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Shalom from Las Vegas! Praise the Lord for cooler weather. Just this past week it dipped down into the 70s. Even though the weather has cooled off, the Lord has heated up our ministry!
High Holy Days
At Beth Yeshua, when the fall comes around, it’s time to get ready for the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. Many Jewish people are encouraged to search for the truth concerning their spiritual position before God. So some will go so far as to call or visit a Messianic congregation. We had many opportunities during this High Holy Day schedule to share Yeshua (Jesus) with Jewish people. Some called in asking questions about the Messianic Jewish belief system, and some were brave enough to attend our services. Please pray for all these Jewish people who heard the Gospel while searching for truth in their lives.
Just the other day, we were talking about how unusual it was that we were attending a lot of funerals lately—three in fact! Rich does not pass up the opportunity to conduct funerals since every attendee is paying special attention. Everyone has to stare at the casket and know that at any time that could be them! Coming to terms with our own mortality seems to have an effect on folks listening to the Gospel! Our good friend and ministry comrade, Brian Zuckerman, passed from complications due to diabetes. Brian was Rich’s disciple for many years and even joined CJF Ministries as a missionary. When he received Jesus, his father disowned him and forced the family to sever all ties with him as well. Many times this kind of thing happens to Jewish believers. At least Brian’s father did not hold a mock funeral to show Brian how much he hated him for becoming a believer in Jesus! Funerals like that happen often in Jewish families. Brian’s father was invited to the actual funeral, but he adamantly refused to come. Can you imagine the hardened heart? And this came just one year after his daughter, Brian’s sister, died. Since no one in the family was speaking to him, Brian was never told about his sister’s death. How sad. Well, we held an uplifting Messianic funeral for Brian. There was worship, music, dancing, prayers, testimonies, preaching, and of course, eating! Brian would have loved that part the best! We believe our funeral services are just an extension of the party that is going on in Heaven when one child goes home to be with the Lord! Please pray for the salvation of Brian’s father and God’s blessing on Melanie, Brian’s wife.
Alda Fe gave us a call to let us know her husband, Bill, passed. Bill and Alda Fe had left Beth Yeshua about three years ago to join another ministry. Bill was a veteran and an entrepreneur. Rich performed the service, and God did the blessing! The picture above shows Rich at the gravesite. Bill was buried right next to another veteran who had died in the recent Las Vegas terror attack that killed 58 and injured more than 500 others. The good news is that nine of Bill’s family and friends received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Two of those were his granddaughters! Please pray for Alda Fe and the family as they mourn the loss of Bill.
Our third funeral involved Oanh’s sister’s ex-husband. “Duc" died of cancer and at the funeral, Oanh had a wonderful opportunity to share Jesus with about 75 Vietnamese family members and friends! This is the second time this has happened, so we are praising the Lord! One Catholic family member told Oanh she really appreciated the encouraging words. Please pray for these 75 souls that the seeds planted would grow and they would be saved.
UMC Hospital Outreach
Oanh and our children were invited to a needs outreach at UMC Hospital. This was created to serve the many people who were temporarily in need due to the recent tragic terror attack. Any family member or friend of those who were attacked could get free water, food, and clothing. One of Oanh’s friends “Lisa” asked her what she could do to help and Oanh invited her to the event. As the picture shows, Oanh used Scripture to help Lisa see the truth about Jesus and led her to the Lord right there in the prayer tent! How appropriate to use the prayer tent for salvation prayer! Please pray for Lisa’s growth in the Lord and for her family to get saved too.
Rich received a call from a friend inviting him to visit Leah. Leah is an elderly Jewish lady whose family is somewhat estranged from her. She lives in a convalescent home and has many physical struggles. Rich has visited many times, shared the Gospel with her and given her a Bible to read. Leah is open but needs a little extra wooing from the Lord. Please pray for her salvation.
Since the previous issue of Rich’s Reporter, 12 people received Jesus as their Lord and Savior through our ministry. In 17 ½ years of ministering in Las Vegas as CJFM missionaries, we have led a total of 1,161 souls (including 63 Jewish people) to the Lord. We praise the Lord for using us to His glory!
Please Pray for . . .
- More churches and individuals to partner with us;
- God to continue to open more doors for our outreaches: Beth Yeshua, UNLV, the malls, speaking in churches, referrals, and the dance team in convalescent homes; and,
- God to open the door for our own place to worship in Summerlin, Nevada.
Thanks from the Hills
You are greatly appreciated! Without your prayers and financial support, we would be unable to continue as missionaries to the 80,000 Jewish people living in Las Vegas. We praise God for you, and thank you for your love and commitment.
In Messiah’s love,
Rich and Oahn
P.O. Box 36156
Las Vegas, NV 89133
Phone: (800) 926-5397