Youth Break Through to God
For most, the teen years are not easy. It is a time of rapid change, an emotional and physical roller coaster. My heart goes out to youth, especially the youth of Israel. For many years we’ve sought to create a setting in which they could receive encouragement, healing, liberation, calling, and equipping. The Katzir (Harvest) camps have become such an environment. This summer we spent a week with 83 Israeli teens from Messianic congregations across the country. I’d like you to hear what happened through the voices of the young people themselves.
These are their words, spoken to all their fellow campers our last morning together. We had worshiped, hiked, prayed, served, and played for seven solid, very full days spent mostly in the beautiful Golan Heights of Israel. That evening, the Spirit of God filled our meeting place in the bustling city of Tel Aviv. Many youth turned to Yeshua with tearful repentance, receiving His saving grace, while others sought and received the fullness of His Spirit. To behold the work of God among teenage people is to discover treasure. They will be the workers and leaders in the final harvest!
I began weeping during one of the meetings – at the intensity of God feeling our hearts; as well as His heart for each of us.
I had a personal breakthrough because the praise and worship was alive. This time I really discovered what it is to praise God and not care what others are thinking. I was amazed with joy at being drawn in by the depth of the worship.
Up until now I waffled about being immersed in water, but I have decided to go all the way with Yeshua and be immersed (baptized).
The power of God was so strong that I felt that the Ruach was inside of me and also outside! … I encourage you not to be embarrassed … I had felt the Ruach in the past but had held back … After a while, I just threw caution to the winds and God filled me … We prayed together – the girls and the leaders – and the Spirit came flowing out of me … We prayed and yelled with joy. It was like a fountain of life … it went on and on. [These accounts came from a small group that experienced an outpouring of the Spirit during their Bible study.]
I want to live as a believer among non-believers and continue coming to these camps.
Two months ago I decided to be immersed. On the way my mom was killed in a car accident. It was SO hard to receive the Lord after that. I felt a wall between us. It was very hard to come to this camp. I was SO mad. Why did He take her? Finally, I came to the camp. So many people held me up here, so that God could work. I felt that God wanted me. I want to thank all those who have lifted me, and thank God-for forgiving my anger. I know that He is working and watching over us. Walk with Him … He’ll be with you in your hardest time.
I discovered that people could be real and not put me down. I thank God that he released me from prison and I don’t want to return.
I wasn’t interested in coming to Katzir. I’ve been really far from the Lord even though my dad is a pastor. God touched me so deeply here! After this I want to draw near to Him and live differently.
Please continue with us in prayer for the courage and sound mentoring these young people crave.
This article was originally published in Israel’s Restoration September ’15 Newsletter.
Eitan is the Founder and Executive Director of Tents of Mercy Network of Messianic Congregations is Northern Israel. He's a published author, having written "What About Us?", which answers the question about Gentile participation in the restoration of Israel.
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Jews for Jesus: ‘Behold Your God’ Campaign 2015 – South Shore of Israel
Our 2015 Behold Your God outreach campaign is now in full swing. Our team has been out daily on the streets and beaches along the southern shore of Israel, reaching our Jewish brothers and sisters with the Good News and gathering the contact information of those who would like to know more about Yeshua. Even in the first few days, we have already handed out over 17,325 broadsides, taken the contact information of 93 unsaved Jewish people, and spoken to 678 people over the phone about the Lord.
Praising the Lord in the Persecution
From the start of this campaign our team has faced opposition both physically and spiritually. Two negative articles have been published already on local (Ashdod, Ashkelon) news sites. One, from a writer who was clearly angry about the work that we are doing, went so far as to state that our broadside was geared toward children—a claim that is both false and meant to incite others, including the authorities, against our organization. And yet, we praise the Lord for such persecution as it helps to get the word out in the community about our presence and the simple fact that we are Jews who believe in Jesus as the Messiah, an idea which is both foreign and intriguing to many Jews who’ve never heard about us before.
Laura Barron, one of the campaigners and a missionary from our Toronto branch, reports: “The first ten minutes of our first sortie brought our first opposition. I was closely filming a religious man phoning his friends to report a ‘missionary sighting’ and he was being careful because I was so close to him. I looked at the video later and saw that I had recorded the conversation that Hannah was having with a driver who pulled over to ask her about Yeshua. We left before the opposition came, but this man had to listen to us sharing the message while he did nothing.
We moved on to our second site and we had just got the banner up when a policeman pulled up right next to us and told us we couldn’t do what we were doing there. As I spoke to him and showed him my paperwork, he told me to leave and go to the station. I asked him sweetly if he could call for me since his Hebrew was so much better than mine. He chuckled and called. I waited next to the car and saw that he received a picture of another team holding the big banner on a bridge. We hadn’t even been out for an hour and the news seemed to be traveling fast! In the end, he told us we could stay and do what we were doing and he ended up being our special police escort! So on the first day of campaign, we had established permission from the police station to do bannering in that city.”
Oded Cohen, one of our missionaries, reports: “We went to do surveys in a business center and there were very few people but we were still able to get a couple of contacts. Then we began putting tracts onto parked cars. When we were almost finished, a religious man approached us to tell us that we couldn’t do what we were doing. He was angry and insisted that we were breaking the law. I spoke with him calmly and urged him instead to consider the message. His countenance changed and he later gave me his contact information and asked me to send him a book about Yeshua.
“As you can see, in spite of opposition, our team of 30 people continued their work on the streets in full force handing out broadsides, holding giant banners, making hundreds of phone calls, and advertising on the local media. Even over the weekend, our team was out and about, meeting with Israelis and sharing the gospel. One campaigner noted, ‘Shabbat [Saturday] is a great day to reach all the Israelis celebrating their day off on the beaches. Every beach on the south shore is filled with people enjoying the warm weather and the beautiful sea.’
“I had a long conversation with the last couple I approached on the sand and as we talked she moved from an atheist position to an agnostic one. She said she couldn’t believe in God after her daughter took her own life but at the end she agreed to let me pray for her and thanked me for the lively discussion. Please pray for Zoharah and her husband Zohar.”
Igal, one of our missionary interns, reports: “We opened a table near the beach and offered free literature. We got into a lot of great conversations but only had six contacts. We were about to wrap up and I asked the Lord for more contacts. Just then, in the last four minutes, I shared the gospel with a girl who stopped by and was extremely open and interested in the gospel. She gave me her information so we could be in touch with her and took a book home. I felt like God had answered our prayers and had sent her to speak with us before we left. In all, we gained seven contacts while at the table.”
Karin, one of our campaign stewards, reports, “We were on our way to a bannering site which was quite a trek. I was on my way back to take some photos of the banners when I ran into a man who had seen the banner previously and had made the effort to drive all the way to where I was to ask me what it meant!”
Praise God that He is stirring the hearts of the people. May those who are seeking enough to chase us down to hear more, truly have their veils lifted to see the truth in the message of Yeshua our Messiah and Savior.
Vladimir, the campaign leader, asks that you please be in prayer for the following:
- To have a good response from the unsaved people we are trying to reach
- For the physical and spiritual condition of the whole team
- Wisdom for the campaign leaders in making strategic decisions
- To stand strong in spite of any opposition
- To build good relations with the authorities in the region
We appreciate and thank you for partnering with us in the work that we are doing in the land of Israel. We hope to send you further updates in the coming days.
Dan Sered, Director of Jews for Jesus' Israel Branch, was born in Israel to a secular Jewish family. While his parents might have been considered atheists, he, himself, always believed in God and the miracles that God does in the TaNaKh (Old Testament). At age 12, when studying to become a Bar Mitzvah, Dan had questions about the Messianic prophecies and realized his rabbi didn’t seem to have all of the answers. In his mid-teens, the Sered family was relocated to New York, where Dan later attended Stony Brook University and met Dinah, a Jewish believer in Jesus. Dinah shared the Gospel with Dan and showed him how Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled the prophecies he had questioned about years before. His eyes were opened and Dan committed his life to the Lord. In 1999, Dan & Dinah were married and shortly after began to serve as missionaries; joining Jews for Jesus and later moving to Israel. In 2006, Dan was appointed as the Israel Director of Jews for Jesus. Israel currently has the largest Jews for Jesus branch in the world today with multiple departments who are united together with the same goal of reaching the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
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Hamaayan Congregation Newsletter – August 2015
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Celebrating 20 Years in Ministry: Home of Bible Translators & Scholars
Located in Jerusalem, the Home of Bible Translators (HBT) was founded in 1995 by distinguished Bible scholars Dr. Havor and Mirja Ronning. Celebrating its 20th year in ministry the school has 125 alumni from 35 countries. Ninety-four of these alumni have helped translate the Old Testament from the original Hebrew to 76 other languages, for the benefit of 130 million speakers. And close to 100 Bible translation consultants and personnel as well as PhD Students have participated in short-term HBT courses touching hundreds of other language projects around the world.
The central service provided by HBT is a full-immersion, intensive six month course in Israel for Bible translators and scholars to train in the translation of the Old Testament. The course is held in association with the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Underscoring the critical importance of translating the Tanakh (Old Testament), Baruch Kvasnica, HBT’s Academic Coordinator, reports: “The New Testament has been translated into far more languages than the Tanakh. But it is not enough to translate only the New Testament. People cannot connect with the whole story of God without the Tanakh. They miss the power of the creation narrative and cannot fully grasp the sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus) without knowledge of the sacrificial system described in the Torah. How can they receive the Good News without knowing what sin is? The Torah tells us about God’s redemptive plan and the need of a Savior.”
Moreover, Baruch adds. “When you don’t have the Book of Psalms, the hymn book of the Jewish and Christian people, and you don’t have the Prophets emphasizing repentance and God’s continuing plan for the Jews, you make room for replacement theology. We are at dramatic threshold in time for the Tanakh to be translated.”
While the ethos of the HBT is Christian, the Hebrew University has entered into partnership with the HBT because “we have a common goal in wanting to see the Hebrew Bible translated into the world’s languages,” Baruch explains. “The University has been extremely supportive of our work and has gone to bat for our students to get visas to study in the Land.”
“We do what no one else did. We bring groups of Bible translators and consultants into Israel from places like Papua New Guinea and Mongolia and teach them Biblical Hebrew – the Language of the Bible in the Land of the Bible. We train them here in Hebrew and the Land and then they go home and translate the Scriptures directly into their own language. They will do this with an understanding of their own people and culture that foreign workers and Bible translators do not have.”
It is tremendously important to HBT that the students learn on location in Israel. “Our semester course includes 18 field trips around the country. To be able to see, taste, smell and hear the Land gives a richness and depth to the students’ understanding of the Scriptures and their translations,” Baruch confirms.
Held at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School, HBT’s 20th Anniversary celebration in March was an important, defining moment.
Baruch shares: “Internationally renowned Bible scholars and consultants gathered with Hebrew University professors and HBT Alumni from Africa and the West to highlight the crucial work of translating the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) from Hebrew to other languages. It was an historic and unique event. Not since the time of Jerome in the third century, has there been such a movement to come back to the Land and translate from the original Hebrew text.”
“We are thankful to God for spearheading this work. We are now receiving much demand to expand and double our student intake and quadruple it in three-four years’ time.
Concluding, Baruch affirms,“ Not only do we have the opportunity to bring students from the nations but we are also gearing up to spread the word of God by taking Israelis who already have modern Hebrew to go out and teach Biblical Hebrew and help to train translators in the Language and Land of the Bible. This is an exciting, seismic shift in Bible translation.”
The Lord is working through HBT to fulfill His Word: The Torah will go out from Zion, the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3),
For further information about HBT and its programs:http://eng.bibletranslators.org/
Karen Faulkner is a British Israeli citizen. She has a Master's degree in Human Rights & Transitional Justice from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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Kings School of Media wins Best Documentary
Kings School of Media just won Best Documentary at the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles for their film entitled Victory in Christ!
Kings School of Media alum, Elias Nawawieh, was in Los Angeles to represent the school and accept the award on their behalf. Elias has been touring around the USA sharing the film with churches about the plight of the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
The film was created by KSM in the spring of 2015 in conjunction with Brother Andrew White and is aimed at inspiring the believer to rise up with faith to go from victims of terror to Victors in Christ! Please continue to share the film and pray for the church here in this region!
King of Kings Community is called to be a compelling, Messiah-centered, Spirit-empowered, disciple-making community revealing the true face of Yeshua (Jesus) to Israel and the nations.