Israeli Leaders Congratulate Joe BidenVice President Joe Biden is greeted by Prime Minister Penjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Israel in March 2016. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin, and other Israeli political leaders congratulated Joe Biden on his election win. Netanyahu has had a warm relationship with Biden for forty years and acknowledged him as a great friend of Israel. In a message to Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, Netanyahu said, “I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the U.S. and Israel.” Another statement followed thanking President Donald Trump “for the friendship you have shown the state of Israel and me personally, for recognizing Jerusalem and the Golan, for standing up to Iran, for the historic peace accords and for bringing the American-Israeli alliance to unprecedented heights.”Please pray for wisdom and grace for those who serve in the United States government.Read more at Times of Israel…Israeli Aid in TurkeyBecause of its location, Turkey is prone to experiencing earthquakes. Here is a picture of the aftermath of an earthquake in 2011. (Source: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation)After the deadly earthquake that impacted both Greece and Turkey, Israel immediately offered to help by sending search and rescue teams and erecting a field hospital, though Turkey did not immediately accept the offer. Israel has helped Turkey in the past after massive earthquakes in 1999 and 2011. Recently, the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) identified Israel as having the world’s best emergency medical teams. Israel has been quick to respond to global emergences. They aided Brazil after a dam collapsed, sending emergency rescue and medical services. Israel also sent medical teams after major earthquakes in Haiti in 2010, Nepal in 2015, and Mexico in 2017, and following a major typhoon in the Philippines in 2013.Please pray that those who are injured and those who have lost loved ones as a result of the earthquake may be comforted.Read more at Times of Israel…Israel’s Rains Have ComeA storm approaches over the Dead Sea. (Source: Pxfuel)This past week, many parts of the country were drenched by pouring rain and experienced thunder and lightning, even in Israel’s desert south. Flash floods can often be a problem. Because the ground is so dry, the water is not absorbed and just runs down, collecting debris and creating hazardous conditions. Roads through the Negev heading toward Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, were closed for travelers’ protection. Many children were excited to dig out their umbrellas! This is the time of year when rain should be falling all over Israel. It has been more than six months since the last rainfall, and the ground, farmers, and reservoirs have been desperately waiting. Last year, there was a record amount of rain; this year, the rain has begun a little late.Rain is a blessing—praise God for the rains. Please pray for the safety of travelers during the rainy season.Read more at Jerusalem Post…Israeli Online Bible StudiesThanks to Zoom, we have been able to continue our Bible studies in Israel! (Illustrative / Source: Dylan Ferreira/Unsplash)After moving all of our in-person Bible studies online back in April, Chosen People Ministries—Israel has seen an increase in attendees! We have a few different Bible studies each week for various groups and in several languages, and it is exciting to see these studies fulfill a need. People want to study the Scriptures together. Before the pandemic, people might have been busy, tired after a long day, so were unable to attend in person. Now, they can log on and join from the comfort of their home, even eating dinner at the same time. As a result, we have seen a rise in attendance. Everyone is very interactive and asking questions, asking for prayer, and enjoying each other’s company.We praise God we can reach out to people in this way and build a small community and pray together. It is a wonderful way to encourage and be encouraged.