Updates from Blessing Israeli Believers

June 13, 2017

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June, 2017

 

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A word from our co-founder Dov Schwarz:

 

Dear Partners of Blessing Israeli Believers,

 

We just celebrated the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) here in Israel! In the Torah this was a feast of harvest between the LORD and Israel. You see, Shavuot in Hebrew literally means "weeks"-this is the Feast of Weeks as it is seven weeks after the Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread. It is also called the "second Firstfruits". Our Lord Yeshua resurrected on the "first Firstfruits". In the New Covenant Scriptures the Lord is called the First fruits of the resurrection and we who are born of His Spirit are called a kind of first fruits:

 

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. I Corinthians 15:20

 

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1:18

 

In the Old Testament they were required to bring the first of the harvest and offer it to the LORD as a sacrifice. Then and today it is important to acknowledge that He who brought the first of the harvest is also the One who brings the rest of the harvest.

 

There were many ceremonies attached to this feast but one that stands out in my heart is the waving of two loaves with leaven. This is a bit unusual and I think, as some others do, that this represents Jew and Gentile who are saved by Messiah Jesus.

 

You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. Leviticus 23:17

 

Often in the Bible sin is pictured by leaven. These two loaves with leaven may represent Jew and Gentile both with leaven, yet both holy before the LORD due to the cleansing of the blood of the Lamb. Now because of His righteousness they are acceptable before our Father in heaven!

 

It was almost 2,000 years ago on Shavuot when the Holy Spirit birth of this New Covenant born again body began in Israel! Think of it, after all this time here we are back in the Land! Just like that day in Acts 2-once again Jews and Gentiles who love the God of Israel Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) are here, not only in Jerusalem, but all over Israel in one accord having been baptized by the Holy Spirit!

 

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4

 

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39

We celebrated Shavuot with a group of friends on our patio overlooking the Sea of Galilee and enjoyed a grand time of worship music and a wonderful meal together. How special it was to stand with a dear brother in Messiah and together read and teach about Acts 2. Amazingly, a strong wind began to blow through the majestic old trees that are in our back yard overlooking the Sea of Galilee! Truly, it is such a special hour to be an Israeli Believer in

 

Messiah Yeshua. Your participation in the work we're doing here in the land is truly a blessing and makes a great difference. We pray the blessings of Genesis 12:3 over your homes, and churches.

 

Shavuot greetings and thanks to our Blessing Israeli Believers Brothers and Sisters in the Nations!

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

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May 4, 2017

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May, 2017

 

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An Update from Oded Shoshani, Pastor - King of Kings Hebrew Congregation, Jerusalem

Single mother B continues to work as a nurse in the internal medicine department of the local hospital.
She recently took a test to try to advance her career. Please pray that she passes. She is very grateful for the help of Blessing Israeli Believers and grateful to know that you are thinking about her. She asks for prayer for her three children who are not in the Lord. Also, pray for her youngest son who is in the army and doing guard duty. B works very hard, doing a lot of shifts. Your gift is a real blessing to her and her family.

 

Single mother L continues to grow strong in her faith. She and a friend have begun going to a nursing home to share the gospel. Since beginning to work at Bead Chaim, Israel Pro-Life, she has become a more confident believer and is blessed to help others choose life. Her personal experiences and trials make her an empathetic counselor. Her nine year old daughter joins her in our congregation. Please pray for her son - a soldier, who is not a believer yet. L is VERY grateful for your help.

An update from Steve & Irena, Ministering in the Golan Heights

 

Study Tour Israel
Our Spring 2017 Semester is almost completed. It has been a blessing to see the students seek the Lord and a daily basis.
We have had numerous scheduled and non-scheduled tours, events and even opposition. The students have all expressed how living in Israel has changed their lives.

 

After 3 full days of touring the Galilee and Golan Regions our students in the picture here enjoyed camping on the shore of the Sea Galilee.
The Golan students also spent 3 nights in Tel Aviv where they shared the Gospel with numerous people. Now Mike and Val are going back to Tel Aviv to follow up with those who have expressed a desire to learn more about Yeshua.

Through your generous designated gifts we were able to pay one months rent for Dema, Ina and their two children. Dema injured his back and is unable to work and is in middle of process to receive government assistance. Your gift bridged the gap during this process and kept a roof over their heads.

 

Elena is a pensioner and found herself in need of a new pair of glasses, which is not covered through Israel's medical insurance. We were able to send her to the optometrist and she received a new pair of glasses. She has asked that we convey her gratitude as now she is able to read her bible every day!

 

"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to Me." Matt. 25:40

Warm House
After months of prayer seeking how to best reach our community with the Gospel we received a phone call inquiring if we could host a warm house. They went on to explain that during WWII the Jewish people where either placed in concentration camps, ghettos or hid where ever they could from the Nazis. Those who hid looked for what came to be known as a 'Warm House' a place to hide, or receive a warm meal from loving Christians.

 

We joyfully started a Warm House that meets twice a month. We share a clear Gospel message, sing worship, and read poetry all to the glory of our Lord, Yeshua. Presently there are two groups totaling 30 people attending who are open to hear the Word of God!

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

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Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

April 11, 2017

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Phone: 713-624-0943

 

April, 2017

 

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A Special Holiday Note From Co-Founder Dov Schwarz

 

Dear Blessing Israeli Believers Partners,

 

Shalom and Happy Pesach (Passover)! This is such a special time not only in Israel, not only amongst the Jewish people worldwide, but for all those who call upon the Name of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)! After all, He is the Passover Lamb!

 

John 1:29: The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

 

Passover this year begins the evening of April 10 and lasts until the 17th. This time reminds us that the Jewish people were in bondage in Egypt under the heavy hand of the Pharaoh. Then the LORD sent His deliverer Moses who brought the message in Exodus 12: "Let My people go!"

 

Our Father in heaven also sent His Great Deliverer, Messiah Yeshua as His name means "Jehovah or the LORD saves." The bondage of sin is the worst slavery ever and leads to eternal destruction. Yet Messiah Yeshua calls out and commands Satan to let go of Abba Father's people, Jew and Gentile, all around the world!

 

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3

In Exodus 12 the Jewish people were commanded to place the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes. Having done this they would be protected from the final judgment upon Egypt-the death of the firstborn. Death would 'passover' the house with the blood of the Lamb.

 

Today as we trust in Messiah Jesus the blood of the Lamb is applied to our heart. This means that when we face the judgment in the next life God's wrath will 'passover' the person that has the blood of the Lamb Messiah Yeshua! We now have everlasting life!!!

 

How are we commanded to keep the Feast of Passover today? The Apostle Paul answers in 1 Corinthians 5. The answer may be a surprise to many as Paul is addressing blatant and over the top wicked sin in the body of Messiah:

 

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Here we see the way we keep the Passover in this New Covenant today. We live holy New Covenant unleavened lives of sincerity and truth. "Unleavened" pertains to the bread without yeast that is a picture of the life of Messiah Jesus-unleavened-without sin. Though we cannot live fully sinless until we receive sinless bodies-we can live a life of sincere devotion that reflects the life of the truth of who Messiah Jesus is. He is the way, the truth and the life!

 

This Passover season, please also remember the Believers in Messiah Yeshua here in Israel as we, by grace, are the light to our Jewish brothers in the Promised Land.

 

In The Service of The King,

 

Dov Schwarz

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

Donations can be made at:
www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

February 10, 2017

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P.O. Box 564 Pearland, TX 77588
Phone: 713-624-0943

 

February, 2017

 

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Update from Ariel & Shayla:

 

Dear Friends,

 

The Lord is doing marvelous things here! Although there have been so many stories of opportunities to share the Gospel and see Yeshua heal the sick in the past few weeks, here's just one that we especially would appreciate your prayers for:

 

Natali, who is part of our congregation and the Evangelism Team we've been leading, has been growing a lot in boldness and sharing her faith effectively with her family and others. Her grandparents and mother had heard and become softened to the message of the Gospel over time through her persistent prayers and sharing.

Then recently she mentioned how Yeshua has been healing many sick people over the past few months, and they asked if we could pray for them too. A few days ago Ariel and Natali went to their house and shared the Gospel with her grandparents and mother. At first they still had some reservations, but did still want prayer for healing.

The grandfather has had severe pain in his knees, hip, and chest, but when we prayed in Yeshua's name, his pain went down significantly in every one of those areas, and he was even able to lift up his legs on his own - something he couldn't do before. When we prayed for her mom, she was healed in her back, neck, and head. There was great joy and amazement in their home and we were all saying, "Thank you, Yeshua!" Afterwards, her grandmother and mother decided to pray to receive Yeshua. Praise God! And her grandfather was very open but said he needed to think about it more, and said that he would gladly read the New Testament every week with Natali.
We clearly explained the whole Gospel and strongly emphasized the need for repentance and also the need to truly commit to living for God from now on, and they prayed with that understanding.

 

We've seen several instances lately where people have made a profession of faith and then there's been an intense spiritual battle over them over the next few weeks. Please join with us in praying that Katya (Natali's mom), Shulamit (her grandmother), and Pavel (her grandfather) will all fully come to Yeshua, be rooted and grounded in God's Word, start fellowshipping regularly with believers, and growing in their faith, and that no weapon formed against them would prosper! And let's pray for anointing for Natali and anyone else who will be involved in follow-up.

Praise our God, who is able to not only save individuals, but even whole households!
Many blessings! Ariel

For I will restore health to you, And heal you of your wounds, says the Lord, 'Because they called you an outcast saying: "this is Zion; No one seeks her."'
Jeremiah 30:17

Update from Beit Tfilah, House of Prayer, Golan Heights:

 

Hebrew Courses
Being an American, I never understood, or sad to say empathized with immigrants and all the challenges they face, that is until I became an immigrant myself. Language is key to transitioning into any new society, thus we are offing Hebrew Courses for new immigrants.

 

Blessing Israeli Believers
Through your generous designated gifts we were able to provide beds for a young family of 5 emmigrating from the States. This year winter is very wet and came early and your gift made it possible for them not to have to sleep on the cold tile floor.

 

"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to Me."
Matt. 25:40

 

Join us in prayer, as we pray to continue to be light and salt in northern Israel in 2017. Praise the LORD for the rain that you see falling into the Sea of Galilee.
Fellow servants, Steve & Irena

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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

Donations can be made at:
www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

January 20, 2017

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P.O. Box 564 Pearland, TX 77588
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January, 2017

 

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A 2017 Vision Note from BIB Co-Founder Dov Schwarz

 

Dear Blessing Israeli Believers Partners and Friends,

 

As promised I would like to begin this letter with a note from myself, and John McTernan, as founders of this ministry. We both see 2017 as a potential year of great change, Kingdom opportunity, and shaking. We believe and sense that this is going to be a very special and unique year in Israel and in the Nations. Having said that, we also believe that our vision statement for BIB is going to be very powerful for this New Year:

 

Blessing Israeli Believers exists to uniquely bless and empower Israeli followers of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) to be the shining light to Israel and the Nations of the world!

 

In 2017 here are just some of the many Kingdom efforts we are looking forward to being involved in here in the Land:

 

Gospel Outreach
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2)

 

This year our partners are laboring in the harvest field of Messiah Yeshua. There are many different strategies and methods being employed with the goal of reaching as many precious Jews, Muslims, and others with the gospel of Israel's Messiah Yeshua.

 

Discipleship
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)

 

Through teaching, preaching, shepherding (pastoring), praying, counseling, men's Bible studies and groups, and much more we are becoming more mature Israeli Believers by the grace and mercy of Abba Father. Our Israeli Partners' influence in this regard is in Jerusalem, Haifa, the Galilee, and the Golan Heights.

 

Saving Precious Israeli Babies
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.(Proverbs 31:8)

 

Our BIB Pro Life work is to come alongside Sandy Shoshani and Israel Pro Life to fund the saving of Israeli babies through Operation Moses and other programs. What an honor to save Israeli Babies from certain death and to see them and their mothers live in the Land of Israel.

 

Holocaust Survivors
"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" Says your God. (Isaiah 40:1)

 

The Holocaust Survivors are aging and passing away so quickly now. We see this ministry, along with the others mentioned today, as an urgent Kingdom matter. Two of our partners are reaching so many of them, not only with physical food, but also with the manna from heaven - Messiah Jesus!

 

Ministry To The Poor
For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. (Romans 15:26-27)

 

Messiah Yeshua told us the poor would be with us always and that a good part of the stewardship of disciples of Messiah Jesus is to be measured by how we care for the poor. In Romans 15:26, 27 we saw that Paul took offerings from the nations to poor Israeli Believers in Messiah Jesus-this is our example today! Very specifically five of our partners in Jerusalem, Netanya, Haifa, and the Galilee have a very powerful outreach to poor Israeli believers and those 'not yet' believers.

 

Israel Protection Dog Program
Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:4)

 

Our first protection dogs are being deployed in Samaria (West Bank) in February. One of them will be on patrol with a village watchman in a Jewish village that borders Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority. There is a constant threat of terrorism there. We have many opportunities and need financial support to deploy more dogs as soon as possible.

 

Please join with us in prayer and as the Lord leads, even financial support for this important New Year as we shine the light of the gospel here in Israel!

Watch Therefore Feast of Tabernacles Israel Tour October 2017
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Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.

Donations can be made at:
www.BlessingIsraeliBelievers.com
Blessing Israeli Believers is a division of Watch Therefore Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.