Carol, our representative from the Messianic congregation in Manhattan, was excited to call up Judy*—Judy’s friend from out of state wanted to connect the two women, and Judy was willing to talk. But the first thing she told Carol was:
“I’m Jewish, and I never want to be a Christian!”
It was not an auspicious start to their conversation. But Carol was ready and explained to Judy that, the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, did not come into this world to create a religion called “Christianity.” Instead, He came so that all people could be put in right relationship with God.
“Isn’t that what the Torah is about?” Carol asked, and of course, Judy agreed.
By the end of the conversation, Judy had a lot more questions about Jesus. She agreed to meet Carol for coffee and continue learning more about Messiah. We are praying she will soon want to attend the Messianic congregation and choose to follow Jesus!
The building where our Messianic congregation meets in Ft. Lauderdale is also host to community events from time to time—and this is how Sarah* happened to be there on the day of our women’s fellowship group. After attending the other event, she was invited to come to our meeting.
There, she discovered a community of caring friends! The unique sense of fellowship and encouragement meant so much to her, soon Sarah was attending other studies we offer and has begun exploring the faith!
This is a great first step. Please pray with us that Sarah will choose to dedicate her life to Jesus.
Camp Kesher in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, had to be canceled last year because of the pandemic, so the young people were thrilled to learn camp was back for 2021!
We hosted children and youth, ages 8–16, and employed counselors from 17–22. Our team was excited to pour into the lives of the campers and counselors alike with kayaking, archery, swimming, horseback riding, and more—plus daily devotionals built around the theme: The Truth Will Set You Free.
The truth about the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, was proclaimed, and it made a big impact on the young people: four campers and one counselor made the decision to be baptized!
Thank you for your prayers and support for the launch of the Charles L. Feinberg Center in Israel! It has been a long road, particularly with the complications of the pandemic lockdowns last year. . .but we are thrilled to announce:
The Feinberg Center is now offering classes! They are being conducted through Zoom meetings for now, but several Israeli students are already signed up. We expect a tremendous time of learning this fall, and more offerings in the near future.
Please continue to pray for this vital outreach to Jewish people in Israel. We will keep you updated as more progress is made.