1931 – 2015
Matthew 25:21: His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Lance Lambert, one of the most distinguished Bible Scholars and intercessory leaders in Israel and abroad, died peacefully on May 10, 2015 in Jerusalem after a long illness. He was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1931, and came to know the Lord at the age of 12 year.
Lance Lambert Dobski was an expert on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. He said that this was largely due to the fact that Adolph Hitler had stolen Lance’s Jewish identity from him. This caused him to study his Jewish roots in depth.
Lance’s father was an Italian Jewish nobleman who met his mother, Laura, while he was working as the economic attaché for the Italian embassy in London in the early 1930s. Having been summoned back to Rome by King Victor Emmanuel just before Mussolini rose to power in Italy, he never made it back to London but ended up some years later at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp where he perished along with over 60 members of Lance’s extended Jewish family.
Lance Lambert only discovered that his real last name was Dobski after he became an adult. His widely known surname, Lambert, actually belonged to his stepfather, a close friend of his father. Many years later Laura told Lance and his sister, Teresa, about their biological Jewish father and how she learned of his tragic end from the Red Cross after the war. She told them that one of their father’s last requests was that, if a Jewish state actually arose in the Middle East one day and he was not able to return to his family, she would ask their son and daughter to immigrate to it. This was fulfilled in the early 1980s as both Lance and Teresa and family made Aliyah and settled in Jerusalem.
Lance became a much sought after speaker on intercessory and corporate prayer and God’s covenant relationship with Israel and the Jewish people. He was the author of numerous books, recorded regular teaching updates from Israel and presented many DVDs on Israel.
He will be much missed by all who knew him and learned from him but his legacy lives on. We, at Methodist Friends of Israel, honour him for his wisdom, teaching and faithfulness. We rejoice that he is free from pain and is, even now, in the presence of the Lord he loves and served.
There will be a memorial service for Lance on Wednesday 27th May at 11:00 Israel time – 9-00am UK time. It will also be streamed live on the internet. The service will be recorded and will be permanently available to view online at the same link.
With thanks to David Dolan for personal history