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Bible-based Leadership Training in Israel Brings Christians and Jews Together

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CHRIS MITCHELL: Ziplining can be a blast.

And it's even better when the fun includes a purpose.

This place is amazing.

There is so much important things here.

It prepares you to be able to do things that you couldn't

believe that you will do.

CHRIS MITCHELL: And that's the goal of the National Leadership

Training Center.

It's strategy?

Use physical challenges, teamwork, and the Bible

to teach principles of leadership.

So every day here, children all over Israel is coming.

We speak with them about David and about Moses.

WE speak about their leadership and their places

in life and how they can dream to be like them.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The idea came about after kids from Ariel

visited a Christian retreat in the US called J.H. Ranch.

Ranch directors Heather Johnston and her husband Bruce

first suggested the idea of a similar training

program for Israel's young people to Ariel's late mayor.

Ron Nachman came to J.H. Ranch himself.

And while he was there, we shook hands across a table on 7/7/07

and agreed that we would build, together, a national leadership

site for Israel.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Johnston sees it as a fulfillment of prophecy.

HEATHER JOHNSTON: Ezekiel foresaw that,

once the cities would be rebuilt and the Jews

would gather on the mountains of Judea and Samaria--

he said, in verse 26 of chapter 36,

I will take out the heart of stone

and give you a heart of flesh and put a new spirit in you.

And we just foresaw that that was going to be the next step.

We believe that God has begun a movement

in the country, something that is going to continue.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Endorsed by Israel's Education Ministry,

the program focuses on biblical characters

to help teach lessons.

For example, this obstacle is called Goliath.

Participants stand on an 18-inch platform

at the top of a 30-foot pole.

They jump seven feet out and seven feet up

to grab a trapeze.

The pole represents Goliath, the intimidating giant

that stood and ridiculed Israel and, literally, stopped

the military in their tracks.

Well, in a similar way, we have Goliaths in our life,

these huge giants--

circumstantially, relationally.

And we have to, somehow, find ourselves overcoming

that or not overcoming it, and trusting God at the same time.

Because the person on belay--

if you happened to miss the trapeze, guess what?

You've just done a freefall into the open space.

But the wonderful thing is that the belayer below is God.

That person acts like God in your life.

And they're always going to catch you.

CHRIS MITCHELL: This is what we reported just after the Center

opened in 2010.

The Leadership Center is just a few months old.

And so far, several hundred have attended the course.

But the goal is, eventually, for thousands

and then tens of thousands of Israelis

to go through the Center.

And now, more than seven years in the making,

the Center met their goal.

And it attracts people throughout Israel.

MAN: People are telling each other over their media,

over people bringing their friends.

This is the way that we are recruiting people to come here.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Johnston describes it

as a remarkable partnership between Christians and Jews.

HEATHER JOHNSTON: It makes me feel

like we're a part of the unfolding of biblical history.

God said, I'm going to beckon to the Gentiles--

Isaiah 49, 22-- and I'm going to lift a banner to the nations.

And they're going to carry you.

They're going to put your daughters on their shoulders,

your sons into their arms.

In other words, when I want to rebuild this nation,

I'm going to do it relationally.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The park has already

had a positive impact across generations and world views.

I've seen parents and teenagers that

start speaking with each other.

I see Arabs and Jews speaking together.

CHRIS MITCHELL: And remember Goliath?

The pole shakes.

And now, the thing is to get over the platform.

This reporter decided to take the challenge.

There's a reason they call it the Leap of Faith.

See for yourself.

1, 2, 3--

MAN: Go!


CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Ariel,

in biblical Samaria.


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