Look at the Impact you have Made Worldwide!

August 2018 Newsletter

By Nic Lesmeister, President and CEO
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Posted in Featured Articles, Newsletter, on August 26, 2018

Before I joined the staff, Tabatha and I were first MJBI donors. I had the blessing of traveling with Dr. Wayne Wilks to get a hands-on look at how our financial support was making a Kingdom impact in the lives of Jewish people around the world. The more I visited MJBI ministries, the more inspired I was by seeing our gifts in action.

I realize, however, that not everyone has the opportunity to travel with us to see the work we’re doing around the world. With that in mind, indulge me while we take the next five minutes to travel the world together and see how your support is impacting lives in many different countries…



Last month, our ministry partner, Messianic congregation Bet-El (House of God) was able to take 400 Bibles to a maximum-security prison in Buenos Aires. Nearly half of the inmates are believers in Jesus, and they are using MJBI materials to learn the Word of God and be discipled by the pastors of Bet-El!



Dr. Greg Stone (Gateway Church) and I hosted a leader’s retreat near the Czech and Slovakia border for our new MJBI partners in Poland this month. We are just months from launching the first-ever Messianic Jewish Studies seminary degree in European history, and we had a special time teaching these key leaders about Jewish ministry. Also, the Shainoga family moved from Ukraine to Warsaw. It’s amazing that they joined MJBI as students in Odessa 19 years ago and are now being planted in Poland to make history for Jewish ministry, co-coordinating our new seminary school!



Dr. Stone and I also flew to Odessa, Ukraine, to visit Valentin and Tatyana Sviontek—the co-pioneers of MJBI with the Wilks. Their congregation, Or Hamashiach (The Light of Messiah), is progressing on their new building in the heart of the Jewish community, and they are starting a new year of their MJBI school in Odessa soon. It encourages me to see how many young people they have as leaders in their ministry!



Alfius Matandu is one of the overseers for the entire Lemba Jewish tribe. Under his oversight, over 90 Messianic congregations have been planted in just six years! Alfius is enrolled in our KADIMA college-level program and travels hundreds of miles on poor, African roads every other month to attend the fourteen-day class sessions with MJBI. Your support paid for him and his 29 other classmates to have new mattresses to sleep on while they are away from home. A good night’s sleep makes an already fruitful leader even more energized to reach his people for Yeshua!


We have nearly 200 students that study in our online School of Messianic Theology (SMT). Because of your support, we were able to add an additional twelve, six-hour courses to the SMT this past month! We have students from around the world taking classes to be trained for Jewish ministry. And, we’re nearly halfway finished with the translation of the SMT into Spanish!

Also, our MJBI website was just recently fully translated into Español as well. This allows our Spanish-speaking friends to benefit from valuable ministry resources such as Jewish holidays, blogs, and our online Zealous Magazine.


Without you, none of this would be possible.

As you prayerfully consider how to steward your precious financial treasure, know that your donations to MJBI are making and will continue to make a great impact for the Kingdom of God, to the Jew first. We greatly welcome your ongoing support today.

With gratitude,

Nic LesmeisterNic Lesmeister
President & CEO

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  • As Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) approaches September 19, pray that Jewish people around the world see that Yeshua has atoned for their sin
  • For Valentin & Tatyana Sviontek as they continue renovation of their congregation’s new building in Odessa, Ukraine
  • That those receiving our upcoming banquet invitations will be drawn to attend on November 15
  • For the students attending the next Zimbabwe KADIMA session October 1-13, and instructor Dr. Ray Gannon
  • For upcoming strategic MJBI trips to Nashville, Poland, and France