From the Editor May/Jun 2023
The Lord has been gracious to The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (FOI) as we seek to proclaim biblical truth about Israel, the Messiah, and God’s Chosen People.
When I joined FOI, I wanted to obey God and bless the Jewish people as He would guide me. And throughout my life, I’ve had a deep love for Scripture and for writing. For that reason, it’s been my joy and privilege to serve as a writer and editor for FOI over the past four years.
Now I thank God for blessing me richly by allowing me to serve Him as managing editor of Israel My Glory. I pray He will continue to encourage and edify all who pick up a copy of this magazine.
I’d like to thank Lorna Simcox for her faithful work as editor-in-chief of Israel My Glory. Her long hours of work and commitment to share God’s Word over the past 23 years are an inspiration to everyone who strives to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). I’m grateful for Lorna’s time and patience in sharing her wisdom with me and training me to carry on this ministry’s work.
In His providence, God positioned my wife and me to visit Israel for the first time last March. When I first set foot in Tel Aviv and saw the Promised Land with my own eyes, I felt God’s presence in a deeply personal way. From the heights of Mount Carmel to the depths of the Dead Sea, the setting of Scripture came to life and strengthened my faith in the God who gave us His Word.
If you’ve always wanted to go but have never been to the Holy Land (or if you can’t wait to go back), you’ll love this issue of Israel My Glory. We’re taking you on a written journey to the land of Israel, complete with devotional teaching from scriptural passages corresponding to each location. And keep an eye out for a special article from our former Executive Director Elwood McQuaid celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Jewish state’s establishment.
We hope you enjoy this devotional tour of the land of Israel. It’s a great taste of the sights you’ll see and the stories you’ll hear if you join us on our Up to Jerusalem tour, a 10-day trip that will change your life and your relationship with the Lord. May God bless you and grow your love for Israel as you explore its beautiful land!
In His service,