To Shed More Light…
An Interview with Chris Josephson
Chris, we know that you were married to Elmer for 35 years until his death
in October 1996. All those years you worked side-by-side with him to build
Bible Light International. When you took over the reigns of this
organization after Elmer’s death, what were your thoughts for going forward?
the question that challenged me then, Vicky. Since our goals were
essentially the same, I continued to publish the periodical and speak
one-on-one and to groups as the doors opened. I didn’t think I was skilled,
nor did I have the help I needed to use the audio of radio and the TV media
as he, so my main avenue was publications.
I wanted to
keep going to Israel so I took my first tour group alone without him in
What have been some milestones you have experienced these past 6 years?
that trip in ’97, I established the Almond Orchard in Elmer’s memory at
Ma’ale Michmas in the Ephraim mountains about 15 miles northeast of
Jerusalem. Donations to this project “in memory” or “in honor” of a friend
or relative receives a certificate suitable for framing and their names are
recorded in a book residing with the secretary of Michmas, as well as in our
Then in 1999
we had our first annual “Judah, You’re Not Alone” conference here, focusing
on the study of the Two Houses of Israel. This resulted in other
friends and I beginning an Ephraim Study Tour and Conference in
Israel, in which we had Jews who were scholars on this subject meeting with
have been edited, printed and some re-printed by Bible Light
since Elmer’s “promotion to glory”. These include The Sh’ma by John
Stembridge, my devotional Help for Helpers, and Elmer’s Israel in
the Revelation, A Bomb in Nation (Abomination), Jill Hulley’s Ephraim
Who? Bible Study. The rights to Elmer’s best seller, God’s Key to
Health and Happines, were returned to Bible Light from Revell Publishers
in 2002 and we have it in print again. Now soon the book, The Prince and
the Prophet by Dr. Claude Duvernoy of Jerusalem will be back in print by
Bible Light Publications. We have also printed many booklets.
we have continued to print and send the Bible Light on the News
accompanied by the news sheet, Jerusalem Prayer Mandate – six or
seven times each year. Over a thousand names have been added to our mailing
Midrash studies are a regular feature here at Bible Light
headquarters. These are sessions when we sit around tables with our Bibles
open to discuss and interact to encourage and edify each other. We invite
any who are searching for truth and a closer walk with the Lord to join us.
One of our chief purposes is to study our Hebrew roots together. This is
also a time of supporting one another in a loving family relationship.
Our Board of
Directors has significantly increased to nine members, and I have appointed
chairmen and their committees for special current projects – and
endeavored to keep apace with the Internet information highway by
establishing a website continuing our publications and other pertinent
we go further, let me say this: Those who have supported the work of
Bible Light with their prayers and gifts through the years are the real
candleholders. Absolutely NOTHING could – or can be – accomplished without
those who believe in what we are doing, and who stand behind us with their
prayers and their gifts. These brothers and sisters of God’s big family hold
up our hands, our heads and our hearts. We thank God for their practical
support. I particularly appreciate the friends who continue to stand with me
since Elmer was called to his reward.
Have you worked alone, or had help?
times I have worked alone, with the help of a volunteer now and then. I am
particularly grateful to Terry and Toni Distin who have assisted me in their
home with computer projects for Bible Light International. In 1998, I
asked Ed & Coral Christiansen (Ed had been mentored by Elmer) to move from
Omaha to live and work here with me. They have been invaluable in many ways,
but particularly in the printing and putting out of our mailings after Terry
Distin and I format the Bible Light on the News and the books.
And now I am
especially blessed by you and your husband, Ed Stark, who seemed to just
drop out of heaven when you drove through here from Florida on your way to
meet with family members in Colorado. I asked you to stay and help me while
the Christiansens were in Israel and through the winter months if possible.
Your talents (particularly in the field of publications) and Ed’s are of
greater blessing than I can express.
What are some of the challenges you now face?
our Ottawa property that was left with us and establishing Bible learning
centers in the United States and in Israel, with resultant “hands-on”
projects to help Israel. This last – the practical application – is the real
purpose of learning, without which we settle into a rut and get stagnant.
How did the Bible Light Family Outreach get started and what would you like
to see it accomplish?
Chris: In our
conferences participants often ask for more information and help. They often
say that they “feel alone.” The Board of Directors and I are endeavoring to
help fill these needs by mobilizing “grassroots” Bible study (Midrash)
groups, and helping leaders to facilitate these studies by providing
requested formats, materials, resources, and personal assistance. We have
been delighted with the response from the initial survey to our readers.
The first Leadership meeting was planned February 2003 and as need arises.
What are areas of Biblical studies you are now personally pursuing?
Christians understand their Hebrew roots, and teaching the far-reaching
promises of the Everlasting Abrahamic Covenant which is the “cradle of
If God is in agreement, what vision would you have for Bible Light
International for the next 10 years?
hearts’ desire is to see believers everywhere come to the forefront in the
“wave” of the Ruach HaChodesh (Holy Spirit guidance) for our day by joining
with our brother Judah, and seeing fulfillment of Bible prophecies which are
pointing towards the Kingdom of God on earth, as the Lord taught us to pray,
“THY Kingdom come; THY will be done in EARTH as it is in heaven.”
end, we are seeking to bring better understanding between Jews and
Christians by: 1) teaching Christians their Hebrew roots; 2) establishing
learning centers in the Land and in the “Diaspora” (where the tribes have
been scattered); 3) helping those in need; 4) putting the “Torah” – the laws
of the Kingdom – in operation in our own lives. All must be done by the pure
motivation of LOVE, as the Redeemer responded to the question, “What is the
greatest commandment?” He quoted the Sh’ma and the Golden Rule!
Thank you, Chris, for enlightening us about Bible Light’s progress and plans
to move forward in reaching out to others who are also seeking God’s
truths. It is going to be interesting to see how God is going to shine His
light in coming days to reveal even greater truths. Plus, it sounds like
BLI’s Midrash Bible studies are excellent resources in helping us all learn
more and grow in God’s knowledge.