Avi Snyder | Budapest

Missionary Director

Avi Snyder is a veteran missionary and director of the European work of Jews for Jesus. He pioneered Jews for Jesus’ ministry in the former Soviet Union, before launching works in both Germany and Hungary. He will share with you what is happening in Jewish evangelism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Avi received his theological training at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, Leah, Joel and Liz.

No Coincidences
September 22, 2015
Author: Avi Snyder

A seemingly random encounter turns out to be anything but!

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Ever Again
Author: Avi Snyder

 The Jewish people have always had opponents, because God’s plans have always had an opponent, one whom the Scriptures call the adversary. 

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The Results are Worth the Risks
June 17, 2014
Author: Avi Snyder

Modern day Nazis are among the various kinds of opposition we face when standing for Jesus publicly. But great opportunities crop up when we stand our ground.

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The Innocent Victim
Author: Avi Snyder

For Jews in some parts of the world, suffering has been an especially intimate part of life.Havurah asked three Jewish believers, from Eastern Europe, France, and Israel, to reflect on Jesus and Jewish suffering. Judit believes in the existence of sin. She’s certainly seen enough of it to be convinced. As a child, she escaped…

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What the Holocaust proves
March 11, 2014
Author: Avi Snyder

This bonus article from our European director may be controversial, but it could also shed light on a very disturbing topic

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Son of SS officer shares platform with son of Holocaust survivor
Author: Avi Snyder

Son of SS officer shares platform with son of Holocaust survivor

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Can We Forgive?  Can We be Forgiven?
December 18, 2013
Topics: forgiveness
Author: Avi Snyder

Throughout Europe, January 27 has become a solemn day to mark the liberation of Auschwitz, one of the most notorious Nazi death camps. When we remember the crimes against my people and against all humanity that were committed in that place, two haunting questions come to mind. "Can we forgive? Can we be forgiven?"

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Life from the Dead
Author: Avi Snyder

There are a number of cities throughout Europe that need to hear the gospel from Jewish lips specifically because of what happened to us there. Three of these cities are Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest. Maybe you can already see the historical thread that connects these three cities. Berlin is the place where the Holocaust was…

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Life from the Dead
April 4, 2012
Author: Avi Snyder

The Apostle Paul explained how Israel’s initial rejection of her Messiah led to the message of salvation being brought to the world (Romans 11:11). But Paul also looked forward to the future redemption of Israel: “if their rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead” (Romans…

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Hold Back the Sun, and Grant us the Day
September 16, 2011
Author: Avi Snyder

Please pray for our Odessa Campaigners This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the start of the work of Jews for Jesus in what is now the former USSR. In fact, as you read this note, my colleagues from Russia and Ukraine are celebrating with an evangelistic street campaign in Odessa; they’re calling it, “Operation…

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Variations on the Freedom Theme…
March 1, 2010
Author: Avi Snyder

Passover, the Feast of Redemption, is a great time to focus on God’s saving power.  But what does that freedom mean after we’ve been saved?  Following you will see two very different aspects of the freedom theme, as one of our missionaries passes on a lesson to a contact, and another receives a lesson for…

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What Are We Chosen For, Anyway?
October 26, 2009
Author: Avi Snyder

Mordecai and I had agreed to meet in order to “exchange our points of view.” But both of us knew what we really meant by that phrase: each of us was intent on changing the other one’s mind. I wanted to tell him about my faith in Y’shua, and Mordecai wanted to tell me about the joys of living an Orthodox Jewish life.

“Avi, Avi, Avi,” Mordecai moaned. “I look at you, and I see such a tragedy. You’re like a man who went searching for treasure. But instead of looking in your own back yard, you decided to dig in the gentiles’ yards. Whatever you think you’ve found, it can’t compare with the beauty of what you’ve left behind.” He drew in a mournful breath, then let out a sigh. “”Come back, Avi. You’re one of God’s chosen. Come back…”

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What Are We Chosen For, Anyway?
Author: Avi Snyder

  Mordecai and I had agreed to meet in order to “exchange our points of view.” But both of us knew what we really meant by that phrase: each of us was intent on changing the other one’s mind. I wanted to tell him about my faith in Yeshua, and Mordecai wanted to tell me…

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HaTikvah
June 1, 2009
Author: Avi Snyder

Are you familiar with the word in the title of this article? HaTikvah is the contemporary Hebrew for the hope.” It is also the title of the Israeli national anthem. Ironically, these days don’t seem very hopeful to many Israelis, or to many others for that matter. These are perilous times. War in the Middle…

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Should I Not Have Compassion
July 28, 2008
Topics: moishes musings
Author: Avi Snyder

In times past, we have sometimes offered advice on witnessing by publishing a “What do I say when they say?” column. We’ve also invited our readers to submit their questions in that form.

As Moishe has mused over one reader’s questions, he revised the format slightly in order to give a more meaningful answer. So, instead of “What do I say . . .” we’ll look at “What should I understand when my friend says . . .”

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Not Everyone Rejoiced When Jesus was Born
December 1, 2006
Topics: moishes musings
Author: Avi Snyder

I have been exchanging e-mails with an Orthodox Jewish man named Mikhail, who regards my faith in Yeshua as blasphemous. He sees Jesus as a false prophet, and he looks upon me as one who worships other gods.” By way of contrast, I’m also e-mailing another Jewish man named Nathan, whom I first met during…

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Jesus and the Shoah
August 1, 2005
Author: Avi Snyder

There has been quite a bit in the media about the Shoah (also spelled Shoa) or Holocaust in the past several months. January was the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In May, there were many news stories and programs commemorating the end of the Second World War. If there is one thing that…

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Operation Behold Your God
Author: Avi Snyder

Imagine this: Jewish people throughout the world hearing the gospel in terms they can understand—maybe even for the first time! Between March 2001 and October 2005, Jews for Jesus plans to launch an outreach in every city worldwide that has a Jewish population of 25,000 or more. The work will take place in approximately 60…

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Will A Voice Be Heard?
August 1, 1997
Author: Avi Snyder

Before perestroika, the church in Russia stood firm in the face of severe persecution. While perseverance and purity were emphasized over open proclamation, a witness still went forth. Non-believers heard the gospel, repented, and joined the family of God. In fact, one of our Moscow-based staff, Ella Libkina, came to faith through the courageous story…

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A Passover in Russia
April 1, 1997
Author: Avi Snyder

The evening before, all of us had participated in a public Passover seder demonstration that the Moscow station of Jews For Jesus hosted in a local movie theater. Now it was the traditional second seder night,” and our family of staff and volunteers gathered in Ella Libkina’s home to celebrate more privately our redemption through…

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