Jerusalem, May 4th, 2019
Dear Friends, Shalom.
Twenty-eight years ago, to the day, we met in South Jerusalem for the first time as a formal church - Jerusalem Assembly House of Redemption. The last 28 years can be summed up shortly by these words: God’s Grace is sufficient.
During these wonderful years, we taught the Word of God and experienced God’s grace and power in changing people’s lives. Since people from many countries in the world visit us regularly, the influence of the teachings is not limited to Israel only. By God’s grace, the leadership is united and focused on Christ Jesus.
Our vision is to equip the saints for ministry and plant new churches. By God’s grace, we can look back and see the fruit.
During the 28 last years as a formal church, we enjoyed to minister to the hearts of our kids and even their kids. Last month, we were blessed with the birth of our fourth grandchild. Her name is Moriya-Or. We pray that we all stay firm in Christ and be ready to see His face when He calls us.
More in this report:
- Sweet and blessed repentance
- Passover youth camp in the North
- The facility for the new church plant
- Teaching in other ministries in Israel
- Theological trends in Israel
- Ongoing Evangelism: Blessed results. Use the link attached! http://jerusalemassembly.com/media-ministry/
Sweet and blessed repentance
Many times, we share with you the difficulties our church children have during their military service. Some do drift away from the faith. Last month, one of the young adults who just finished the military service, stood before the church and shared her testimony. She shared her hardships and also her triumph in Christ Jesus. What a joy to see prayers being answered. Such testimony is a great help for others who are currently under similar spiritual attack during their military service.
Passover youth-camp in the North.
On April 13-17th we took our youth group to Jordan Park next to the Sea of Galilee. The teaching topic was: The Church. I must confess (very un-objectively) that God is blessing us with the best kids in the world. The kids behaved very well and listened to the teachings. We can say from experience, that these camps are vital for the kid's salvation. Most of them who are getting saved, later on, share with us, that they decided to follow Christ Jesus due to the lessons in the camps and the ministry of the youth ministers.
The Facility for the New Church Plant
By God's grace, about four months ago we signed a purchase contract for a facility for the new church we plant. It is a hall (270 m2) and a balcony (220 m2) to fit the newborn congregation. The location is toward 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 rent from non-believers, the owners were pressured 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.
Teaching in other ministries in Israel
Besides the teaching ministry and other obligations in our church, some of us are also involved in teaching through other Israeli Christian ministries. It is a great privilege to help and assist in such important ministries. We live in a small country, and our church (The total Israeli body of believers) is relatively small. So, helping one another is a joy and a great testimony especially to our young generation.
Theological trends in Israel
It is not surprising, but always discourages to face new false teachings emerging and trying to destroy the body of Christ. Please keep us in your prayers that we may always be standing firm in the gospel of salvation.
Our media team (who are also children and youth ministers and many more things J) produced five video clips about the Messiah, titled: Why do we need a Messiah? The link to watch (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).
Yes, it is just a website, but about 200,000 people a year surf, and extract our bible lessons from it.
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.
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 art 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 art classes. All the teachers are believers. The kids can hang out in the school area, and are kept from problems. 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, (2 Peter 2)
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
- O. Box 908
Bellmawr NJ 08099-9900
(Earmarked: Know and Live or Jerusalem Assembly Ministry)
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A personal check should be made payable to: “Know and Live,” and mailed to:
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Jerusalem, Zip Code 9110501
For bank wire transfer, please use this information:
- Name of the bank – Bank Ha-Poalim
- Address of bank – King George street Jerusalem
- Number of the bank – 12
- Number of the branch – 690
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