Rev. Rosemary Schindler Garlow
What is the main focus of your activities today?
Hosting tours and connecting Christians to people in Israel for relationship and support. Meeting with governmental leaders to encourage them to move their embassy to Jerusalem and follow biblical principles of governance for a successful nation. Teaching on the Shoah and antisemitism, encouraging people to listen and read the Bible to be Well Versed, connect with Israel, the biblical calendar, many prayer calls for our nation and Israel.
How long have you been doing that?
What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
Judeo-Christian Zionist Congresses in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. Hosting Nights to Honor Israel as a leader with Christians United for Israel in these same cities. I am a founding member of CUFI and have attended every leadership and Washington DC Summit since 2006. I also hosted 2 tours to Israel for our CUFI Jerusalem Summits in 2010 and 2011. Organized the 62 Reunion and USA National Repentance for turning away the St. Louis Ship from our shores in June 1939in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL for 5 days with 3,000 people and representatives from each state and many American and Caribbean nations who refused the ships entry. Hosting the survivors of the St. Louis Ship to Cuba, Germany and Israel for these nations to repent to the survivors. Helping with Yad Vashem’s new exhibit on the St. Louis Ship tragedy. Attending Yad Vashem’s Christian Educators training on the Holocaust and Antisemitism. On the board of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, FIDF, in the San Francisco Bay area, participated in gala dinners and missions to Poland and Israel. Volunteered with SarEl, Volunteers for Israel, on an IDF base for 2 weeks in 2011. Helped dedicate the 9/11 Memorial in Jerusalem. I was on the San Francisco board of Anti-Defamation League and for the Sha’are Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Helped with Jewish absorption centers in the Shomoron, arranged over 100 tours to Israel and hosted most of them. Have been to Israel over 70 times. Hosted speakers from Israel in our Shiloh Church in Oakland for many years and brought people together to celebrate the Lord’s Feasts and learn the Hebrew root of our faith. Hosted Passover Seders, etc. Participated and taught racial reconciliation and repentance for 2,000 years of Christian antisemitism and replacement theology that led to the temple’s destruction by the Romans, Christian church fathers teachings against the Jews, the Inquisition in Europe and America, the Pogroms, the Holocaust and present terrorism and BDS. Traveled to these nations ( Italy, Turkey, Germany, etc) with Christian leaders of most denominations to repent on the sites of the greatest atrocities and biblical and historical errors. Helped Jews make Aliyah and taught the importance of this. Most of these I did through Schindler’s Ark. For the past 6 years I have been married to wonderful Dr. Jim Garlow and we are active in helping nations align with Israel and much more through our organization, Well Versed. We were pastoring Skyline Church – me for 4 years and Dr. Garlow for 23. He was a pastor for 49 1/2 years. OK, this is some of what I remember but there are other events and groups if you need them.
How did you get to where you are today?
By coming to Israel in 1996 with a group of Pastors and seeing Jerusalem for the first time. I knew this is the Lord’s priority, His City, His People and His Land. I wanted to do whatever I could to share this with others and allow them the privilege of pilgrimage and helping in the restoration of Israel preparing for Messiah’s coming.
What do you think God is doing with regard to Jewish-Christian relations?
Among the people of the nations He is winnowing the wheat from the chaff, the wise from the foolish, the sheep from the goats, those on the wide path to destruction vs those who want to walk on the Way of the Lord, the narrow path, light from darkness, the wise from the foolish, etc. This I believes brings those of the remnant together as Ruth clung to Naomi. Those who truly love God, love what He loves and want to do their part. The privilege of making a pilgrimage to Israel is the most significant way people receive this love and understanding. They are changed forever and feel home. This is part of the restoration of Believers to the roots of their faith, the acknowledgement and repentance for the errors in Christian history, and the returning to our “first love” of Torah, the Lord’s calendar of feasts and appointed times, to the Hebrew Language and to fulfill prophecy – Isaiah 2 and Micah 4, Jeremiah 30. Also, it is very important we help the Jewish people make aliyah. 700 bible verses declare this. Christians need to understand the Blood Covenant and the meaning of the Threshold, Salt, and Name covenants that are sovereign and holy. We need to turn from Western/Greek mindset to an Eastern/Biblical understanding. (This is why we do not get it that we cannot come against God’s Covenant concerning Jerusalem or make a deal with the Lord. This ignorance is bringing judgement upon the nations.)