Posted in Featured Articles, Latest News, Newsletter, on May 27, 2018 Recently, while having dinner at Tabatha’s parents’ home in Tyler, my mother-in-law and I were discussing how an organization can clearly communicate what it does to those who partner with them. She asked how I would summarize our ministry’s purpose and importance in order to help her be an even better advocate for MJBI in the future. As I attempted to give a simple, clear answer to her question, it dawned on me that in order to understand what MJBI does, one must acknowledge that there is something special about Israel and the Jewish people. Thinking on this point further, I realized that not every person has a clear and concise understanding of this importance. Since this month is Israel’s 70th anniversary as a nation-state (May 14), I want to take a few moments to answer this question: Why Israel? In the business world, the phrase “elevator pitch” is a common expression to be able to explain the importance and value of your business during the time it takes to ride an elevator up or down. So, step into the elevator with me for a moment… It all starts in Genesis 12:2-3. “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Israel was (and is) God’s original world missions agency. God reconfirms this eternal covenant 16 times in the book of Genesis and the beginning of Exodus. From Abraham to Yeshua (Jesus), God delivers, restores, and magnifies the Jewish people time and time again. Finally, He sends His Son as the awaited Messiah of Israel. Yeshua’s followers are almost entirely Jewish, and they maintain a Jewish lifestyle even after He dies, resurrects, and ascends to heaven. Over the next few centuries, the community of believers in Yeshua did multiply, but mainly among non-Jewish followers. Eventually, anti-Semitism arose, and the Jewish connection to faith in Yeshua was deliberately severed by major church councils and leaders. The Jewish people continued living in exile on the margins of societies around the world, enduring various levels of persecution for over a millennia. Then, the dreadful Shoah (Holocaust) catapulted them to center stage. Miraculously, three years after the end of World War II, a Jewish nation was reborn for the first time in nearly 2,000 years. Throughout history, no other culture, people group, or nation has been driven into a scattered exile as a minority and then been regathered to their same homeland with a resurrection of the same language and culture. Ever. Only the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the Hebrew language share this distinction. At the beginning of World War II, around 3% of the world’s Jews lived in the Land of Israel. Today, that number stands at 45%. God has been faithful to the numerous Scriptures that promised a regathering of His people to the Land He has given to them—Israel. It has been, is still, and will always be the plan of God to use the Jewish people to bring salvation to the nations of the earth. We non-Jews have been grafted into these promises through Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, and realize we must join in finishing what Yeshua started—taking the Good News to the lost sheep of the House of Israel and all nations. As the great Apostle Paul wrote in Romans: “For since [the Jewish people’s] rejection [of Yeshua] meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead!” Romans 11:15 NLT WHY ISRAEL? BECAUSE GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN IS TO USE THEM TO BRING LIFE-GIVING REVIVAL AND SALVATION TO ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH. As we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday, I hope you will pause to consider how God has placed you on the earth for such a time as this. We are nearing the return of Yeshua, which will be initiated when the Jewish people turn to Him and finally welcome Him as their Messiah! Thank you for being a part of blessing Israel by supporting the MJBI. We need your friendship to see this great vision become a reality. With great hope and excitement, Nic Lesmeister President & CEO Partner with us Pray with Us Pray for the people of Israel to come to know Yeshua, their Messiah. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6. Pray for the believers in the land, that they would be effective and safe. Pray for the Kadima sessions in Zimbabwe from May 19 to June 1 and June 25 to July 6. Pray for Dr. Wayne Wilks and Sam Arnaud as they travel to Marseille, France for a conference on Israel.