A First-Hand Report from Israel
Dear friend in the Messiah,
I just got back from Israel, where I spent an exciting week encouraging our staff and working on our Israel-based Isaiah 53 Campaign.
We already have the Isaiah 53 Explained book translated into both Hebrew and Russian, which is critical as so many of the open-hearted Jewish Israelis are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. I am thankful to God that Your Mission to the Jewish People has been on the cutting edge of Russian Jewish ministries in Israel!
Thank you for your prayers and support so this can become a reality.
The great prophecy in Ezekiel 36-37 teaches that in the last days Jewish people will return to the Land of Promise in unbelief - and then, once in the Land, the "dry bones will be clothed with flesh" and the Spirit of God will animate the bones with His life!
I believe we are witnessing the beginning of this movement in Israel today. Please allow me to share a few ways your support has helped to "prepare the way."
- We have been serving the Russian Jewish immigrants in Israel by starting congregations where they can grow in their faith.
- We have also ministered to elderly Russian Jewish Holocaust survivors by providing food staples and hot meals, taking them on trips, and leading Bible studies.
- We have ministered to the next generation of Russian Israelis through children's ministry; hundreds of these kids have participated in our camps and dozens have come to the Lord.
- We have also ministered to some who are really "down and out" in our drug rehabilitation programs through our Tel Aviv Messianic Center. It is wonderful to see God at work in these mostly young people's lives - many have been saved, baptized, and are now part of our growing congregations in Tel Aviv and Ashkelon.
It might be best for you to hear this story of God's power and grace unleashed in Israel directly from one of the Russian Jewish believers who was brought back to the Land of Israel by the hand of God and raised to new life by the Holy Spirit. His name is Maxim, and he is no stranger to the hardships of life. Born with a physical disability that made it impossible for him to walk until the age of nine, Maxim is a beautiful example of how, through faith in Messiah, suffering can be transformed into compassionate service.
Maxim's Ministry to Holocaust Survivors
Here is Maxim's first-hand account of one of his missionary journeys:
"We had the opportunity to take a group of 56 people living in the town of Sderot for a time of refreshment away from the threat of bombs being launched from nearby Gaza. These were elderly people who had survived the Holocaust. During our time together, we had lovely conversations, sang songs, read the Bible, and shared our testimonies. Many of the people in the group were seeking answers to deep spiritual questions and asking for prayer for themselves and their loved ones who had remained in the city. Each of our beloved guests was presented with a Bible, and some of them immediately began to read and share their experiences. The greatest gift was an 88-year-old woman who opened her heart to receive Yeshua (Jesus). She had already participated in various events we organized in the past and on this trip, she made the most important decision of her life!"
Your Prayers and Support Will Fuel a Movement!
Thanks for your faithful and generous support and for your prayers for this growing movement of God! The Lord is doing amazing things among these precious, formerly atheistic Jewish people. It is nothing short of a miracle to see tens of thousands coming to faith in Jesus during these last days. I could not have been more encouraged by my trip to Israel!
There are so many more stories of ministry being carried out by those who are at the heart of this great ministry, but I do not have space to tell them all. I can only ask you to please pray for the following:
- For the preparations for the Isaiah 53 Campaign in Israel - in Hebrew and Russian
- For the growing Russian-language congregations in both Tel Aviv and Ashkelon
- For the many poor and elderly Russian Jewish Holocaust survivors to come to faith and become not only Ezekiel 36, but also Ezekiel 37 people!
- For the $10,000 we need each month to pay for the rent and operations of our Center in Tel Aviv, and for other costs that are needed to continue this great and prophetic work in Israel
Ministry to Holocaust survivors
We Live in Exciting Days
We have only seen the beginning of the fulfillment of these end-time promises - so we should not be surprised that the Jewish people are back in the Promised Land or that their return has been in unbelief. God has preserved His people and has brought them back to the Land. As His word is always true, we must believe that the spiritual and then physical restoration promised by Ezekiel is in the wings.
Thanks again for your love and generosity that enable us to do the Lord's work among Jewish people now living in the Holy Land - and all around the world!
Warmly in our Messiah,
P.S. It costs us about $300 per day to run the Tel Aviv Center. Would you consider taking on one day's expense as a personal, family or even home group project? You can click here to give a gift online. Whatever part you can play in joining hands with us and with the Lord Himself in these last days will be deeply appreciated!
Shalom - I hope your New Year has started well!
I don't know about you, but watching the news and reading first-hand accounts from our staff members in Israel makes me believe that we are very close to the Lord's return! The world is ready... you and I are ready, and our hearts cry out, Maranatha - come Lord Jesus!
But until He comes, we have work to do! May I take a quick moment and let you know what your Mission to the Jewish people, Chosen People Ministries, plans on doing this year? Over the next few months, I will tell you more of what God is doing specifically around the Jewish world - but for now, allow me to focus on two critical areas which are currently home to the majority of the Jewish population: New York City and Israel.
Ministries in the Greater New York Area
We are getting very close to completing the renovation of the 14,000-square-foot building God has given us in the heart of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn. As I have mentioned in the past, the Center will house both our ongoing work in Brooklyn as well as our Feinberg training program. We still need some additional funding, especially to outfit the building with good educational technology, sound systems, furniture for the dormitories, classroom space, etc. I will send more information about these opportunities in the near future.
I do want to let you know that we will be dedicating the new Charles Feinberg Center during the entire week of the Festival of Tabernacles in 2013. King Solomon dedicated the Temple at this same time, and we thought it would be a wonderful season to dedicate this new facility for God's holy purposes.
The dedication celebration will begin on Wednesday, September 18, with the formal dedication scheduled for Sunday afternoon, September 22. Further dedication activities will continue until September 25.
We plan to hold evangelistic outreach concerts, a biblical art show, and a variety of public lectures on subjects like The Gospel in the Hebrew Scriptures, Isaiah Chapter 53, The Future of Israel According to the Scriptures, and many other important topics.
It is our hope that many Christians from around the country will join us and that we will have many opportunities together to express the love of God through the Messiah Jesus to our religious Jewish neighbors. I will send you more details as we get closer to the date.
We are also continuing to serve many Russian Jews whose lives were shattered by Hurricane Sandy in New York City, especially those who lived near the waterfront in Brooklyn and Staten Island. I have never seen such devastation in New York City, and I'm glad we are able to help many of these Russian Jewish folks put their lives back together.
Ministries in Israel
In a few days, I will be going to Israel to encourage our staff - especially because many of them were living between their homes and the nearest bomb shelter only a short time ago. Life is always stressful for Israelis, including our staff, because of the constant threat of terrorism.
I will also be meeting with those who are going to help us with the Isaiah 53 Campaign in Israel. We have translated the evangelistic book I wrote, Isaiah 53 Explained, into both Hebrew and Russian, and the campaign will be conducted in both languages. I am looking into various media outlets in Israel and searching for the best ways to let Israelis know that this great prophecy in our Hebrew Scriptures has been fulfilled.
I will be visiting several of our Messianic Centers in Israel, including our center in Jerusalem and our rented center in Tel Aviv. I will also visit Sderot, where hundreds of missiles from Gaza terrified many of the elderly Russian Jewish immigrants and Holocaust survivors living there. We continue to have a very effective ministry of practical aid and Gospel outreach in that small city.
Thank you so much for your prayers and generous support of the work that your Mission to the Jewish people is doing around the world - especially in Israel and New York. At this moment, we are praying that the Lord will provide the funds we need to support our centers in both places.
As I look at our budget for 2013, we need a few hundred thousand dollars to complete the renovation project in Brooklyn. I know that the Lord will provide!
Additionally, we provide close to $10,000 each month to maintain our centers in Israel - I cannot do this without your sacrificial support!
I know that we all have tried to be as generous as possible during the month of December, but I am praying that the Lord will lead you to help us continue doing His work in these difficult places - the time is short!
P.S. Your prayers, support and encouragement remind us of His desire for Israel to be saved!
Save the Date: The People, the Land and the Future of Israel Conference
A Video Blog Report from France
Chosen People Ministries just concluded a conference of 150 young adults who are either Jewish believers or Gentile believers who are especially called to reach Jewish people for the Messiah. There were representatives from sixteen countries.
Thirty-plus Israelis were among the group of 18-35-year-olds - a clear sign that God is at work in the Holy Land touching the lives of Jewish people for the Messiah.
Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, says,
"I cannot tell you how proud I was of our own young adult staff members who organized the event. For my wife and me, it is a sign of great things to come in the near future as we reach our Jewish people for the Lord. Thanks so much for your prayers and financial support that allow us to help Israelis and young people from the former Soviet Union and other places around the world attend a meeting like this. This generation of believers is our future!”
We held this gathering in Paris because France has the fourth-largest Jewish population in the world – around 600,000 – yet there are only a small handful of people working to reach this community for Messiah. We are hoping and praying that the Lord will call some of these young people to serve Him in France.
The following video blog, recorded yesterday in the Jewish section of Paris with Olivier Melnick, one of our staff who was born and raised in a Jewish home in Paris, will give you a better idea of the situation so that you can pray with understanding!"