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ISRAELI JOURNALIST FEELS LOVE OF CHRISTIANS

Scott Brown shares an encouraging story from New Zealand and the work at the Zula Lodge: "God's blessings continue to overflow in our backpacking ministry. Eitan,* an Israeli journalist, was so moved by the free accommodation and loving hospitality that he experienced that he is writing an article about the Zula Lodge. He asked me dozens of questions about my faith as a Jewish believer in Jesus, which gives evidence of his own seeking heart," Scott said.

Eitan was particularly moved by the love of the Christians in New Zealand. He wrote in his article:
"As an Israeli, I was very surprised to see the amazing love and support I was given by the [Christians in NZ who host Israelis in their homes]. It was incredible to see that in the place which is the furthest away from Israel — the other side of the world, literally! — We are so loved, while in other Christian countries, such as in Europe, we are not treated in a similar way, and sometimes even treated in the opposite way! How do you explain the fact that in New Zealand [there are so many] Israeli-loving Christians?"

Eitan is one of many thousands of Israelis whom God is touching in the uttermost parts of the earth. Pray for him that he finds Messiah Jesus."

*Names changed for privacy

 
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALING IN GERMANY

Vladimir Pikman, who leads the Chosen People Ministries Messianic congregation in Germany, reported that a Jewish member of the congregation became seriously ill and fell into a coma with the expectation that she would soon die. Her daughter, Ilena,* came from California to say goodbye to her. The mother was praying for Ilena and had been sharing the Gospel with her for a number of years, but Ilena was not interested. Because of the circumstances of her mother's illness, Ilena decided to attend the Yom Kippur services at the congregation.

While the congregation was praying and worshipping, the Spirit of God touched Ilena's heart, and she decided to pray. God instantly responded to her, filling her soul with joy, light, love, and the understanding that she is forgiven!

She could not stop talking about new life with Yeshua! And, at that very moment as the congregation prayed with her for her mother at the service, her mother opened her eyes and woke up from the coma! She left the critical care unit and was taken to a regular room. The doctors could not believe what they saw — but we can!

 
VOLUNTEERS SET ASAF ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Our Tikkun Olam co-ordinator in Brisbane, Fraser, was catching up with a volunteer Phyl at the local train station to give her a food hamper to distribute to a local Jewish businessman. As they chatted about current events in Israel, a young man approached and said he'd overheard some of their conversation and wondered if they were for, or against, Israel. This opened up a great opportunity for Fraser and Phyl to share with this young Israeli traveler, Asaf. They talked about Israel, her people, world events and the world's attitude towards Israel and the Jewish people. They exchanged email addresses before giving Asaf directions to the local synagogue. Please pray that the seed sown with Asaf will grow, and that he'll continue to have encounters with believers, and soon have a personal encounter with Yeshua, the Messiah of both Jew and Gentile.

 
PRAYER WALK PROMPTS HOLY SPIRIT POWER

Prayer walking around the perimeter of the main Jewish community in Melbourne,the Eruv, has again proved a powerful means of bringing unsaved Jewish people to the Lord. In the lead up to the High Holidays members of the Beit HaMashiach congregation walked in groups around the 33km boundary of the Eruv and prayed for people, homes, schools, businesses, synagogues and other places of worship. On the following Saturday, three new not-yet-believing Jewish people came to the Shabbat worship service, and one has since received Yeshua as his personal savior. Please pray for continuing strength and courage for Max* as well as for Vera* and Tanya* that they will have a full life-changing encounter with the Prince of Peace.

 
PROGRESS ON MESSIANIC CENTRE

We praise God that planning approval has been successfully gained and now we are awaiting detailed plans for a building permit as well as the finalisation of a legal agreement. We are hoping to start demolition of part of the site next month so that it will be ready for rebuilding in the New Year. We're also negotiating on a temporary home for our congregational and other ministry activities. The target date for completion is in time for the High Holy Days in October 2016.

 
HOPE FOR MELBOURNE RABBI

Jay took a small team to do outreach and prayer down in Melbourne's Jewish heartland of St Kilda. The Lord opened the door to talk with an Orthodox rabbi for more than an hour about the Messiah. It was a very open conversation as they shared with him from the Scriptures the prophecies of the Messiah. After the conversation, he gave Jay an Orthodox Jewish book to read. Jay and his team agreed to read it if he was willing to read the Brit Hadashah, the New Testament. He said he'd never read it before and was slightly hesitant, but then agreed to read one of the gospels. Please pray that the Spirit of God will open his eyes to the truth of Yeshua.

 
SPECIAL TOUR FOR SURVIVORS

A group of Holocaust survivors joined Chosen People Ministries in Jerusalem for a special tour. They don't get out too often because of health and transportation issues so this trip was extra special. The first destination was Mount Zion and the room where Yeshua's disciples gathered for fellowship. They listened to the story about the last days of Yeshua's life and His crucifixion. After that, to the Garden Tomb, which was a perfect conclusion to talk about His time on earth and His impact on our lives. There was great fellowship during the trip and many questions were asked. Those who wanted one received a Bible and Isaiah 53 Explained. We hope that the words they heard about eternal life and Yeshua's resurrection will reassure each of them about God's love and forgiveness.

 
NEW TESTAMENT IS BEST MEDICINE

What a privilege it has been to create an atmosphere of friendship and trust with Dr H, a Holocaust Survivor in his 90s where he felt comfortable talking about his experiences and a deep friendship grew. He was given Mitch Glaser's book Isaiah 53 Explained, which he read and underlined, then the book The Last Jew in Rotterdam by Ernest Cassutto. He enjoyed both books but said he couldn't accept Yeshua's resurrection. After much prayer, he accepted a large print New Testament with the references and page numbers of the last couple of chapters of John and the beginning of Acts. Please pray for him.

 
ZULA LODGE: A DREAM COME TRUE!

Wanaka, New Zealand—home of the largest enclave of Israeli tourists in New Zealand. Thousands of young Israelis pour through this pristine parcel of Middle Earth every summer, making it the prime location for Jewish evangelism in the nation. Director Scott Brown says the dream at Celebrate Messiah NZ was to have an Israeli Backpacker in Wanaka, where Jewish-oriented Bible studies, evangelistic films and Jewish holiday/holy day celebrations would be woven into the fabric of the daily routine, and trained staff would be alert to evangelistic opportunities among guests. But the value of property in this popular resort town is so far beyond our purchasing power that the dream was, at best, unrealistic.

"Enter: GOD! Without a trace of human striving or manipulation, the Almighty has chosen to gift us with the perfect facility in the perfect location, where we will have the opportunity to minister to dozens of Israeli guests every night for seven months of the year."

"The Lord has even provided skilled, godly staff members, including young Israeli believers who will live at the lodge and share Good News (in Hebrew!) with thousands of Israeli peers. ZULA LODGE** is a dream-come-true, and is destined to contribute to Israel's salvation from the ends of the earth!"

** "Zula" is an Israeli term describing a place where close friends gather.

 
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