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HE WORKS ALL THINGS FOR GOOD

A series of unfortunate events led to Jean*, a lovely Jewish lady, breaking her leg while helping set up for a garage sale. Lawrence and Louise went to visit Jean in hospital on the eve of the Festival of Purim, taking with them one of Celebrate Messiah's Tikkun Olam Purim parcels. Since it is Scriptural and traditional to give gifts at Purim (Esther 9:22), Jean was excited and very grateful to receive a parcel packed with traditional food items. After a very pleasant visit and conversation and just before Lawrence and Louise were going to leave, Jean asked; "please tell me how you both became believers in Yeshua." That led to another 30-minute conversation all about Yeshua being the Jewish Messiah and how Lawrence and Louise both came to faith in Yeshua on the very same night in different parts of the world. Jean exclaimed: "Wow that is so interesting, I would love to come to your congregation some time. I am very interested." Praise the Lord for this opportunity to share the Gospel with Jean. Please pray for the seed that has been planted to be watered by the Holy Spirit, and that her leg is healed speedily.

 
DIVINE APPOINTMENT AT 35,000 FEET

Chosen People Ministries president Dr Mitch Glaser travels often, and on a recent trip he had an encounter on a plane to London. During the flight, he met an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who was originally from the New York area and they had a great conversation about Jewish life, their families, politics and even sports. Finally, as it often happens, the gentleman asked Mitch what he did for a living.

Upon hearing that Mitch was the president of a Messianic ministry, the gentleman said that he knew of a congregation in the Golder's Green section of London – a very Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. Over the next half-hour, they spoke about why Jesus is the Messiah of Israel. Praise God with us for allowing Mitch to speak with such an open-hearted religious Jewish man about Jesus.

 
GOD CONTROLS REMOTE ENCOUNTERS

When Yael visited a small church in a tiny country town in a remote part of southern Australia to present on the Messiah in the Passover, she didn't expect to find any Jewish people in attendance. But miracle of miracles, on the Friday night two Jewish men attended – one a believer and the other not yet. They had never met each other before. A God appointment if ever there was one!

 
AGNOSTIC RESPONDS TO LOVE

New outreach worker Moishe has a fellow Jewish close friend David* who identifies as an agnostic. Since working in ministry, Moishe and David have had many conversations about issues of faith and God, and Moishe has been able to explain what Messianic Jews believe. David recently accepted an invitation to a Shabbat service at Beit HaMashiach, and was very impressed, especially by the outpouring of love for the Jewish people and Israel. This impression has resulted in David speaking about Celebrate Messiah's ministry positively among other Jewish people within their friendship group. Please pray that David will come to know Yeshua in a personal, heartfelt way.

 
JESUS HEALS HEARTS OF SURVIVORS

Maxim travelled with his wife from Israel to Germany to visit churches and messianic congregations and to run holiday camps for children. They met up with a couple, H & G, who are Holocaust survivors, and had given their hearts to Jesus in one of Maxim's past ministry visits.

Since then they have been attending a local congregation for three years, were both baptised and love God with all their hearts. H was sharing his testimony and Maxim was preaching in the churches. But most importantly, they saw Germany and German people with different eyes as believers in Jesus. Their faith helps them to forgive all the hurt and pain they have carried for the whole of their lives. On the Shabbat, they spoke in a local congregation to Jewish people who lived there.

Their hope was that God would use them, so the eyes of the Jewish people would open and they would see the true Messiah and saviour, Jesus.

 
FILIPINO LOVE GAINS RESPECT

Jewish sages say, "Who is the wise person? One who learns from every person". This may well have been the inspiration for Malka who overheard Barry speaking with a Filipino Christian couple in a local burger restaurant about their respective ministry work with Jewish people. From the next table, Malka turned to Barry and said, "Did you know that during the Second World War the President of the Philippines saved 1200 Jewish people from extermination?" Malka shared that she was a Polish Jewish woman aged 82, and had been a tour guide in the Auschwitz and Treblinka extermination camps. She spoke of her family: two sons who are both lawyers, and that she was not religious. She admired the Filipino couple who clearly had a love and respect for Israel and the Jewish people. They spoke to her about how their faith in the Jewish Messiah changed their hearts and gave them new hope. She then turned to Barry and asked how he fitted into to all of this. He said he was a Jewish believer in Jesus, and that she would be welcome to come to a service at Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation. She replied "I know who you are", and that her friend for many years had been trying to get her to come. Finally Malka said: "Because I have met you, I will come." Please pray for Malka.

 
CHILDREN TURN TO FACE GOD
Israel outreach worker Maxim ran a 12-day camp in Poland for a group of children from Israel, Russia, and Germany. There were 44 children aged 11 to 16 and volunteers from Israel, Ukraine, the USA, Russia and Poland. “All of us were passionate about passing onto the kids what we know about the Lord, especially in the time of their lives when they want to understand who they are and what they are supposed to do.” Maxim said by the end of the camp almost all the children decide to give up the values of the 21st Century world and dedicate their lives to Jesus and values of God.
 
RABBI ON THE ROAD TO SALVATION
Was it luck? coincidence? No, it was definitely God that gave a local Orthodox Jewish rabbi two encounters of the Gospel in one day. One of our Messianic Persian brothers picked up the rabbi in his Uber taxi and took him to a local synagogue in Caulfield. On the way, Matthew told him about how Yeshua, the messiah for both Jew and Gentile, had saved his life. Later that day, Jewish believer Mark went to visit the same rabbi to do a study with him on a Jewish commentary. When Mark shared that he believed Yeshua was the Messiah, and that he attended the Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation, the rabbi was astonished. “You know, I just had a guy earlier today who is also from your community, and he talked to me about Jesus.” While Rabbi Gilli dismissed Jesus as Messiah, for now, we can’t help but be excited that God has His hand on him.
 
RUSHING TO MESSIAH IN THE FAR EAST

Our Russian speaking ministry leader Rita has returned from another inspired mission trip to Far East. She conducted two Messianic Simchas (Family Camps) with the theme "Walking in the Light" (1 John 1:7). Eighty five people attended in Birobidzhan and about 87 people in Artyom, and on top of that a total of around 60 children. The children's program taught about Yeshua in the Feasts and the Fruits of the Spirit. The dear brothers and sisters in the Lord had an amazing time of worship, dancing and listening to the sermons. Rita preached nine sermons relying on God's inspired Word. "Altogether we had about nine people who were mikveh'd (baptised) in Yeshua's name. We witnessed an amazing outpouring of the Holy Spirit and many people had an encounter with the Lord," Rita triumphantly reported.

 
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