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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Celebrate Messiah Australia's benevolent fund Tikkun Olam is reaching many Holocaust survivors through the distribution of food parcels, particularly during the Jewish festivals. The work is co-ordinated in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, and volunteers distribute parcels directly to people's homes. In some states, partnerships have been formed with Jewish community organisations to identify people who are in need. Volunteers, both Jewish and Gentile, pack and distribute the parcels containing kosher products. The volunteers frequently report the gratitude of the recipients, and also what a great blessing it is to them to bless others with these unconditional gifts of love. (Donations to Tikkum Olam are tax deductible)


It was certainly a very joyous occasion earlier this year when I had the great privilege of baptising 5 new Iranian believers who had come to faith in Jesus from a Muslim background at Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation. That day, only 3 people were pre-arranged to be baptised, but after I gave an opportunity for anyone else to follow Yeshua through the waters of the mikveh (baptism), two more enthusiastically joined in. After ensuring that they had indeed accepted Yeshua as the Messiah, they too were baptised in the clothes they were wearing that day. Fortunately it was a very hot day and they soon dried out. Praise the Lord for the power of the Gospel to make Jew and Gentile one in Him. - Lawrence


Recently at a visit to a Nursing Home in the Caulfield area, the Lord led us to minister comfort and pray for an elderly and sick resident. After comforting and talking to him, Rita prayed with him, and by God’s grace led him in the sinner's prayer - he gave his heart to Yeshua.


As the sounds of Hava Nagila and the sight of people singing and dancing swept across the busy street, Jay and his enthusiastic outreach volunteers sought the Lord and asked, “… please create an opportunity if you want us to share the Lord.” Jay started up a conversation with young Israeli Joel, who was from an ultra-Orthodox family. He shared that he liked listening to a particular rabbi and reading from the Tenach (the Old Testament). Jay boldly inquired, “You seem to have found joy and happiness, but do you have peace in your heart?” Joel replied that sadly he had not, and asked, “Where can I find this peace.” Jay explained that it was only through the Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace.” Jay laid hands on Joel and prayed for him in the name of Yeshua, Sar Shalom, Yeshua Prince of Peace. Please pray for Joel, that as he explores further about the peace of Yeshua, he’ll be drawn closer to Him. - Jay

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