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God’s perfect timing

Even when we think that we are running late, we can never be late for one of God's divine appointments. This was the case when CWI's Director of Ministry Richard Gibson met Natan and Lev on the Paris underground.

I was running late on the way to an outreach location with another team member when Natan leaned over the train aisle, pointed at our shirts and asked what they were all about. I explained we were in Paris to tell Jewish people about the Peacemaker and, guessing Natan was Israeli, asked if he could read what was on our shirts. Natan read out 'MiHu' and we started speaking in Hebrew.

I reasoned with Natan that as God created all humanity in his image, then there must be a single solution to the mess the world is in. This solution is the same for Jewish people and for Gentiles, whether they be Israelis, Arabs, Christians, Muslims or Orthodox Jews. I shared that we were in Paris to tell people that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the world.

Natan had never read the New Testament but was very keen to take a Hebrew language version, promising that he was serious and wanted to read it. He then asked me to repeat everything I had just told him to his Jewish French-Algerian friend Lev, who didn’t speak Hebrew! Shortly afterwards, Lev gave me his phone number and said he'd be happy for Aurel Vidal, our missionary in Paris, to visit him and tell him more about Jesus in French. Natan also gave the team his contact details but was on his way to the airport to fly back to Israel later that day.
Please pray for Natan as Igal Vender meets with him in Israel and pray for Aurel Vidal as he gets in touch with Lev to tell him more about the Saviour.

 

 


 

Three former addicts baptised in the Jordan

At the beginning of the year Kyle, a homeless Jewish addict, approached Igal Vender on the street asking for money for food. When Igal told him he had Good News to share and instead invited him for a meal at a local café, neither imagined where it would lead…

Kyle wanted to know why I would bother trying to help a homeless man like him. I explained that it was because of the One who lives in me and who transformed my own life – Jesus! I shared my testimony with Kyle before we opened the Scriptures and ate together. Kyle listened carefully to what I was saying before I prayed for him and we went our separate ways.

When I got home, my wife Milana and I committed to praying regularly for Kyle, not knowing if I would ever see him again. Two weeks later however, as I was walking down the street, a man approached me and asked how I was - it was Kyle!

This time round Kyle opened up about his own life. He is a 41 year old Russian Jewish divorcée who emigrated to Israel 15 years ago. In Russia he had a responsible job as a chief engineer but when he arrived in Israel the only job he could get as a non-Hebrew speaking immigrant was sweeping the streets. His inability to find a good job caused depression and he turned to drink. When his wife divorced him eight years ago, he began living on the streets. At this point in his life he stopped heavy drinking but turned to hard drugs and spent three years in prison. Kyle opened his heart to me, weeping as he recounted his life story. I gave him a big hug, told him that God cares for him and how Jesus could change his life.

Kyle told me that he didn’t trust people but when we first met he could sense there was something different about me. He also said that when I prayed for him he was overwhelmed by a sense of peace – something he had not felt for a long time! I offered him a place at the rehab centre I volunteer in and he gratefully accepted the invitation.

A month later we were studying the book of Ephesians at the rehab. When we finished Kyle approached me, declared that he believed Jesus had died for his sins and told me he wanted to repent and ask Jesus to be Lord of his life! Here was the answer to months of prayer right before my eyes. We prayed together as the other men in the rehab centre watched on.

Around the same time, two other men in the house also professed faith in Jesus. Over the months that followed, Kyle, Cyril and Greg grew in their faith as we studied the Scriptures together and they began serving in the rehab as well as in our church. Praise God, they even began joining us reaching out to other homeless people and addicts on the streets of Tel Aviv, sharing the Good News of Jesus the Messiah and the way he had transformed their lives. In June, following baptismal classes, we travelled to the River Jordan to the place where John the Baptist was baptising Jewish people two thousand years ago. There all three were baptised! Please pray for these three men as they continue to grow in the Lord and as they reach out to others around them.

 


 
October CWI missionary tours
Bookings now being taken

 

More Jewish people than ever are discovering Jesus as their Messiah. Lives are being changed as the gospel is being shared!

The story of Jewish people coming to faith in Jesus will bless, encourage and inspire your church. Don't miss the opportunity to have a CWI missionary visit to share this good news with your church! CWI missionaries will be visiting churches in the UK in October and November.

The following CWI missionaries will be visiting churches in England and Wales in October and November:

North-West of England
6th - 21st October
Igal Vender (Israel)

South of England
14th – 21st October
Aurel Vidal – (France)

Scotland
14th-24th October
Bogi Kozma (Hungary)

Northern Ireland
2nd – 14th November
Asaf Pelled (Holland) and Aviel Sela (Israel)

CWI Head of Ministry Richard Gibson is available for meetings in the North of England, Grace Lan for meetings in Scotland, and Philip Amos and Andreea Prismon are available for meetings around London and the South East on an ongoing basis.

 

How to book a speaker...

If you would like a CWI missionary to visit your church or group please contact our Speaker Specialist, Helen Thompson, on 01865 887830 or by email to hthompson@cwi.org.uk to arrange a meeting.

The Autumn meetings are filling up so please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

 

 

 


 
Celebrating 175 years! - DVD Now Available

 

 

A big thank you to everyone who joined us to commemorate our 175th Anniversary in Oxford at the end of January!

It was an amazing day of celebration and fellowship, and a wonderful time of thanksgiving for God's goodness to CWI over nearly two centuries.

The day kicked off with CWI's CEO Rev Joseph Steinberg delivering a passionate message on the opportunities and challenges facing CWI, highlighting the importance of continuing to do the one thing the mission was set up to do - telling Jewish people about Jesus.

The DVD of the event is now available to purchase from our Head Office for £10 +P&P. If you would like to buy a copy please contact us by email to info@cwi.org.uk or by calling us on 01865 887830.

Click here to read more and see photos from the Anniversary event…

 

 

 

 




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