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FCSI Newsletter May 2018

 

 


FCSI Update May 2018

Our Mission: 

To have JESUS in the centre in everything we do

From May 10th – 12th, FCSI held the Joint Conference in Baptist Village near Petach Tikva. Around 120 students from the groups all over Israel came together for a time of fellowship, training and worship! The theme was “Jesus in the Centre” – and indeed, He is the centre and the one that brings unity to believers from different backgrounds and denominations.

Pastor Bishara Deeb from the Yaffa-Nazareth Baptist Church and Jonathan Goldman from the Pniel Fellowship in Tiberias were the main speakers of the conference and they encouraged the students to always keep Jesus in the centre – not only in their private life but also on campus. 

Different seminars were offered on two days, from “Conflict Resolution” to “Success and Failure in God’s Eyes”; seminars about God’s authority, the struggles of being a believing student on  an unbelieving campus in Israel, to the importance of knowing God’s word fully. 

The Student Committee organised a wonderful conference and we could feel God’s presence in our time together. Students were encouraged and strengthend in their walk of faith, and new friendships across the different groups were made. 

 

On Friday night, many congregation leaders and ministry workers in Israel came to honour Zaher and his legacy for FCSI of the past 16 years. With video messages, greetings, songs and words of appreciation, our former General Secretary was sent off and blessed for this new stage of life.

Rasha Saba was officially announced to be the new General Secretary of FCSI – the first female General Secretary in the Middle East! 
We are very blessed with these faithful workers of the Lord, and we are excited to see what God is doing here in the Land in the next years.

We would appreciate your prayers for these issues:

  1. The new General Secretary Rasha Saba – blessings, wisdom and favour for her new role

  2. The time of transition for Zaher Hadad, the former General Secretary

  3. FCSI financial challenges and needs – despite all the challenges we believe that God will provide through means and people He has called to support us

 

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.

 

إختيار سكرتير عام لرابطة الطلاب المسيحين في اسرائيل

 

 


إختيار سكرتير عام لرابطة الطلاب المسيحين في اسرائيل

يسر رابطة الطلاب المسيحيين في اسرائيل أن تعلن عن إختيار ألسيّدة رشا سابا كسكرتيرة عامّة للرابطة.

نود بهذا أيضًا، أن نشكر من أعُماق القلب ألسيّد زاهر حداد، السكرتير العام الحالي الذي ينهي عمله في نهاية شهر أيار 2018 ، على ستة عشر عامًا من الخدمة في الرابطة، استطاع خلالها السيّد زاهر أن يقود الرابطة لنجاحات عديدة ومنها دعم، توجية وتقويّة الطلاب المؤمنين لعدة أجيال مختلفة على مدار هذه السنوات . لقد كان زاهر فعّالاً في خدمة الطلّاب منذ عام 1991 كطالب جامعي، كعضو لجنة طلاب وكسكرتير عام.خلال تلك السنوات، تطوّرت وتوسّعت خدمة الطلاب، حيث إزداد عدد الطلاب المشتركين في فعاليات الرابطة وتم إنشاء مجموعات طلاب جديدة في كليّات وجامعات البلاد. لقد قاد زاهر الخدمة كقائد خادم، محب وأمين وكان مثالاً حيًّا لكل من خدم معه من عاملين وطلّاب.

 

بعد أن قرر السيّد زاهر أن ينهي عمله في الرابطة، تم اختيار السيّدة رشا سابا للوظيفة بعد مناقصة مفتوحة، التي تم الاعلان عنها في أوساط المؤمنين في البلاد بوسائل مختلفة، وقد تم إختيارها من بين عدة مرشحين الذين تقدّموا للوظيفة. عملت ألسيدة رشا سابا في الرابطة خلال الخمس سنوات الأخيرة مع الطلاب العرب وكمسؤولة عن التدريب وأيضًا مع رابطة الطلاب العالميّة ال IFES. على الرغم من حصولها على لقب أكاديمي وخبرة في العمل، الّا أنّ رشا اختارت التطوّع في الرابطة ولاحقًا العمل بها، مما يؤكد دعوة الرب لها للانضمام لهذة الخدمة.

حصلت رشا أيضًا على لقب ثاني في توجية المجموعات وقد إجتازت العديد من المساقات الاستكماليّة المهنيّة التي ستؤهلها وستساعدها في النجاح في وظيفتها الجديدة.

نحن نشكر الله على خادمة مثل هذة واثقين وعالمين أنها سوف تقود الرابطة الى استمرار النجاح في الخطوات القادمة من خلال وظيفتها الجديدة كسكرتيرة عامة إبتداء من 1.6.2018


 


 

בחירת מזכיר כללי חדש לארגון הסטודנטים המשיחיים בישראל

 

 


בחירת מזכיר כללי חדש לארגון הסטודנטים המשיחיים בישראל

ארגון הסטודנטים המשיחיים בישראל שמח להודיע שגברשא סאבא נבחרה לתפקיד המזכיר הכללי הבא של הארגון.


הארגון מודה מקרב לב למר זאהר חדאד, המזכיר הכללי היוצא, אשר ב– 16 השנים האחרונות בהן מילא את התפקיד, הוביל את הארגון בהצלחה מרובה בשירות, תמיכה, הכוונה וחיזוק דורות של סטודנטים מאמינים בארץ מכול המגזרים. זאהר מעורב בשירות הסטודנטים בארץ משנת 1991, כסטודנט, כחבר וועד, וכמזכיר כללי. בשנים אלה הארגון גדל והתפתח, מספרי הסטודנטים המשתתפים בפעילות הארגון עלו, והוקמו קבוצות סטודנטים חדשות בקמפוסים השונים בארץ. זאהר הוא דוגמה חיה למנהיג משרת, אוהב, נאמן והגון.

 

רשא סאבא נבחרה לתפקיד לאחר מכרז פתוח שפורסם בגוף המשיח בארץ, ומתוך המועמדים שניגשו לתפקיד. היא עובדת בארגון בחמש השנים האחרונות, בקרב הסטודנטים דוברי הערבית וכאחראית הכשרה בארגון. בשנים אלה היא הרשימה מאוד בעבודתה, בתפקיד בו היא הראשונה למלא. רשא היא דמות מוכרת ומכובדת בקרב הקהילות דוברות ערבית, ובקרב ארגון הסטודנטים העולמי IFES. רשא בחרה לעזוב קריירה מבטיחה בריפוי בעיסוק בכדי לעבוד בארגון הסטודנטים, מתוך קריאה אישית מהאדון לשירות זה. היא בעלת תואר שני בייעוץ והנחיית קבוצות, ועברה הכשרות רבות אשר רלבנטיות לתפקיד ויתרמו רבות לתפקודה המוצלח בו. אנו מודים לאל שזכינו לעובדת שכזו, ואנו סמוכים ובטוחים שתצעיד את הארגון קדימה בתפקידה החדש כמזכיר כללי, החל מה– 1 ביוני 2018.

 

Announcing The New General Secretary Of FCSI



 

Announcing the
New General Secretary
of FCSI

The Fellowship of Christian Students in Israel is proud to announce that Rasha Saba has been chosen as the organization’s next General Secretary.


The FCSI would like to express its heartfelt thanks to Zaher Haddad, who has filled this role over the past 16 years, leading our organization to great success in ministry, support, guidance, and strengthening generations of believing students from the different sectors in the Land. Zaher has served with the FCSI in Israel since 1991 as a student, student committee member, and as General Secretary. During these years the organization grew and developed, the number of students participating in the organization’s activities grew, and new student groups were formed on the different campuses in Israel. Zaher is a living example of a servant leader: loving, faithful, and fair.

 

Rasha Saba was chosen from among various applicants for this position after an open job posting was published throughout the Body of Messiah in Israel. She has worked with the organization for the last five years among Arabic-speaking students and as the training coordinator. During these years, she distinguished herself in her work, being the first to hold this position. Rasha is a well-known and respected figure among the Arabic-speaking congregations, as well as within the worldwide student organization IFES. Rasha left behind a promising career in occupational therapy when she came to work for the FCSI, due to the personal calling she felt from the Lord. She possesses a Master’s degree in counseling and group facilitation and has received much relevant training for her position that will greatly contribute to her successful performance. We thank the Lord for providing a worker such as this. We are confident that she will take the organization forward in her new role as the General Secretary, beginning June 1.

 
 


 

 

 

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

 

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.

 
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