The One Who Calls You is Completely Dependable

By Nic Lesmeister
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I recently flew from Israel to Ethiopia for a very short trip. Accompanied by MJBI Board member, Rabbi Ari Waldman, we left our families in Jerusalem to fly to Addis Ababa for something special.

One of MJBI’s first graduates of our Ethiopia school, Derese, was now graduating with his Master of Divinity from The King’s University Messianic Studies program. Derese is the very first person on the African continent with a graduate degree in Messianic Studies – ever!

It was a great time of celebration with the leaders of the Messianic movement from all over Ethiopia. Derese had studied hard for three full years to earn this degree, and he did it all online from Addis Ababa, where the internet is about as dependable as a Soviet tank.

Derese fits the exact mission of the MJBI – to educate, train and empower leaders for Jewish ministry.

However, as you can imagine, working in a third world country with an extremely different culture than America leads to some very complex challenges. We celebrate Derese’s great achievement, but we now face the complex task of expanding and deepening MJBI’s training in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopia Messianic leaders have an aggressive vision to form the very first Messianic Jewish denomination in the world. There are networks and alliances of congregations around the world, but no country has formed its own denomination.

As I flew back to Israel, staring out the window while the evening sun cast a golden glow on the Sinai desert below us, I began to pray for wisdom on how to further this vision that He has given to MJBI.

I opened my Bible to 1 Thessalonians 5:24, and was immediately encouraged:

“The One who called you is completely dependableIf He said it, He will do it.” (MSG)

At some point, all of us need to throw up our hands and admit that only God can work in our lives to most gloriously manifest His Kingdom on earth.

Today, I pray that you would be comforted with this same promise: the Lord is completely dependable. Whatever challenges you face right now, give them to the Lord and see how His faithfulness is displayed.

Lastly, I want to thank you for being so dependable to us at MJBI. Your faithful prayers, encouragement and financial support allow us to set lofty goals in places like Ethiopia. It is your partnership with us that gives us the strength we need to keep investing in men and women like Derese in Jewish communities around the world.

I sincerely thank you, and pray that your generosity towards us at MJBI is repaid one hundred fold by the One who is completely dependable.

May the Lord bless you from Jerusalem,

Nic Lesmeister
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Gratefully, Nic Lesmeister – President and CEO

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