For Zion’s Sake | Winter 2018

By  Nic Lesmeister, President and CEO
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Posted in Zealous Magazine on January 25, 2018

When I was in 10th grade in my rural Western Minnesota high school, I was required to enroll in two years of Spanish. My teacher, Señor Landwehr, was one of the best teachers I had in any subject in high school. And to prove his effectiveness as a teacher, I still retain a large amount of the Spanish I learned in his class to this day.

I have always loved Latin American culture. It is true that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” because Latin American cuisine is some of my favorite food. But Hispanic, Latin American and Spanish culture in general is so warm, inviting, and hospitable as well.

We’re dedicating this issue of Zealous Magazine to Latin America. Specifically, we want to introduce you to the Jewish world of Latin America, which is so rich in history and culture.

Did you know that all of the 15 million Jewish people on the earth today have at least one Spanish ancestor? Or that just before the Spanish Inquisition in 1492, 90% of the world’s Jews were Sephardic (Spanish descendant)? The Ashkenazi (European) Jewish culture now dominates broader Jewish life, but we at MJBI are making a concerted, strategic effort to engage in Latin America in a new and deepened way.

In this issue, you’ll learn about the amazing new opportunities for MJBI to advance Jewish ministry in the explosive Latin American believing communities, as well as the fast-growing Latin American Jewish communities. We’ll also share about the important work of our dear MJBI Brazil friends, Marcelo and Matheus Guimarães, and their Museum of the Inquisition. My right hand man at MJBI, Sam Arnaud, has a very encouraging article about peace and rest. And our “Life from the Land” features my good friends at Israel First Fruits, who are pioneering entrepreneurship for believers in Yeshua all over Israel.

Grab a cup of Colombian coffee and enjoy this cultural deep dive with us into Latin America!

Por amor de Sión (For Zion’s sake),

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Nic Lesmeister,  President and CEO