Backpacking

 

As a mission organization which endeavors to reach Jewish people with the Gospel, almost everything we do is intended to bring about evangelistic conversations. We plan events, plant congregations, and much more just to facilitate talking with even one Jewish person who might be interested in hearing more about the Messiah. But we have one type of outreach in particular where we can speak with scores and scores of Jewish people who are interested in thinking outside the box and hearing about the story of Jesus.

Each year, thousands of young Israelis venture outside of Israel when complete their mandatory military service. After growing up in an amazing, but challenging, country like Israel for more than twenty years, they want to see what the rest of the world is really like. And because Israel is actually a mostly secular country, these young Israelis are also very often in search of spiritual answers in addition to seeing the world.

These young Israelis travel to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Nepal, Brazil, Argentina and many of the areas surrounding these countries to find the answers to life’s most perplexing questions such as,  “What is the meaning of life?,”  “Why are we here?,” and  “What is my place is the cosmos?”  And if they are asking the questions, we have discovered that these are the most unbelievable places to be able to offer them THE ANSWER to life, the Messiah, Jesus. 

Whether we are backpacking through the south island of New Zealand, the beaches of India, the mountains of the Himalays or trekking through Patagonia and the Amazon River basin, we meet Israelis who want to share their stories and want to hear ours. Every day and night, while eating or hiking, these young Israelis are more open than they would ever be in Israel and feel the freedom to ask question after question. We are blessed with a great number of in-depth Gospel conversations that happen every day on these backpacking outreaches. Backpacking missionaries may have hours to spend with a Jewish person who is searching for meaning.

These trips are challenging but oh so rewarding! Please pray about joining us on one of these exciting trips to New Zealand, India, or South America.


New Zealand Outreach

New Zealand Outreach

New Zealand welcomes thousands of Israeli backpackers every year. Our team will backpack alongside Israelis and share Messiah in relevant and relational ways.

India Outreach Trip

India Outreach

Each year, 40,000 Israelis head to India in search of peace, spirituality, and new experiences. Join us in sharing the message of Messiah with these Israeli travelers.

"Israel's Glorious Future"

A Conference Celebrating Israel’s 68th Birthday

 

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You will hear compelling messages from well known Bible teachers; Dr. Walt Kaiser, Professor of Old Testament and President Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Michael Rydelnik, professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute, Rich Freeman, our Vice President of Church Ministries and Conferences and myself.

The speakers will explore this critical subject in light of the prophecies of Isaiah. We will also enjoy a Friday evening Sabbath banquet with special music from Raphael and Aly Giglio, and be a part of the audience for the live Saturday morning Moody Radio 91.1 FM radio broadcast program, “Open Line” with host Michael Rydelnik. In addition, there will be a catered lunch on Saturday, special personal ministry testimonies, up-to-date reports from our Chosen People Ministries Israel staff and a great time of fellowship and celebration with the speakers and attendees.

These are times of great desperation for the Jewish people as antisemitism is growing globally and the rise of personal terrorism attacks in Israel is becoming a “new normal” for Israelis. This conference will give us the opportunity to see what is ahead for Israel through the prophecies of the great prophet Isaiah!

Most sincerely in Messiah,

Mitch Glaser
President of Chosen People Ministries

Speakers:

Isaiah 53 Explained


Dr. Mitch Glaser, President of Chosen People Ministries

Since 1997, Dr. Glaser has served as President of Chosen People Ministries, one of the oldest and largest Messianic missions in the world. Dr. Glaser is an alumnus of Northeastern Bible College. He holds a M.Div. in Bible from Talbot Theological Seminary and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He is the co-recipient of Christianity Today magazine’s Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category for 2009, for the book To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History, co-edited with Darrell Bock. He also co-edited with Darrell Bock The Gospel According to Isaiah 53. He is the co-author of The Fall Feasts of Israel along with his wife, Zhava, and author of the evangelistic book, Isaiah 53 Explained. He is a gifted communicator of God’s word and speaks internationally. He and Zhava have served in Jewish missions for over 40 years.


Isaiah 53 Explained

Dr. Rich Freeman, Vice President of Church Ministries & Conferences

Since 1999, Dr. Freeman has served as Chosen People Ministries’ Vice President of Church Ministries and Conferences. Dr. Freeman holds a M.Div. from Conservative Baptist Seminary of the East and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His work focuses on helping to equip the church to undertake Jewish evangelism and he ministers to churches by showing them how a better appreciation of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith can enrich their understanding and their proclamation of God's Word. Dr. Freeman is a dynamic preacher and teacher of the Bible who speaks in churches in the United States and abroad. Dr. Freeman is the tour host of “See the Bible Through Jewish Eyes” Holy Land trips to Israel. He is also the author of The Heart of the Apostle, a commentary on Romans 9-11. He and his wife Julia have served in Jewish missions for over 25 years.


Isaiah 53 Explained

Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Host of Moody Radio “Open Line” 

Since 1994, Dr. Michael Rydelnik has served as Professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute. Michael graduated in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute, earned his bachelor's degree from Azusa Pacific University, his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, focusing his studies on the Messiah of the Hebrew Bible. Michael can be heard answering listener Bible questions every Saturday morning on Moody Radio's Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik. Dr. Rydelnik is the co-general editor of and a contributor to The Moody Bible Commentary. He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict: What the Headlines Haven‘t Told You and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic.


Isaiah 53 Explained

Dr. Walter Kaiser, President Emeritus; Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Old Testament Ethics

Dr. Kaiser is the Colman M. Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament and President Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also served as the seminary’s President from 1997-2006. Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Kaiser taught Bible and archaeology at Wheaton College, and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in several capacities. In addition to teaching in the Old Testament Department, he was Senior Vice President of Education, Academic Dean, and Senior Vice President of Distance Learning and Ministries. Dr. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations. He has contributed to such publications as Journal for the Study of Old Testament, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Christianity Today, Westminster Theological Journal, and Evangelical Quarterly. He has also written numerous books, including, Hard Sayings of the Old Testament and A History of Israel. His beloved wife of 56 years, Marge, passed away in 2013. Dr. Kaiser also has three sons, one daughter, four granddaughters, and three grandsons.


Musical Guests: 

Isaiah 53 ExplainedRaphael and Aly Giglio

Raphael and Aly Giglio are a husband-and-wife music duo from New Jersey. They spent many years in Nashville, TN where Raphael developed a successful solo career and has done extensive work in the music industry with many artists and labels including, Michael W. Smith, Phil Keaggy and Capitol Records. He is currently the Associate Pastor/Worship Pastor at Zarephath Christian Church, one of New Jersey’s largest churches. They are regular worship leaders at Beth Sar Shalom Brooklyn, Chosen People Ministries’ newest Messianic congregation in Brooklyn, NY. Aly is an accomplished singer/songwriter/worship leader and was part of the award-winning trio “The Rockflowers”. 


Where: Rosen Centre Hotel

9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819 United States

When: May 13-May 15, 2016

Event Details: 

  • Friday evening catered Shabbat dinner
  • Friday evening message with Dr. Walt Kaiser
  • Fellowship time (coffee and cookies)
  • Saturday morning Moody Radio 91.1 FM Live Broadcast “Open Line ”with Dr. Michael Rydelnik. Be part of the Live Broadcast radio show with live audience participation
  • Saturday catered Buffet Lunch
  • Sessions with Dr. Mitch Glaser, Dr. Zhava Glaser, Dr. Rich Freeman, and Dr. Michael Rydelnik
  • Music by Raphael and Aly Giglio, Recording Artists and Worship Leaders
  • Special Personal Ministry Testimony
  • I Found Shalom/Isaiah 53: On Line Ministries
  • Sunday morning service with music, prayer for the peace of Jerusalem and message

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Cost: $150 

Conference Registration Deadline: April 30, 2016


Rosen Centre Hotel Room Information:

Reduced hotel room rates $115 & tax per night.

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The deadline for reduced rates is April 13, 2016.

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