Jewish Woman Comes to Faith During Hanukkah
Janice* was raised in a reform Jewish family in Ohio. After years of searching for satisfaction in secular pursuits, she yearned for a spiritual connection. Last spring, she found an online traditional Passover Seder and really enjoyed it, but she hungered for more. From that traditional Jewish website, she noticed one of our online Chosen People Ministries ads and registered with us. We, in turn, invited her to join us online in December. Janice joined our Hanukkah Havurah (small group) and showed great interest. Through further conversations, Janice was intrigued about the Messiah and had many questions. Not long after, one of our staff members led her in the “sinner’s prayer.” She is now being discipled. Please pray for Janice as she grows in her faith.
Young Orthodox Man Comes to Faith in Israel
During the past year, with the outbreak of the pandemic, there has been a huge increase in Internet usage among the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jewish group living in closed communities). In following the restrictions imposed by the government to slow the spread of COVID-19, many rabbis have started to teach the Torah online. Chosen People Ministries—Israel has also increased online activities to continue to serve the people at this time with restrictions to congregating. As a result, many people from the Haredi community are searching for the gospel online! Recently, Dovid,* a young Haredi man in his late twenties, has come to faith in Jesus! He saw our online service, the message touched his heart, and he approached our congregation and requested lessons on the foundations of the Messianic faith. After the classes, he decided to dedicate his life to Jesus and underwent water baptism. This is a huge step since water baptism is a public acknowledgment of faith in Jesus; many Haredi believers remain secret believers to protect their lives and livelihood. Please continue to pray for Dovid, that by the grace of God he will continue to grow and be strengthened in the faith and grow in his calling, whatever the Lord may have in store for him.
Egyptian Jewish Man Comes to Faith on Christmas
James 5:16 says, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Your prayers have made it possible for us to welcome another Jewish person into the kingdom! This past fall, Avi,* a Jewish man from Egypt, attended one of our Chosen People Ministries congregations for the Jewish High Holidays. He seemed hesitant at first, but he had many questions and kept engaging with our staff member. On the day after Christmas, he told our staff member, “I’ve been born again!” Our holiday messages focused on the love of God, which He made perfectly clear in the sacrifice of His Son, our Messiah, Jesus. Avi shared that he heard those messages and went home and read the first six chapters of the Gospel of John. He told a friend with whom he was reading, “This is true,” and he prayed to receive Messiah into his heart! Praise God for this wonderful news! Pray for Avi as he grows in his faith and is discipled.