Jerusalem, July 12th 2020
Dear Friends, Shalom! [Please note our special request]
My last ministry report opened with these words: “By God’s grace and truly only by His grace, we are back to normal (almost) after the powerful wave of the Covid19…”. Well, after lowering the curve during June, the government allowed us to return to almost normal life. Two weeks later we noticed it was too early. The Covid19 hit us again but this time even in greater numbers. To make it short, we are all back to strict instructions and now we are limited to 20 people in a meeting at the church. Thank God, all the church workers are working as usual from the church, and are in a close contact with all the people in the church.
Being away from fellowship is taking its toll on some of the people in the church. The old and lonely are mostly affected. In order to provide some relief, we call them often and give them the priority to fill in the quote for the 20 in the church meeting. This coming Saturday, we may divide the church building into two separate “buildings”, totally dividing the two halls we have, in order to allow 20 people in each side. The sermon will be shown on the big screen in the other hall. We are praying for wisdom, so we may be able to think and act fast, “out of the box”.
The Covid19 caused many families to lose their income. All those who worked in the tourism business are unemployed and in a harder economic situation. As a church, we make sure that these families will be able to pay their bills and put food on their table.
More in this report:
- Churches are united in helping the needy
- Special teaching series on End-Times Events
- Evangelism during Covid19 quarantine period.
- Summer camps reprogramming due to the Covid19 limitations.
- Update on the New Church plant
Churches are united in helping the needy
One of the signs of a united body is the love among the brothers. A pastor in the north of Israel emailed the other churches (We have an email group for all Israeli churches), presenting the need to help a family. It was simply a joy to see the love and care of many churches to raise up the sum needed for this beloved family.
This example is not a onetime event. The churches are sensitive to one another’s immediate needs. I pray that this kind of love and `quick to give’ response, will characterize us all also after the Covid19 will subside.
Special teaching series on End-Times Events.
As in almost any other country, also in Israel people are now more interested in end time events during the Covid19 pandemic. From the day the media started talking about a chip related vaccine, even nonbelievers are asking questions about the mark of the beast. Sadly, more and more believers are consumed with conspiracy theories, then spreading the gospel.
In order to restore our focus on Christ Jesus and be encouraged by the security we have in God, I prepared a series of lessons on the end-time events. The teaching is very simple and easy to understand. Yesterday I started with the first lesson and it will continue God willing in the coming 3-4 weeks.
You may watch it on our church website: http://jerusalemassembly.com/sermons/
The lessons are in English as well.
Evangelism during Covid19 quarantine period.
Besides the personal testimony of sharing the gospel with others and showing God’s love, our church continued to use the Internet for spreading the gospel. We are paying google to popup our evangelism video clips and our church website to those who search for “God”, “Jesus”, “Church” and more key words. During June 2020 we ran an evangelism campaign during two weekends on the topic: “Five facts you didn’t know about the New Testament”. 68000 people watched this video. This campaign will continue through July 2020. More good news is that since March 2020 up to today, the number of people viewing our sermons in YouTube, has tripled.
Please join us in prayer that many of these people will end up believers as well.
Summer camps reprogramming due to the Covid19 limitations.
Like in many countries, we too are forced to cancel our summer camp activities. Our children and youth workers are now praying and are thinking of new ways to minister to our kids and youth groups within the Covid19 limitations. Please pray for us to have Godly wisdom in this matter.
Update on the New Church plant
The construction is going according to schedule and it seems that the work will be ended on time. We thank God for His grace.
The new church group is meeting as a home group in their area. During the current time they are studying each paragraph in the church doctrinal statement, to make sure (By God’s grace) that the core is strongly united in all spiritual aspects.
We know that the Covid19 affected all of you as well in one way or another. We just ask those who are able, to prayerfully consider partnering with us in this effort of paying the rest of the sum to purchase the place for the new church plant. We are still missing $800,000 for the completion of purchase and furbishing of the place.
Our church is giving faithfully, whole heartedly 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.
I will end with a wonderful and powerful verse from 1 Thess. 4:13-18:
1Th. 4:13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,4 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
With much love and gratitude, Meno and Anat Kalisher
(Supported through Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry)
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