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Friday, December 21, 2007

Great Report from Israel

The following came from the Chosen People Minsitries I have mentioned before:

Dear friend,

Shalom! As the year draws to a close, I am thanking God for all He has done through Chosen People Ministries in 2007. We are so grateful for your partnership in reaching Jewish people for Jesus!

May I share with you an exciting report from one of our staff members in Israel?

Recently, the staff was approached by a network of Holocaust survivors living in the northern region of Israel. They had heard about us and that we had provided food and other supplies for hundreds of refugees who had left the North for the safety of the southern part of Israel during the terrible war in 2006. During that time, we used the Messianic Center as the staging ground to help these temporarily homeless Israelis.

This Holocaust survivor network asked if we could plan a "Fun Day" for the 150 older people within their group. The wonderful thing is that they initiated this contact even though they knew we were believers in Messiah. Of course we accepted—with surprise and thankfulness.

We took them to the Western Wall and to the Mount of Olives, explaining their Biblical significance. Many had questions when we told them about Jesus the Jewish Messiah, who also walked these very hills and streets to the Temple. The pinnacle of the day was when we brought them to a beautiful moshav (settlement) outside of Jerusalem. After lunch, we settled down for a piano concert from one of our staff members as well as some discussion about our faith in Jesus and why we loved hosting them for the day. This was met with a hearty round of applause and thanks.

As they were about to leave, the leader of the network stood up and graciously thanked us for the day. She was overwhelmed, saying she had never expected such care, special planning and kindness. She also made a point of mentioning that, during World War II, it was true Christians who saved most of the people in the group. I was thrilled to witness how these people responded to the next generation of believers in Jesus. It was a very special moment, and there was not a dry eye in the room.

The 150 older people stood up and gave our staff a standing ovation. As they boarded the buses back home, we were able to smile and say good-bye to all. We also gave each one a Bible, an evangelistic magazine called "My Jerusalem" and a small gift. The lady asked if we could do this again and, I might add, she is not a believer—yet!

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support in 2007. If you would like to send in a final gift for the year—this is a good opportunity to do so. You can send it right now through the web or mail it in. The gift will count for 2007 if it is postmarked or sent securely online no later than December 31. You might also want to read our special Year-End Giving Report about the many wonderful benefits available to you when you make a gift before December 31.

May you have a wonderful and Jesus-filled holiday!

Your brother,

Mitch Glaser

P.S. The response to our Daniel Fuchs Matching Grant has been so generous that we have already matched the $50,000. However, we now have another $25,000 available: this means that your gift can be matched dollar for dollar through December 31!

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