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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.

 
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.

 
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