After 18 years with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, 8 of which I served on the board of the SA branch, I felt the season had ended and that is now time to rekindle and focus my efforts on assisting the Messianic believers in Israel. I founded the David and Jonathan ministry in 1996 in order to bring local prayer groups in contact with individual believers in Israel. This proved cumbersome because the individual believers could not find the time to correspond on a regular basis with their partners in SA, given the difficult times they were experiencing.
The David & Jonathan Foundation, as it is now called, will now focus on partnering with congregations in Israel. These congregations have the manpower and resources to stay in touch by way of regular newsletters so that the contact can grow. That will mean that contact will be sustainable.
NEED FOR FRIENDSHIP
The Messianic congregations have many needs. However, the biggest need is friendship, prayer and the sense of belonging to the body of Christ (Messiah). The believers are a small minority in Israel. Many times they are persecuted and feel isolated. knowing there are other believers out there that care and stand with them in their trials would be a great encouragement to them.
OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER
Should your church wish to partner with a Messianic congregation in Israel, D&J will assist you to find a suitable group with whom you can make contact, send reciprocal newsletters, visit each other and, where possible, support them with material blessings.
Congregations can learn from one another. One area where difficulties arise is the need for discipleship material for the many multilingual immigrants that have accepted Jesus as Messiah. Another area is the need for outreach material for young adults who are being reached by their peers in the congregations. Churches will soon find out what their partner congregation’s specific needs.
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
This is an exciting opportunity to make a contrition to building the body of Messiah Jesus in Israel. You are invited to participate by:
Contribute financially and join us on tours to Israel to visit the various congregations in the land. Send us your details. We look forward to going on this journey with you. May the Mighty One of Israel bless and keep you.
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