Posted in Zealous Magazine on January 25th, 2018 It’s hard to imagine Arabs, Jews and Gentiles working together in Israel. However, amidst conflict and prejudices, Israel Firstfruits, made up of Jewish, Arab and Gentile believers, is doing just that. Mordechai Wiseman, CEO of Israel Firstfruits, elaborates: “We are the economic development agency for the body of Christ in Israel. We exist to help the local body of the Messiah prosper, break the ‘dependence cycle,’ become a community that is engaging and blessing society while demonstrating the reality and power of the Kingdom of God in the marketplace.” One of our most valued events is the Israel Business Forum. In 2017, 80 international business leaders joined over 120 local believers in an amazing time of business exhibition and training, one-on-one meetings, as well as anointed worship and prayer. We hosted a countrywide business plan competition with quality and creative local entrepreneurs. We also provided opportunity for over 30 locals to spend extended time with the international delegates, allowing for deeper relationships and mentorship. Future planning includes how to further coach and support the dozens of local businesses with whom we are connected. Ron Brooks, U.S. Director, shares, “’The Forum’ is where we gather international kingdom business leaders and local Israeli entrepreneurs to form a community of support to help launch and/or grow their businesses. The marketplace is a key evangelism and discipleship sphere for Israeli believers, since it would be a literal miracle for a seeker to enter a local church – so the Church must go to the marketplace.” Mordechai adds, “In addition, local believers struggle with a poverty mindset and economic dependence which needs to be overcome in order for local churches to become self-supporting.” Over the last several years, from very humble beginnings, God has mightily blessed this work. Hundreds of Israeli entrepreneurs have been impacted with biblically-based training, teaching, mentoring and events. We have also assisted dozens of businesses and watched many launch and grow successfully, impacting their community and their local congregation. And this is only the beginning! To receive more information about Israel Firstfruits, please visit: www.israelfirstfruits.org.