Yoel writes, "My brother Dan and I serve with an elite unit of combat engineers in the Israel Defense Forces. Given some of the battles we have been involved in, I consider it a miracle we are still alive."
This year, Mark Lampert, a believer who attends a congregation in Beersheba, was one of the recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence, given at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. KNI spoke with Lampert to find out more.
In February, KNI reported on David B., a Messianic Israeli soldier and worship leader who was injured in combat. Three months later, David enthusiastically agreed to share an update with us.
A Messianic soldier was injured during an Israeli army operation early on Thursday morning near Nablus, the biblical city of Shechem, after an explosive device was thrown at a group of soldiers.
On January 8, 2017, another disaster struck our country when a truck driver in Jerusalem sped toward a group of cadets from the IDF officers school killing four. A number of believing soldiers served alongside the victims in various units.
With so many opinions on Azaria's manslaughter conviction appearing on social media networks, many parallels have been drawn between this incident and stories in the scriptures. We collected a few comments from our Messianic soldiers in regular and reserve duty.
"Many of today’s young adults are lacking one very important aspect in their upbringing: A mentor... On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, CBN Israel was given that opportunity. Our staff was invited by Lech Lecha, an organization for ex-soldiers, to offer financial and spiritual counsel."
In response to a crisis of faith that many young adult believers experience during their mandatory army service, Messianic leaders and former soldiers established a program for young believers about to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces.
Hananya writes, "Benjamin is a friend of mine who is serving in the IDF Armored Corps for over a year. I decided to ask him a few questions about his faith and struggles as a believer in Yeshua in the Israeli army."
In our technological age, it's hard to ignore the fact that advocacy for all sorts of causes has become most effective through social media networks. Messianic Israeli soldier, Hananya Naftali, uses this platform for a worthy cause - the image of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the State of Israel.