Global Conference on Russian Jewish Church Planting
WARSAW, POLAND, SEPTEMBER 14-18
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In 1928, The International Missionary Council – Christian Approach to the Jews sponsored a conference. This group would eventually merge into the World Council of Churches and they lost their evangelistic emphasis because of the horrors of the Holocaust and growing theological liberalism.
Not since 1928, less than two decades before the Holocaust that annihilated more than six million Jewish people, has there been a gathering of Messianic Jewish believers of the scale that recently took place in Warsaw, Poland.
The first evening provided a time of fellowship. The following day was filled with various teaching seminars covering subjects of great interest to Messianic Jews. The sessions and discussions focused the twin identities of modern Messianic Jews who are linked to both the church and the Jewish community. All of the speakers were Russian-speaking Messianic Jews, hailing from Ukraine, Russia, and the republics of the former Soviet Union (FSU). Currently, they are living in Israel, Germany, the U.S., Canada and many other countries across the globe. Additionally, a sizable majority of the conference participants still live in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other parts of the FSU.
Today, there are close to 200 Russian Messianic congregations in existence as well as hundreds, if not thousands of Messianic Russian-speaking Jewish followers of Jesus who worship in local evangelical churches and congregations in Israel.
There is great interest among this new Russian Messianic movement in recapturing their Jewish heritage that was threatened during the 70-plus years of communist rule.