Organization: Christian Friends of Israel
Founders and Directors: Ray and Sharon Sanders
The Sanders are ordained Ministers through Christ For the Nations Bible College, Dallas, Texas, and Charter members of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. The State of Israel has awarded them permanent residency where they live in a home they own in Jerusalem
Their journey began in the 1970s, when they read Hal Lindsey's apocalyptic bestseller, "The Late Great Planet Earth," which laid out a scenario for the end of the world according to a literal interpretation of Bible prophecies.
"That awakened our understanding to Israel and its prophetic role in the Last Days," Mr. Sanders explains in his spacious Jerusalem office.
Mission Statement (CFI United Kingdom):
“We are a non-denominational Christian organization, seeking to lift up the name of Jesus in all we do to bless His Jewish brethren and share the message of His love both for Israel and the Church.”
Mission Statement (CFI America):
“As Christians, we have received from God a love for Israel and the Jewish people. We want to bless them in the name of the Lord. We believe the Lord Jesus is both the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world; however, our stand alongside Israel is not conditional upon her acceptance of our belief. We exist to comfort and to support the people of Israel, and to inform Christians around the world of their Jewish roots and of God's plans for Israel. CFI teaches the church's responsibility toward the Jewish people, and brings awareness to the Jewish people of our solidarity with them.”
Mission Statement (CFI Israel- Jerusalem):
“…an international evangelical Christian ministry legally registered in Israel with headquarters in Jerusalem where we operate 12 outreaches and administrate the ministry. We also have representative offices throughout the world. CFI represents Christians worldwide who love Israel, and desire to express friendship and a united stand with Israel based on the Bible. Our main objectives are to take the love of Jesus back to the people who brought it to us. We do this through outreach projects in Israel…”
CFI promotes and engages in a number of missionary activities directed at Israeli Jews – specifically new immigrants, the underprivileged, and Holocaust survivors. They provide “home visits” to the “isolated and lonely”. CFI has also been in the forefront of developing outreach projects aimed at supporting the Christian “messianic” community in Israel.
39 children aged between 3 and 12 representing 27 families, 13 congregations, 11 nationalities and 9 languages spend five days a week at school at Makor Hatikva in the centre of Jerusalem. All are from families of believers in Messiah Yeshua who are seeking to bring up the children to love, honour and obey Yeshua in every aspect of their lives. Many of the children are Jewish, but Jewish and Gentile children here are together in one family.
Missionary Volunteers :
"...And the most exciting part is that I am granted an automatic permanent visa in Israel - that's right! CFI is so highly respected by the Israeli government that I am granted automatic visa renewals without any trouble on a permanent status...Now I am watching my dreams unfold before me of being a permanent missionary/volunteer in Israel...This is my highest calling to the people of Israel... that they would know Messiah." ---- from the diary of Erin - a Christians Friends of Israel (CFI) volunteer
One month ago CFI sponsored a luncheon and day trip for Holocaust survivors from Sderot. They took the group to the missionary village of Yad Hashmonah outside of Jerusalem – where the majority of the residents are “ Israelis who believe in Yeshua as the Son of God, as their personal redeemer and as the Messiah of both Jews and Gentiles.”
Additional Comment: CFI , ICEJ (the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem) and Bridges for Peace coordinate and participate in activities together. Two Examples would be:
CFI engages in direct missionary activity
which targets the Jewish community in Israel. The
organization also supports the “messianic” missionary community in
the organization is legally registered in Israel and is
well-connected with the Knesset Christian Allies