A friend of mine in Israel told me a few months ago, “Mitch, the focus of God’s work among the Jewish people in the future is going to be Israel.” I could not agree more!
The Jewish population in Israel has surpassed that of the United States, although New York City still has the single largest concentration of Jewish people in the world. The miraculous growth in the number of Jewish people in the Holy Land reminds me of the glorious promise in Isaiah 2:2–3.
Today, we see this prophecy in the process of fulfillment. God’s chosen people, after thousands of years of dispersion, are returning to Israel—almost seven million of the more than fifteen million Jewish people in the world today are now in the Promised Land.
Yet, the Word of the Lord still needs to be proclaimed to the Jewish people, both within and outside of Israel.
We continue to wait for the great day when the majority of Jewish people will turn to Jesus (Romans 11:25ff). At that time, Jesus will reign as Messianic King over all nations! I believe this day is coming soon, and what is happening in Israel today gives me hope for tomorrow.
Still, the Jewish people in Israel and around the world desperately need to turn to Jesus—Yeshua—the one true Messiah! Once this happens, the marvelous promise will be fulfilled!
CHOSEN PEOPLE MINISTRIES’ OUTREACH CENTER IN GREATER TEL AVIV
By God’s grace, we have extensive ministries in the Holy Land.
A couple of years ago, we rented a 1,600-square-foot commercial space in the heart of Ramat Gan that is only a 15-minute walk from Tel Aviv. This urban “suburb” has more than 200,000 people, and an additional 100,000–150,000 people if you include the surrounding areas.
Apart from our staff, there are no missionaries serving these communities.
A broad spectrum of Israelis live in Ramat Gan, including religious and secular Jews, Russian-speaking immigrants, and lots of children and youth, most of whom come from a secular background.
You can be sure that when you share the gospel with an Israeli in Ramat Gan that they are more than likely hearing this message for the first time!
We serve the local community through our Bible studies and once-a-month gatherings for a large Sabbath meal, which draws a full house of eighty-plus millennials each time—many of whom are seeking the Lord. We also host a women’s group, evangelistic lectures and concerts, as well as Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year. Hopefully, sometime in the near future we will begin the process of planting a new congregation.
Could you imagine living in a dense area of more than 300,000 people without a church to attend?
We have four staff workers engaged in the effort to reach this community and the many who also live in Tel Aviv! I am directly involved through mentoring the team, evangelistic work, and discipleship.
Please pray for our new missionary who is an Israeli, a husband, and a father of two small children. Also pray for the team—Rachel, Robin, Jason, and David.
Serving this community is a natural next step for Chosen People Ministries in Israel, known as Beth Sar Shalom in the Holy Land, which means House of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We believe that many secular Israelis are open to the gospel.
In Israel we continue to:
- Offer the Isaiah 53 Explained book through Hebrew Facebook ads, which attract hundreds of Israeli seekers asking for the book each month
- Reach out to elderly Holocaust survivors who are passing away at such a high rate that we expect there to be virtually no survivors left within a decade, or sooner
- To train leaders, conduct camping programs for hundreds of children, and more!
We pour more than a million dollars every year into this ministry and believe it is worth every penny. Israel must become a primary focus for all Jewish ministries. We cannot do this without your prayers and support.