Bearing one another’s burdens:
Please join us in praying for Deborah Pacht (of our London branch), and her family as they mourn the passing of her father.
Please also join us in paying tribute to Dr. Harold Hoehner, who passed away unexpectedly on February 12 at the age of 74. Dr. Hoehner was Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and served for twenty-four years as chairman of the New Testament department. He was less known as a much-loved member of the board of directors of Jews for Jesus, having served faithfully on our board since 1994. We will miss him so very much. Please pray God’s comfort and peace for Harold’s wife, Gini, their four adult children and eleven grandchildren.
The end of an era:
After some eighteen months of preparation, Jews for Jesus has switched to a new computer system and database. . . Anyone who has been through such a transition knows the tremendous potential we hope to gain, and the tremendous problems we hope to avoid! Please pray that all goes well!
Wonderful Winter Weekends!
In January and February, we hold our Camp Gilgal WWWs (Wonderful Winter Weekends) for Jewish children and youth ages 8-18. This enables us to have ongoing ministry to our summer campers and to provide potential new campers with the opportunity to test drive” Camp Gilgal. As with all our children and youth ministry, the purpose of Camp Gilgal is to raise up new generations of Jewish believers in Messiah.
The Bible lessons for this year’s WWWs have been based on Psalm 91. Verse 2 is a great reminder for us to trust in the Lord: “I will say to the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.'” We also have times of worship as well as zany activities. The campers come away closer to the Lord and to each other.
Our first 2009 WWW was held in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California on January 9-11. Thirty-two campers attended. The highlight came after our Bible lesson on Sunday morning as one of our campers prayed to surrender her heart to the Lord. She is twelve years old and was invited to by her friend. Her parents are unbelievers, so we’re thrilled that they allowed her to come, and that God touched her heart.
Our WWW-East was held in Jersey from January 30 – February 1. Thirty-two campers also attended this WWW. Whereas last year there was only enough snow to make teeny, tiny snowmen, this year they were able to play a great game of Capture the Degel (that’s flag in Hebrew) in the snow and have an afternoon of sledding all together! At their Saturday night Havdalah service (Hebrew for separation) — the service that marks the end of Shabbat, nine campers recommitted their hearts to the Lord! Click here to enjoy some photos of WWW East.
Our Midwest-WWW was held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from February 6-8. Twenty-two campers attended, many from as far away as Missouri and Michigan. The weather was great on Saturday. In fact, so great that all the snow melted and the staff had to come up with all new activities, which was challenging but fun. The worship was better than it has ever been and one camper surrendered her heart to the Lord.
Last but not least, we are waiting to hear back from our Northern California WWW (February 13-15 in the Sierra foothills) to which forty-nine campers were expected to attend, including nine first-time campers.
Please pray for God to work in the hearts of those who attend these Camp Gilgal weekends, and please especially pray for God to protect those who made commitments to Him during these WWWs.
Passover tours begin next month!
Our missionaries will be traveling all over creation to minister in churches that have kindly scheduled us to present “Christ in the Passover.” Once the tours are over, we’ll be having Passover banquets in most of our branches.
We would love to have you join us as we celebrate the Lamb of God and show how He is revealed through the Feast of Passover. Check out whether or not a church in or near your area will be hosting one of these presentations.
These are opportunities for you to soak in the rich heritage that is yours through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. They are also opportunities for us to meet and greet you and let you know how much we appreciate your involvement with Jews for Jesus. And don’t forget to invite your friends who need to know Jesus! Click here to find a banquet near you.