As a host and organizer of this annual, public celebration by Christians, Jews and First Nations united in honour of Israel (the largest of this kind on USA-CAN border, this year virtual only due to Covid restrictions), I am tremendously blessed by the response of people from around the world. (Even a sign from Heaven appeared during this year live recording of the illumination, so stay tuned for video presentation to be released soon!!)
The news published by the Israeli Consulate in Toronto (our regular honourable guest since the day one!), was covered by the Israeli Media, shared on Israeli Diplomatic platforms and amazed many around the Globe. I can hardly express the joy and excitement after receiving an urgent call from the Consulate, asking, ‘Tanya, do you follow this Twitter madness today? Your illumination photos we posted on our Social Media, have circled the Globe!! We’re overwhelmed with the response from all over the world!!’
Thank you, dear friends @Israel in Toronto for your strong support and beautiful friendship during the past three years. Such a heartwarming welcome from the Consul General Galit Baram, Deputy Chief of Mission Nissan Amdur and the rest of the Consulate’s Staff, has deeply touched our hearts time and again. CG Baram is leading the team with tireless dedication and sacrificial work, that never ceases to amaze me. She has done COLOSSAL work in building Diplomatic relations between Israel and Canada and bridges of friendship between Jews and Christians, like no one before her. I am humbled and honoured to be able to cooperate with these amazing professionals and passionate Zionists. Kol HaKavod, Israel in Toronto!
Special thanks to the State of Israel official Tweeter Channel and their Digital Diplomacy Team; Israel Foreign Affair Ministry Channels in English, Spanish and Arabic; Israeli Embassy in Canada, other numerous Israeli Embassies, Consulates and Diplomats across the Globe, as well as PM Netanyahu’s Deputy Social Media Advisor, Hananya Naftali, for sharing the news on all of their platforms. Only on Hananya’s FB profile it hit 1,100 shares and 9,500 likes, Shofar so good 😉
I am forever thankful to the Israeli journalist Mr. Itamar Eichner from Yedioth Ahronoth, a popular daily Newspaper for writing a touching article ‘The Falls of Love’, as well as to one of the most watched Israeli TV Channels for airing the news – Channel 13. ‘The Falls of Love’ title moved me to tears.
Nothing could better describe my heart’s motive in taking this initiative. From the moment I got this burning desire in my heart, to have Canada and USA publicly honouring Israel as one out of Niagara Falls, all I wanted to see were Niagara Falls flooding Israel and Jewish People with the LOVE of our Heavenly Father. It seems to me today, that after 3 consecutive years of hosting this Event, I finally see this vision coming to pass. The Falls of Love have circled the Globe, splashing many hearts with the LOVE of the Father, the JOY of Sukkot, the HOPE for tomorrow and the FAITH in the God of Israel, as HE is the One who gave me this idea, at the first place.
These are just some of the countless priceless reactions from around the world:
‘Ending the Jewish Holidays season with a BANG: Niagara Falls in blue and white to celebrate Israel.”The floods of love! STUNNING!’
‘WOW!! Such a touching tribute! THANK YOU, Canada!!’
‘Oh, my, these photos made me cry!’
‘Did this REALLY happen?? Speechless…’
‘What a magnificent site! And a great gesture!’
‘WOW, what a great celebration of a beautiful friendship!’
‘GORGEOUS!! FABULOUS!! What a brilliant idea!’
‘And we thought Niagara Falls can’t look any more gorgeous!’
While the MAJORITY of reactions are overwhelmingly positive, not all are happy, of course. As someone correctly observed on the Twitter ‘I guess some people just can’t take it when someone celebratesIsrael.’ And that’s fine. I’m not here to please people, but to fear God and do what is right in HIS sight. Please hear me clear now. My heart breaks for precious Muslim people suffering under Islamic terrorist oppression of Hamas, Fatah and the rest of terrorist groups in the Jewish territories of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, under Islamic terrorist occupation. Same as my heart breaks for minority Muslim citizens of Serbian Province Kosovo, occupied by Albanian Islamic terrorists, who murdered many Albanian Muslims that didn’t support Islamic terrorist’s agenda of stealing Kosovo from Serbia by illegal independence. Same as my heart breaks for precious Muslim people of Iran, suffering under oppressive Islamic regime and fighting for freedom. For the sake of these oppressed Muslims, tortured by their own Islamic regimes, it is CRUCIAL our lands stand with the ONLY true democracy in the entire Middle East. Israel.
This is why I’m SO PROUD of my Birthplace Serbia for declaring Hezbollah terrorist organization and announcing Embassy move to Jerusalem, as the first European country to do so!! Oh, how I long for Canada to follow in Serbian steps!! This is why I do what I do. ’Niagara to Israel with Love’ is a prophetic act of declaration, shifting the course of our nation towards Israel in deeds and not only in words, as it is the case under our current PM Trudeau.
Our annual Event is a groundbreaking for the nation of Canada to build a true, strong foundation of a lasting, honest friendship with Israel. It is held at the strategic location – national border between two world powers. Borders are gateways. By Canadians standing publicly with Israel and worshiping the God of Israel at our nation’s gateway, we are symbolically opening the gates of our nation, making a way for the nation of Israel to enter our hearts, saying ‘your people will be my people and your God will be our God’. Furthermore, we are opening the gates of our nation towards our neighbour USA, making a way for their love of Israel to enter our nation, saying, we are coming in agreement with you to be the strongest supporters of Israel in the world.
I advocate, hope and long for Canada to stand with Israel in ALL arenas. That means, moving our Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Golan Heights, casting all our UN votes in the favour of God’s Chosen People and His Holy Land, increasing the funds for IDF support, banning BDS movement in Canada and protecting Jewish students and their Clubs in our Schools and Universities from harassments, making such actions punishable by the Law. That’s what I call in deeds and not in words only.
So, Tanya, HOW are you shifting the course of your nation towards Israel? Glad you asked! By connecting the pride of our nation, Niagara Falls with the pride of Jewish nation – the only Jewish State, Israel. By connecting the heart of our land, Niagara Falls with the heart of Jewish land – Jerusalem. And we do that every year during High Holy Days, by illuminating the heart and pride of our nation, Niagara Falls (thanks to NF Illumination Board for cooperation!), in the colours of Israeli flag, with spectacular fireworks above the Falls. 7 minutes long for 7 decades of Israel (2018); 6 minutes honouring 6 million precious Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust and celebrating over 6 million Jews living currently in Israel (2019). Singing Jewish, Canadian and USA Anthems, dancing Jewish folklore, honouring Holocaust survivors, hosting Israeli Consulate, blowing dozens of Shofars over the Falls, sending countless prayers and blessings to Jerusalem, the eternal Jewish Capital and reading God’s promises to Israel from the Torah.
We are gathering ALL Tribes to bless the 12 Tribes of Israel out of Niagara Falls. And you know what? ALL Tribes are coming!! What a joy to have the blessing of our North American First People, who are the first to have legal right of this land!! I cannot begin to describe to you the level of joy and awe of the Lord I felt, when our First Nations representatives, OKAMA worship band, were blessing the child Holocaust survivor Ms. Goldi Steiner (watch on my YouTube Channel!). You want to know the motive of my heart? It is to honour everything FIRST. God of Israel as the FIRST One. His Chosen Jewish People as the FIRST People. His Holy Land as the FIRST Land. Our own FIRST People, the Indigenous People. Having our own FIRST People honouring God’s FIRST Jewish People, in our heartland Niagara Falls. That’s what I call connecting our nations and our lands on that heart to heart level. The heart of honour, that is.
I got this passionate desire back in 2007. It burned in my bones ever since. But it took me 11 years of waiting for the vision to come to pass. Years of prayer, expectancy, countless setbacks, disappointments, pain, discouragements, many tears, waiting upon the Lord, frustration, losing hope it will ever happen, floods of unanswered questions, doubts, then learning to trust Him again, while seeing the vision dying inside of me many times… It wasn’t until our 2018 Israel trip, that the vision was risen for good.
My family was blessed to tour Israel with a zealous Zionist, proud Israeli patriot, Messianic Jew from Tel Aviv, Ron Cantor, whose passionate love for his own Jewish people and the Land of Israel is contagious. He has done TREMENDOUS work in fighting all forms of Antisemitism, including replacement theology, educating the Church about Jewish roots of our faith, serving the Land, bringing tours to Israel for decades, blessing her people by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars from Evangelical believers in support of Israel, while his wife and 3 daughters all served in IDF, as they left the comfort of American home and made Aliyah during the second Intifada, when people didn’t even want to visit Israel, let alone to move there. That’s what I call a zealous Zionist. His ‘Out of Zion’ short video teachings, are my favourite. They inspired me in my work and fuelled my love, devotion and passion for the People and the Land of Israel.
Meeting the Lord in a fresh new way in Jerusalem, the City of resurrection, has resurrected the vision in my heart. Only 4 days after return to Canada from Jerusalem, I heard the still small voice of the Lord: ‘Remember the vision? NOW is the TIME. The time has COME to favour Zion. It’s Israel’s 70th!! THIS is what we were waiting for!! Will you gather Niagara to publicly honour Israel? Will you blow the Shofar out of Niagara for my Glory?’
‘Niagara to Israel with Love’ is my answer to the Lord. The TIME has come for the Falls of Abba’s Love for Israel to flood the Earth, so it will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. The TIME for Canada to favour Zion has COME, while The Times of Israel are ever-present…