CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL 🇮🇱
RAY SANDERS had received a degree in Dairy Science and Business Administration, at Iowa University, and SHARON was working in legal matters for lawyers and judges. RAY and SHARON SANDERS married in 1973. 12 years later, at the height of their careers, God spoke to them, and gave them a love for Israel and the Jewish people. They left their American lifestyles and went to Bible College in Dallas, Texas, and prepared to move to Israel. Upon entering Israel in 1985, CFI was born, and they believed this was their life call.
Since that time, they have assisted more than 1/4 million Russian immigrants moving to Israel. They have assisted victims of terror, helped thousands of Holocaust survivors, helped supply some 25 IDF army bases with needs, assisted the Ethiopian community with a start up program to learn a trade and launched an International Prayer Initiative to encourage nations around the world to pray for the nation of Israel.
"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." Isaiah 35:10
CHRISTIAN FRIENDS of ISRAEL is now in 25 nations around the world, including the USA, UK, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, TAIWAN, CANADA, POLAND, BRAZIL, SRI LANKA, SOUTH AFRICA, NETHERLANDS, INDIA ,KENYA, NIGERIA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, MEXICO, HONG KONG and PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
"AND I WILL MAKE OF THEE A GREAT NATION, AND I WILL BLESS THEE, AND MAKE THY NAME GREAT; AND THOU SHALT BE A BLESSING:
AND I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE, AND CURSE HIM THAT CURSETH THEE: AND IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED." GENESIS 12:2-3
TRISTAN HALL has been appointed the new CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL JERUSALEM CEO IN 2022. TRISTAN & GALYA HALL and their family are coming to us from South Africa, and originate from the UK. WE WELCOME THEM and PRAY FOR GOD'S HOLY ANOINTING, BLESSING , and PROTECTION UPON THEM, AND THEIR FAMILY. PRAISE BE TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. PRAISE BE TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
"AND HE SHEWED ME A PURE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, PROCEEDING OUT OF THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB." REVELATION 22:1
CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL - CANADA 🇨🇦 🇮🇱
REVEREND PAUL and MARGARET COLLINS, of Victoria, British Columbia worked with Christian Friends of Israel in Jerusalem, in 1990. Paul managed the CFI Distribution Centre, and Margaret worked in the CFI Head Office. This was during the dissolution of the USSR, and they experienced many miracles.
In 1994, they created CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL- CANADA, a branch of
CFI Jerusalem, to stand in the gap for Israel and Jerusalem with prayer, intercession, material support for the Distribution Centre, and financial partnership, as well as teaching in their community on the importance of remembering Israel, and the Old Testament teachings in the modern day world.
Paul has most recently gone on to be with his Lord and Saviour, April 26 , 2023.
CFI - Canada is thankful for all his work, and encouragement. "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul" Psalm 23
"I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE FIRST AND THE LAST."
REVEREND KENNETH and ILENE SMITH, of Surrey, BC, held the torch for CFI - Canada in 2014. They worked to obtain the Canadian Charity Status for CFI-Canada. Reverend Ken and Ilene attended EPBC in Peterborough, Ontario, pastored many churches in Western Canada, leading many tours to Israel. Also, they led many people to know the Lord personally, and encouraged others in their walk with the Lord.
We honour Reverend Kenneth Smith, who moved to glory, to be with his Lord and Saviour, at Castegar, BC, May 2, 2022.
" THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL NOT WANT."
PSALM 23 KJV
REVEREND DENNIS and EWA SPENST of Langley, BC, accepted the torch for CFI - Canada, for the year 2019. Due to previous commitments, they passed the torch on.
" THEY THAT BE WISE SHALL SHINE AS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT; AND THEY THAT TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE STARS FOREVER AND EVER." DANIEL 12: 3
ELAINE MARION NEWMAN, from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan accepted the torch for CFI CANADA in 2020. She and her husband STEPHEN JOHN NEWMAN had recently returned from touring ISRAEL in 2004, and in 2012 & 2013. At MISSION FEST ALBERTA in EDMONTON in 2014, Elaine met REVEREND KENNETH & ILENE SMITH, and accepted a volunteer position as Saskatchewan / Manitoba Representative, then started as Western Canadian Representative a few years later.
Stephen & Elaine attended the CHRISTIAN FRIENDS of ISRAEL CONFERENCE and TOUR in JERUSALEM in 2015, 2017, and 2018. In June 2022, they returned to Jerusalem again, as CFI-Canada Representative to the CFI AGM.
Steve works in the ranching and trucking industry co-owning T-1 Transport Inc., and T-1 Land & Cattle . They were married in 1976, and are blessed to have five children and fourteen grandchildren.
"PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM: THEY SHALL PROSPER THAT LOVE THEE. PEACE BE WITHIN THY WALLS, AND PROSPERITY WITHIN THY PALACES." PSALM 122:6-7