"No, Rabbi Nachman and Yeshua do not have the same spirit." And so went the conversation with a beautiful but very confused Israeli. She'd had a vision of Yeshua, but having grown up in an Orthodox Jewish home, she was trying to relate the Messiah to a "messiah-like" figure that was familiar to her. But the truth must be told - Yeshua came as 100% man but He is also 100% divine. "It's a great mystery", I explained, "but after all, He is the L-rd. So is anything too difficult for Him?"
She agreed to ask, not just me, but ask Yeshua her questions and she even went with us to Kehilat Ha Carmel on Shabbat. She was so blessed there, that at one point she exclaimed, "This is way better than a Rainbow (new age) Festival!" Please pray for continued revelation for this precious soul and the many other Israeli seekers who are hungry for the Truth!
We had another recent answer to the Luke 10:2b prayer at an outdoor concert in Tsfat. A young man sat down next to Richard and began sharing how he'd finished his rabbinic studies and then he looked straight at us and said he was investigating the claims of Yeshua. So I said it's not an accident that you shared this with us because I happen to be a Messianic Jew. Suddenly from behind a lady exclaimed, "Oh you're one of those? Can you tell me more?" So while I spoke with her, Richard spoke with the rabbi. What a double joy!
Romans 10:14-15 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? As it's written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good tidings!"
Our daughter Shayna married Yishai Pacquin on June 22 in Tsfat and we are so delighted to welcome Yishai into our family! Please pray for them and Shayna's four children to become a house of peace in Tsfat, the city on a hill...
We always carry our prodigal daughters in our hearts and daily ask the L-rd to send out workers into His harvest fields. Recently while visiting one of our daughters in Tel Aviv, a young woman approached our daughter with joy and they shared good memories from Messianic youth camp. She's a believer in Yeshua and I was delighted to see such a quick answer to prayer when they agreed to meet. Praise G-d for sending another worker into His harvest field who can touch the life of one of our prodigals!
As our waiter was clearing our table at the hotel where we met a sweet group of believers, I began to share with him how this tour group came not only to tour but to serve the Jewish people by restoring houses for lone soldiers and new immigrants at the ARC. He kept looking at my friends with wonder as I explained that these Christians were doing this because of their love for Yeshua, Jesus, and His people, Israel. At the end he was speechless and near tears as he sensed the deep love of Christians for his people. So thank you, all of you wonderful Christians who come to bless our people Israel. You are touching hearts so beautifully!
Update on recent persecution against our family:
Praise G-d that Ariel's wife, Shayla received a one year extension from the MOI, Ministry of Interior. Of course, she should have received her citizenship and benefits a few years ago. Unless she receives her citizenship we will have to fight this battle again next year. The MOI is also illegally discriminating against Avi's wife Liora, who should've already received health insurance and a work visa, but she's still on a tourist visa after two years of living in Jerusalem! Please pray for Avi and Liora, who are expecting their first child this October.
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Thank you for keeping us in prayer as we journey to TN & KY, then California, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. G-d willing we can bring blessings out of Zion through the Word and worship!
Thank you for keeping our family in prayer as we travel this summer. We are so grateful for your love, prayers and support and we pray the Genesis 12:3 blessing over you all!