August 25, 2018 | Righteous Gentiles, Part 2


Interview: Dr. Susanna Kokkonen

We’ve been focusing on “Righteous Gentiles.” Those are gentiles who stood up in different ways during the Holocaust and saved Jewish people’s lives. Last week we talked about two courageous women, Corrie ten Boom and The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry’s own, Halina Ostik. If you missed that episode we encourage you to go back and listen. You’ll be amazed at how God used ordinary people to do courageous work.

This week we welcome Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, the director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem. Chris talks with Dr. Kokkonen about the very important work she and her team are doing with Yad Vashem, the world’s Holocaust remembrance center in Jerusalem. The impact that Christians can have with educating our brothers and sisters in Christ on Israel and the Jewish people is very dear to her heart just as it is to ours here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.  

You can learn more about this great organization HERE.

Join their Facebook pageor search “Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.”

Halina: Faith in the Fire

By Elwood McQuaid

In 1939, the Nazis took control of Poland. A young Polish woman named Halina was faced with the decision to fall in line with the Nazi agenda or to stand against evil.

Halina Ostik’s commitment to believe in her cause regardless of personal cost is the essence of this book. It tells the story of an amazing individual who walked through the fires of Hitler’s genocidal rampage and survived.


Righteous Gentile, Balaam

In our second segment we head to the Old Testament to find a great example of a gentile blessing the Jewish people. It may not be who you would think: Balaam, from Numbers 22. There we learn how King Balak, the Moab king, tried to curse Israel through Balaam, but God had other plans!

Apples of Gold

Zvi explains the complicated relationship between Arabs and the Jewish people surrounding Israel. He always tries to treat his Arab neighbors with love and kindness. Once he can get past many of their biases, he then tries to share the love of the Messiah with them from the Scriptures. Listen and find out how he shared his faith with one very important man in the Arab neighborhood.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Comments 2

  1. Wonderful and exceptional programing here. I like the way you interpret the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelations. You make the Bible make sense.

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