This article was posted November 14, 2017.
Bible Study Group: Our Bible study has grown and developed into a small congregation! Since last year, we have had a good number of new and mature believers of all ages attend our meetings, and we have received some new seekers as well. Recently, a few people from the group asked to be baptized. We are praying that the Lord will give us the wisdom to guide seekers about coming to faith and to help believers grow in their walk with the Lord!
New Immigrants from Ukraine: Recently, there have been many new immigrants arriving from Ukraine because of the current political and economic climate there. We are showing the love of God by meeting some of their physical needs. We have also been sponsoring some of their children to attend our children’s camps. We have also partnered with local congregations to organize biblical sightseeing tours for new immigrants, which has provided opportunities to share the Gospel and has helped establish a foundation for the congregation to continue its work with the newcomers.
Holocaust Survivors Meetings: Every two weeks, 30-50 Holocaust survivors meet at the Jerusalem Messianic Center for a social gathering with food and music. The people are developing friendships and enjoying their time together. We weave in biblical themes, Scripture reading, and prayer. Throughout the year, a few have expressed interest in knowing Jesus and have started to attend the Center’s Bible study, which meets on a different day.
Soldiers and Youth: Every few months, we invite soldiers to come enjoy a weekend of rest and refreshment from their military bases. Not all the soldiers are believers yet; however, they are surrounded by the Scriptures, worship, and the testimonies of others. We also regularly invite the young adults who help us with our camping ministry to come for a weekend of discipleship, planning, and prayer for the future camp programs.
Short-Term Ministry Teams: Every year, we have the opportunity to host a few visiting short-term ministry teams of all ages from all over the world. They stay at our facility, share meals together, and have a wonderful time of Bible study, debriefing, and devotionals as they go out and serve in Jerusalem and beyond. Their efforts are vital for our ongoing ministry as they add energy, creative vision, and their personal testimonies to our work. Their service and encouragement are a blessing to many!
RAMAT GAN (TEL AVIV) CENTER:
In the months following the dedication ceremony of our new facility in Ramat Gan, we held a few seminars and special events. We partnered with Ely Israel (part of CBN) to put on three events for single moms, a financial training seminar, and a parenting workshop.
In addition to these special events, we started a children’s English story hour in July which has been meeting every Thursday afternoon with about 10-15 kids in attendance. On Sunday mornings, we also hold a bi-weekly women’s devotional meeting.
In September, we started hosting an evening at the coffee shop. For our first evening, we invited a performer to provide entertainment for the attendees. Despite the presence of protesters who tried to discourage people from entering, about 15 people came to the event! Please pray against any further protesters. Please also pray with us for the addition of staff members for the Center, because we would really like to start a Bible study outreach, a community Bible study, and an English class.
THE MESSIANIC CENTER OF WESTERN GALILEE:
Ministry in western Galilee has been continuous since the days of Yeshua and the first disciples. Ministry in the coastal city of Nahariya started in the early 1970s, and the group has been distinguished by its diversity—Jews, Arabs, immigrants, ex-patriots, believers, and seekers who have been meeting together for many years.
The Messianic Center of Western Galilee is designed to bring together the different congregations and ministries in the area to work together to meet the spiritual and material needs of the communities. The greatest need is for the Gospel to be proclaimed!