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"Ela,* is an Israeli girl that your prayer and support is helping reach with the Gospel," says staff member, Stephen A. You can tell that her time at the Zula Lodge in New Zealand had an impact by what she wrote in the guestbook:

Right at the first moment when I arrived at the Zula, I felt at home. Something in me just calmed down. I didn't know yet how this place would soon become a real home for me. This is the first place I felt like this after six months of travels, and this is not just because the Zula facilities are so amazing. It is because of the special family that you are. Thanks for not only opening your house to me and including me in all your daily routines, but more than that, for opening your hearts and really letting me feel that I belong in the most natural and generous way. These days with you were a unique opportunity to learn and get to know a different way to live life in this world... Thanks for making me ask questions and having the patience to answer them too. You are, without a doubt, a big and meaningful part of my trip around the world, and of my life journey. Stephen said, "It was such an amazing opportunity for us to talk with Ela more about the Gospel in Isaiah 53, and live out our faith before her eyes."


Young Jewish man Adam* from Perth walked into the worship service at Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation Shabbat meeting, having heard the music while walking past. After the meeting he approached leaders to ask questions. During the exchange he expressed that he was a musician himself, and much preferred the upbeat nature of the service compared with the more sombre liturgical experiences he'd had within Orthodox Jewish synagogues. He also spoke to some young leaders, and numbers and facebook details were exchanged. Adam has since been in contact, and has agreed to come along on a camping trip with some of the young adults. Please pray for Adam, that God continues to draw him to the Jewish Messiah.


Celebrate Messiah worker Max was on his way home from the office and went to the petrol station in the heart of Jewish Melbourne to top up with fuel. While at the pump, an elderly Jewish lady asked if he could help locate the fuel door release on her brand new Hyundai. He couldn't find it inside the car, so searched Google for the answer. As he was doing this, the woman said the words "Yeshua HaMashiach" taking Max by surprise. Then Max realised that he was wearing a T-Shirt made for our National Messianic Simcha Conference with those very words on it (Jesus the Messiah in Hebrew). The woman asked if Max was Jewish and he explained that yes, he is a Jew who believes that Yeshua is the Messiah. Meanwhile Max worked out how to open the fuel door and the lady thanked him for his help. We are praying that God's hand was upon this divine appointment with the opportunity to help this elderly lady, and that a seed was planted in her heart to seek the Jewish Messiah.


An Israeli Anat* who visited the Thanksgiving celebration at Canberra's Hiney Yeshua congregation, had an interesting discussion with one of the congregants. He was concerned he might have offended her by shaking her hand and offering a hug, but that's not what offended her. She said that was fine, what she had a problem with was, "You are using our dance to worship your God!" Leader Robert guessed that she was actually provoked to jealousy, just a little. She actually considered coming to the Hanukkah celebration at the park, but it was a really hot day. Robert asks for prayer that she'll come again and be open to talk.


Maxim organised a three-day meeting in Jerusalem with 12 Holocaust survivors from different parts of the country: Ofakim, Sderot, Hadera, and Haifa. "We noticed changes in many people and namely in their attitude towards God and their life in general," Maxim rejoiced. One couple told how they witnessed God's deeds in their lives. Ella told how her life was changed and how she started to pray to God during the whole day. The group gathered to contemplate the Word of God, on the topic of Purim – the story of the salvation of the Jewish people. One of the guests said that he wanted to believe in God. However, he had some kind of conflict in his heart. Please remember him, and the other Holocaust survivors, in your prayers.

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