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HOPE… THAT CHAPTER WILL CHANGE JOEL'S UFE
In a timely meeting, outreach worker Barry placed a copy of Isaiah 53 Explained into his hands. This came about by through the pastor of a local church attending a Passover banquet with his wife. After the banquet they purchased a book and wrote a personal message inside the first page. The book was returned to Barry with a name and business address. It so happened that the business was just around the corner from where he lived. “On meeting Joel*, we pretty much straight away got into a debate as to how one perceives things,” Barry said. “He graciously accepted the book and was very moved that his friends would think of and remember him.” Please pray that Joel will read the book and come to in to a personal relationship with Yeshua, our Jewish Messiah.
 
COUPLE CLAIM OUR CAPITAL FOR YESHUA

Miles 3Celebrate Messiah has a new support-raise missionary, Robert Miles, working in Canberra. Robert is a Messianic Pastor registered with the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS). He was sent out from Baruch HaShem Messianic Congregation in San Antonio, Texas where he had been an Elder and Chaverim (homegroup) leader. Robert is happily married to Eleanor, his wife of 13 years, and they have four beautiful children. Eleanor taught Hebrew at Baruch HaShem and led Davidic dance. She was a founding member and Hebrew teacher at MOEDIM Homeschool Co-op at Baruch HaShem. The family moved to Australia in 2013 and Robert and Elly established Hiney Yeshua Congregation, which merged in early 2015 with local messianic group Olive Tree Ministries, led faithfully for many years by Irwin and Jill Ross. Apart from the Word of God, and his family, Robert’s other passion is aviation. Robert is continuing his career as an aerospace mechanical engineer.

 
GOD MOVES IN MISSION TO FAR EAST RUSSIA

Our energetic ministry leader to the Russian speaking Dom Missi'ee Congregation, Rita, is over in Far East Russia leading a team to run two family camps modelled on our Simcha camps that we hold at Phillip Island each year. The camp in Birobidzhan was a huge triumph, and Rita was scheduled to do another in Artum a few days later. "We had an amazing time at Simcha. We had 75 people including 30 children. There was an amazing sense of God at work among the people. We experienced Yeshua's love and His shalom."

Rita was so excited to report that an aunt of one of our Israeli-based Jewish ministry workers accepted Yeshua at the camp. Simcha Is quite aptly the Hebrew word for 'a joyous occasion'.

 
THE WORKS OF A MIGHTY GOD

Michael, our missionary in Sevastopol, Crimea, attends a Messianic Jewish congregation. Before the holiday of Purim, Michael received an appeal from the Jewish community of the city of Eupatoria for assistance in celebrating Purim. They said that there was an old synagogue in Eupatoria that has been long unused because there is no rabbi. But the Jewish community agreed to resume meeting and to celebrate Purim. Someone advised them to seek the assistance of Messianic Jews. Thus, they found Michael who gladly responded and helped with the Purim celebration.

The director of our work in Russia writes, "We try to use every opportunity to spread the Gospel to God's chosen people, and we couldn't miss this opportunity to bring the Good News to the Jews of Eupatoria. Michael organized the Purim celebration and this feast became the day of dedication of the synagogue. Michael openly spoke about his faith in Yeshua the Messiah and also about the changes in his life that occurred through faith in Yeshua. After the holiday, many Jewish people came and thanked him for the wonderful celebration of Purim." Please pray for Michael and the work in Crimea. Pray that our staff have more opportunities to share the Gospel with Jewish people.

 
GERMANY’S JEWISH “CHURCH” CONTINUES TO GROW

Weekly fellowships at our Berlin congregation are "on a roll!" Three months ago our German leader, Vladimir Pikman, encouraged the congregation to begin meeting in weekly fellowship groups, and already there are more than 20 such communities. These small communities include two women's fellowships (one in German and one in Russian), two youth fellowships, two prayer fellowships, five Bible fellowships, two evangelistic fellowships, fellowships for women with little
children, an Israeli fellowship, and a fellowship at a Jewish retirement home. There is even a Persian Messianic community that is beginning to grow. Praise the Lord! Do you know a Jewish person who is interested in Jesus? Invite them to watch the testimonies found on our website:
www.ifoundshalom.com.

 
DR BROWN ANSWERS OBJECTIONS WITH GREAT EFFECT

The enormously successful visit by Dr Michael Brown to Australia promises to bear long lasting fruit. His visit to the Beit HaMashiach congregation, and the Celebrate Messiah conference and outreach events, had a significant impact on our community as well as on the wider body of believers. But what of the impact on Jewish not-yet believers? Well, we had a bumper crowd at the congregational service, with several new, Jewish visitors. Dr Brown challenged
Jewish people with scriptures that pointed to patriarchs Moses (Exodus 33) and Abraham (Gen 18) having discussions with God who appeared as a person. The point being that God incarnate is a Jewish concept and was not introduced by Christianity.

And at the Saturday night outreach, Dr Brown spoke of the Jewish idea that after the destruction of the Temple, the death of the righteous serves as an atonement for the sins of other men. There are many references to this concept in ancient Jewish writings. This presentation and the Q&A that followed was live streamed to Facebook, and it has received almost 5000 views.

Check it out on the Celebrate Messiah Facebook page.

 
RITA NAILS IT FOR THE LORD
Our Russian ministry leader Rita was at the nail salon and struck up a conversation with the elderly lady in the next chair. The lady, who shared the same Hebrew name as Rita, Rivkah, was not only a Holocaust survivor but also experienced the horrors of being on the famous Exodus 1947 ship, which carried thousands of Jewish ‘illegal immigrants’ from Europe to then Palestine, only to be cruelly deported by the British back to Germany. As the ladies shared, Rivkah said how she’d been feeling low in energy. Rita told her that belief in Messiah Yeshua was the way to peace and wellbeing. Miraculously, she agreed to being prayed for in Yeshua's name, and the next day contacted Rita to say how much better she felt.
 
ISRAELI MUSOS SEARCH FOR MEANING

Great opportunities for our partnering outreach workers in Israel to meet and share with young people through coffee house music nights. There’s a regular crowd, and staff have also been excited about getting to know some of the musicians, sharing the Gospel and seeing them when they come back with questions or comments on how interesting it is to think about spiritual things. Some say, “It could be that Jesus is the Messiah.” One of the young musicians, Dov*, is from a very secular Jewish home and didn’t learn much about the scriptures. As a teen, he decided there must be something more to why we’re here, and now he’s asking lots of good questions. Recently Dov was introduced to Israeli musicians who believe in Jesus. Please pray for Dov to come to know Jesus in a personal way.

*Names changed for privacy

 
LONGING TO KNOW REAL MESSIAH

Young Israeli backpacker Aviad was staying with some believers who brought him along to the Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation in Melbourne. At the end of the service, Jay asked those who had not given their lives to Yeshua and wanted to know more about Him to come forward. Aviad went up hungry to find out who the true God was, and expressed a longing to know God personally. He grew up in an Ultra-orthodox home and in his teens became secular, causing a rift with his parents. While in the army some of his friends were killed, and he wanted to know why he survived and the others didn't. Jay shared the Gospel with him and showed him that Yeshua is the way to God through the Tanach (Old Testament). Please pray for Aviad that as he returns to Israel, that he will meet Messianic believers who’ll be able to disciple him, and he’ll encounter his Messiah Yeshua.

 
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