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Shalom from Las Vegas! Although our ministry is greatly blessed of the Lord, we had a family tragedy. Oanh’s mother (Theresa) passed away. But the Lord took the bad and turned it into good! We are reminded of Rom. 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good. . . .”
Theresa had heart problems for the last 20 years. She could have passed away at any time, but the Lord blessed her with life. Although we knew she could go at any time, we were still shocked since she was doing well physically! We believe Theresa was a believer in Jesus even though she held to the Catholic faith for most of her life. Oanh had confirmed her salvation many years ago. A special blessing occurred when Oanh, after two days of viewing and services, shared the Gospel with about 50 Vietnamese family members at the graveside service (as you can see from the picture). She shared her mother’s words of encouraging affirmation of her belief in Jesus. It was a tiring and emotional two days, and everyone was spiritually ready to listen to the Good News. She had everyone’s full attention! We praise the Lord for working to bring it about; Oanh was almost not allowed to share at the gravesite! Please pray for the seeds of the Gospel to grow in the hearts of Oanh’s family and friends.
We met “Yacov” at one of our evangelistic outings to the mall. Rich shared the Gospel, a tract, and a Hebrew New Testament with Yacov, a young Jewish Israeli. It is so important to be able to share the Word of God in people’s first language. For Yacov, that is Hebrew. We only give out these Hebrew New Testaments if people truly want them and say that they will read them sometime in the future. Two weeks later, our team went back to the same mall and met up with Yacov. He told us that he had read all of the Jewish tract, the whole Hebrew New Testament and received Yeshua as his Messiah! What a major blessing from the Lord! We were in wonder that he read the whole New Testament in two weeks time. He must have been greatly convicted by the Lord to read His Word fervently! Rich did the same thing just prior to his receiving Yeshua as Lord and Savior—except he fervently read the entire Old Testament before giving his life to Jesus. Please pray for Yacov and his newfound walk with Yeshua. Also, pray that we will be able to contact him again now that he is gone. It is common for Jewish Israelis to come and go since they routinely travel all over the world.
We met Ted on UNLV’s campus at our outreach. Rich was taking a break with one of our volunteers when Ted saw his “Jesus Loves You” Star of David T-shirt. He sat down next to Rich and started asking questions about Jesus. He grew up Buddhist in China but never connected with the religion. He was also listening to Christian radio, and the seeds were already planted. Rich explained the Gospel and answered all Ted’s questions and finally asked if he was ready to get saved and live for Jesus. He said he was, and Rich led him in the salvation prayer. Ted continues to praise the Lord through attending Beth Yeshua. Please pray for Ted’s new walk with God and protection from our spiritual adversaries!
UNLV Presidential Debate
Las Vegas was greatly blessed to host the third presidential debate . . . and so were we! Our evangelist team tried to get close to the Thomas & Mack Center but were turned away. No one who was not invited to the debate was getting anywhere close to the building. So we decided to stay on campus where all the real action was. CNN and MSNBC had their television shows set up on campus, and there were a lot of people gathered around. As you can see from the picture, there were a good amount of “Jesus” signs and believers sharing the Gospel, too. We were able to share the Gospel with a total of five people, and one of them was Jewish.
Denver Missions Conference
Rich was greatly blessed of the Lord to attend Tri-City Baptist’s Mission Conference. The focus was on Jewish evangelism and blessing Israel! Not many churches have missions conferences with their theme focused on the Jewish people. So we were all ready for the Lord’s blessing. Rich taught on “How to Share the Gospel with the Jewish People” and “How to Bless the Jewish People.” Many were touched by the Lord at this conference. Please pray for Tri-City Baptist in the Denver area. God is doing a Jewish work there!
Freedom in Messiah - Rich’s Newest Book
Rich’s newest book, Freedom in Messiah is now available for purchase! If you want a copy, please go to www.bethyeshualv.org. Just click on the picture of the book and then click on the yellow tab to buy Freedom in Messiah. Also, Rich has been invited by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum to teach next summer at his highly regarded Program of Messianic Jewish Studies, held at Camp Shoshanah in the Adirondacks. Rich will be teaching August 7-11, 2017, on “The Jewish Roots of Galatians” using his new book! For more information or to sign up for this unique camp, visit www.ariel.org/shoshanah-pmjs.htm.
Since the previous issue of Rich’s Reporter, four people (one is Jewish) received Jesus as their Lord and Savior through our ministry. In 16 and a half years of ministering in Las Vegas as CJFM missionaries, we have led a total of 1,094 souls (including 61 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, Jewish Roots radio show on the Internet, speaking in churches, referrals, and the dance team in convalescent homes;
- God’s revival (among the Jewish people, too) in Las Vegas and on the UNLV campus; and,
- Rich’s Israel trip in May 2017.
Thanks from the Hill’s
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.
If our ministry has blessed you, then please consider joining us as consistent financial partners. We need your help! Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you with His promise: “I will bless those who bless you” (Gen. 12:3).
In Messiah’s love,
Rich and Oahn
P.O. Box 36156
Las Vegas, NV 89133
Phone: (800) 926-5397