Prayer for Israel | Wednesday September 16, 2015
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Dear Friends,

I would like to begin by wishing you all a very Happy Jewish New Year. On Sunday evening, Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets) began. It is a time of celebration, feasting with one’s family and friends, and, for many of our Jewish people, a time to begin reflecting on the sin in our lives as Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is soon approaching. Please be in prayer for the Jewish people during these “Days of Awe” and this holiday season, that the Lord will remove the blinders from their eyes to see that atonement can only truly come through the acceptance of Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross. And may you and they have a sweet and joyful New Year (5776)!

We have been so very blessed by your prayers and encouragement over the last month in the midst of the 2015 Behold Your God Israel Campaign. There were certainly some struggles experienced by the team in the South Shore region, with a greater resistance to the gospel than we’ve seen in some of our previous campaigns. However, our team is far from giving up. They are busy following up on the 476 contacts who expressed an earnest desire to know more about Messiah. Please continue to pray for the hearts of those who expressed an interest in the Lord to continue to be open to the good news.

Israeli Massah: Trekking through India and Peru

The Israeli Massah Team Headed to Peru

While the campaigners were on the streets of Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Sderot, our Israeli Massah teams were in training and gearing up for their outreach trips to Peru and India. Each year, the Massah (Journey) program offers the opportunity for Israeli Jewish believers, ages 19-26, to join together in community as they engage in Bible study, prayer, worship and creative outreach, and brainstorm new ways to reach Israelis with the gospel. After two weeks of training, the two teams (six people to India and nine to Peru) left early last week to reach Israeli backpackers with the good news of their Messiah.

Eli, the head of our Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the overseer of the Moishe Rosen Center, stated that, “This year’s training seemed to be a lot easier than in years before. We have a mature group of people who really want to learn. We really pushed the bar this year with the caliber of great teachers and a good number of testimonies from local leaders. After we surveyed the participants, most of the sessions scored high both in relevance and delivery. It is a great blessing to see our fifth Israeli Massah go out! We are blessed to be able to bless these young followers of Jesus and challenge them to go out and spread the good news.”

During the training, the teams also have times of street outreach and worship. During one of these outreaches, the team set up a “Thank You” wall and asked passersby to write what they were thankful for. Over the two weeks, the teams were able to have 135 conversations with unbelievers about the Lord! Below are a couple of testimonies from these times of outreach:

Simon, one of the team members, reports: “Saturday night, on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, I metMichael from Ramla (a town near the Ben Gurion airport). He was very confused and wanted to understand how it is possible for a Jew to believe in Jesus. We started talking about the essence of the Bible and I challenged him to see if he himself fits into God’s biblical standard. He confessed that he doesn’t. When sharing with him the need for an atoning sacrifice, and the fact that we don’t have the temple anymore, he finished my sentence saying, ‘The answer is the Messiah.’ He was very interested and wanted to read more. I am very hopeful that God will work in him. Please pray that the seed in his heart will grow and bear fruit.” 

David Minsky, one of our missionaries and a leader on the Peru team, reports: “I spoke to Niv, a young guy who happened to know a bit about the story of Jesus. He was deeply interested in the way my faith is expressed in daily life. I shared with him how the price paid for my sins was a reason for me to consider following Jesus, His example, and His will for my life. I tried challenging him on that. He shared that his view of ‘good and evil’ led him to be more open to experiencing life rather than measuring and cataloguing it in some way. We both had great interest in listening to each other, but his heart was not open to the gospel. I trust God to work with what we shared.”

Conversations like David and Niv’s are all too often the norm when sharing with young Israelis. They are open to listening, but often closed to beliefs that don’t fit into their personal worldview. Please pray for Niv, and others like him, to have a softened heart to the gospel and be willing to realize that Yeshua is the truth.

Prayer Points  

  • Your prayers and continued partnership is what makes these gospel interactions and mission trips for young Israeli believers a possibility. Please be in prayer for the following:
  • Safe travels and protection over each of our Israeli Massah teams (in Peru and in India)
  • For these young men and women to grow in their relationship with the Lord during this time 
  • For the teams to have boldness and love when sharing with the people they meet along the journey
  • For the ears of young Israelis to be open to hearing the good News, and for a softened heart to accept the Lord’s loving sacrifice

May the Lord bring you a sweet and plentiful Jewish New Year, and may we all see a mighty harvest in the year ahead.

Your brother in Messiah,

Dan Sered

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