Jerusalem, July 14th 2019
Dear Friends, Shalom.
We are back at the church after the first children camp in the Golan heights. Since the children group includes about 130 kids, we divided them to age groups. The ‘Junior-Youth’ were the first one. For five days we enjoyed the views and area in the north. During the camp, the topic they studied was: The Feasts of Jehovah. How the feasts points to Christ Jesus?
The lessons were clear and simple. The kids (ages 12-14) tremendously enjoyed and understood the material. It was my greatest joy to see kids jumping off the chair with a smiling face, saying: “wow, now I see.” One of the girls already sent a message (with her parents’ approval), to speed up her lessons for baptism.
We camped in a private facility with other 200 unbelieving campers. Needless to say, our group was very different. Many of the campers came to our big tent to ask about our faith. What a joy to say that the gospel was spread and many people heard it. We pray for their salvation.
Three camps are still ahead. Please pray for us.
Another exciting point is the topic we currently teach in our church: Psalms. Please check our newest lessons on the Psalms of Ascent (120-134). You may see and enjoy new things. It’s also in English (www.jerusalemassembly.com).
More in this report:
- Speaking with a unique 91 years old lady
- Worship evening
- New evangelism project: Use the link attached! http://jerusalemassembly.com/media-ministry/
- Preparations for the new church plant
- Daniel and Eli’s graduation
- Submitting the dissertation.
Speaking with a unique 91 years old lady
A young woman, who is also a young believer in our church is praying for the salvation of her grandmother. The grandma is a strong willed person who has a set opinion about Jesus and his followers. Finally, the grandma decided she wants to see where her granddaughter is going and who is influencing her mind. Through a phone call, she said very clear that she has no positive attitude towards us and just want to see the place and people her granddaughter is associating with. The meeting at my office in the church lasted two hours. The grandma heard the story of the Bible, and the prophecies about Jesus in the Bible where shown and explained to her. Though the grandma did not make any decision, she was very happy and said: “It is very interesting. It sounds very logical and the people are nice.” We pray that the Holy Spirit will open her eyes to see Jesus as lord and Savior.
Youth worship evening.
Our youth group organized an evening of worship. One Monday evening, they simply gathered for a long evening of prayer, singing and reading from the Word.
What more can the youth leaders and us, church leadership can ask for? Yes, we have our struggles, but all in all, these teens are diamonds.
New evangelism project
Our media team launched a new evangelism video clip: “Five facts you did not know about the New Testament”. Each video clip is very simple and clear. Our website address is added, so any one can visit and read/watch all our teaching materials. This video clip is added to many others done earlier. A few more are being prepared as well. You may watch all the video clips with English subtitles http://jerusalemassembly.com/media-ministry/
Please enjoy watching and encourage others to watch and use it for evangelism. (My favorite video clip is the one on Isaiah 53).
Our church lessons are all available as well in the website. They are all: English/Hebrew
Each week, a team from our church walks through the neighborhoods and places gospel tracts in mailboxes (It is legal in Israel). We pray for the salvation of our nation.
The Facility for the New Church Plant
By God's grace, about five months ago we signed a purchase contract for a facility for the new church we are planting. It is a hall (270 m2) and a balcony (220 m2) to fit the newborn congregation. The location is towards the west just outside Jerusalem. Until the place is ready, we prayerfully continue to establish the core and better equip the new leadership for the coming responsibilities.
The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (www.foi.org), helped and continue to help us with the purchase project. During the last two years, brothers and sisters in the U.S.A donated through F.O.I. about $700,000. This sum serves as the down payment for the contract.
The total project price (purchase plus preparing the place to be a church – House of Prayer facility) is about $1.7M. We still need $600,000 to pay (during the next two years) for the facility. Besides the purchase sum, we will need about $400,000 to furnish the place so it will serve as a local church (Rooms, chairs, offices, restrooms, etc.).
Why not just rent?
From our past and current experience, any time we rented from non-believers, the owners were pressured and warned by Anti-Christian groups to end the contract with us “or else…”
We need your help!
Our church is one minded and each person will continue to give faithfully and sacrificially. However, it is a God-size project for us, and we do need the "hands" of the brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.
Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in this project.
God is good to us! We are currently enjoying a full house. Each Saturday morning, the Main Church Hall is full, and the overflow is directed to the Fellowship Hall. We are blessed to see people getting saved – Jews and Gentiles alike. We thank God that every week we can practically experience Romans 15:10-11 – "And again he says, Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; and let all the peoples praise Him."
We pray that the new-planted church will be light in its area, and be used by God to bring the gospel to the lost.
Daniel and Eli’s graduation
Last month, Daniel (our son) and Eli, both are youth leaders in our church, finished their BA in Bible at the Israel College of the Bible.
Dani and Eli now continue another year at Ono College in Petach Tikva, and by next year will receive their 2nd BA in Education. The two colleges agreed to accredit one another. So, ICB students can study at Ono college their fourth and fifth years and receive the extra title in education.
We thank God as we see our younger generation being well equip for ministry.
Submitting the dissertation
By God’s grace I submitted my Dissertation three weeks ago. I am waiting for the feedback and after the corrections, will study for defending the Thesis.
If all goes well, the graduation will be on May 2020 at Master’s Seminary in California, USA.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
The results of the studies are shown at our church and in the way our young teachers preach. To God be the glory!
Jael (our oldest daughter), Irit Iffert and Sasha Atlas are the managing team for “Yuval Christian School for Music and Arts”. Our church is heavily involved with "Yuval". Kids from all evangelical churches in Jerusalem are registered for the music and arts classes at “Yuval”. Many of the kids have both parents working, so their houses are still empty during the after-school hours. So, instead of these kids getting involved with bad company, YUVAL offers them music and arts classes. All the teachers are believers. The kids can hang out in the school area, and are kept from trouble. Some just step into the offices and share their hearts with the staff. So, the teachers’ role is more than just teaching music and arts…
In comparison to other schools, the classes are cheaper, but still many of the families cannot afford to pay. That’s where we step in and try to help.
You can visit YUVAL website http://yuvalarts.org
Please continue to pray for Jael and Irit. Their support is totally depending on donations.
With much love and gratitude, (Psalms 109-110)
Meno and Anat Kalisher
(Supported through Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry)
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