Posted in Featured Articles, Newsletter, on July 29, 2018 My six-year-old daughter has recently become aware of the purpose of money. She does not quite fully grasp the nominal values and how they relate to purchasing items of different cost, but she talks frequently now about “having a lot of money” and what that must be like. It’s pretty fun to sit and dream with her as she imagines $100 buying a life that most of us know would cost closer to $1,000,000! Attempting to explain to her how someone can accumulate so much wealth and become “rich,” I have been learning a lot along the way. We have been teaching her that someone with great wealth traditionally is someone with great influence as well. They employ hundreds of people or make decisions that affect thousands of people. The Hebrew word for “influence” is – hashefa’ah. This word comes from the root word – shefah – meaning “abundance.” The relation of the two words is purposeful, as someone with great influence is usually someone with great abundance—in wealth, wisdom, talent, etc. As followers of Yeshua (Jesus), each one of us have a desire for influence and abundance. We may not aspire to leading a company or organization or holding a political office, but we all hope that our lives will make an influential change on our world for the Kingdom of God. More specifically, the fact that you are reading this letter means that you likely have a strong desire to influence the Jewish people as well! Through your support of MJBI, you are using your influence to bless Israel and see Jewish people around the world touched with the love of their Messiah, Yeshua. So, how can we help you achieve greater influence in your desire to bless Israel and minister to the Jewish people? We’ve been asking ourselves this question as a team lately. We recently started sending out weekly emails that can empower you in your knowledge of the Jewishness of your faith. We have begun to create new videos to share with you in the future, giving you the practical tools you need to talk with your Jewish friends about Yeshua. We overhauled our Jewish Feasts and Holidays section on our website, making it easier for you to understand these rich and meaningful traditions. However, we really need your help! What else could we do to better equip and empower you in your understanding of Israel, Judaism, or Jewish ministry? How can we help to increase the abundance of knowledge, tools, or resources in your personal walk with the Lord? We really would like to hear from you directly on what would be most helpful! You can email us at [email protected] or interact with us on Facebook Messenger as well. Our mission at MJBI is to equip leaders to reach the Jewish people. Leaders are simply people with influence—something everyone has, to a degree. Let us know how we can help equip you, your Bible study, your church, or your business to better take the Gospel “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16). May you be overwhelmed with God’s unlimited abundance today! Your teammate in blessing Israel, Nic Lesmeister President & CEO Partner with us PRAY WITH US! Pray for the protection, the peace, and the salvation of Israel. Pray for our MJBI staff and our directors all around the globe. Pray for more leaders to be trained and sent out to reach the Jewish people. Pray for our November 15 banquet, specifically over the logistics and planning.