The Chosen People E-Newsletter - Canadian Edition

Why I Support Jewish Missions

From time to time, we hear from friends of the Mission who tell us of their love for the Jewish people and how that motivates them to support our work.

First and foremost, we support Jewish evangelism because we love the Jewish people and we know that pleases the Lord.

We also support the work because it is scriptural.  Genesis 12:3 says “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  People too often quote this portion of scripture when talking about financial blessings. Although this is possible, God is taking about the bigger picture of blessings of the heart and various blessings throughout our lives.

Lastly, we support Jewish evangelism because we recognize all that the Jewish people have done for us in bringing us the very foundation of our faith in the carefully recorded books of the Old Testament, thus allowing us to be grafted together with them. 

We know it is our responsibility to bring the message of the Gospel to HIS Chosen People with all urgency.  God’s heart aches for all those who do not know HIM especially the Jew (Romans 1:16).

Gary & Priscilla Smith
Picton, ON

I support Jewish ministries because I benefited from Chosen People Ministries outreach.  It began in 1934, when I was six years old.  It was then, while living on Troop Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, that I had my first contact with a Messianic Jewish ministry.

My Jewish mother became sick with rheumatic fever and the doctor feared it would damage her heart.  Gradually she improved until she was able to shop in a nearby Jewish market.  Every day she passed by a Messianic centre, noticing a sign in Yiddish that invited Jewish people to a free medical clinic inside.  My mother took advantage of the offer and, because of the love she found there, she allowed my sisters and me to attend the children's group at the Centre, but sternly warned us not to believe anything they taught us.

Augusta Sussdorf, a staff worker at the Messianic Centre, asked me if I ever prayed in Jesus name.  I replied, "No!"  Miss Sussdorf told me that, if I would pray in Jesus name, God would answer my prayers.  She quoted the words of Jesus in John 16:24:  “Until now you have asked nothing in My name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

At the age of twelve, I had an occasion to follow her advice.  It was Christmas morning of 1940.  My father woke up with severe chest pains and shortness of breath.  My mother called Dr. Freeman, our family physician.  He rushed over to our apartment to examine my father who was unable to get out of bed.  I overheard him tell my mother, “Mrs. Runge, I regret to tell you this, but your husband has had a massive heart attack.  I can do nothing for him; he will most likely die before tonight.  Make him as comfortable as you can.”

My mother sent us children outside to give my dad some quiet.  As I went to a friend’s home to see what he had received for Christmas, I stopped to pray silently.  “O God, how could this be happening to my father on the birthday of Your Son, Jesus?  If You heal my dad, I will give You my life.”  I ended my prayer in the name of Jesus.

At lunchtime I returned home and found my dad sitting at the table eating heartily and looking quite well.  From then on, I prayed secretly in the name of Jesus, under my covers every night.

My father lived for many more years.

God’s answer to my prayer that Christmas Day settled for me, once and for all, that Jesus is the true Son of God.  Two years later, I accepted Jesus as my Saviour and Lord and have lived for Him for 68 years --  all because of Jewish evangelism.

Al Runge
British Columbia
April 2011

I would like to share my story of why I support Jewish missions.  My mother and her brother were strong supporters of Israel.  I remember when I was very young, my mother told me many stories about Israel.  She had no real education, but she knew the Bible and where Israel stood in the plan of God.

Whenever possible, Mom shopped in Jewish stores for her supplies.  She and my uncle knew every Prime Minister Israel had.  I remember that, if anyone wanted to know anything about the Mid-East, they would contact Mom or her brother. 

Mom and my uncle left a mark on me that I will never forget.  They told me to always pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  My uncle passed away and written on his grave stone are the words "Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem."

I just returned from a ten-day tour of Israel and my life will never be the same.  I was baptized in the River Jordan.  The presence of God was just unbelievable.  Praise God!

In His service,
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland
March 2011 

Will you prayerfully consider giving toward Jewish evangelism?  Thank you!

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