At the heart of Chosen People Ministries is the declaration by the Jewish apostle Paul,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
This principle has led to the establishment of our ministry centers and congregations across the globe—anywhere there is a high concentration of Jewish people. Of course, there is no place in the world with more Jewish people than Israel. This is why outreach in the Holy Land is such an important focus.
Although our work in Israel began much earlier, the establishment of the Messianic Center in Jerusalem in 2005 was a turning point in reaching Israelis. It serves as the main hub for our work throughout the country. We have since added a second center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, and the ministry continues to expand! These centers serve as places of worship, classrooms, short-term mission accommodations, public lecture halls, gospel cafés, and so much more. It should come as no surprise that we will always keep our eyes open for other opportunities to establish Messianic centers in Israel.
We also have teams in the north of Israel and along the Mediterranean coast. One of our favorite and most fruitful ministries is working with Holocaust survivors, and we praise God that some of these very elderly Israelis have come to know the Messiah!
But Israel is not the only place to reach Israelis with the gospel. After graduating high school, Israeli young adults serve a mandatory two to three years in the Israel Defense Forces. Following their military service, they often travel for several months or longer. Some of the common sites these wandering Israelis visit include New Zealand, India, Australia, and Brazil. This period of soul-searching provides a wonderful opportunity for us to engage these Jewish travelers in conversations about the Messiah.
Chosen People Ministries has taken advantage of this tremendous evangelistic opportunity by establishing ministry outposts in the common locations where these young Israelis like to travel. Our branch in New Zealand operates the Zula Lodge, which hosts almost 2,000 Israelis each year! Dinners are peppered with gospel conversations, and late-night chats about spiritual matters often go well into the morning. And very recently, we have partnered with a young couple who have established a guest house ministry in India where they serve Israelis looking to experience Indian culture and, of course, the beaches!
We plan to begin a similar ministry in Brazil, and we continue to send short-term teams to Nepal and other hot spots where post-army Israelis are searching for truth.
All of our sites provide care and companionship to Israelis far from home. Our work comes from a deep love for Jewish people and a desire to see them come to know the Jewish Messiah, Jesus.