Rebecca Finds Her Jewish Messiah!
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.”
We thank the Lord for He has done great things! My wife, Janet, and I are planting a Messianic congregation in New York City, utilizing space in the New York Chinese Alliance Church: Messiah’s Lighthouse. A Messianic congregation in a Chinese church? Yes – and God is at work, building His Church in the heart of Manhattan, through the ministry of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. (*Did you know there are over two million Jewish people living in the vicinity of New York City?) We are thankful for so many things, one being the willingness of Pastor Leung to allow us a meeting space for our weekly Shabbat service and our Bible study.
On Friday, November 23, we held our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Shabbat service. Fifty-five people attended - including 8 unsaved Jewish people, and 5 unsaved Gentiles! Baruch HaShem! Praise God! We are thankful to be able to interact with these unbelievers: answer questions, get to know them, visit them, and invite them back to find out more about Messiah Jesus. One expressed a desire for me to visit and answer questions. Messiah’s Lighthouse Congregation is growing, but the work is not easy as there are so many cultural and religious barriers to overcome. Recently, several Jewish people have come to salvation in Messiah Jesus, including Rebecca, the elderly mom of one of our congregants and also Barbara. Pray that the enemy will not steal the seed and that they will grow in the Lord. Our Bible study on Tuesday evening is in the book of Philippians and many in the congregation are memorizing scripture.
Pray also for these people, to who we are reaching out: Esther; Mindy; June (Jewish) and George (Gentile).
*New York City has one of the densest Jewish populations in the world. Our potential reach is tremendous: worldwide only .3 of 1% of Jewish people are saved.
Our C&MA DNA includes a burden for the Jewish people, as stated in our founding program on April 16, 1897, on day 3, “The Jew First”, from page 98 of “All for Jesus”, by Robert L. Niklaus, John S. Sawin, Samuel J. Stoesz:. (SEE OUR PHOTO ON THIS BLOG FOR THE ACTUAL PAGE)
Work for the Uplifting of Christian Life.
Work for the Sick and suffering
Work of the Printed Page
Work for the Neglected classes at Home
The Open Doors at Home
7:30-9:30 P.M. Our Work for Israel and the Heathen World
The Jew First
The Pre-eminent Obligation to Evangelize the World
The World’s Need
The Possibility of the World’s Immediate Evangelization
“Let us go up and possess the land.”
Dr. Simpson reports from the field: “Turning now to a review of particular fields our attention is naturally called in the divine order, first to Palestine.” A report then follows of both work among the Jewish people and the Arabs. After this report reports are given regarding our other mission fields. Pages 13-15 A further report is given later in that Annual meeting by the Committee On Jewish Work. The Committee submits the following:
- That if possible a small space be secured in the Alliance Weekly for the continuous presentation of facts and phases of Jewish work.
- That Mrs. T.C. rounds have oversight and selection of the material to be offered for such publication.
- That the work among the Jews may be constantly brought before the members of the Alliance as an essential part of our work in the Gospel.
- That any members of the Alliance who may be used of God among the Jews individually, will thus find some help in the work and know to whom to apply for literature or assistance.
Mrs. T. C., Rounds Chairman.
J. B. Thornton, Secretary. Page 67
To see MORE on Dr. Simpson's views on Israel, check out our website tab, under Resources: http://www.awakeoisrael.org/resources
Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” The Jewish people must come to know the power of God’s salvation the same way we all do, through the power of the Gospel.
It is our desire and prayer that we may be of help to YOU as you consider reaching Jewish people in your neighborhood and family. Consider contacting us for a presentation in your church, we have a packet of information we can send to you. Also, our website is a tool for you to use with unbelieving Jewish people: www.awakeoisrael.org
Romans 10:1, 2 “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.”
“My people are not unreachable, they are just unreached.”©