Connie and I just returned from Turkey. There are so many things being said about Turkey I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you about some of our experiences this past week. Keeping in mind that Turkey is a large and complex country, it is 99% Sunni Muslim run by a secular Government – the only one like it in the world. Their Prime Minister and now President is working very hard to introduce Islamic rules but he really has an uphill fight with the people of Turkey who are for the most part very secular.
It’s hard to understand Recep Tayyip Erdogan (President) one day he hates Israel the next he is re-establishing diplomatic a relationship. One day he shoots down a Russian jet the next he is the Russian’s best friend – the same with Iran. He just joined a triangular relationship with Russia and Iran, at the same time he sends an ambassador to the embassy in Israel. Please keep in mind I’m just laying out blanket statements knowing that the details would take a large book. Or as they say, the devil is in the details.
The people of Turkey, or at least all the ones we know along the Mediterranean Sea, are very friendly and it’s hard to find one who is religious other than making the statement if asked, “I am a Muslim”. It’s a lot like Americans when asked most will say they are Christian but never or hardly ever go to Church. In fact, it would be hard to find a nicer people than the Turkish people. Add to that; the work we are having done on the boat would cost us more than double what we are paying if done in Israel and the quality of the work is very good. Keeping that boat there locates us closer to arranged pickup points. There is also a very capable emergency crew on hand if the occasion should occur that we can’t get there fast enough for rescue operations.
The boat we keep here in Israel is a 60-foot Motor Boat and it is ready for operations and is capable of reaching distances of over 2000 kilometres on a tank of fuel meaning we can reach some Greek Islands and much of the Turkish coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean and return to Israel.
Again, I want to say that what this ministry needs is a larger boat capable of longer, faster trips that can carry many more to Israel. Above is a picture of some of the 30 and 40-meter (100 to 130-feet) Gullets. As you can see, they are covered for the winter. Because of the economy and political conditions in the area the owners have lost money for the past three years and last summer was their worst financially, and now they find themselves in a situation where they must cut their losses. For a commercial operation like this it takes a crew of 4 or 5 to maintain and keep them safe. If this ministry owned one of these boats we would keep a rotating crew of believers. We could reach further out and still be small enough to move in and out of marinas.
In the past 40+ years there has never been a time when we have been in greater need for finances than today. The boat now in for repairs in Turkey will cost 33,000 euro. We were able to make a down payment of 14,000 a few days ago and the balance will be due in a month or two. It is work that has to be done and we have no choice but to get it done at this time in hope it will be done in time. God’s timing is always perfect and there is no doubt in my mind or spirit that He has made arrangements with those He has joined to this ministry. It’s more like being chosen to be blessed.
France, England and Germany are all experiencing unprecedented attacks on the Jewish communities – it’s the worst since the 30’s and 40’s. Troops are building up on our northern border and Jordan is in danger of falling to ISIS – making our Eastern border an additional threat. And ISIS is getting stronger every day on our southern border. On a personal note there is a certain urgency in my spirit that says get ready now.
If God has been speaking to you about supporting this ministry in Israel, we welcome your support.
The best way at this time is by personal cheque and sent by airmail, and if you are concerned about security you can register the letter. You can send Personal or Bank Cheques by airmail or registered mail. Western Union Money Orders are not good in Israel, but Western Union Money transfers are, U.S. Postal Money Orders cannot be cashed outside the USA
TO: Jerry Golden
PO Box 10268
Jerusalem 91102 Israel
Western Union Money Transfers,
They are expensive but sure and fast each transfer should be under $5000 to make it fast and without Government problems.
Send it to Jerry Golden, in Israel. They will give you a number that you can email to me so I can pick it up at any Western Union Office in Israel.
Information needed for a Bank transfer below:
Account Number 88292
Bank Hapoalim (Branch 690)
Code Swift: Poalilit
IBAN CODE IL53-0126-9000-0000-0088-292
Your bank will most likely want the Bank address it is as follows.
Bank Hapoalim (Branch 690)
16 King George
It is important to know that any amount over $9,000 requires a lot of paper work and contracts so please keep each transaction under that amount.
As long as the mail is running it is still my belief that a personal check sent airmail and if necessary a registered letter is the cheapest and fastest way to send support.
If God has touched you to bless this ministry in Israel, I don’t need to tell you how important this support is, and if He hasn’t touched you, there is no way I could make you understand.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for our son Joel and all the IDF soldiers. Pray for this ministry and your part in it.
Shalom, Jerry Golden