Jerusalem, September 1st 2019
Dear Friends, Shalom.
All are back to school. The first day of September is the national day of back to school. What does that mean to us? Our kids are back to school but also all the mid-week children activities are back as well.
By God’s grace we had five blessed camps to different age groups during July-August. The cherry on the cake is the baptisms of a few of the youth group and the growing desire of the youth to walk with Christ. The parents are thankful for the changes they see in their kids’ life. We can only say: Our faithful God answers our prayers. To God be the glory.
Another reason to praise God is the few new families added to the church in the last few months. We pray that our hearts will remain focused on Christ, in order to experience more of God’s grace.
More in this report:
- Back to writing books
- New evangelism project: Statistic results
Use the link attached! http://jerusalemassembly.com/media-ministry/
- Preparations for the new church plant
- Ministry trip to Singapore and USA.
- Teaching in the Israel Bible College.
Back to writing books
During 2014 I went back to Bible school. Due to load of work, all the writing projects were suspended. Now that I am in the last stage (waiting for the corrections of the dissertation), I am back to finish the light commentary for the Book of Proverbs (For youth). After checking it again, it is ready for proof reading. I pray that it will be ready for printing during the first half of 2020.
‘All the Parables of Christ’, and ‘The Appointed times of the Lord’ are the other books we are working on. Helmut (another elder in our church) continued where I stopped and did a superb job. Now we go over the material and God willing give it a push until it is ready for printing.
Meanwhile, the “FUTURE” booklet was translated into Arabic, and now it is in the last text check. God willing it may be printed as soon as next month. As much as I know, such material is not available in Arabic, so we are so eager to make it available to our Arabic speaking brothers and sisters in Israel and anywhere else.
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 (in this series) is very simple and clear. Our website address is added, so any one can visit and read/watch all our teaching materials.
In two months, 300,000 people watched the video clip. We pray that the message will penetrate hearts and bring the people to call on Christ Jesus for salvation.
This video clip is added to many others done earlier. A few more are being prepared as well. You can watch all the video clips with English subtitles http://jerusalemassembly.com/media-ministry/
We hope you will enjoy watching and encourage others to watch and use it for evangelism. (My favorite video clip is the one on Isaiah 53). All our church’s lessons are also available on 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 regularly print our gospel tracts. We pray for the salvation of our nation.
The Facility for the New Church Plant
By God’s grace, I will add the picture and ground plans for the new facility in the next ministry report. Also, I will explain why we do not share in this moment all the technical info.
About half a year 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 thenewborn 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 continues to help us with the purchase project. During the last almost three years, brothers and sisters in the U.S.A donated through F.O.I. about $800,000. Part of it was already paid as a down payment on 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 $500,000 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 threatened 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.
Ministry trip to Singapore and USA.
During the first week of August I went with seven other pastors and heads of different Christian ministries to Singapore. The purpose was to establish relationships with likeminded churches. I got a few opportunities to teach in the main conference and also in a local church during Sunday morning and in the afternoon. The trip was a blessed experience. It looks like it will not be the last one.
This coming Tuesday (Sep. 3rd) I will be flying to attend the yearly Friends of Israel prophecy conference in Lancaster PA. During that visit I will try to visit friends and supporting churches. After the conference, I will go to Minnesota to visit and teach in a supporting church.
During the first part, my wife Anat will join me together with our daughter Jael. Jael will participate in the FOI conference introducing YUVAL ministry. Jael and Irit (both are leading YUVAL ministry), will be the music worship team in the conference. Later, they will fly to Germany to participate in another conference, where Anat will be the translator to German.
Please pray that all goes well for the glory of God.
Teaching in the Israel Bible College
As the D. Min. program is finishing, new assignments are coming up. By God’s grace I will teach an intensive course “Messiah in the Old Testament” during February 2020 in Netanya.
Needless to say, I am in love with this topic. I pray that the teaching will enrich the students and equip them for ministry, to stand for their faith in Jesus.
Jael (our oldest daughter), Irit Iffert and Sasha Atlas are the managing team of “Yuval Christian School for Music and Arts”. Our church is heavily involved with the school. 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, and 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 depended on donations.
With much love and gratitude, (Psalms 132-133, A holy and pure fellowship can take place only after making peace with the Messiah from Ephrathah)
Meno and Anat Kalisher
(Supported through Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry)
Donation information for those who are from the USA – (For Jerusalem Assembly Ministry):
Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
P.O. Box 908
Bellmawr NJ 08099-9900
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Jerusalem, Zip Code 9110501
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