Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship
Update April 2, 2008
to all. ďThe grace of the Adonai Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, and the love of Elohim, and the fellowship of the Ruach
HaKodesh, be with you all.Ē
Forget - The SBMF Encampment is Coming in June:
I thank my God, making
mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you
have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of
your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing
which is in you in Christ Jesus. [Philem 6 NKJV]
Baruch Ha'bah BíShem Adonai. [Psalms 118:26]
Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the L-rd. [Matthew
Let us hold fast the
confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And
let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but
exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
We pray that all is well with you.
G-d is so good. He is
blessing us all the time. Be blessed, be healthy, be found in Him.
from Rabbi Mike Saffle, Shalom Adonai Messianic Baptist Fellowship, Wichita
We have a major blessing to tell you all about.
We have been praying about live music
for our Seder this year (many of you know we are still using 'canned' music
for our services!), but HaShem had not given any leading toward any
Well, some dear friends -
the Hanes Family (also known as Messianic music group Zemer Levav!!) - called
today, and are not only coming to Shalom Adonai to play for our Seder, but
are also giving us a concert during our Shabbat Service that morning! We
are so blessed by their music and friendship. If
you know Zemer Levav's music you know why, and if you don't, I highly
recommend you check out their website http://www.zemerlevav.com
and take a quick listen. Their
CDs are available through Lederer and Integrity Music. We
thank Yeshua for His provision, and for His leadership.
Shalom, May you all be blessed
this Pesach season!
News from Rev. Randall S. Clarke, Chaplain, Hargrave Military Academy
year has been very interesting. We started some new things this year,
for example we had our first Spiritual Emphasis Weekend in the fall and we
had our first Chapel winter retreat in February.
the course of this year we have had 152 cadets and one teacher make a public
decision. Some were first time professions of faith in Christ and
others were rededications. Many were inquiries wanting to know more.
am really excited by the growth of our Thursday night Bible study group
called Fellowship of the Word. During this past year I have seen this
growing steadily. In the fall we would run between 15 & 20.
Now we are running between 23 & 30. The great thing is that we are
seeing new faces show up. One of them was a pretty strong atheist at
the start of the year and now he is hungry to know the truth about the Lord.
am having some difficulties that I would rather share with you by phone, but
overall the Lord is doing great things.
News form Jim Hendricks, Israels Fullness
Fullness is a Messianic ministry providing evangelistic Bible studies for
both Jewish and non-Jewish people. These Bible studies can be used both
for personal growth and evangelistic outreach. They are designed to be
one-on-one studies, but can be taught to large or small groups.
of the opportunities we have in promoting the gospel of Yeshua among Jewish
people is on campuses. Israel's fullness has been endeavoring to plant
a ministry at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA.
currently have a Bible study with a few students off campus, but this needs
to be expanded and eventually be on campus. We are praying for someone
who would be able to raise their own support and work with this ministry.
We may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or phone 540-525-4116.
Ministry & Outreach News From
Ruth, Our Sister Missionary In Russia
vision is to see Russian Jews gathered into vibrant Messianic congregations
being a light to the nations.
Wed. Donna and I went to look at a place to hold camp. We both
really liked it and feel like it is the place that God wants us to use.
I have contacted them and asked if we can make a reservation.
They couldnít give me an immediate answer but promised to call
back today or tomorrow. Please pray that if this is the right place
that God will work out all the details and we will be able to use it.
for Passover are starting to come together. We will be helping with two
celebrations-one on April 19th and one on April 26th.
I am really looking forward to what God will do through those
celebrations. They are always a wonderful opportunity to share the
Gospel with Jewish people. Please be praying for the planning
meeting that we will be having on Thursday, April 3rd. Also
please be praying that God will draw many Jewish people to these
Saturday I attended another Purim celebration. The hall that we
used held 80 people and the place was full. Many Jewish
people who are not yet believers were there and had an opportunity to
hear the Gospel and respond. Praise God for the work He is doing in
that area of the city. Please pray for those people who attended to
follow up on the commitments that they made to the Lord that day.
you so much for praying about the wrong numbers that I was getting last
week. After I asked you to pray I went back to getting an average
of one wrong number a day. Isnít it exciting to hear how God
answers our prayers! Praise the Lord!
Thursday I went to the post office and found out that I had 5 boxes
waiting for me to pick up. Keep in mind that I donít have a car
and I live about 7 minutes from the post office. Rather than just
picking up a few packages at a time I decided to pick them all up at
once. When I saw all these big boxes I realized that there was no
way I could get them home by myself. I was too far from the street
to flag down a taxi. So finally I decided the only thing I could do
was stop a passerby and ask him to help. It took a while to find
someone who looked sober, strong and trustworthy but the first man I
asked agreed to help. Moscow is a mega-city where people donít
normally pay much attention to others needs or problems so I was
pleasantly surprised to find someone to help. He carried the boxes
to my apartment door and when I thanked him and offered him some money
for helping he refused it and walked off. What a blessing to know
that there are still some Good Samaritans in Moscow. What a
blessing to have friends to send me packages also.
for your prayers for my friend that had the medical tests. He has
been given medical clearance and is moving ahead in the ministry
direction that God is calling him to.
have made contact with colleagues in the cities in Siberia where we will
be visiting and they have all agreed to host us or find a place for us to
stay and show us around their cities. I am so grateful for their
hospitality and Godís provision. Please continue to pray for us
as we buy our train and plane tickets and move forward with our plans.
Friday I was able to be involved in street evangelism with some Russian
believers. We stood near a Metro (subway) station where there were lots
of Jewish people on their way to synagogue to purchase matzah. I
was able to give out about 150 tracts, to Jews and non-Jews and was able
to engage several people in conversation. One Jewish woman is a
retired English teacher and wants to attend my English club or Bible
study. Please pray that she will call and come. It seems like
her heart is open to the Lord. Her name is Stella.
of my friends is having major surgery on Tuesday, April 1st.
Please pray that the surgery will go well and that the tumor that
the doctors remove will not be cancerous.
are making progress in getting work permits. It is not the perfect
option but seems to be the best at this time. Please pray for Donna
and I as we get our paperwork together in order to get the process
started. We need to get our new visas by mid June so please pray
that all will be ready by then.
first Passover celebration will be on Saturday, April 19th.
We are still in the process of inviting people to come and reminding
those who we invited earlier. It is not normal for people to RSVP
for things so we have no idea how many people will come. The hall we are
renting holds 60 so that is how many we are planning for. Please
pray that God will bring those that He wants to hear the message of the
Lamb who has been sacrificed. Please pray that many young Jews will
attend. Wed. Donna and I will be shopping for Passover. Friday we,
and another friend will be doing food preparations and Saturday is the
celebration itself. Please pray that God will richly bless all that
we do and help us to get things done in an orderly fashion. If any
of you live in or near Moscow and would like to attend our celebration
please let me know and Iíd be glad to give you the details.
the Passover celebrations I would like to have a 4 week Bible study to
give people an introduction to the Bible. Why only 4 weeks?
In mid May Donna and I will be going to Siberia so I wonít be here to
lead the group. In June people begin taking vacation and it is very
hard to keep anything going through the summer. My goal in having
this short Bible study is to seek out some people who would be interested
in participating in a house church in the Fall. This has been put
on hold as I have sought those who God wants to be a part of the group.
One of my projects for this week will be deciding what Bible study to do
for these 4 weeks. Please pray for Godís wisdom. Also pray
that He will call out some people who are hungering after him to be a
part of this Bible study.
are still waiting to get confirmation on prices from the place where we
will have camp this summer. I sent an e-mail with the requested
changes last week but have not gotten a reply. Please pray that I
will be able to talk with the camp administrator today and get the prices
confirmed. We need to do this before we can advertise the camp so that we
know how much we will charge people.
hope that you are as encouraged as I am to see all the ways that God has
answered your prayers. Please keep them a coming and may God richly
bless each of you this week. If you have special prayer needs please
let me know so that I can pray for you as well. I would consider that
to be a great honor.
News from Rabbi Edwin, Baruch
HaShem Jewish-Christian Synagogue, Peculiar, MO
We have done a Yeshua in the Passover teaching
for the pastors of the Clay-Platte Baptist Association. We are also scheduled
to do teachings for some local congregations in the KC area and will have an
open to the public Seder teaching on April 20th.
We are also working with a local charitable
organization Adam's House of Hope to gain some property in Independence. If
this succeeds, we will move from out in the wilderness into Independence. Our
local is our biggest determent to growth at this time.
We are also hosting an Jan 2009 Messianic
Israel trip which is open to any who what to go with us.
Both the Independence, MO move and the Israel
trip our or primary prayer areas at this point.
Disaster News from Rabbi Hal Garrett, MIshkan
Ministries, Cherokee Village, Arkansas
and Esther live in Cherokee Village in Northern Arkansas.
The flooding around the Mississippi river and connecting rivers has
decimated the areas around this major waterway. Homes, businesses, local
churches, farms and entire communities have been destroyed.
Here are some of the photos that Hal and Esther sent to me.
pray for our brother and sister. Please
pray that the local churches in this area are filled with the Holy Spirit and
His supply to help those in the tribulation of disaster to find the only
Savior, Yeshua HaíMashiach.
Flood Disaster News In Central Illinois
SBMF President Ric Worshill
You may have seen the news about the flooding in
North Central Illinois last December. If not, I would like to let you know
about one of the several SBC churches that was devastated by these floods.
Watseka Baptist Church is in the center of the flood area of Iroquois
County, IL. The water damaged the
foundation and building beyond repair. The
floor of the church building sits about three feet above ground level and the
water was up about three inches above the sanctuary floor.
The basement of the church was flooded and the classroom was moved off
Watseka Baptist Church is a small Southern
Baptist Church that is working the good work of bringing the good news of Jesus
Christ in the Three Rivers (Southern) Baptist Association.
This church is very limited in resources and is made up of mostly senior
citizens who have limited physical abilities. This area has been
resistant to the Gospel for too many years. This church is working to lead
the lost to the L-rd.
Watseka Baptist Church is a small congregation
who have not been able to afford flood insurance.
The members are devastated as their church has been damaged as well as
some of their homes.
Watseka Baptist Church is the first Southern
Baptist Church to license and ordain a Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship
member as Southern Baptist Minister and Messianic Rabbi.
This local church was the first to use the SBMF Messianic Rabbinic
Please pray for this small local church as they
need to find property on high ground in the area that they serve and build a new
building. Their church building has
been condemned. They need the L-rd
to supply as there are no funds available to accomplish this acquisition of
property or build a building.
are other churches in this area that have been damaged.
you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the
Son. If you ask Me anything in My
name, I will do it. [John
Church is located at:
S. Second Street
Church Phone: 815-432-4400
Richard Reeder Sr.
E. Grant St.
Come join us
in Indy this June. Real food from the Tree of Life and good fellowship.
are what we eat. Feast on the Tree of Life. Be filled with Light
and Life. Read the Word.
is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those
things which are written in it; for the time is near.
[Revelation 1:3 NKJV]
Haíba BíShem Adonai
is he who comes in the name of the LORD! [Ps
L-rd bless you, and watch over you; The L-rd make His face
shine on you, And be gracious to you; The L-rd lift up His
countenance on you, And give you peace. [NASU Numbers
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