How Beautiful on the Mountains…

UK Christians ascend Welsh heights in heart-warming show of support for Israel

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Beautiful feet took a message of good news for Israel across the mountains of North Wales in partial fulfilment of an ancient prophecy (Isaiah 52.7).

Some 80 competitors took part in an 8km run along the Clwydian range to demonstrate Christian support for the Jewish state.

Organised by the Father’s House Sabbath congregation at Shotton, Deeside, it was preceded by two days of prayer for Israel attended by over 150 people and featured Revelation TV Middle East Report presenter Simon Barrett.

Wearing T-shirts specially designed for the occasion, the participants placed an Israeli flag atop the area’s highest peak, Moel Famua, at 1,843ft, and were much encouraged by support from the public.

One person shouted that they were “running for a great cause” and drivers blew their horns as competitors drove away from the event with Star of David flags on their cars.

Father’s House pastor Michael Fryer said: “As British Prime Minister in 1917, Welshman David Lloyd George stood in support of the establishment of the state of Israel, resulting in what we know today as the Balfour Declaration. He was one of many UK Christian leaders who understood the importance of Israel as the home of the Jewish people. Today in Wales there are still many Christians who feel the same and want to express their support.”

He added: “Israel is a world leader in medical and technological research as well as in horticulture and agriculture which is helping many poor countries around the globe. We want to say thank you to Israel for all these advancements, but also for all that they have given to us spiritually – we also see that Israel is fulfilling the words of the prophets.”

The weekend included a photographic exhibition of children and other members of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, situated close to Gaza, which has been a target for Hamas rockets over many years. Depicting the reality of what it’s like for ordinary communities to live under the constant threat of terror, the photos were taken by student photographer Grace Fryer, who has stayed in Kfar Aza.

PHOTO: Hoisting the Israeli flag atop a Welsh mountain. Photo by Charles Gardner

Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from


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