Christians will stand to show support and solidarity for the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in a celebration service with special guest speaker, Dr Danny Lamm, from the State Zionist Council of Victoria, and other Australian Jewish leaders on the eve of the Jewish nation’s birthday.
The legendary sounds of the shofar will resound as the cake is cut, Jewish songs and dances are performed and the Jewish Tanakh Scriptures are read. A representation of Light Horsemen in full regalia will also be a centerpiece of the celebration service designed to honour not only the 60th anniversary of the nation of Israel but also the important role Australia’s Light Horsemen played in the liberation of Beersheba in 1917.

The night at the Performing Art Centre, Glen Eira College, 76 Booran Rd, Caulfield  South on Tuesday 13 May 2008 at 7.30pm is hosted by interdenominational ministry, Catch the  Fire Ministries and spearheaded by Pastor Danny Nalliah.

“Australia’s Light Horsemen played such a critical role to pave the way for the establishment of the Israeli nation. They helped the Jewish people to return to the land of their forefathers and for Israel to become the robust democratic nation it is today. We intend to fully recognize that,” said Catch the Fire Ministries president Danny Nalliah.

“We’re going to honour the liberation of Beersheba in 1917, paving the way for the Jewish people to return to the land of their forefathers and for Israel to become a nation once again,” Pastor Danny said.

“We would like the Jewish people and Israel to know that there are many Christian organizations and people that strongly support you today.”

“We want to commend the achievements of the State of Israel. Australia has closer ties to Israel than some people realize. As a member state of the United Nations, Australia helped facilitate Israel’s statehood and was the first country to cast a vote in support of the establishment of Israel,” he said.

“We want to stand firmly together with the Jewish leaders in our nation and say we believe in Israel’s right to exist.

“Indeed our country esteems this 60th Anniversary of independence of the State of Israel significant enough to send our Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffrey and Mrs Jeffrey to travel to Israel at the invitation of the President of the State of Israel, His Excellency Mr Shimon Peres, to represent our Government and the people of Australia.”

In Israel the Governor-General will participate in commemorative services including the official opening by the Governor-General and Mr Peres of the Park of the Australian Soldier in Be’er-Sheva on 28 April. The park features a sculpture commemorating the charge of the Australian Light Horse Division’s 4th Brigade against the Turkish positions at Beersheba (now known as Be’er-Sheva) on 31 October 1917. This battle of Beersheba was the inspiration for a 1987 Australian movie, ‘The Lighthorsemen’.

“The offensive at Beersheba triggered a chain of events from the capturing of Gaza and Jaffa and the Ottoman Empire, the liberation of Jerusalem, all of Palestine, the  Balfour Declaration and of course, the establishment of Israel in 1948,” Pastor Danny said..

“As Christians we were not surprised to know of this development. In the Old Testament, referring to Israel, it says Isaiah 66: 8, 10  “Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children. Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her…”

“It saddens me when I hear that Israel is the source of Middle East conflict. This isn’t the case, in fact over the years, Israel has shown it adherence to democratic principles. We want to let the entire Jewish community know that we as Australians are friends of Israel.”An offering will also be taken up for the Jewish people on the night. Supporting Jewish organizations in attendance on the night include B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission and Jewish National Fund. The special guest speaker, Dr. Danny Lamm from the State Zionist Council of Victoria, was recommended by the Israeli Ambassador in Canberra.

This gathering is supported by: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Shalom Israel, David House Fellowship, Bridges For Peace, Jewish Prayer Focus, Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations, Christians for Israel, Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, Operation Exodus – EEFA [Ebenezer Emergency Fund Australia], Celebrate Messiah , Prayer for Israel, Good News Australia, House of Prayer for All Nations (SA), and others.

5 Responses to “Christians Stand With Nation Of Israel”

  1. 1 Donna

    Dear Danny

    I also found out from Kelvin Crombie’s film. The Battle for Zion. He is an Aussie in Israel who runs tourist tours to Beersheba about the Light Horse. But The Rats of Tubrook were also very instrumental in saving Israel. They won this battle that stoped Hitler from advancing to his next country of occupation, which was Israel. Apparently the British were going to leave and evacuate but the Israelis decided to stay and fight with their last breath. But they didn’t have too. The Aussies stopped the Germans.

    We are also having a 60th anniversary for Israel in Albany on the 18th of May. I will pray for yours

    God Bless Donna

  2. 2 Gwenda

    Hi everyone, there will be a bus of 14 coming from Geelong. Bless you all Gwenda.

  3. 3 I am AMAZED at How God is rousing support and VERY interested in our Australan Heritage in preserving the Nation of Israel God Bless Your Efforts and let's all never be silent again priveleged is more like it - we are saved 2 save Donna Pierce

    what a privelege to assist Israel and the Jews -the Apple of our father’s eye God Bless your efforts (his heartbeat).

    love donna pierce

  4. 4 John

    I too am interested in what Jewish folk have to say about Israel … may your readers enjoy the following website …


  5. 5 Pat McCormack

    Interesting – my great uncle Alfred Carter was one of the Aussie “Rats of Tubrook” Nice to see they were remembered.

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