Michelle Beadle Ministry Update
MARDI GRAS OUTREACH 2018
After taking a refresher course a few weeks ago on sharing the Good News, our volunteers hit the streets on Mardi Gras day to talk about Jesus. We handed out 600 tracts and shared the Good News with 21 people. Four people prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Redeemer.
The back page of our Mardi Gras tract
Our volunteer Cindy told us about one of the women she spoke with. She had been attending a Bible study for a few weeks, and then stopped going because it was not run by the church she attends. When she encountered Cindy, she found a sympathetic ear. After Cindy shared the Good News with this new mom (she had her toddler in her arms), she prayed and asked Jesus into her heart. Cindy said she was visibly touched and began to shed tears of joy. She had found what she had been looking for.
Natalie, one of our other volunteers, shared the highlights of her time on the street. She was able to share the Good News with a Muslim woman. She willingly listened to everything Natalie had to say, but in the end, could not bring herself to pray. Natalie also shared the Good News with a man who regularly attends church and called himself a Christian but who had never asked Jesus into his life. After praying the sinner's prayer, he remarked, "My church never talks about the things you talked about. Thank you for sharing this with me. I needed to hear what you had to say."
A number of years ago I met with the daughter of a local believing couple. The husband is Christian and the wife is Jewish. Their daughter was not a believer. At that time, we had a number of discussions about the Bible. She was trying to understand it but was having difficulty. I shared with her how Jewish people approach the text. It can be interpreted on four levels: P'shat, Remez, D'rash, and Sod. The P'shat is the plain, simple meaning of the text. Remez, meaning "hint," is where another (implied) meaning is alluded to in the text, usually revealing a deeper meaning. D'rash (also called Midrash, meaning "concept") expounds upon the deeper meaning of the text. (In some cases this could be considered comparable to a "sermon.") Sod is the mystical meaning of the text. (Silberberg, Naftali, "How the Torah is Interpreted", accessed February 22, 2018, www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/819698/jewish/How-Is-the-Torah-Interpreted.htm)
I shared this information with her in order to help her wrestle with the text, and with those things she was taught as a child. I had hoped that this way of approaching the meaning of the text would help her see for herself what the text meant so she would not rely on false teaching. She was searching for truth and was having a difficult time understanding it. Her intellect was getting in the way.
Recently, out of the blue, she contacted me to tell me about a personal encounter she just experienced with Jesus. She told me the encounter was a result of 15 years of crying out to G-d to reveal Himself to her. She said she actually saw Jesus in a vision and was transformed. She is now born again. You can imagine my joy at hearing her news. You can also imagine how thrilled her parents are with her decision to follow Jesus. I am fully aware that many believers are skeptical about visions-and I totally understand why. But when the experience conforms to Scripture and the fruit is repentance and a radically changed life, it's hard to find fault with it! After all, I had been praying for her off and on for over five years. After much texting back and forth, she called me on my cell and told me how much our previous conversation on the various ways to interpret the Bible was helping her now. She never forgot what I shared. She was able to see the deeper meaning of the text which is all about G-d's great love for us, His creation. She said everything needs to be filtered through His love.
She is so excited about her newfound relationship with G-d that she started a blog in which she is sharing many insights from her study of Scripture. I hope you will join me in praying for her, that her faith will deepen, and that G-d will use her blog to reach many others with the truth that has been revealed to her.
ENCOUNTER ON SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
I love traveling because there are always unexpected opportunities to share the love of G-d in Messiah Jesus. I recently traveled to Los Angeles to babysit my grandson while my daughter and her husband went to Dallas, Texas, for a Messianic leadership conference. My daughter was actually responsible for the conference, not only its content but also to make sure everything ran smoothly, so they really needed my help. Of course, I gladly traveled to see my grandson (who is growing much too quickly).
When traveling on Southwest Airlines, you never know who will choose to sit in your row. There is no assigned seating. This time, I took the window seat in the first row, a gentleman was in the aisle seat, and one of the last women to board the plane chose to sit in the middle seat. Of course, the two of us ladies immediately began chit-chatting. In the course of our conversation, I learned she was Mormon and I had the opportunity to share my testimony. At that point, the gentleman in the aisle seat chimed in as well. He, as it turned out, was a born-again Christian. He had given his life to Jesus about four years earlier. So this Mormon woman had the opportunity to hear the Good News from a Jewish person and from a Gentile. As we exited the plane, she said to me, "This conversation was meant to be. G-d meant it for me. I am going to tell my family all about it."
MY MOTHER'S DIARY
Recently, as I was rummaging through family papers, I came across a diary written in German by my mother. It is dated August 1939. The diary is about her escape from Germany just prior to WWII. The diary is very difficult to read because it was written in an old style German script. I was slowly making my way through it in order to translate it into English for my children when G-d stepped in.
The first page of my mother's diary.
On the way back from Los Angeles, I sat in a row with three women. I noticed that the woman sitting next to me had a foreign accent and asked her where she was from. She was a professor at the University of California, Davis, and was from Germany. You cannot imagine my excitement. To think someone who was fluent in German was sitting right next to me, and I had a copy of the diary with me. This very kind woman, Uta, read the entire document to me in German and translated what I was unable to understand. The mystery of the diary was finally solved.
My mother wrote of her experience leaving Germany in August of 1939. In short, the diary records her exit by train with her mother and father from Stuttgart, Germany, to Zurich, Switzerland. In Zurich, they stayed with family for a few days and then took another train from Switzerland to Brussels, and then another train to Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, they took a boat to England where they were reunited with my uncle, my mother's brother. The next leg of the trip was by ship to the USA, traveling first class. They arrived at New York City penniless, having spent the last of their money on this trip. My mother was 13 years old at the time. It was very interesting to read about their flight to freedom through the eyes of a teenager. Uta told me there is a museum in Bremerhaven-the German Emigration Center-dedicated to telling the story of those who had to leave eastern Europe. She suggested that this museum would be very interested in a copy of my mother's diary.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT
Thank you for being such an integral part of our ministry through your prayers and financial gifts. As you have blessed us, may you also be blessed. Your partnership enables us to continue sharing His love with "the Jewish people first and also the Gentiles."
In Messiah's love,
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