WORKING NONSTOP ON THE FRONTLINE OF UKRAINE TO HELP REFUGEES
One of our Ukrainian-born Jewish missionaries has been working twenty hours a day helping people in Ukraine since the invasion of Russia. You may be not aware, but there were about 15,000 Israelis living in Ukraine before the invasion began. When the sky over Ukraine closed due to the war, it became extremely difficult to evacuate people. They had to stand in line in terrible icy conditions for thirty, forty, or even as many as fifty hours just to cross the border, often with small children in their arms. Millions of Ukrainians have become refugees. In cooperation with Christians in Poland, our missionary was able to evacuate more than one hundred people in the first week of the war. At the same time, he has been in constant connection with The Jewish Agency, who has given him the names and locations of people in need of help. We are assisting them to find lodging in Lviv in western Ukraine. Local churches are partnering with our team there as well. In just the first couple of days, these churches provided places to stay for seventy people. Our staff member receives daily phone calls from Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and West Ukraine—everyday people are ready to provide food, finances, transportation, and legal assistance. He has never seen such unity among Christians of all denominations helping both Jews and Gentiles to escape the atrocities of the war.
Please!!! Pray for the end of this war. Pray for the refugees! Pray for us to have strength to help people. Pray for peace in Ukraine and Jerusalem.
FIRST-TIME ORTHODOX JEWISH CAMPERS ATOUR MESSIANIC KID’S CAMP!
We all know camp is unique and special every year. This year, that special uniqueness came in the form of two of the sweetest, coolest, but not-yet-believing Orthodox Jewish kids! This camp was the first time that these young campers had ever studied the words of Jesus with believers. They kept commenting on how Jewish the words of Jesus are. It is a huge step in the right direction! They also heard some compelling messages from the speakers on one’s desperate need for Messiah even if you are rich, young, and powerful in the eyes of this world, especially on social media.
Jesus’ message resonated with them, spoke to their souls, and challenged them to consider the truth of the gospel. One message also inspired a forty-minute follow-up conversation on salvation between one of the kids and a counselor. Yet another counselor had the opportunity to speak with the other kid who ended up saying, “I have a lot to think about.” All the counsellors and directors, many of whom are missionaries with Chosen People Ministries, were so proud to see our own Messianic kids warmly welcoming these two campers, initiating conversations, playing with them, and honestly, just treating them like any other camper!
REACHING JEWISH TRAVELLERS AND BELIEVERS IN JAPAN
In recent years, God has placed a vision in the heart of one of our staff to establish a branch of our mission in Japan. Today, there is a Jewish community in Japan that numbers a few thousand. Most of them are Israelis or Jewish people from Russia or the United States who are working or studying in Japan. There are also three active Chabad Orthodox houses there. Two of them are active synagogues. Over a period of several years, our missionary has laboured to realise this vision of extending Chosen People Ministries’ reach to Japan.
Just a few days ago, our missionary held the first team meeting consisting of Japanese and Jewish believers to fulfill the vision of bringing the good news of Jesus the Messiah to the Japanese Jewish community. Please keep this new team and their goals in your prayers. Pray that God will not only bring the gospel to Jewish people in Japan, but that our team connects with churches in Japan to equip and enrich them with a deeper understanding of the Bible from a Jewish perspective.
SOWING KINGDOM SEEDS IN A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING SUPPORT GROUP
For some time, one of our Russian-Jewish missionaries has been leading and sowing kingdom seeds in a Russian-speaking support group for parents whose children are drug-dependent. Many of these parents are Jewish. Recently, the addicts have begun to attend the sessions with their parents! Praise the Lord! As you can imagine, this is a special and major leap forward in their rehabilitation.
It is so rewarding to see how Yeshua the Messiah is breaking down strongholds and bringing immense change into people’s lives as our staff member is faithfully cultivating the Lord’s harvest. What a mighty witness to the name of Yeshua. Additionally, our missionary was given her own program on a secular Russian-American television show, where she recently had the opportunity to speak openly about the Messiah.
People call after each program desperate for a word of encouragement or good news. Pray that these programs can continue!
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