This past December 27, 2018 through January 2, 2019, approximately 150 young Jewish and Gentile believers from the United States, Canada, Israel, Germany, England, Russia, and South America gathered in Rome for our fifth Muchan (pronounced mu-khan) conference. Past conferences have been held in Berlin, Paris, Prague, and Madrid—each city chosen for its unique Jewish history.
Muchan, which is Hebrew for “ready,” exists to impact young believers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. The conference helps connect these like-minded brothers and sisters and serves to strengthen their faith and vision for the future. They spend time learning more about what it means to be a disciple of Yeshua and to consider the various opportunities around the world for Jewish evangelism. All this happens over a week through workshops, worship, prayer, and intensive Bible study. The participants studied the Book of Romans (of course—we were in Rome), the Jewish history of Rome, Jewish evangelism, and more!
We believe these young Messianic leaders will shape the future of Jewish ministry. For this reason, Chosen People Ministries significantly subsidizes a large percentage of the costs so that finances will not hinder any young person from attending. For example, this year we had more than forty millennials from Israel who really needed the financial help!
The attendees share a deep desire for Jewish people to know the Messiah. We hope to continue Muchan and have already started praying and planning for the next one in 2020.
Autumn, one of our Feinberg student missionaries, writes,
“I am happy that there was an intentional plan to strengthen and encourage young adults toward their unique purpose and place in the wider Messianic community.”
Another attendee, Abe, commented,
“What amazes me most is the Roman connection to the Jewish people. Walking through the Jewish ghetto and trying to imagine what it was like for the Jewish people, I was reminded of God’s promises to them, as God preserved them through hardship and persecution.”
And Charlotte, from Florida, noted,
“It was inspiring to see the global vision for God’s chosen people and hear the encouraging testimonies of what the next generation is doing to advance the kingdom. I look forward to the next Muchan conference!
Muchan gives both the participants and our leadership a sense of hope for the future of the Messianic Jewish community worldwide. Muchan makes it evident that the Lord is always doing a tremendous work among His people.