Debbie and Yoyakim Figueras

Israel

Bedouin and Muslim outreach

There was something special that happened this month. As every week, the team set out to the different villages to visit and distribute food. One of the cars with a few of our men was headed for one of the villages, and as they were about to turn into it, a car stopped by them with two Bedouin men, who demanded to know who we were and what our purpose was for going into their village. This is something normal that happens at times. Bedouin men are very protective over their villages, and sometimes we are not so welcome at first. We have run into aggression in the past, and for this reason we pray for the team before they go out every time. Oded explained that we were there to help the needy families. In response, one of them exclaimed that he needed help because he’s unable to work due to an injury in his arm. Oded immediately jumped out the car, laid his hand on the man’s shoulder and asked him if he could pray for him in Jesus’ name, explaining that we believe that God hears and answers prayers. The answer was yes. After Oded prayed for him, they exchanged numbers and the man invited the team to come to the village. The next day B’shara and Yoyakim went to visit him. B’shara told him the whole gospel in Arabic and they gave him a New Testament. This man shared that his whole body was aching due to an accident at work in which he was electrocuted 5 years ago. He allowed Yoyakim and B’shara to pray for him again. We will continue to visit him, and we would like to ask you to pray for him and his whole family to come to faith in Jesus.

Part of the team went to visit the Palestinian couple who were prayed for to have a baby and gave birth not long ago. As usual they were very welcoming. The only thing is, that they have no heating in their shack, and the bitter, cold wind was blowing through it. The baby was covered from head to toe, but his hands were still cold.

Sara Sakhnini with the Bedouin kids

Part of the team went to visit the Palestinian couple who were prayed for to have a baby and gave birth not long ago. As usual they were very welcoming. The only thing is, that they have no heating in their shack, and the bitter, cold wind was blowing through it. The baby was covered from head to toe, but his hands were still cold.

It’s the same situation in most of the temporary, unrecognized Bedouin villages in the south. The Winter is bitterly cold, the summer is unbearably hot.

After 2-3 hours in the freezing cold house, the team went back to the heated car and our air-conditioned houses. Lying down in our warm beds and warm blankets, we come to the realization again that having a warm house and home is not something to be taken for granted in any way.

While the team was there, Sara prayed for the baby, who has to go through a Hernia operation. One of the baby’s uncles, who was quite zealous about Islam in previous conversations, answered with a definite “Amen”, which is not typically Muslim at all. Thank God for every little step of the way they are making towards God’s kingdom, AMEN.

Sudanese

We got very good news this Christmas! After 12 years of waiting under a refugee status that gave them very limited options of work and progress, about 2400 Sudanese refugees, including most of those we love from Arad, will receive temporary residency in Israel. This is an answer to prayer, and will give them rights they have never had before. We don’t know when it will come into effect, but pray that it might be sooner than later.

It’s a huge step towards permanent residency, which we hope they will get. Thank God.

You can read about it here:

Khen and some of the Sudanese kids at the after school activity last week

God bless you all this Christmas and in the coming new year with all He’s got planned for us,

Debbie and Yoyakim.
on behalf of the Barnaba-Israel team in Arad.