Greetings and Shalom! We are now approaching the biblical New Year…that’s right, the month of Nisan commences on March 14th this year, and is the first month of the biblical calendar (Exodus 12:2). In just a few weeks, we welcome Passover, when communities and families all over the world will empty their homes from yeast and other leaven and host seder meals (a festive liturgy and storytelling accompanied by unique foods).
I am certainly experiencing a new season. Our family moved from Israel to Jacksonville, FL last August, we started building relationships within a new community, and are progressing with new purpose for our Kingdom assignment for Tikkun America and Restoration From Zion. Thank you so much for your prayers to establish us here! Please continue to intercede for us.
We are already experiencing much fruit! Just this past week, my wife and I participated in an Israeli Flag Dedication Ceremony for a local missions training agency called Go To Nations. The fascinating thing about this particular missions agency (then under a different name “Calvary International”) is that they helped to educate and equip many of the emissaries sent out in the early days of Beth Messiah Congregation. During an explosive season, Beth Messiah sent out about 40 families and individuals into the mission field! Go To Nations trained many of them in friendraising, budgeting, cultural engagement, emotional health, and much more.
The Israeli Flag Dedication was significant because Go To Nations made a covenant to stand with the people of Israel (and against anti-semitism). Israel and the Jewish people are being emphasized as a priority, and they are committed to teach the nations of the importance of Israel and the Jewish people toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. During my spot, I shared how Israel only has about 20,000 Jewish believers in Yeshua — this is considered an unreached people group by every major evangelistic agency. I then exhorted the attendees and staff to pick up the mandate to pray for the salvation of Israel and to share the Good News. Paul Wilbur also shared from Romans 11 and led us in some worship. It was a poignant time.
In a few weeks, I will be co-leading a Passover seder with one of the campuses for Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL. This is the same campus that I mentioned in last month’s letter. We will be presenting the seder using Hebrews 13:8 as a template, that “Yeshua is the same yesterday, today, and for eternity.” Please pray that the special nature of our unity continues to develop and that we have an encounter with the Presence of God together during the seder.
Thank you for continuing to pray for these and other similar efforts.