JEWISH MAN: FROM SEEKER TO DISCIPLE
Leading Bible studies has been a cornerstone of Roy Schwarcz’s ministry for many years. But each new soul who comes to faith is as great a blessing as ever. For some time, he has been leading a Jewish man in a study of Genesis. Now, after a season of questioning and soul-searching, this man has come to faith. Roy reports, “He and his wife have been attending a church in the suburbs. At a service, an invitation to accept the Gospel was given and he went forward to publicly receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. We are now beginning discipleship.”
CONCERT IN MOSCOW STIRS MEMORIES AND FAITH
Kirill Polonskiy, our man in Moscow, helped coordinate a concert for Holocaust survivors and veterans of World War II. He reports, “We sang well-loved traditional Jewish songs and songs of the War era. Everyone who came to the concert received great joy and had much fun. I had the opportunity to share my testimony of how I came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. I saw how my words touched the hearts of the Jewish people there. I offered to pray, and some people accepted Yeshua as their Lord. One of them told me that he had never in his life experienced so many emotions. Our Lord loves His people!”
JEWISH BUSINESSMAN FINDS RIGHT NUMBER TO CALL
Jeff Kipp received a phone call from a Jewish businessman who explained he found Jeff’s name and number on the internet. Jacob* said, “Rabbi, I think I need to talk with you.” They met the following week for breakfast and Jacob confided that several people in his life through his business had shared the Gospel with him, but that he had questions that he felt he needed answered from someone with a Jewish perspective. After Jeff answered his questions, he seemed satisfied and said he thought he might be ready to accept that Yeshua was his Messiah.
Jeff said. “Jacob, why wait any longer. Would you like me to help you pray to receive the Lord?”
Jacob answered, “Yes, let’s pray.” Jacob was so happy afterwards that he gave Jeff a huge hug right there in the middle of the restaurant and again in the parking lot!
ISAIAH 53 DRAWS ANOTHER JEWISH SOUL TO MESSIAH
Field worker Mike Cohen in Southern California had the opportunity to share Isaiah 53 with a young Jewish man he met at University of Southern California through one of the Christian ministries on campus. He writes, “When I did share this amazing prophecy, he was very impressed, but not ready to make a decision. Recently, he came to faith and is now a believer in Jesus. Please pray for him that he gets baptized and continues to grow in his new faith.”
“SENIOR DAY OUT” BRINGS JEWISH FAITH DECISION
Ron and Paula Michelson, who minister in Southern California, host a Gospel-oriented, weekly event they call “Senior Day Out.” One Jewish man who heard about it rode his motorized wheelchair several blocks to attend. After his second week, he stayed behind with many questions. Another Jewish man, who had recently come to faith and was well along in his walk with Messiah, stayed also and answered many of the questions this man in the wheelchair had. Two hours later, the man gave his life to his Messiah, Jesus.
* name has been changed
Global Antisemitism in 2014
When it comes to chronicling antisemitism, the “oldest hatred,” 2014 was heavily loaded with statements, events, tragedies and even death. So far, 2015 has been even worse with the terrorist attacks in Paris. All seems to indicate that antisemitism is on the rise globally, growing in frequency and intensity. A review of a few of the many antisemitic acts that punctuated 2014 will suffice to make the Judeo-Christian hair rise on your head. For a more complete, yet non-exhaustive list, refer to the ADL listing for 2014.1
JANUARY – The Trendy Return of the Nazi Salute!
A new fad has been spreading like wildfire that originated in France in 2005 from the twisted xenophobic mind of stage comedian Dieudonné. Known as “La Quenelle” (French for “fish dumpling”), it consists of extending one arm like in the Nazi salute, but keeping it down along the body as you touch your shoulder with your other arm. This new gesture has made antisemitism trendy and has emboldened Jew-haters around the world.
APRIL - Passover in Ukraine, Redemption or Expulsion
On April 14, 2014, the first night of Passover, people in the Jewish community of Donetsk, Ukraine were handed leaflets written in Russian on government letterhead, ordering Jews to register their real estate, modes of transportation and family members over the age of 16. Jews were told that if they failed to comply, expulsion was inevitable. Although the leaflets turned out to be a forgery, they bore a sobering resemblance to the kinds of restrictions applied to the Jewish people in the Nazi era.
MAY – Brussels Jewish Museum Attack
On May 24, 2014, Mehdi Nemmouche opened fire inside the Brussels Jewish Museum. The terrorist attack took less than two minutes, yet three people were killed on the spot and one died later in the hospital. Nemmouche, a French citizen from Algerian descent, is believed to have been in Syria and to have connections with ISIS.
JULY - Keep Calm and Carry On, It’s Only a French Pogrom!
Mid-July in Paris, 10,000-20,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered, shouting “Death to the Jews,” “Hitler was right,” “We will burn you,” “Jihad, Global Antisemitism in 2014 Jihad, Jihad” and other vile epithets. Not too far from the demonstrators, about 200 Jewish people had gathered inside a synagogue for a special service to remember the three Israeli victims of the kidnappings/ murders, which took place in June. Suddenly, the angry mob decided to throw café chairs (some of them lit on fire) at the building and continued to scream “Death to the Jews.” By God’s grace and with some help from French police, a pogrom was averted.
NOVEMBER - Jerusalem Massacre, Israel’s Enemies Unite in Thoughts, Words and Deeds!
It was in the midst of a daily service on November 18 that the lives of the congregants of ultra- Orthodox synagogue Kehilat Bnei Torah were changed forever. Apparently “inspired” by the butchers of ISIS, two Palestinian cousins with hatchet and gun in hand barged inside the house of prayer and killed four people, three of them rabbis, and wounded many more. This was the worst attack in Jerusalem since 2008.
DECEMBER - Créteil – Robbery and Rape of a Jewish Couple in Their Home
Three individuals invaded a couple’s apartment and asked for money, telling them that they knew “they had money because they are Jewish.” One of the individuals took their ATM card and went to draw money while the others stayed inside and raped the woman.
JANUARY 2015 - Paris – Kosher Supermarket Hostage Crisis
On the tail end of three days of terrorism in France, radical Islamist Amédy Coulibaly walked into a kosher supermarket on the east side of Paris and took the whole store hostage after killing four Jewish customers. Coulibaly had ties with Al-Qaeda and Islamic terrorism. There is little doubt as to the reason behind entering a kosher store on a Friday mid-day, for all the customers would be shopping for the Sabbath.
There are so many more cases of global antisemitism that could be reported. We are currently faced with the reality that much of the world is against Israel and the Jewish people, wherever they might live. We are finding that Europe is now a hotbed of antisemitism that is bringing Jew-hatred back to levels not seen since Nazi Germany.
Yet the Bible is so clear about Israel in God’s plan. This might be exactly why so many are going after the Jewish people, led by Israel’s and God’s archenemy, Satan himself. But God has promised that Israel will NEVER be destroyed (Jer. 31:35-37) and that all Israel will be saved (Rom. 11:26). In the meantime, Christians have a responsibility to share their Messiah and His message of hope with the original messengers, the Jewish people.
Help us please!
This is an urgent message! I want you to know that I am extremely concerned about the growth of antisemitism around the globe. Read More about Global Antisemitism » It makes me heartsick! To think that my Jewish people are being persecuted just because they are Jewish is horrifying.
I know you feel the same way!
There is no doubt in my mind that my Jewish people living in many countries, including America, are being subjected to a new form of antisemitism that is focused on the modern state of Israel and generated by radical Islam. This new hatred of God’s chosen people is particularly vicious and has led to the deaths of many innocent Jewish victims . . . and non-Jewish people as well.
The tragic shooting in France in January of this year is just one illustration of what is taking place. One of our staff members has put together a detailed list of antisemitic acts across the Middle East and North America. We have included a copy for you with this letter, so please read it so you can better understand the scope of this growing antisemitism, and then pass it along to others.
I am hoping you will join us as an active prayer partner in asking God to protect His chosen people and to put a stop to antisemitism, which is now growing fiercely around the globe.
TIME IS SHORT
We believe it is the time for the Church to speak with one voice in support of the Jewish people. We are praying for a more intensified, loving and sensitive witness to go forward, as Jewish people are looking for help and hope during these difficult times.
We have an increasing sense of urgency to reach Jewish people with the Gospel.
I was recently in England, where a survey was done indicating that 48% of the Jewish people in the UK believe that Jews have no future in England. Of course, the root reason for this is the recent radicalization of many British Muslims – hundreds of whom have traveled to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS. I have also met with our Chosen People Ministries director in France, who is very concerned about the virtually out-of-control growth of antisemitism there. In response, French Jews (France has the third largest Jewish population in the world – more than 500,000!) are leaving France and fleeing to Israel – for their lives.
Some years ago, a Jewish prosecutor in Argentina had evidence that the Argentine government was trying to hide the fact that they knew it was Iranian agents who blew up the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. When this prosecutor was about to bring charges against the current president of Argentina, he was murdered in cold blood.
My wife is from Argentina and there are still hundreds of thousands of Jewish people living in this great South American capital. Yet, the Jewish community in Argentina is living under the dark, menacing cloud of antisemitism!
I have said before and believe it with all my heart that antisemitism is from the pit of hell.
THE DEVIL HATES THE JEWISH PEOPLE!
When God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees and promised that his seed would become a great nation, possess the land of Israel and that God would use the nation of Israel to bless the world, the Jewish people became public enemy number one in the kingdom of Satan!
Antisemitism is Satanic, whenever or wherever it has occurred in history, up to and including the current, destructive acts being performed by Jihadist Muslims.
What action should we take as followers of Jesus the Messiah, who loved, died for and wept over His people? Can Christians simply allow antisemitism to remain unchallenged?
We cannot . . . we must not . . . as followers of the Jewish Messiah we cannot stand by silently while His kinsman according to the flesh are hated and murdered.
Please join me in taking action today!
I grew up thinking that Christianity was hostile towards the Jewish people. But now I know that true Christians love the Jewish people. In these increasingly troubled times, we have a unique opportunity to show our Jewish friends that we love them and, more importantly, that Yeshua loves them!
There are three ways we can raise our voices together in the name of Jesus to tell the world – especially those in our government – that we consider antisemitism an offense towards God and destructive for our society, as it encourages the deepest and darkest evil resident in the human soul.
I have enclosed two petitions for you to sign, which we will send to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, to make them aware of the fact that there are Christians in America who want to serve as our country’s conscience regarding the Jewish people.
As followers of Jesus, we find antisemitism completely unacceptable, ungodly and un-American.
We hope to send tens of thousands of these petitions. Somebody has to do something – NOW! So please Click here to sign the petition!
Additionally, I would like to ask you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) and of the Jewish people, beseeching the Lord to intervene and put a stop to antisemitism. And as you pray, thank the Lord for His everlasting promises to the Jewish people. And then after you pray, remind fellow believers you know – in your church, Bible studies and ministry teams – to pray for the Jewish people, that God would keep them from harm.
3. A Loving Witness
Please consider giving a generous donation to the work of Chosen People Ministries as we share the Gospel with Jewish people around the world.
We are already developing strategies to help reach French Jewish people who are fleeing France. They are going to need a lot of help when they arrive in Israel. We have established a “virtual help desk” that will serve these new immigrants to Israel, as well as present the Gospel to them.
We are hoping that God will use this terrible persecution of French Jews – driving them to Israel – for His glory by giving us new opportunities to speak to French Jewish immigrants about the Lord.
We have translated Isaiah 53 Explained into French, and we will be working to get copies of this book into the hands of French immigrants to Israel. It has been almost impossible to reach Jewish people in France because the church is quite weak and there are not many missionaries to the Jews in France!
Your support is desperately needed to make projects like this a reality, as we need to build a website in French, train staff to minister to French Jews in Israel, advertise the online help desk, print books, and much more.
In light of the bloody history between Christianity and the Jewish people, would it not be wonderful for the Church to step forward in support of and with love for the Jewish people at a time when so many are anti-Israel and anti-Jewish?
I cannot wait to show these thousands of petitions, signed by Christians all across our great country, to Jewish seekers I speak to about the Lord. I know it will have a powerful impact on them for the Gospel.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this letter. Please sign the petitions, and remember to pray and give generously. Through these actions, Jewish people will know that true Christians are against antisemitism and the Gospel will go out to Jewish people in power and truth . . . and in love!
Yours for the Jewish people,
P.S. We are doing all we can to reach Jewish people during these dark days, but some of our missionaries are not able to raise their full support. Can you help? Whatever the Lord leads you to give will keep our missionaries on the field and the Gospel proclaimed in power. Thanks so much for loving the Jewish people, the Jewish Messiah, and Chosen People Ministries.
New Members Class in London Messianic Congregation
Daniel Nessim, who has labored patiently to plant a Messianic congregation in the Jewish section of London known as Golders Green, is pleased to begin his first set of New Member classes. He reports, “It is an exciting step, and people clapped when the announcement was made at our last meeting. We will soon be appointing our first leadership team. This is part of our goal, to help this Chosen People Ministries’ congregation onto its own two feet and to empower every member to play their part in the body. We also will be able to renew our ministry’s lease in Golders Green for another year or two. By working and living in the Jewish world we have good opportunities to talk to Jewish people on a regular basis, and we want to keep that up.”
Messianic Ministry Expanding in Russia and Ukraine
Boris Goldin, based in Florida, is a Russian believer who sometimes returns to his country of birth as a missionary. Partly through his efforts, Chosen People Ministries is expanding in four new cities: Sevastopol and Rostov in Russia, and Kherson and Mariupol in Ukraine. There, we are seeing the formation of new Messianic congregations or small groups that want to work with us. Please pray for strong and healthy contacts with those new affiliates of the ministry. Also, through the support of ministry partner donations, Chosen People Ministries has been able to send financial resources to buy medicine and food for elderly Ukrainian Jewish people who have been unable to relocate during these difficult times.
Ukrainian Families Find Warm Welcome in Israel with Chosen People Ministries
Neriyah A. has given much time and effort to help four Ukrainian families relocate in Israel after fleeing the war zone. He writes, “We not only met them in the airport, but also found and furnished the apartments for them, thanks to donations from the congregation. These people have attended our congregational meetings and some of them have already received the Lord. Before the Passover, we are planning to baptize 15 people. Please pray for more leaders that can help in our congregation. On a regular basis we have about 70 adults, plus children. Now, we need a bigger sanctuary.”
Wife of Israeli Believer Follows Husband in Faith
Maxim Katz, whose gift of reaching Holocaust survivors in Israel is truly blessed, reports that the wife of a survivor who came to faith not long ago has now taken the same step. Uncertain for some time as to where she stood, her prayer was that she might have the faith that her husband does. The Lord has answered her prayer! Maxim writes, “She attends the congregation with her husband and we are awaiting warmer weather to perform her baptism.”
Witnessing to Israelis with a Korean Accent
Did you know that Korean Christians have an especially warm heart for Jewish people and for Israel? Veteran staff member Doug P. now has the joy of training a group of Korean Christians about how to share the Gospel with Israelis! The group will be all ages…children, high school, college and adults. They are going to Israel in August for 10 days for the express purpose of sharing the Gospel. Doug is teaching them, especially the children, to sing Israel’s national anthem. For training the adults, he is using the first two chapters of his book, How to Share Jesus in a Jewish Way, which has already been translated into Korean.