Jerusalem, January 3rd 2020
Dear Friends, Shalom!
In the beginning of this New Year we would like to wish you God’s richest blessings and share with you some exciting news.
By God’s grace, the regional committee approved the building plan for the mall where the new church is going to be located. The contractor is going ahead and we start to see the foundation of the complex. This meant also that we had to pay the second payment. The third payment will be payable, when the contractor finishes the whole building skeleton. We pray that by then, we may have the sum to pay as well. The whole church is praying and people are giving sacrificially. The leadership of the new church is combined of some elders of our church (mother church) and we are all excited.
We understand the following principles that force us to stay on our knees and pray:
1: God did not come to save buildings but people. Our focus is on preaching the gospel for the salvation of people. See Psalm 127: “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain…”
- The Core group is now under spiritual attack and in a real need of God’s grace. We pray for their safety, marriage, children, simply every aspect of their lives, that nothing will prevent them from serving the Lord.
Attached is a picture file of the project, where the new church will be. The yellow marked area is the section we purchased. It is a small part, a corner in the top floor. The construction will finish God willing in two and a half years.
Some technical info: The hall is (270 m2) and the balcony is (220 m2). The location is west, 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 project purchase. During the last three years, brothers and sisters in the U.S.A donated through F.O.I. about $850,000. Part of it was already paid as a down payment on the contract and the second installment.
The total project price (purchase plus facilitating the church) is about $1.7M and the needed sum is $850000.
We need your help!
Our church is whole heartedly giving 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.
More in this report:
- Evangelism Ongoing Projects: The “FUTURE” in Arabic.
- Combined youth groups: Arabs and Jews – One in Christ.
- Hanukah/Christmas celebration and youth camp
- Update on the new books
- Personal Studies.
- Family update: A new addition
Evangelism Ongoing Projects
The “FUTURE” booklet is now available in the Arabic language. It is an exciting event for us. The booklet is a tool to study “things to come” but also good for evangelism. We pray that this new booklet will be a tool to bring people to the Lord and assist God’s children to better know the Word.
Our evangelism efforts continue by giving gospel tracts and advertising our “Salvation story” video clips in the internet. More than Three million people watched the video clips. You can watch as well through our church websites: https://www.messiahisrael.com/
and with English subtitles at: http://jerusalemassembly.com/media-ministry/
Combined youth groups: Arabs and Jews – One in Christ.
As we did last year, we continue to join our youth group with the Arab speaking church in the Old City (Jerusalem). It’s amazing to see both groups singing, studying and playing. How much joy is in heaven as these two groups unite in worshipping our Lord. We pray, that both churches will find the time to meet together to worship Christ. Now that we speak about it, we will push to make it happen.
Yesterday evening during the young adult’s meeting, Sarah was baptized. The joy was on earth as well as in heaven. We thank God for each person who stands firm in obedience to Christ.
Hanukah/Christmas celebration and youth camp
Our Christmas service was on December 21st since it was the only date when most people could participate. I shared unique information with the church so that we all will focus on Christ Himself and not on the date…
My mom has no specific birthdate in her identification card. It has only the year: 1933. We chose to celebrate Sep 12 as her birth day since she knows that she was born around the feast of Tabernacle. Though we don’t know the exact birthday, we do know our mom very personally, and have a personal relationship with her on a daily basis. We love her and she loves us. What counts is our personal relationship and not the birthdate. So, the question asked is: Do you know Christ Jesus personally and intimately or only on Christmas?
As often happens, Chanukah and Christmas collide so that our kids and youth have a vacation. We planned to have our annual camp in the desert, but extreme winds and cold weather prevented this. We re-located to the church building and had a wonderful time there instead! The Teaching topic was “the minor Prophets”.
Update on the new books
While waiting to receive the feedback on my doctorate dissertation, I was working on finishing the books we started years ago. The first one was the commentary on Proverbs. After checking it again, it is now in the proofreading stage. The second book is: All Jesus’s Parables. Helmut and I go over each word, arrange the footnotes. By now we are on page 370 of 600. The third book is: The Appointed Times of Jehovah. It is already written and needs to go through the last stages of editing.
Please pray for us, that these tools will be used to glorify our Lord.
My personal studies
God willing the final feedback of my dissertation is scheduled for January 7th. I pray for wisdom to do the needed corrections. I thank God for my mentor who is godly and wise. I have learned so much through the recent studies.
God willing the meeting for defending the Thesis will be on March 9th. Your prayers are most needed and appreciated.
Our daughter Ronit gave birth to a baby girl on December 31st. The name of our granddaughter is Arbel (grandchild #5) Anat and I are humbled by God’s grace upon us. GOD is Good Always.
Arbel is the name of the tall cliff above the Sea of Galilee. It stands for strength.
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, (Psalm 127)
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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- Name of the bank – Bank Ha-Poalim
- Address of bank – King George street Jerusalem
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