Chag Sameach!

(Happy Holidays!)

By Nic Lesmeister
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Posted in Featured Articles, Latest News, Newsletter, on December 22, 2019

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! As 2019 comes to a close, so does the formal ministry of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute.

Though MJBI is ending, we’re transplanting the vision and heart of MJBI into the new Gateway Center for Israel next month!

As I think about the Jewish and Christian holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas, I am reminded of the one thing that connects them both— LIGHT. And not just any light, but the eternal, vibrant and warm light of Yeshua the Messiah of Israel and the Nations!

The Hanukkah lampstand reminds us that God can miraculously keep His light shining even in the darkest, most hopeless times. As MJBI closes its doors this month, I am encouraged that our light is not being extinguished, but instead fanned into brighter flames as Gateway Center for Israel.


1. GO TO CENTERFORISRAEL.COM and subscribe to our new email list to stay connected with us as we launch!

2. HAVE YOU MADE THE SWITCH? If you have decided to continue financially supporting Gateway Center for Israel, you can give online here. (We cannot transfer your automated donations from MJBI to the Center.)

Go to the MJBI FAQS page for more info.

3. THE MINISTRY OF MJBI UKRAINE – our flagship location – will continue under Rabbi Valentin Sviontek’s leadership. We strongly encourage you to support this ministry financially if you choose to no longer support MJBI at the end of 2019. They are truly reaching Jewish people with Yeshua’s love in Europe and in Israel!

Visit their website to learn more.

On behalf of Dr. Wayne & Bonnie Wilks, the MJBI Board of Directors, and my wife Tabatha, I want to sincerely thank you one final time for 23 years of amazing ministry to the Jewish people.

From all of us, we wish you the brightest holiday season, filled with the light and love of Yeshua!


Nic Lesmeister

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