Young Israeli meets Jesus through Christmas Prophecies
Edan* was an Israeli traveler staying at the Homestead—one of Chosen People Ministries’ Israeli backpacker accommodations in Dunedin, New Zealand—around Christmastime last year. As the Israelis and our staff celebrated the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), one of our staff members asked Edan if he would light the candles and say the prayers. “No!” he said emphatically. “I used to be religious, but I’ve given up!” So our staff member found another volunteer to light the candles, but he decided to follow up with Edan later in the evening. Edan was not raised religious, but he and his older brother chose to become religious because they were looking for God. “But all we found was religion!” Edan said, and so, he had given up.
Our staff member started asking Edan more questions, and the evening’s conversation began! As they continued, our staff member read to Edan the prophecies concerning the Messiah’s birth, including Isaiah 9:6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,” and Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
“You mean it’s real?” was all Edan could say. When our staff member got up at 6:30 the next morning, he found Edan in the lounge talking on the phone with his brother in Israel and reading the New Testament to him! As we once again celebrate the Light of the World and the birth of the Messiah of Israel, may Edan’s story remind us to pray that Jesus, Almighty God, would be revealed in the hearts of the precious Israeli travelers who have heard this glorious good news!
Jewish Woman Experiences New Life in Yeshua
The light of Messiah is shining brightly in Nahariya, Israel, where we have an active ministry. Recently, two of our staff members baptized a new Jewish believer in Jesus. During the uncertain days of the coronavirus pandemic, they contacted Ziva,* a woman who had moved to their area as she was seeking fellowship and contact with believers in Jesus. During the next three months, our staff met with her twice weekly over Zoom congregation meetings and had private conversations with her over the phone. Ziva prayed to receive Jesus as her Messiah on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Over the next month of lockdown and social distancing, she studied with our staff members, and they watched her grow in her faith. The next logical step in her spiritual growth was baptism, so at the end of October, on a warm afternoon, Ziva was baptized in the Mediterranean Sea! Ziva is fifty years old, has two adult children, and has had her share of hardships, so this baptism has marked a new beginning in her life! She has no idea what new adventures await her as a new Jewish believer in Jesus. Please pray for her spiritual growth and well-being as she begins her new life of faith.
Russian Radio Talk show reaches Jewish people of Chicago
In Chicago, a longtime staff member shares the gospel with the Jewish people through a radio program, and his ministry continues to bear fruit. After his last broadcast, he got a call from a woman who told him that she is Jewish and that the program had made a strong impression on her. She wants to learn more about God and join the online meetings. Our staff member also shares from time to time on the radio with a secular Jewish broadcaster who is a well-known doctor among Russian-speaking Chicagoans. The addition of her audience, which she has been developing for twenty years, allows even more people to hear our staff member! We pray that many Jewish people come to know Messiah through this show and that the doctor herself, who listens very carefully to the programs and asks interesting questions, will likewise come to know Yeshua. This radio program is also recorded on Facebook, which means that many more people can listen to the messages. Our staff member said, “To be honest, I could not even dream of such an opportunity!”