Teaching, Training, Touching Lives

What Does MJBI Do?

The mission of the MJBI is simple: educate and train Messianic Jewish believers in Yeshua to become leaders all over the world.

How do we do this? One student at a time.

To fully understand the mission of the MJBI, watch this story of MJBI Ethiopia graduate, Derese Yohannes.

A Personal Invitation From Nic Lesmeister

  Hello Friends! Please take a moment to watch the video above. On Thursday Evening, November 10, 2016, we will be having our 20th Anniversary banquet. I want to personally invite each of you to join us for special evening, which will surely be a memorable experience. We will honor two of my heroes – MJBI President Dr. Wayne and Bonnie Wilks – for their two decades of sacrificial dedication in providing global educational opportunities

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Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen: Schnitzel

Schnitzel (meaning “cutlet” in German) is popular any time of the year in Israel, but especially good on a Jewish holiday like Sukkot. It is a deep-fried and breaded chicken breast. It can be eaten hot or cold, so it is perfect for eating outside under the Sukkah. Schnitzel Ingredients  2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved and beaten flat (four pieces) ½ cup flour 2 beaten eggs ½ cup Panko

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A Rabbi Looks at the Fall Feasts

A Rabbi Looks at the Fall Feasts By Rabbi Jonathan Bernis Founder and President, Jewish Voice Ministries International jvmi.org As summer winds down and the autumn of the year approaches, we enter into an extremely important period in the Jewish calendar known as the Fall Feasts. In fact, three significant biblical feasts occur in quick succession: Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement and holiest

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School of Messianic Theology | A Fresh Perspective

Have you ever considered diving into more knowledge about Messianic Judaism? Maybe the very idea scares you. School of Messianic Theology—out of these three words, which challenges—or makes you shiver—the most? Is it School? We all have our share of mixed feelings about school. Your experience may have been fun—or not. Is it Messianic? Since you are reading this magazine, I imagine you have an idea of what this means. But

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The Next 20 Years

I drive a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck—a Texas Edition Silverado, to be specific. This is an important point for any self-respecting Texan to make to our “foreign” (non-Texan) readership. Even though it just broke the 100,000-mile mark a couple months ago, to me it still feels like a new vehicle. Yet, when I stop and do the math, it shocks me to find out that it is nine-years-old. It is

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The Persistent Three-Letter Word Surrounding Israel.

I am looking out of the window of my Ethiopian Airlines plane as we cruise somewhere over Egypt en route to Israel. The meandering Nile River provides the only change of color in the sea of golden yellow desert below. Some 35,000 feet above ground, my Boeing 737 is filled with incredible diversity. Japanese, Chinese, Israeli, Russian, Ethiopian, and American passengers, just to name a few. All of them are

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Shavuot: We Are Counting On You, Lord!

  by Matthew Rudolph, International Director Gateways Beyond International Limassol, Cyprus   “One, two, three … forty-eight, forty-nine, FIFTY!” One of my favorite childhood games was hide and seek. It was all about building anticipation by counting to an agreed upon number, and then the thrill of the search for hidden friends—culminating in the absolute exhilaration of joyful discovery for both parties. The biblical Feast of Weeks carries the same sense of mounting anticipation except this time the feeling of expectation is intensified even more by counting numbers measured in days rather than mere seconds. While all seven Feasts of the Lord are directly related to the celebration and observance of appointed times set apart by God, only the Feast of Weeks is named specifically after the idea of counting time

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I muffled a scream to silence.

Side-by-side on a rickety and scarred wooden bench, we peeled potatoes together nearly every day for a year. As a young adult, I worked on a kibbutz near Petach Tikvah, Israel. Golda, my co-worker, was a Holocaust survivor. Narrowly escaping from a concentration camp, Golda fled to Israel as a young adult. She never mentioned the war or imprisonment. But I will never forget the day Golda pushed up her sleeves in the kitchen, exposing her green tattoo—crudely scrawled on the tender flesh of her forearm. My eyes fell on the numbers coldly assigned to her. I muffled a scream to silence; and my eyes welled with tears as I turned away, pretending not to have discovered her secreted tattoo that was hidden in plain sight. It was living proof

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Loading Up the Baby Blue Datsun

I just returned from Myaki, Ukraine, the place where the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute was birthed nearly 20 years ago in a fishing village 45 minutes outside of Odessa. I revisited nearby apartments and village houses where we lived and retraced the remote Ukrainian roads where my old baby blue Datsun van used to die in the middle of the frigid snowy winter. I repaired it by pulling off the road and blowing out the fuel filter. Yes, with my lips. There was not another such filter in all of Ukraine, so I had to improvise. The house I secured before my family arrived was in a small village. So happy with the rental agreement of $50 per month, I gleefully imagined how much money we would save. Upon Bonnie

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Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen: Orange Almond Macaroons

The Passover season wouldn’t be the same without the special holiday, coconut sweet—macaroons! Since no leavening is used in any form, these treats are a big hit in Jewish homes and restaurants around the world. They are so popular and easy to make that you don’t need to wait for Passover to indulge! Orange Almond Macaroons 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar 1 T orange zest ½ t almond extract ¼ orange extract 3 cups shredded coconut pinch of salt 6-8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Beat egg whites until frothy and add all ingredients but the coconut. Fold in 2 cups coconut with a spatula. With a small ice-cream scooper, drop cookies on greased or sprayed sheet or one lined with parchment.

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