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Wife of Israeli Believer Follows Husband in Faith

Maxim Katz, whose gift of reaching Holocaust survivors in Israel is truly blessed, reports that the wife of a survivor who came to faith not long ago has now taken the same step. Uncertain for some time as to where she stood, her prayer was that she might have the faith that her husband does. The Lord has answered her prayer! Maxim writes, "She attends the congregation with her husband and we are awaiting warmer weather to perform her baptism."


An Israeli wrote to our staff about their “spiritual birthday” following their decision to believe in Yeshua. “I am happy that I have been baptised on Easter Sunday. After so many years of searching and spiritual work, it is all coming together for me with the acceptance of Yeshua, not just as Messiah and Lamb but as the enabler of the connection to God. Well, words might not be the best media to describe this, yet the question ‘why do we need Jesus to get to God’ is now resolved for me and I find it so incredible.... How amazing, mysterious and uncompromising is God’s transformation of us humans...”. Please continue to pray for “HN”


Celebrate Messiah outreach worker Jay was invited to be the travelling “Rabbi” on a cruise over Passover. He was able to bring his wife and children all expenses paid which was an incredible blessing. During a Seder for the Jewish travellers on board, Jay shared his faith and the deeper revelation of Yeshua hidden in the meal. Most were very open to listening. Relationships grew from that night, and Jay got to share about Yeshua with one of the Jewish travellers in more depth, and throughout the week in conversation with many who came to the Seder. One beautiful elderly couple in their nineties had many questions about Yeshua and God.

The next Friday night Jay held an erev Shabbat service and almost everybody from the Seder turned up. Jay finished up with a drash (brief sermon) from the Torah portion which included a challenge to approach God not through our own means or ways, but through the way He provided. Then he read Isaiah 53 and discussions broke out. Praise God for this amazing ministry opportunity. Several of the Jewish couples shared their contact details and said they’d visit the Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation when in Melbourne.


A Messiah in the Passover Seder in a very small western Sydney church was a great evening and a wonderful example of how Celebrate Messiah partners with churches to assist their outreach to their local community. Many ethnic groups of all ages came, including a Filipino musician the church only met on street outreach the day before. So, he was invited to come and lead the singing; the only songs he knew: Amazing Grace and Hava Nagila. The world mix included Indigenous Australians, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Finnish, German, Swedish, refugees from Afghanistan and even an Israeli backpacker. Some had limited understanding of English, but all came away with a deeper understanding of Yeshua, God’s solution for our salvation. Please pray for the Israeli backpacker as he travels in Australia.


The Beit Sar Shalom team also ran a children’s camp for 50 young people. The main theme was Becoming the Nation of God. Since Passover was the birth of the Jewish nation, it was a great opportunity to share with the children what it meant to be the Nation of God. Firstly escaping from Egypt, then being merciful to people who come from other cultures, to the nation of Israel. Further teaching was on the obstacles that prevent us from becoming more God-like. And finally, saying the only chance to be close to God is through Yeshua the Messiah.


Maxim K reports from Israel about a special Passover celebration in Sderot, just a few kilometres from the Gaza border. Celebrate Messiah’s partner ministry in Israel Beit Sar Shalom had the privilege of organising a Passover Seder banquet for more than 50 Holocaust survivors in Sderot. The main point was to share about Yeshua, who was the promised Passover lamb. Working with these people now for a long time, there’s a perceptible change in the way they accept the information. Everyone left with a full heart, and stomach. The sad point, however, is that they’re getting older and weaker at each meeting. Please pray that God would open their hearts to recognise Yeshua as Messiah, and to receive the message of salvation.


The name of Yeshua was proclaimed and lifted high in the heart of Jewish Melbourne when 450 people packed St Kilda Town Hall to celebrate the redemption from bondage of the Jewish people from Pharoah more than 3000 years ago. Many Jewish people heard for the first time that when Yeshua walked the earth around 1200 years after the Exodus, he was to become the Passover lamb who takes away the sin of the world, and be the redeemer for people of all nations, Jew and Gentile. Feedback from this year’s event was overwhelmingly positive, and the team effort of volunteers was characteristic of the unity in our Messianic community. In setting up the hall for the Seder, not-yet believing Israelis worked alongside Iranian believers as well as folks from many other nations and denominations. A successful Seder was also held at the Northridge Vineyard Fellowship in Sydney with around 180 people.


Fruit from Celebrate Messiah's efforts to reach Holocaust survivors has mainly come from the Russian Jewish community. An estimated 25,000 Russian Jews live in Melbourne, with many comingin the early 1990s after the Berlin Wall came down. Our outreach to the community today includes a monthly lunch, a Shabbat service and visiting people in nursing homes and private homes during the week, with a dedicated, loving team of volunteers led by our outreach worker, Rita. We are now strongly believing that the children and grandchildren of survivors will also want to get to know their Messiah, Yeshua.


An elderly couple, who fled Germany during the Nazi's control, recently welcomed their 100th offspring: another great-grandchild. The couple helped to build a kibbutz in the lower Galilee and welcomed many Holocaust survivors to make their way and settle in Israel after World War II. "This is our answer to Hitler. He tried to wipe us out and here we have brought the 100th great-grandchild into the Covenant of Abraham," Ynet News reported. Please pray for life and protection for other Holocaust survivors who came to Israel after the war, and started a new life.

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