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NEW WALK FOR SEARCHING ISRAELI

An Israeli wrote to our staff about their “spiritual birthday” following their decision to believe in Yeshua. “I am happy that I have been baptised on Easter Sunday. After so many years of searching and spiritual work, it is all coming together for me with the acceptance of Yeshua, not just as Messiah and Lamb but as the enabler of the connection to God. Well, words might not be the best media to describe this, yet the question ‘why do we need Jesus to get to God’ is now resolved for me and I find it so incredible.... How amazing, mysterious and uncompromising is God’s transformation of us humans...”. Please continue to pray for “HN”

 
YESHUA’S LOVE OPENS HEARTS ON HIGH SEAS

Celebrate Messiah outreach worker Jay was invited to be the travelling “Rabbi” on a cruise over Passover. He was able to bring his wife and children all expenses paid which was an incredible blessing. During a Seder for the Jewish travellers on board, Jay shared his faith and the deeper revelation of Yeshua hidden in the meal. Most were very open to listening. Relationships grew from that night, and Jay got to share about Yeshua with one of the Jewish travellers in more depth, and throughout the week in conversation with many who came to the Seder. One beautiful elderly couple in their nineties had many questions about Yeshua and God.

The next Friday night Jay held an erev Shabbat service and almost everybody from the Seder turned up. Jay finished up with a drash (brief sermon) from the Torah portion which included a challenge to approach God not through our own means or ways, but through the way He provided. Then he read Isaiah 53 and discussions broke out. Praise God for this amazing ministry opportunity. Several of the Jewish couples shared their contact details and said they’d visit the Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation when in Melbourne.

 
ETHNIC MIX BLENDS WELL IN SMALL COMMUNITY

A Messiah in the Passover Seder in a very small western Sydney church was a great evening and a wonderful example of how Celebrate Messiah partners with churches to assist their outreach to their local community. Many ethnic groups of all ages came, including a Filipino musician the church only met on street outreach the day before. So, he was invited to come and lead the singing; the only songs he knew: Amazing Grace and Hava Nagila. The world mix included Indigenous Australians, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Finnish, German, Swedish, refugees from Afghanistan and even an Israeli backpacker. Some had limited understanding of English, but all came away with a deeper understanding of Yeshua, God’s solution for our salvation. Please pray for the Israeli backpacker as he travels in Australia.

 
YOUNG HEAR ABOUT WAY OF YESHUA

The Beit Sar Shalom team also ran a children’s camp for 50 young people. The main theme was Becoming the Nation of God. Since Passover was the birth of the Jewish nation, it was a great opportunity to share with the children what it meant to be the Nation of God. Firstly escaping from Egypt, then being merciful to people who come from other cultures, to the nation of Israel. Further teaching was on the obstacles that prevent us from becoming more God-like. And finally, saying the only chance to be close to God is through Yeshua the Messiah.

 
SURVIVORS GRASP SALVATION MESSAGE

Maxim K reports from Israel about a special Passover celebration in Sderot, just a few kilometres from the Gaza border. Celebrate Messiah’s partner ministry in Israel Beit Sar Shalom had the privilege of organising a Passover Seder banquet for more than 50 Holocaust survivors in Sderot. The main point was to share about Yeshua, who was the promised Passover lamb. Working with these people now for a long time, there’s a perceptible change in the way they accept the information. Everyone left with a full heart, and stomach. The sad point, however, is that they’re getting older and weaker at each meeting. Please pray that God would open their hearts to recognise Yeshua as Messiah, and to receive the message of salvation.

 
LET MY PEOPLE GO TO THE TOWN HALL

The name of Yeshua was proclaimed and lifted high in the heart of Jewish Melbourne when 450 people packed St Kilda Town Hall to celebrate the redemption from bondage of the Jewish people from Pharoah more than 3000 years ago. Many Jewish people heard for the first time that when Yeshua walked the earth around 1200 years after the Exodus, he was to become the Passover lamb who takes away the sin of the world, and be the redeemer for people of all nations, Jew and Gentile. Feedback from this year’s event was overwhelmingly positive, and the team effort of volunteers was characteristic of the unity in our Messianic community. In setting up the hall for the Seder, not-yet believing Israelis worked alongside Iranian believers as well as folks from many other nations and denominations. A successful Seder was also held at the Northridge Vineyard Fellowship in Sydney with around 180 people.

 
AIM TO REACH THE NEXT GENERATION

Fruit from Celebrate Messiah's efforts to reach Holocaust survivors has mainly come from the Russian Jewish community. An estimated 25,000 Russian Jews live in Melbourne, with many comingin the early 1990s after the Berlin Wall came down. Our outreach to the community today includes a monthly lunch, a Shabbat service and visiting people in nursing homes and private homes during the week, with a dedicated, loving team of volunteers led by our outreach worker, Rita. We are now strongly believing that the children and grandchildren of survivors will also want to get to know their Messiah, Yeshua.

 
100th OFFSPRING FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

An elderly couple, who fled Germany during the Nazi's control, recently welcomed their 100th offspring: another great-grandchild. The couple helped to build a kibbutz in the lower Galilee and welcomed many Holocaust survivors to make their way and settle in Israel after World War II. "This is our answer to Hitler. He tried to wipe us out and here we have brought the 100th great-grandchild into the Covenant of Abraham," Ynet News reported. Please pray for life and protection for other Holocaust survivors who came to Israel after the war, and started a new life.

 
TIME RUNNING OUT TO REACH SURVIVORS

Chosen People Ministries outreach worker Maxim is always excited to be able to do ministry amongst Holocaust survivors in Israel. But there's not much time left to reach out to them. Each year there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors, so we pray God will give us more opportunities to share His love.

Recently Maxim's team in Israel organized a three-day trip to the Dead Sea where they could rest and, more importantly, hear about God. About 50 people took part; most of them were not believers, and some of them said that they'd begun to sense God's presence, and were now open to Yeshua being the Jewish Messiah.

The most thrilling moment was on the last day of the project. After the final meeting, the survivors separated into three groups and a volunteer prayed for each of the people within the group. It was such a great moment to see how they turned to God with their needs. We thank the Lord for all that He does. It's especially encouraging to see the fruit, and we rejoice when we see people change and come closer to God. "I am happy when I can minister to them, both physically and spiritually," Maxim said.

 
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