Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivilin announced separate congratulatory messages on Sunday to president-elect Joe Biden on his victory over incumbent Donald Trump.

benjamin netanyahu prime minister of israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

According to The Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu inserted remarks on the U.S. elections results before a cabinet meeting, stating, “I have a personal, long and warm connection with Joe Biden for nearly 40 years, and I know him to be a great friend of the State of Israel.”

The prime minister also thanked Trump “for the great friendship he showed to the State of Israel and to me, personally.”

Since Netanyahu built a strong relationship with Trump, reports began to surface last week that Netanyahu would not be welcome to working with Biden especially after the lukewarm relationship Netanyahu experienced with President Barack Obama. During Biden’s time as vice president, the president-elect had planned to renew interest in the Iran nuclear deal and criticize the country’s settlement in the West Bank. Thankfully, for Netanyahu, Trump didn’t engage in policies that hurt Israel.

“I praise him for his recognition of Jerusalem and the Golan, for his standing up to Iran, for the historic peace treaties and for bringing the alliance between Israel and the US to unprecedented heights. Thank you, President Trump,” Netanyahu said.

Upon learning of Biden’s projected win, Israel President Reuven Rivilin echoed Netanyahu. On Nov. 7, released a recorded congratulatory message to Biden and vice-president elect, Kamala Harris. 

“Mr. President-elect, as a long-standing friend of Israel, you are now the leader of the free world and of the State of Israel’s closest and most important ally.”

“The strategic alliance between our two countries and peoples is stronger than any political leadership, and is not based solely on friendship. It is rooted deeply in our shared values and in our long-standing commitment to freedom and democracy as the foundations of our societies.

Rivilin concluded his message by thanking Trump for “strengthening Israel’s security” during his term as the 45th president and Americans for their support and friendship. 

“I have no doubt that our special relations and multifaceted cooperation will continue to flourish and grow in the future,” he said.

ORLANDO, Fla. – On Nov. 6, Christ for All Nations (CfaN) will host an International Day of Prayer for Africa. The live-stream event will literally circle the globe with 24-hours of prayer for brothers and sisters in Africa.

Poster for Christ for All Nations (CfaN) International Day of Prayer for Africa

Beginning in Germany at 4 a.m. EST/10 a.m. CET, and moving eastward, each CfaN office will take an hour-long shift. The global event will culminate in a special broadcast from CfaN’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

The intercession will be organized around six specific prayer topics: Evangelism in Africa, CfaN Great Gospel Campaigns, COVID-19, North Africa, conflict in Africa, and humanitarian crises.

CfaN founder, the late Reinhard Bonnke, first felt a call to evangelize Africa as a young child. He began his work there in 1967 when he and his family relocated from their native home in Germany to the tiny kingdom of Lesotho embedded in the heart of South Africa. From that time until now, CfaN has led nearly 80 million people to faith in Christ, a majority of whom reside in Africa.

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda

Over the last 45 years, CfaN’s outreach has grown to a truly global scale, now under the leadership of Daniel Kolenda, who serves as CfaN President and Lead Evangelist, Africa continues to be the main mission of CfaN.  As Evangelist Bonnke famously declared, “Africa will be saved!”

However, the Day of Prayer for Africa does more than maintain CfaN’s founding vision – it also advances the prophetic word spoken in the hearts of a new generation of leadership. Specifically, God has placed it in the heart of Evangelist Kolenda that He is going to deliver a Decade of Double Harvest – that is, as many salvations in the next ten years as the organization saw in the previous 40 combined. To that end, the Day of Prayer for Africa recognizes that only God’s power can fulfill God’s plans.

“The job of any ministry, including CfaN, is to seek His face and ask for His kingdom to come and His will to be done. And Nov. 6 has been set aside for that very purpose,” said Kolenda.

To learn more about the Day of Prayer and/or to join your voice with multiple tens of  thousands around the world, visit www.dayofprayer.africa.

Americans are not alone in their intense wait for the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Israelian officials, known for their bipartisan relationship with recent U.S. presidents, are preparing for Donald Trump’s second term or Joe Biden’s new administration.

According to The Times of Israel, “senior sources in Jerusalem,” told Israel’s Channel 12 they are predicting a Biden victory. Oddly, station officials said the same anonymous sources predicted a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016. Predictions aside, the circumstances all involved are preparing for the unknown.

“We will work with whoever wins,” said Danny Danon, who has served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations throughout President Donald Trump’s first term. “[Israel] has a long history of partnerships and bonds with the US, based on our common values.”

Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump
Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump

Dannon told The Jewish Journal, “If [Democratic nominee Joe] Biden wins, it will take some time to build that relationship. I was there when Trump won. It takes time to put people in place and for them to learn the issues; it’s a long transitional process. But we will work well with both candidates.”

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, said in a radio interview that he is praying for a Trump victory.

“In the last four years, he has shown true friendship with the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” Deri said. He added, “Biden is also a friend of Israel, but if, God forbid, Trump is not elected, I know who will be happy: The Iranians, Hezbollah, Hamas and others.”

Benjamin Netanyahu with israel flag behind him
Benjamin Netanyahu

On Nov. 1, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Trump’s U.S. policies but did not speak specifically of the presidential election. The alliance between the two countries “has never been stronger” and pointed to the vast steps Trump has made that favors Israel.

Netanyahu told The Associated Press the Trump administration has been tough on toward Iran, recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, the tolerant approach toward Israeli settlements and the recent diplomatic pacts between Israel and three Arab countries.

“I can only hope that this policy that brings, that isolates Iran and brings the fruits of peace, peace grounded in reality to the people of Israel, to the Arab peoples of the region, I can only hope that this policy will continue in the coming years,” Netanyahu said.

Bright Hope is a 50-year-old ministry helping poor churches in developing countries. Their unique success path for raising the poor out of poverty has put hundreds of thousands of people on the road to self-sustainability. Bright Hope Allies are Christians, private businesses, churches and foundations who believe Christians should be active in helping the poorest people on the planet.

Below are 5 actions churches must do to help the extreme poor dealing with COVID-19:

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  1. Pivot your thinking from disease prevention to food security. While COVID-19 is impacting the poor and putting healthcare systems at risk, far more of the poor are being impacted by the shutdowns and lack of income for food purchases.
     
  2. Help in-country (indigenous) churches survive and thrive. Many pastors in slums and remote villages have lost contact with their congregation, and therefore their weekly offerings. For churches in extremely poor places there is no online giving option. Pastors are struggling to support their families and it is difficult for them to visit needy members of their church without any resources to offer.
     
  3. Interview your missionaries or experts on how COVID-19 is impacting the world’s poorest communities. Chances are someone in your church has some expertise or a connection. If not, reach out to Bright Hope. We are happy to help.
     
  4. Encourage connection between your church and indigenous poor churches. It is time to be creative. One of our partner churches in rural Uganda began distributing soap to homes in their village. A simple bar of soap was such a blessing and is an important part of virus prevention. They were able to distribute 1,000 bars of soap!
     
    Here’s just one idea: what if a U.S. Church asked each member to buy a bar of soap, write an encouraging note to put inside, and donate $25 for food relief for each family receiving a bar of soap? How great it would be to see food and clean hands in some of the poorest places. Creatively connecting with the poor is needed more than ever, but we must meet real needs in a timely fashion, while helping build long-term relationships.

    * When seeking greater connection with churches in poor places, ask these three questions:

    * What exactly are you asking for?
     
    * What can we do, together, that will make a long-term difference in the lives of the poor?
     
    * How can we provide help in a way that increases our connection/bond?
     
  5. Distribute Bright Hope’s free booklet, COVID-19 and The Extreme Poor: Why the Poor May Be Hit the Hardest. We need to get the word out about the poor and what is going on in their homes. Let Bright Hope be a resource for you—download the booklet and distribute freely. Co-branding the booklet is available to those interested.

Bright Hope is a Christian ministry helping the poorest churches in the world reach their communities with Hope for Today, Tomorrow and Eternity. Visit Bright Hope online or via email

ATLANTA – A global livestream memorial service will honor the life of Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias, who died on May 19, at age 74, after a brief battle with cancer.

The celebration of Zacharias’s life and legacy will be streamed live at RZIM.org/RaviMemorial on May 29 at 11 a.m. ET.

Zacharias spent the past 48 years traveling the world to commend the Christian faith and address life’s greatest existential questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny with eloquence and grace for a variety of audiences. Through his founding and leadership of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), Zacharias launched a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors who continue to speak, resource, train and address the questions of millions around the world.

“The story of the gospel is the story of eternal life. My life is unique and will endure eternally in God’s presence. I will never be ‘no more.’ I will never be lost because I will be with the One who saves me,” wrote Zacharias in Seeing Jesus from the East (Zondervan, 2020).

Tributes to Zacharias will include homages from family and friends, including RZIM President Michael Ramsden, athlete and author Tim Tebow, Brooklyn Tabernacle Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala, and Passion Movement Founder Louie Giglio. Musical artists Matt Redman and Lecrae will perform

Following the initial livestream, the video will be available for replay in perpetuity.

The Zacharias family has asked that in lieu of flowers gifts be made to the ongoing work of RZIM.