There was miraculous healing encountered at this ministry event. During the vacation retreat the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was healing broken hearts and healing bodies. Watch Holocaust Survivor Yoseph's amazing testimony of physical healing here: https://youtu.be/xoBc7x1ysQM
The hearts and homes of more than 100 Holocaust Survivors in Belarus are very open to the work of RII. Rabbi Stewart and Chantal Winograd and their team have loved on them and served them for almost 22 years and they have earned their trust and touched their hearts.
The RII volunteer team was not adequate to meet this extraordinary need. For this reason, the team was moved by the Lord to hire 4 half-time staff that are focused strictly on serving the Survivors. Each half-time staff member receives $250 per month (a reasonable salary for part-time work here in the broken economy of Belarus).
Keep Reach Initiative International, their team, and the Belarusian congregations in Prayer faithfully and regularly! Please be praying as the RII team diligently follows up with the 17 Survivors that prayed to receive Yeshua. Also, be praying for the many other Survivors that were deeply moved, open and very close to opening up fully to Yeshua's love and salvation.
By Olivier Melnick with Chosen People Ministry and Berger d’Israel
On April 28-30, 2017 Le Berger D’Israel and Congregation Gan Eden held a joint Conference for Messianic believers at “La Paix Aujourd’hui” (Peace Today) Church, in Marseille. Marseille is a sea port in the south of France with both the largest concentration of Jewish people (80,000) and the largest Muslim community in France (45% of a city of one million.)
We happened to be in France at the time of the 2017 presidential elections. The country was shaken by the complete elimination of the Right and the Left parties to make room for a bizarre new Centrist party and the Front National Alt-Right party. France was on edge, and Marseille wasn’t spared, only days from the second round.
If Marseille was meant to be our location, it certainly became a concern to us as the date approached.
Two days before we landed in France, two terrorists were arrested on the street adjacent to the church where we were to meet, and street protest took place in some areas of Marseille. The terrorists were hours away from detonating a bomb in the area. And then, on the day we left, they closed the St-Charles train station for several hours because of a bomb scare. None of it prevented us from praising Yeshua.
Our conference was a multi-ministry effort, which isn’t uncommon in France because of the sparse workers and lack of resources. Not to mention the obvious lack of interest across most of the French evangelical spectrum.
Philippe Israel with Life in Messiah spoke on “Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in the Body of Messiah.” Marc Blancou did a very thorough exposition of Romans 1:16 with “To the Jew First.” Guy Athia, director of Berger D’Israel spoke twice on the topic of “Defining who is a Messianic Jew” and the weekly parsha. The local Messianic Rabbi of Gan Eden Congregation, David Cohen spoke on “Yeshua the Light of the World”, and I delivered a message on “A Jewish Messiah for the Gentiles.” Additionally, we celebrated Shabbat and Havdalah over the week-end.
It was difficult to predict who would attend and how many, but looking back we were definitely blessed by a “mixed multitude.” Attendance fluctuated between 50 and 70 over the entire weekend. The big surprise was the genuine sweet fellowship between Arabs and Jews in the Messiah. Hearing Arab believers praise Yeshua and thank God for Israel and the Jewish people is something that we do not see enough. It could almost be seen as surreal except that through Yeshua it was very real.
Even our worship was punctuated by a mix of traditional French Christian songs, Messianic music AND Arab melodies, often with a Middle Eastern percussions backdrop. Is it what God means when tells us to make “a joyful noise unto the Lord?”
There were two roundtables and workshops to allow people to ask questions about Messianic Jewish life as well as deeper theological questions. The overall atmosphere was an aching desire to see more Jewish people come to a saving knowledge of Messiah Yeshua.
The Church was located just a couple of doors next to a mosque, which led to a security concern. It was a rather poor area, heavily populated by Muslims. Fortunately, outside of the occasional police sirens outside, the weekend came and went without any incident, and our conference came to a close.
By the end of the day on Sunday, people were saying their good-byes and exchanging contact information. It wasn’t unusual to see Jews and Arabs hugging and praying together, remembering that after all we are half-brothers from our same father–Abraham.
Even though the song was never sung, the weekend conference was a perfect illustration of the Messianic classic “Hine Ma Tov.” and what we all took home with us was a real feeling of “How good it is for brethren to dwell together.”
One New Man Asia has been celebrating the Passover for many years now. The last two years though have been different as it was celebrated and co-led together with Messianic Jewish brothers and their families.
This year, the Passover was celebrated on April 15 with the Seder being co-led by Pastor Gilbert Carthigasu, the founder of One New Man Asia, and Joseph Magen and his family. In 2016, Pastor Gilbert co-led it with Ariel Blumenthal from Revive Israel. So it was truly a “one new man” Seder.
This year’s Seder was very well attended. We expected 100 attendees but on the day itself, 120 people turned up for the high-tea Seder. Held at a centrally located facility, 3rd Space, it made it all the more convenient for everyone to attend.
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The above words are the very real, literal experience of the story of the birthing of a Messianic Jewish community in Arad, Romania. Sitting near the border of Romania and Hungary, Arad has a deep and substantial history. It is one of the original birthplaces of the Reform Jewish movement, and there is a longstanding, active and traditional Jewish community there today.
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RII’s ministry efforts has been instrumental in many in the Jewish community coming to faith in Messiah Yeshua, including Holocaust survivors and young people. Each year RII hosts Camp Chalutzim, a Messianic summer camp operated in Poland for Belorussian Messianic kids. This summer RII will venture into its 13th annual Camp Chalutzim, and each year the impact and effects on these young Messianic lives undeniable and more powerful.
On average, Camp Chalutzim serves about 100 teen and children campers, many of whom return the following year to serve at camp. The team who plans and orchestrates the camp consists of around 40 young adults from RII’s 4 Belorussian congregations. The team joyfully gives up their vacations in order to serve the Lord ministering to these young people hungry to encounter the Lord’s Presence.
The cost to serve with RII as camp counselor is $870 per person (plus roundtrip airfare to Poland).
You can enjoy some highlights from CAMP CHALUTZIM 2016 here: https://youtu.be/Ptw1FLvjhrM
Two years ago, our Messianic Jewish community was attacked during our Shavuot service. The police were called and we were forced to leave the building we rented and meet in a nearby home to conclude our service. As disruptive as it was we knew the Lord had removed our comfort zone and expelled us onto a journey of faith that would take us to today where we now own our own property and have a final, permanent place to call home. As a Messianic Jewish community here in Norwich, UK, we have existed for over 20 years, yet were never truly settled and rooted into the city where the Lord has called us to work. Yet His words of encouragement and prophecy continued to come, to expand the ministry and reach more people. His final word to us before we experienced the expulsion from the hall during Shavuot was ‘we must learn to walk on water’.
Two years later and feeling still wobbly on our faith ‘sea legs’ we set in motion a plan to purchase an old (1870s) church hall that had fallen on hard times. Originally designed and built for the glory of God, it had been sold to local secular users and then finally stood empty for three years. As soon as we saw it our hearts and spirits knew that this was the venture in the Lord we had to undertake: the restoration of this old building’s calling and designed purpose. The hall has been rededicated and consecrated for the Lord’s purposes once more. In six months, we began from having no finances to make this happen, to having over £200,000 in cash. We experienced some amazing miracles and watched as the ‘divine jigsaw’ of this vision came together before our eyes.
After the refurbishment is completed, we plan to have not only our own ministry housed in this place, but see it extended into Foodbank, educational initiatives and working with refugees amongst many other areas. The challenges are huge, but we know our Lord is bigger! Please join us in not only celebrating this amazing breakthrough for us, but also in upholding this project in prayer. As we have taken possession of this wonderful building the word of the Lord has changed this week from ‘walk on water’ to ‘live on water’. We shall trust and KNOW His provision!
A program to test the Igbo of Nigeria for genetic links to Jews has heightened tensions between international groups representing mainstream Jews and Messianic Jews.
In February, Jewish Voice Ministries International organized a test to compare genetic samples from some 100 members of the Igbo group, who claim ancestral connections to the biblical Israelites, against a DNA bank of genes collected from Jews.
Shavei Israel, a high-powered Israeli organization also ramping up their own outreach to the Igbo, does not welcome the test and sees it as part of the growing threat Messianic Jews pose to the Israeli group’s mission.
“So called Messianic Jews are soul-snatchers and missionaries, who are trying to sell people a false bill of goods,” said Michael Freund, Shavei’s founder and chairman. “They try to convince some of these communities to unwittingly call themselves Jewish while at the same time believe in the Christian faith.”
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Out of Zion was created to help viewers learn about Israel, its historic Biblical sites and to understand Scripture from a Jewish perspective. Affirming his role, Cantor says, “I love Israel, not just the people, but the Land and the history. It has long been a dream of mine to go around this country and film, sharing with people about this amazing place.”
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In Oradea, Romania there are nine denominations represented in the Ecumenical Prayer Week, and as such, they have opted to extend the time to nine days to allow each to host. For the past three years, one of the invited participants is Rabbi David Nagy of Comunitatea Evreilor Mesianici, the local Messianic Jewish synagogue.
This year the Ecumenical Prayer Week began on January 15th at the Roman Catholic Cathedral. The participants will spend time in prayer in each congregation and hear a message based on the theme for the year. The current theme is from 2 Corinthians 5:14- “The love of Messiah compels us.” During this week the following denominations will be participating, and their congregational buildings will each serve as a gathering point for one day:
The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church
The Bishop of the Greek Catholic Church
The Bishop of the Reformed (Hungarian) Church
The Priest of the Orthodox Christian Church
The Priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Priest of the Unitarian Church
The Pastor of the (Regional) Penticostal Church
The Pastor of the Penticostal/Charismatic Church
The Rabbi of the Messianic Jewish Community of Romania