the conference when I heard there was another one, It was so important for me that I couldn’t miss this one…”

A Hebrew speaking student

“The conference was a very blessed one. I was so happy to be there. The inductive method reveals many new things to the reader. Personally, I received a new revelation about the Sabbath and I now understand that Yeshua, as the Lord of the Sabbath, must be given his rightful place at the center.”

An Arabic speaking student

“This method helped me understand the Bible on a deeper level by being able to see the text through new eyes. At the youth group at my church, we have already started using this method when reading the Bible, since I learned it at last year’s conference.”
An Arabic Speaking graduate I am a pharmacist and I encounter many drug abusers and drug addicts at work. They come to get prescribed drugs. I believe it is difficult to deal with this group of people, so I always ask someone else at the pharmacy to offer them service. While studying the manuscript of Mark, we see Jesus feeding the 5,000 Jews that followed him, and the disciples making taking care of everyone. After, we see Jesus feeding the 4,000 Gentiles exactly the same way he did the Jews. However, this time, the disciples did not care about the hungry for three days, until Jesus confronted them. We concluded that they did not care about the Gentiles the same was they cared about the Jews, while Jesus came for everyone. The Lord taught me through this to treat everyone equally and not discriminate against anyone. He taught me to offer my services and love to everyone, even the dug addicts who are considered as outcasts of society.

Please pray that

  • We are able to continue to work on the next Mark Manuscript Study Conference.
  • The financial needs for the training and the preparation for the next conference will be met.
  • God’s word will continue to work with power in our students, so that they would be changed from within, bringing change to their universities and communities.

Donate

Direct bank transfers: FCSI Address: Mercantile Bank, main branch, 30 Galilee Street, Nazareth, IsraelIBAN: IL39 0176 3900 0005 7981 509 Swift code: BARDILITXXXOr go to this link https://ifesworld.org/en/give and specify FCSI – Israel
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