Surviving the Holocaust

In 2015 when I studied at the Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies, by far the most striking thing to me was the zest for life the Jewish people have, even in the midst of the most terrifying horrors imaginable.

For example, when herded off to ghettos, and ultimately concentration camps, Jews were allowed to take very little.  Perhaps only a small suitcase or two.  What would you take, if you faced such a crisis?  Your computer?  Your valuables?  Treasured heirlooms?

In many cases, the Jews  took school books, art supplies, musical instruments and things that would enable them to carry on with life as they knew it.  Why?  Because life carries more value than anything to the Jewish people.  Their zest for life was (and still is) insatiable, and they went to tremendous lengths to live life to the fullest possible .

Here is a story of how a small group of Jews survived another day in the concentration camps, under the watchful and demanding eyes of Nazi soldiers.  Take a look:

My friends, not only could we learn a thing or two about dealing with hardship, but as Christians, it is our responsibility to defend the innocent.  It is our calling to stand up for those in need.  It is a Biblical command to bless Israel.

But how do we know and understand the depth of God’s desire if we have no understanding of His beloved people, and the importance of standing with them?

This is where I urge you to take advantage of a FREE online course launching today! Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies is making “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present” available online in a “study at your own pace” format.  (Just click on the link!)  Researchers and instructors at Yad Vashem are literally the world’s experts in Antisemitism and the Holocaust, and your understanding of those things and how they continue to this day will expand greatly.

It’s free, so you have nothing to lose.  Join me, as I join hundreds of others, in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity!  See you in the virtual classroom!  Enjoy!

Yad Vashem Offers Free Online Course on Antisemitism

Friends, there is a fantastic opportunity I don’t want you to miss!  You can learn from some of the world’s experts on antisemitism and the Holocaust for FREE.  Yad Vashem is offering the free course entitled Antisemitism: From its Origins to the Present.

A couple years ago I had the blessed privilege to attend a Christian Leaders Seminar on the Holocaust and antisemitism at Yad Vashem (in Jerusalem).  Yad Vashem is best known as Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum, but it is also a world-renown international research and educational center.  The museum actually sits adjacent to the International School for Holocaust Studies, where many come from all over the world to study about the Holocaust and antisemitism.  The researchers are truly experts (including Holocaust survivors and children of survivors), and the educational faculty is second to none.  These people know their stuff!

Yad Vashem has a website literally jam-packed with resources, and now they are offering online courses.  Having spent 8 days in a classroom there, “drinking from the firehose,” I can tell you the courses will likely be loaded with more information than you dream possible!  Also, the learning experience will include discussion (to whatever degree you are comfortable), allowing an “iron sharpening iron” experience.  (Teaching styles in Israel are considerably different than in the US, where lecture-style teaching is predominant.)

After studying at Yad Vashem, I realized that, unless you have a degree of understanding about the Holocaust and antisemitism, you really have no depth of knowledge about the lives of Jewish people.  For that reason (and others), I highly encourage you to take advantage of this free course, offered by Yad Vashem and the International School of Holocaust Studies.  I believe you will come away with a much greater depth of understanding and appreciation for the people God calls the apple of His eye.

Classes begin March 19, so sign up soon!

Course Information

Register Here

Hope to see you in class!

Word from Jerusalem – March 2018

The anticipated US Embassy move to Jerusalem has made worldwide news.  Indeed, it is a newsworthy event.  However, did you know that you already have an embassy in Jerusalem?  Indeed, when all nations were pulling their embassies out of Jerusalem in the 1980’s, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem moved in!

For about 40 years, ambassadors of Christ have stood with Israel, in Jerusalem, at the ICEJ!  If you are a Christian, YOU have an embassy in the Holy City!

As you may know, the ICEJ publishes Word from Jerusalem, a magazine sharing news of current events from a Biblical perspective and updating us on the work of the Embassy.  But did you know they produce both a “global” issue as well as a US edition?  (They also publish specific issues in a few other countries as well.)  In this issue of the “global” edition, you will find:

  • Restored for Destruction – ICEJ President Jurgen Buhler shares an alternate view of “the time of Jacob’s trouble.”  (Study for yourself to discern whether or not you agree with this view!)
  • The Miracle of Israel’s Rebirth – the miracle of a nation’s rebirth, only 3 years after their near destruction.
  • Haifa Home Expansion – news on the planned addition to the home for Holocaust survivors, operated by the ICEJ.
  • Playing Defence – an update on provision of bomb shelters in areas near the Gaza Strip.
  • Choosing to Remember – a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
  • Update on Protests in Iran

Check out those articles and more here:


The March issue of the US edition contains articles such as:

  • Three incredible reports on ICEJ’s involvement in “Operation Good Neighbor.”
  • ICEJ Donates New Bomb Shelters
  • No Time to Lose – helping Holocaust survivors before its too late.
  • Expanding and Uniting – increasing number of ICEJ branches worldwide.
  • How Can We Help Palestinian Refugees

Find all that and more here:

American Soldier Who Saved Jews up for Congressional Medal of Honor

In November-December 2015, I attended a Christian Leaders Seminar at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center in Jerusalem.  One of my classmates was Chris Edmonds, whose father was a true American hero.  In fact, while there for the seminar, news was released that his father, Roddie Edmonds, was named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.  That honor is reserved for non-Jewish citizens who risked their own lives to protect the Jews during the Holocaust.

We were privileged to hear the incredible story directly from Chris (a pastor from Tennessee), and we rejoiced with him.  Then, in March 2016, I was present when Chris told his dad’s story to 20,000 conference attendees at the annual AIPAC Conference.  Now, efforts are underway to posthumously award Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military recognition given to an American service member.

Below I’ll share two separate videos.  The first is Chris’ presentation at the AIPAC Conference where he did a masterful job honoring his father.  The second is the latest video hitting social media in attempts to promote Master Sgt Edmonds’ bid for a Congressional Medal of Honor.  Edmonds was an incredible man of God, a fantastic soldier, and understood the importance of saving Jews.  I’m praying Congress will show him the honor he deserves.  Will you join me?

Enjoy the videos!