Shalom in our Messiah!
Happy New Year! Your Mission to the Jewish People is now entering our 126th year of ministry. We had many wonderful celebrations for our 125th year including conferences, banquets, and evangelistic ministries in New York, Israel, and around the globe.
We spoke to more than 5,000 Jewish people about Jesus during our summer outreach in New York City and housed almost 2,000 young Israelis traveling in New Zealand who heard the gospel through our staff and volunteers. We also met almost 10,000 Jewish people online, many of whom asked for the free copy of our evangelistic book, Isaiah 53 Explained, in English and Hebrew!
Our I Found Shalom video testimonies were viewed by millions!
We prayed with Jewish people to receive Jesus as their Savior everywhere from New York City to Tel Aviv, as well as Jerusalem, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, and in many other countries around the world.
What a year, and by God’s grace we have now expanded our ministries into nineteen countries!
Last year, we took every opportunity to honor our spiritual forefathers who laid a solid and lasting foundation for Chosen People Ministries. But now, it is time to pivot toward the future and look ahead to the opportunities for Jewish evangelism in 2020 and beyond!
After all, we really do not know how much time we have until Jesus returns.
Do you believe we are in the end times? I do, and let me tell you why.
- Israel now has the largest population of Jewish people in the world.
- Israel is surrounded by enemies—especially the new coalition between Iran, Russia, and Syria in the north. This is especially dangerous, and we need to keep our eyes open and focus our prayers on this concerning situation.
- Missiles continue to rain on Israel from Gaza, again funded by Iran.
- Internally, Israel is in deep trouble because it has been unable to elect a prime minister, which creates instability within the country.
Followers of Jesus have been expecting His return at any moment since the day He ascended. I cannot imagine that Peter, Paul, and the other apostles thought it would take more than 2,000 years. The fact that we have expected His return in every generation since the ascension does not mean we can become lax and not eagerly await His return today!
I still believe the Lord is coming soon! In fact, according to Zechariah 12:10, where the prophet tells us that Israel will ultimately look to the one who was pierced, Jerusalem needs to be in Jewish hands for this prophecy to be fulfilled. This happened, of course, in 1967!
When speaking of His return, it is true that “of that day and hour no one knows” (Matthew 24:36), but we should not ignore the obvious signs of the times!
There is a growing remnant of Jewish people in Israel and around the world starting to believe in Jesus. There are probably more Jewish believers in the world now than ever before with an increasing number of Messianic Jewish believers in the Holy Land. There are more than 150 congregations in Israel, and thousands of young Israelis are now serving the Lord….in the Land! This is clearly a sign of His soon return in light of what Paul wrote in Romans 11:25–29!
Chosen People Ministries is in the midst of this exciting time through our ministries in Jerusalem, Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv), Galilee, and northern Israel.
I believe we need to preach the good news to the Jewish people more intensively than ever before!
Next Steps in 2020
This is exactly what your Mission to the Jewish People plans to do in 2020!
And this is why we are initiating our To the Jew First Campaign, based upon Romans 1:16, where Paul said, “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.”
We will focus on three critical areas:
We are intensifying our outreach in the Holy Land—doing more and more as the Lord enables. We hope one day soon to purchase a center in Tel Aviv. For now, renting a center in the heart of Ramat Gan, one of the largest, most populated, but unreached suburbs in Israel. This has been an exciting venture as we continue to reach younger and more secular Israelis each week through our concerts, Bible studies, evangelistic lectures, and Sabbath dinners.
There were almost forty people who are not yet believers at our last outreach Sabbath dinner, along with protestors standing outside the doors of our little center in Ramat Gan!
We now have more than twenty staff serving the Lord in Israel, and most of them are native Israelis. Our efforts among Holocaust survivors, children’s camps, congregational planting, and much more is all going well! Thank you for your prayers and for your ongoing support for this work in Israel.
We are maximizing the use of digital media in Israel, the United States, and around the globe for the gospel.
We now have more than one hundred testimonies of Jewish believers online.
Our Isaiah 53 campaign continues, and we are meeting lots of Jewish seekers online! The campaign costs about five dollars per book, including advertising and shipping costs.
This year we will send out more than 10,000 Hebrew Isaiah 53 Explained books to Israelis!
We also developed a full range of online discipleship Bible studies so Jewish people seeking the Lord can study the Bible and grow in their faith once they become believers.
The Joshua Initiative
Finally, we are increasing our efforts around the globe to train young believers to serve the Lord.
This is what we call the Joshua Initiative.
This includes those seriously studying the Word of God and learning more about Jewish evangelism at our Charles L. Feinberg Seminary program in Brooklyn. Thank God, our beloved supporters enabled us to purchase the Feinberg Center’s facility without debt!
You can tell how excited I am about entering 2020 and beginning our 126th year of Jewish ministry!
I would rather be disappointed if He does not come today, tomorrow, or even this year. I still believe we need to do all we can with the greatest sense of urgency to proclaim the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles each and every day.
So, call me a fanatic! I suppose I am and if you want to know why, please watch my testimony on our I Found Shalom web site and you will know why!
Please join me with your prayers and efforts in reaching out to a dark and broken world—to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.
Have a Happy New Year and know that our staff loves and appreciates you. We could not do all we do without your partnership.
Blessings in 2020—however long we have to enjoy it!
Your brother and fellow fanatic,
Mitch (Romans 1:16)