Shalom from New York City! We continue to rejoice in all the Lord is doing to touch the lives of Jewish people around the world through the work of Chosen People Ministries. He is faithful and we see many Jewish people opening their hearts to the Messiah.
We are seeing a new openness especially among Israeli young adults. I want to tell you how excited I am about this movement of the Holy Spirit. We have now mailed over 8,000 Hebrew Isaiah 53 Explained books to Israelis who requested them through our Hebrew Facebook ads running in Israel.
I recently visited our outreach center in Ramat Gan and saw what God is doing with my own eyes! Between a concert and a Sabbath dinner, we had more than one hundred Israeli young adults, most of whom were believers, in attendance. These young Israelis have an incredible hunger for God and His Word.
There is also so much happening outside of Israel I wanted to take a moment and tell you about what is happening around the globe. As you probably know, Israeli young men serve three years in the army, and women serve two years. When they complete their military service, they usually travel around the world for six to nine months. They then return home to go to college or enter the work force.
These former soldiers are all quite open to new experiences during their travels. They travel not only for the opportunity to enjoy other countries and cultures, but also to broaden their spiritual horizons!
NEW ZEALAND AND HUMMUS
Let me tell you a little more about our ministry in New Zealand. We have an Israeli guesthouse located in Wanaka, Albert Town in the middle of the South Island, a resort area famous for its Middle Earth vistas, world-class hikes, skiing and snowboarding, bungee jumping, skydiving, and extreme sports. The guesthouse, called Zula Lodge, opened in 2015 and continues to thrive. By God’s grace, our team has spoken to thousands of young Israelis about the Lord while they were staying at the ministry house. We are now in the process of following up with the many who stayed with us over the last month.
Our staff is engaged with Israelis all day long. They hike with them in the daytime; and during the evenings, they chat and play board games and musical instruments, often late into the night. Each week, we host a Sabbath (Friday night) dinner, which is a highlight, and regularly host “Hummus Nights” where we eat hummus and talk about Jesus. You cannot imagine the number of gospel conversations taking place over pita bread dipped in homemade hummus!
ISRAELIS IN ASIA
New Zealand, India, Germany, and many other countries are where you would expect Israelis to travel—but these places are not alone in providing opportunities to share the gospel with wandering Israelis. We are now seeing an increase in the number of young Israelis traveling throughout Asia—especially China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong—where we have staff and volunteers ready to meet them with the love of the Messiah.
OUR PRAYERS AND PARTNERSHIP
We are so grateful for your prayers and support. We could not do this without you!
We know that it is God who provides through His people and we are grateful for all He does through you.
Thank you for being part of the family and for caring about the gospel going out to the Jewish people!