Caring for Our Staff
When the pandemic first hit, we were concerned we would have to lay off some of our staff for financial reasons. Thankfully, because of generous ministry partners like you, we did not furlough or lay off any of our team.
Although the pandemic forced everyone to work remotely, our staff felt more connected than ever before as we met each day for prayer at the beginning and end of the workday via Zoom. This was a wonderful way to help the staff get to know and care for one another. We also initiated a wellness program and brought in speakers specializing in spiritual growth, health, fitness, personal finance, and more to help our team thrive mentally, physically, and spiritually during the pandemic.
As we move forward into a post-COVID-19 world, we hope to continue the strong sense of community—centered in Jesus and our work among the Jewish people—established this past year.
We were forced to postpone our in-person summer ministries, overseas outreach trips reaching Israelis traveling around the world, and our Chosen People Ministries children’s camps.
Over the last several years, Chosen People Ministries has intensified our camping and youth ministries. We host two sleep-away summer camps—one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast—that minister to children and youth ages five through sixteen. We named the camps Camp Kesher East and Camp Kesher West since kesher is the Hebrew word for “connection.” The camps allow Messianic youth to connect and grow their faith in the Messiah Jesus.
We were especially disappointed that we had to cancel our children’s camps in Israel, where we usually had about 600 kids in camps throughout the year. The Israeli government did not allow us to proceed with these efforts…