Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship
News Updated April 21, 2009
Shalom to all.
“The grace of the Adonai Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, and the love of
Elohim, and the fellowship of the Ruach HaKodesh, be with you
We pray that your Pesach was good. We have
received several reports of Pesach Seders where G-d moved in powerful
Request From The SBMF Leadership
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are looking for ways to serve you all better.
Good News - New Works In The Making:
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the
sake of those who will inherit salvation?
[Hebrews 1:14 NASU]
Please pray for
Rabbi Orlando Garcia, his wife and family, as they serve the Kingdom by
starting a new work called Beth Tefilah in Cartersville,
last Shabbat the leadership and members of Beth Tafilah's sponsoring
congregation, Mishkan David in Marietta, GA. ordained Brother
Orlando to Pastoral Ministry. Baruch Ha'Shem Yeshua.
Aaron Evans of Mishkan David will be sending us some photographs and a
summery of the events.
Ministry news from your
SBMF President, Ric Worshill
b’Yeshua (Peace in Jesus).
peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to
dwell in safety. [Psalms 4:8
SBMF Annual Meetings
some SBMF news that you need to know about.
The SBMF Annual meeting is coming to Louisville, Kentucky this
June. We have worked hard to
bring you a wonderful time of praise, prayer, worship and teaching.
here to see the SBMF
Annual Meeting News For June 2009
look at this page you will find the schedule of events and information
about the event. We have the
speakers and the worship leader listed for you to check out.
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board is so gracious in
supplying us with meeting rooms for this three day event.
We praise the name of Yeshua for bringing such wonderful saints
into our lives.
take a look at the ministries that are active in the SBMF at this time.
Click on this link:
Click here to see a list of some SBMF
I am one
of those SBMF members who has family members who are lost and perishing.
My prayer is that we Southern Baptists proactively engage telling
the Jewish people right here in the USA about the gift of Salvation in
news from Shalom Ministries, Detroit. MI.
Shalom Ministry Partners,
you so very much for your continued prayers and financial investment in
this ministry. As you partner with us, our amazing God works through you
to bring the Good News to our Jewish neighbors. Let me share some of the
things He has brought about since our last report.
we want to give you an update on our son and daughter-in-law. Deidra has
had a pacemaker installed and is making the adjustments that go along with
the changes in her health status. She and David are maturing in the Lord,
and we sense a tremendous growth in the closeness they are experiencing in
their Christian walk. Donna and I want to thank all of you again for your
many prayers and letters of support.
were especially moved by the loving expression of one of our friends, who
had a tree planted in
in remembrance of our granddaughter. Trees have always played an important
role in Jewish culture. In Genesis, seed bearing plants and fruit trees
were put on the Earth before any other living thing; and the Tree of Life,
which God placed in the center of the Garden of Eden, is a symbol of
Jewish existence and continuity. Planting a tree in
is an especially significant way of honoring the memory of a person or a
have some exciting news about an upcoming, national broadcast of a radio
drama featuring my testimony. Some of you may be familiar with the
“Unshackled” radio program, sponsored by the Pacific Garden Mission of
Chicago. They’re doing a two-part series as a dramatization of my life,
complete with actors and old-time radio sound effects! We’re thrilled
about this opportunity to bear witness to the power of the Lord, and want
to encourage you to listen when the program airs August 30 and September
5. For broadcast times in your local area, please visit the Unshackled
website at www.unshackled.org.
Donna and I are working to raise money to go to
for the production of the program on May 9. We pray that we will have an
opportunity to speak to the staff and clients of Pacific Garden Mission.
in the process of completing a “who’s who” listing of leaders in the
Messianic community, primarily for use by the urban church. We’re
thankful for our volunteer writer/editor who’s compiling this list;
please pray that she will be added to our paid staff, as the Lord leads.
Sar Shalom is growing. We are now nearly 50 strong. I want to encourage
all of our local supporters to visit us at our Bible studies on Thursdays,
6:30-8:45 p.m., and every Shabbat (Saturday), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Calvary
Baptist Church, 24520 N. Chrysler Drive, Hazel Park, Michigan. Donna and I
would enjoy seeing you and having you be part of our worship experience.
continues for the Fourth Annual Shalom Ministry Dessert Reception at
, Friday, May 29. Our program will include music by Antoinette Harkonen,
strong testimonies by people impacted by Shalom Ministry and a PowerPoint
presentation about our ministry. Our keynote speaker, WMUZ Christian talk
show host Bob Dutko, will deliver a stirring message; and you will have a
chance to meet our volunteer staff. This is one event you don’t want to
miss! For more information,
please call our office: 248-545-8800, ext. 28.
pray for our quarterly board meeting in May. We’re thrilled by the
caliber of men God is using to give leadership and direction and help us
in the growth process.
continue to pray for Elana, Moe and Diana, Sarah, Coby, Rebecca, Barry,
and all the Jewish people with whom God has given us favor. We are
continually sharing the Gospel with them and trust the Lord for their
imminent salvation. Please remember to pray for Joshua, a young Jewish man
who, as we reported some months ago, was released from prison. He is now
enrolled in college and working at reconciliation with his wife. We have
established an accountability partner for him, and he has become a member
of Sar Shalom.
Jewish couples’ support group, Chavarah,
will be starting up again in May. Please pray for the families who will be
a part of this ministry.
we are revising our mailing list and would appreciate it if you will take
the time to send your current email address to us at ShalomMinistry77@aol.com.
We are attempting to contain costs by taking advantage of electronic mail
as much as possible. We are also looking for volunteers to assist in the
ministry. We need assistance with mailings, phone calling, event planning
and evangelism. Please email us or call our office at 248-545-8800,
ext. 28, if you can help.
Donna and I want to thank you for your ongoing and generous support as we
continue to reach out with the Gospel to the Jew first and also to the
the nets are full,
John and Donna Denson
news from Congregational Leader Lewis
Gillilan of Beit Shomrim, in Longview, TX.
am pleased to announce that our web site is now up and open for use.
meet in the Fellowship Hall at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
1300 Judson Road
News from Brother Steve Kaplan Jewish Outreach International.
Outreach International, PO Box 720375, Atlanta, Georgia 30328
HIS NAME!-God bless you and your family! Thank
you for supporting our ministry. Please pray for BOLDED newsletter
items and our MINISTRY in general. Please pray for our Passover
Party Outreach on Apr 11 and DETAILS of the Oregon/Washington trip
(Jewish non-believers WILLIAM, DAVID & GALA).
to wear my “Jesus Loves You” Jewish star t-shirt and carry Gospel
tracts everywhere I go. While at the cash machine, ROI and his
FRIEND (Israeli non-believers) drove up right after synagogue and were
challenged by my shirt. I met and shared with BARAK (Israeli) at
the post office. I finally met and shared with MARILYN (Jewish
non-believer) who sees my shirt at the gym. INNA (Jewish
non-believer), our Golden Coral waitress, told me her daughter JULIA
(Jewish non-believer) has the same shirt (she asked me for one awhile ago
because she liked it). Inna said if she can change her schedule,
she wants to bring Julia to our Tuesday night FELLOWSHIP. I met and
shared with two ISRAELIS at Publix after they noticed my shirt. One
lives locally and the other was visiting. While showing off my
shirt at Costco, I met my neighbor STAN (Jewish non-believer) and my
friend DAVID (Afro American Gentile believer) who is in a Bible study at
a synagogue and was asked to lead it one Saturday. David
wanted my advice, and we sat with Stan for two hours!
the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism meeting where ministers
doing Jewish evangelism meet for networking and educational papers.
We equipped many with “Jesus Loves You” t-shirts and Gospel tracts.
Six of us from all over the USA knew each other from the same Internet
chat room and had dinner. Phoenix is thought to have the fastest
growing Jewish population in the United States so I arrived early
and stayed after the LCJE meeting to show off my t-shirt and distribute
Gospel tracts at college campuses, malls (ANNA, Russian Jewish
non-believer saw my shirt from upstairs, ran down and told me she had
never met a Jewish believer in Jesus) and street corners. We gave
out shirts and tracts at a skate park and witnessed to a Jewish FAMILY!
I visited a Jewish FAMILY of believers, called JULIE’s non-believing
Jewish FAMILY and ministered at a CHURCH. I spent some eight hours
distributing thousands of Gospel tracts at Arizona State University.
I witnessed to MANY Jewish and other students, faculty and campus workers
from all over the world! There were three Jewish students who
were hostile towards me, but when I ran into them a second and third time
while walking around campus, they were more open and some actually took
had a great time celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people!
We had many Jewish NON-BELIEVERS join us. JOLIE came as Queen
Esther, JUDY came as Haman, I came as King Xerxes and DOUG came as
“Swami the Salami” (pray for him)! Jolie is Jewish and claims
to believe in Jesus, but doesn’t attend church or our Tuesday
Fellowship? I helped her with housework (she’s disabled), and
encouraged her to read her Bible. She said she doesn’t believe
the Bible, but would read the tract I gave her.
belligerent police OFFICER who harassed me and wrongly cited me for
proclaiming Jesus at the Atlanta Jewish Center Festival in May 2008,
resigned from the police force and the judge dismissed my court case!
I was told the officer was involved in an incident of questionable use of
force and resigned prior to being fired. The CHURCH I joined
recently didn’t want to support my “confrontational” evangelistic
activities and did not allow us to have a ministry table at the sample
sale they invited us back to? I moved my membership to the FIRST
BAPTIST CHURCH OF WOODSTOCK where I was welcomed with open arms!
MOISHE ROSEN, JEWS FOR JESUS Founder, endorsed our ministry (https://www.savethejews.org/uploads/DC_25012207.pdf)!
I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!
Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the
Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches
for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much
greater riches will their fullness bring!”-Romans 11:11-12
in Arad, Israel: Thought you would like to know -
Avi asked for a sweat shirt with the Jesus loves you in Russian. He is
wearing it everywhere! Here is a miracle -- There is a little old
Jewish lady (unbeliever) who sells socks at the shuk. When she first met
us, she was very hostile, but over the years she has softened and now she
wants one of your shirts for her (grown-up) son to wear. Avi asked if he
realizes what the words mean and did she know he would get a little
trouble from the orthodox wearing it. She said it was understood and she
wanted the shirt. We never met her son, but just the fact she asked for
the shirt for him is a major step in the right direction! Eddie
wears his shirt every time we go to court, which is fairly often!
Actually he wears it every time we go anywhere. We also gave some
of the T-shirts to a tour group from Norway and they wore them on their
tour through Israel and then back in Norway! (A documentary was
made concerning Messianic Jews in Israel centering around AMI ORTIZ who
had a Purim package explode in his face last year. This same tour
group from Norway visited Ami. One WOMAN wore the “Jesus Loves
You” t-shirt. They did a close up on her t-shirt with Hebrew sub
titles saying “Jesus Loves You” and this was televised on Israeli
National Television! http://www.mako.co.il/tv-ilana_dayan/2009-ba6de11e0d2bf110/Article-6218270b6a8cf11004.htm)
in Nevada: I
keep forgetting to tell you that Samson who attends Richard Hill’s
congregation is from Ethiopia. Well he just started coming to UNLV with
us. Last week was his first time to evangelize on campus. He wore your
shirt. His first conversation resulted in a salvation!! Yipee!!
in Nevada: I
started wearing your t-shirt and already met one Jewish non-believer for
sure who I was able to share with. Your prayers about finding ways to get
Jewish people into the restaurant are working. Thanks be to God and
thanks to you for all your prayers. Pray this week as Rhonda is supposed
to be bringing in Rich Robinson's parents to the Diner.
at the Atlanta Airport:
Steve, I was standing behind 3 guys from Israel in the security line at
airport. One of them mentioned my shirt so I had an opportunity to
witness to them. Praise GOD!!!!
Shalom Steve! What fun we had participating in The St. Patrick’s
Day Outreach at Chai v’ Shalom in the Dogtown Parade in the St. Louis
area! The weather was unusually warm for this time of the year. It got up
to almost 80 degrees! The Kelly green Jesus Loves You Star of David
shirts brought the message of Messiah. There were several “not yet
believing” Jewish people that were challenged by our t-shirts. I was
surprised that several of my own Jewish family came to visit at the
Congregation office as well as a Jewish friend I’ve known since third
We handed out free lollipops to children. We had a free book table set up
with CEF Wonder Books for Children, Psalms and Proverbs Bibles, and
pamphlets that addressed issues of today with comfort from the
scriptures, as well as other reading material. We walked the parade
route and handed out a couple thousand tracts. The crowds are used to
seeing us each year at the Parade. There were several Believers that came
over to say “hi” that remembered us from previous years. Several
people asked for information about the Messianic Congregation. Many
Passover Seder invitations were handed out. Attached is a group
photo of everybody wearing the t-shirts you provided. Thank you so much
for making the day special.
Wow the shirt again today at the library a few moments ago met a man I
had met at a local church months ago we talked about seeing you in
Atlanta and the shirt he had ordered one from you and told me that he
recieved it wow so cool to run into him in the library wow also while at
a dunkin donuts outlet met a man who saw the shirt which was in spanish
and he asked about the shirt he did not know spanish but still asked what
is that in the middle of the star explained to him about Messiah the
Jewishness etc he wants to know more wow it's happening over and over and
over oh the JOY excitement of the LORD wow LOL YEAH oh what a Blessing
will contact you tomorrow shalom shalom sha alu shalom Yerushalyim
Above-tithe donations, payable to Jewish Outreach
and designated for Steve Kaplan, can be sent to:
Jewish Outreach International
PO Box 720375
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
News from our sister in Russia
vision is to see Russian Jews gathered into vibrant Messianic
congregations being a light to the nations.
Thank you so much for your prayers for the Passover
seders that I hosted last week-end. They both went very well. On
Saturday I had 13 Russian guests. I believe that it was the first
time that any of them had attended a Passover seder. They all seemed
to really enjoy it and want to do one again next year. God gave me
the grace to get through the whole liturgy in Russian without getting
tongue tied too many times. On Sunday I had 15 American guests.
Some of them had participated in a seder before and others had not.
All of them said that they really enjoyed it. I was so blessed to be
able to celebrate Passover in my home with brothers and sisters.
Slavo Bogy. (Praise the Lord!)
Two new IMB families arrived in Novosibirsk on
Saturday. They will be here for several months studying language.
One couple is staying in my old apartment so I have been over there a few
times to help them get things set up. I have enjoyed getting to know
them and look forward to getting to know the other new families as well.
We stopped our ladies Bible study about a month ago as we
waited to see if our colleagues the Bolls would be returning here. Since
they will not be we decided to continue our study and have invited the new
ladies on our team. I am looking forward to once again studying the
Word with my sisters. Please pray for our study on Monday evening to
be encouraging for all of us.
Yesterday I actually stayed home all day and got caught up
on lots of things. I have not had a day without appointments of one
sort or another for several weeks now so this was truly a gift from God.
I still have lots of things on my to do list but at least I had one day to
rest this week. Please pray that I will manage to fit a day of rest
in my schedule every week.
Tomorrow (4/19) will be my last Hebrew lesson until
the Fall. I have really enjoyed the lessons and especially enjoyed
getting to know my classmates. Please pray that our final lesson
will be encouraging to all and pray that I will find ways to stay
connected with the group during the summer. I would love to have
them all over to my apartment for a housewarming party sometime.
On Tuesday night (4/21) I will be traveling to the
city of Perm with my team-mate Chelsea. We are going to visit
our team-mate Rachel who is temporarily living there. We will be traveling
24 hours by train to get there and will be returning on Sunday.
Tomorrow I will be buying the train tickets. Please pray that we can
find reasonably priced tickets for the time that we want them. Also
please pray that God will give us safety as we travel and that we would
have opportunities to share our faith with those who we are traveling
with. Next Thursday is Rachel’s birthday so we are traveling this
week in order to celebrate with her. Please pray that God will bless
our time there and that we would be able to encourage Rachel as we spend
time with her and our other co-workers who live in Perm. I will
probably not have internet access while I’m away so I’ll send my next
update after I return.
Dodi and Ariela will be staying by themselves while I am
away. One of my colleagues, who lives near by, will be coming by to
feed them every day. Please pray that will go smoothly and that my
girls won’t miss me too much while I’m gone.
Zoya and I have still not managed to find a time to meet
with her pastor. Since I will be out of town several days next week
it may not be possible for us to meet for at least another week.
Please pray that we will be able to arrange that meeting soon so that we
can begin to meet with those who want to serve the Jewish people of
Tomorrow (4/19) is Easter here in Russia. Many
Protestant churches have special services on this day, as we do in the
West. Please pray that many people who would not normally attend
church would be willing to come to an Easter service tomorrow. Pray
that the message of the Gospel would be clearly communicated and that many
people would respond in faith. Jesus is risen! He is risen
so much for your prayers and for your patience with me as I try to get
caught up on my correspondence.
news from Jay Isbell at Beth El Shaddai, in Bessemer, AL.
Shaddai is hosting a Mid-Rash study over the internet each Monday evening.
This web study is moth in text and voice over the internet.
As soon as we have the details, we will post them on this page.
Night Midrash is now "Online" - to access the room please
contact us via email at: email@example.com
more info please go to: http://www.shaddai.com/
News from Amy Downey at Tzedakah Ministries --
"To Equip His Church to Reach His People"
purpose of Tzedakah Ministries can be found in its name -- Tzedakah --
which in Hebrew means "righteousness." However, Tzedakah means
so much more. As the Holman Bible Dictionary explains, “....
righteousness is the fulfillment of the terms of a covenant between God
and humanity or between humans in the full range of human
Ministries has a burden to see the Jewish people restored to a righteous
covenant relationship with Him -- one that is only possible through
take a look at their web pages for further resources and information
look at her web site “Mystery Solved
with Messiah Jesus is an apologetic discussion aspect of Tzedakah
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.
[Matt 28:19-20 KJV]
We believe that we are what we eat.
Eat Life from the Tree of Life. Be filled with the Light and Life of
Yeshua. Read the Word.
Blessed is he who
reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things
which are written in it; for the time is near. [Revelation 1:3
Baruch Ha’ba B’Shem
Blessed is he who
comes in the name of the L-rd! [Ps 118:26 NKJV]
L-rd bless you, and watch over you; The L-rd make His face
shine on you, And be gracious to you; The L-rd lift up His
countenance on you, And give you peace. [NASU Numbers
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