Reconciliation Ministry

They say, "Home is where the heart is".  My heart is for Israel!  Interestingly enough, the first time I stepped onto Israeli soil, it automatically felt like home.  I felt one with the land, the people and everything around me.  I had lived in America all my life, but never did I have such a strong sense of belonging as I did in Israel!

In His infinite wisdom, the Lord had me live in Bethlehem among the Arabs, that I might have His heart for ALL the people of that Holy Land.  While living in Bethlehem, I started volunteer work as the Accountant for a ministry in Jerusalem, called Christian Friends of Israel (CFI).   This meant I would travel daily through the Jewish checkpoint to get back and forth from work.  It was then that I decided that the ministry God had for me should be a Reconciliation Ministry.  Not only did I reconcile the accounts for the ministry, but daily I interacted with both the Jew and the Arab, hoping to keep peace in the process.

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Reconcilliation ministryHi,

Let me introduce myself, my name is Catherine Chambers, I am the one on the right.  I am a daughter of the one and only Living God, having accepted Jesus Christ into my heart 30+ years ago.  That's my cat Angel, you see scratching her fleas in the middle of the screen.  She's my blessing of a companion for over 18 years.

The Lord has done a wonderful job with my life.  Unfortunately, I ran from him for many years until 1980 when I ran into a dead end.  Looking back, it was obvious to me how the Lord had tried to spare me from the tragedy that has forever changed my life.  Even before I had dedicated my life to Him, He knew me.  More then once He had tried to get me to recognize Him, but I was too busy doing my own thing.  Sound familiar?  I had no intention of giving up my freedom, to live the strict and 'unexciting' way of life that Christians seemed to exhibit.  Hope that's not you too, because how very wrong I was.

God had other plans! THANKFULLY!

It took being raped to bring me running back into His protective arms.  In the 1970's being raped and drugged to forget it, was not as common a problem as it is today.  Although it was one of the worst things that has ever happened to me, by the same token, it was one of the best.  The reason being, because not only was my life spared but so was my soul.

I knew my life was in danger and that if I stayed where I was another night, I may not be alive. That was when I turned to God, and I haven't looked back since.  I started out by looking for God and He led me to Jesus, who has been with me every step of the way.  After going through 4 counselors and 2 suicide attempts as a Christian, Jesus has been my counselor, leading me through the first couple of years in 'survival mode' to the 'faith walk' I have been in for the last thirty years.

The first scripture that I claimed for myself, was Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things thru Christ who has strengthened me".  I'm still claiming it today for a  miracle of healing from a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis!

In 1991, I walked into Israel as a Christian volunteer with $600 on a 'Faith Walk' and stayed for 7 years.   God met my every need as I was not supported by a ministry or church.   In 1998, I left Israel to come back to the States when I received the diagnosis of MS, of which the symptoms had started a few years earlier.   The only obvious symptom that is seriously affected is my walking.  God has plans here too, because I know that I am healed.  Both my physical walking and my 'Faith Walk' are affected by the MS.

After giving myself in service to the Lord the year before going to Israel, a sister in the Lord, came to me with a word, which was: "I was to be on a Faith Walk.  I was to take one step at a time.  I would end up running in the Faith, and this would be used to teach others to do the same".  I confirmed that this was an accurate word, as I knew my first step at that time.  It clicked in my spirit.

It was my 'Faith Walk' that led me to Israel, it also provided and protected me for the 7 years I was there.  Believe it or not, I lived in Bethlehem while working  in Jerusalem.  I went to 3 church services every weekend: the first was to a Messianic Assembly that the Lord had directed me to; the second was to the Arab Christian Church where I was living; and the third was to a Pentecostal church that I personally enjoyed.  I've coined a phrase (that evidently is not a new one), that Israel is a GOOD HARD!  As Good as it is, is as Hard as it is, or as Hard as it is, is as Good as it is!  That's the Gospel Truth!  I was a Christian volunteer, living a 'Faith Walk' among the Moslems and Jews on a daily basis.  Is it any surprise that I would walk into this Faith-oriented land just fine and walk out with difficulty?

In 2006 I went back to Israel and stayed on the Arab side for almost a year until I grew tired of not being able to see friends or go to church.  After making the move to the Jewish side and bouncing around from place to place, I ended up in the hospital.  I was there a month for something that had nothing to do with the MS.  By now I was using a wheelchair and felt very much alone.  After another month in a nursing home and time to repack my belongings in Israel, I headed back to the US where I volunteered for a year before getting my own apartment again, complete with my cat, Angel, who traveled with me through all this.

By faith I still believe that someday I will be going back to Israel and I will not only be walking or running in the Faith, I will be dancing The good news is that God is not done with me yet.