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!"
A Special End-of-the-Year Video Message from Dr. Mitch Glaser
This has been a wonderful year of ministry achievement for your Mission to the Jewish people, Chosen People Ministries. I'm so thankful to the Lord and to our dedicated staff for all that's been done. Let me share just a few of our accomplishments so that you can praise God with us.
First of all, there's our Isaiah 53 campaign. We've actually proclaimed the Good News to over 50,000 people who have come to our website, many of whom have asked for the book Isaiah 53 Explained. We've been able to send the book to them and follow up as well - so we're grateful for the Isaiah 53 campaign. We've now translated the book Isaiah 53 Explained into Hebrew, Russian, and Spanish, and we're looking towards doing a campaign in Israel and Argentina over the next year.
Our work in Israel continues to expand. We now have centers everywhere from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, to the little town of Sderot right next to Gaza, Ashdod, and Netanya. We're sharing the Good News of Jesus the Messiah, helping in practical ways, and having a great ministry - particularly to Holocaust survivors, children, and even to Israeli soldiers, who need the Gospel so desperately, especially as hostilities tend to escalate.
I'm thrilled with our Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies, our partnership with Talbot and Biola. We have seventeen students - we were only expecting about twelve - so we have a very busy group of professors, including myself and my wife, who are not only teaching the regular seminary classes, but also investing in the lives of these future leaders. We're mentoring them and helping them in so many different ways so that they can carry the torch into the future for Jewish ministry.
Finally, I wanted to remind you that your end-of-the-year gift, given within the next couple of days (as long as it's postmarked before December 31) can be used to reduce your taxes so that you can maximize your giving to the Lord's work.
We still have a $100,000 match attached to our new Feinberg Center, which is our building in the middle of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn. If we receive $400,000, we'll get $100,000 - so that's a great offer, and I hope that you'll prayerfully think about giving generously, particularly to the Feinberg Center.
May God bless you, Happy New Year, and may you have a fruitful 2013 in the Messiah!
OPEN HOME LEADS TO OPEN HEART
Hospitality is a gift as old as the Scriptures. It led to a soul's decision to follow Messiah when Olivier and Ellen Melnick opened their home to a troubled young Jewish man who is a close friend of the Melnicks' son. David* had just returned from the East Coast and was looking for work. Then his life started to fall apart financially, legally and emotionally. The Melnicks took him in and stuck by him, even after the lowest point, when he was arrested. After his release from custody, the Melnicks' son asked David to tell him honestly if he saw the hand of God in all his trials. David briefly pondered and after a few moments of discussion decided to receive the Lord.
HELPING HANDS IN MESSIAH'S NAME
Henry N., who faithfully ministers in the West Bank, has an active ministry of practical aid to the needy Holocaust survivors who are his neighbors. Together with believers from other Messianic congregations, he helped distribute over sixty food packages among the Holocaust survivors in his home city of Ariel. Every one who received food also received a Bible and was able to hear believers' testimonies about Messiah. Henry writes, "We know that it is not enough simply to speak with them and to give them the Bible. We ask you to continue to pray that we can begin an ‘open house' for these people, where they can drink tea or coffee, have fellowship and sing their songs which they so love. Perhaps that will lead to a Bible study they would be willing to attend."
ON TIME FOR DIVINE APPOINTMENT
Guillermo Katz, who serves with Chosen People Ministries in Buenos Aires, was approached by an elderly gentleman as he and his fiancée, Alejandra, hurried to enter their Presbyterian church for worship services. Although they were already late, they stopped to talk with him. The man asked them, "What is a Presbyterian church?" Sensing something, Guillermo responded, "In order to explain it better, can I ask you your spiritual background?" The man answered, "I am Jewish." He was quite surprised when Guillermo answered, "What a coincidence—I am, too." After a brief explanation, the man said, "Can I go in?" Guillermo helped the man to a seat. During the service, he even asked for prayer. Guillermo writes, "Although he was gone by the time the service ended, he got to hear the Gospel!"
EVEN PASTORS WANT TO KNOW
Dennis Karp, who serves with Chosen People Ministries in Maryland, was the guest speaker at a church. After the service, the pastor approached him with a big smile on his face and said, "I am so glad that you came. I was never taught this in seminary, and both I and my church needed to hear your message. It brings the Scriptures alive for me in a way that it never did before. Thank you!" They then had more discussion and a time of fellowship after the meeting.
TRACT IN BACKPACK LEADS TO FAITH IN MESSIAH
Allen Abrahamson, who ministers in Oregon, is praising God that a tract distributed last summer in Portland journeyed to the Denver area in someone's backpack. The tract ended up in the hands of Morris*, a young Jewish man who called Allen with many questions about it. Allen and Morris went on to have Bible studies by phone for three or four weeks, concentrating on Messianic prophecy—particularly in the book of Isaiah. Morris also read several chapters in John, and it started to become clear to him who Jesus really is. When Allen presented the Gospel to him, Morris eagerly received the Lord. Please pray that he grows spiritually.
I hope you are well, and pray you will have a joy-filled Christmas and Hanukkah celebration! During this season of the year, I enjoy reflecting on our Lord's greatest gift - Jesus, the Light of the World - and giving Him thanks for His many blessings.
One of these blessings is our growing Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies.
I am thrilled to see the students progressing in their studies in preparation for Jewish ministry. In fact, most of them are already deeply involved in Jewish evangelism, as the greatest Jewish mission field in our country is right at their doorstep. The ability to translate classroom learning into practical ministry on a day-to-day basis is powerful.
I want to introduce you to some of our young student-ministers and let them speak for themselves – I think you'll be able to see why I am so excited about all the Lord is doing in raising up a new generation of missionaries to the Jewish people! I hope you'll also consider making a gift to help sponsor the training of a Feinberg Center student.
Brian and Liz Crawford – Together in Messiah and Ministry
When Brian and I went on a mission trip to Israel with our church, we fell in love with the people and the culture, and we knew that God was calling us into Jewish missions.
We moved to Brooklyn in 2011, and it has been an adventure living in Brooklyn among the Orthodox and Russian Jewish communities while taking classes and having hands-on ministry opportunities. We have already seen God do amazing things in and through us! If you have a passion to see the Jewish people reached, then investing in the Feinberg Center is a wise decision, as this is a unique program that trains and equips the next generation of missionaries to the Jewish people.
Thank you for helping us through your prayers and generous support to train us for the ministry without incurring debt that would otherwise keep us from entering full-time service immediately after graduation.
Robert and Joanna Walter – Equipped to Serve the Jewish People
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to train at the Feinberg Center!
God has used my time at the Feinberg Center to confirm my call to serve Him among the Jewish people. While the program has been demanding, the results I have seen and experienced in my own life have been well worth the effort. All of the late nights studying and the time spent learning how to reach Jewish people for Jesus have helped me grow as a person, as a disciple and as a laborer for Messiah's kingdom.
Without the Feinberg Center, I would not be nearly as equipped as I am now to share the Gospel effectively with Jewish people and to minister in the Messianic community.
Thank you for your part in reaching Jewish people — through investing in me and my fellow students who are dedicated to serving the Lord in the "white harvest field" of Jewish evangelism!
Darlene Line – "Exceedingly Thankful"
I will graduate from the Feinberg Center this spring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my calling to Jewish evangelism.
I have already seen the evangelistic power of our presence in this area, as we shop in the same stores and walk the same streets as our ultra-Orthodox neighbors. In fact, several Feinberg Center students living in this community have already begun to develop friendships with ultra-Orthodox people, and I can already see that these relationships are going to lead to a testimony for Jesus.
In addition to the Orthodox community, we have tens of thousands of Russian Jewish people and Israelis in the area around our facility as well.
I am exceedingly thankful for each and every person who has given to Chosen People Ministries — especially to the partners who have enabled me to receive this training and graduate without debt.
Why Support the Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies?
Allow me to give you a few succinct reasons!
- The Feinberg Center is one of the few higher learning institutions that provides a comprehensive training program for believers called specifically to Jewish evangelism.
- The Feinberg Center provides a unique opportunity to combine rigorous academic work with hands-on experience in a city filled with Jewish history, culture, and communities.
- The Feinberg Center program is structured to be affordable, enabling graduates to pursue their calling from the Lord without a heavy burden of debt.
We underwrite each student by approximately $2,500 per year, plus additional funds for their housing. Brooklyn is expensive, but it is the best place in the world outside of Jerusalem for our students to learn how to be missionaries to the Jewish people.
Would you consider helping to sponsor the training of a missionary to the Jewish people with a gift of $250, $1,000, or $2,500?
This would make a big difference to a Feinberg Center student — as well as in the lives of the Jewish people to whom they are ministering. We know the Lord will multiply whatever you are able to give at this time!
Thank you so much for your love for the Lord and for the Jewish people. I pray that the Lord will bless you beyond belief during this precious season.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a blessed New Year!
P.S. MATCHING GRANT: If we raise an additional $200,000 of designated gifts for the renovation of the Brooklyn Center, which will house the Feinberg Center and our Brooklyn ministries, we will receive a $100,000 gift! I am praying that the Lord will provide these funds before the end of the year!
Please indicate that you want to help specifically with the new building by typing "Brooklyn Building" in the Special Designation field on the donation form.