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Shalom to All!
It has been another busy time since my last letter. Thanks to all who have been praying. Thanks also to those who have given financially to see us move ahead with some special projects.
Sharon and I had the chance to return to Israel for a few weeks in October. As we waited in line to board the plane, we were standing next to a Jewish couple who were on our flight. I started a conversation with them, and as usual, I was asked, “Why are you going to Israel?” One of the things I mentioned was we were going to meet some friends who lived in the Land, people who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah. We did not have any earth-shattering conversation, but I did notice one thing. Years ago, to make a remark like that would have resulted in someone ignoring you or making an angry remark. But we continued our conversation about all kinds of topics. It was a nice encounter that may in some way have planted a small seed.
It seems like I have gone on one trip after another in the last few months. We spent a few days in California in the summer. I had the chance to speak at Beth Ariel Congregation and the next morning I once again visited Ocean View Baptist in San Pedro, our church home away from home.
In September, we returned to Dnipro (formerly Dnepropetrovsk) in the Ukraine. We had almost 200 pastors join us a for an Israel in Prophecy conference. It was so good to see some old friends and meet many new pastors.
One of the highlights was our visit to the Menorah Center in downtown Dnipro. We had a chance to meet for a few minutes with the chief rabbi. The following photo was taken on the roof of the center. Pictured are the CJFM team, as well as a few of our friends from Ukraine (back row left: Pastor Sergei and back row right: Pastor Stepan).
One of our team members is my friend Dan Strull, leader of the Olive Tree Congregation in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Here is a picture of Dan and me both wearing our bowties.
At the end of September, we had our Yom Kippur meeting in Toronto. We had special music with our friends Pam and Suzanne. As you can see from the next picture, we had a nice turnout as we discussed the importance of Yom Kippur and how it pictures the atonement made by Messiah.
As I mentioned earlier, we spent some time in Israel. My purpose was to find some local leaders who might be interested in our Leading Others program. As you know, this is a mentorship program we developed to help raise up the next generation of Messianic leaders. We made some good progress and found several leaders who may be interested in partnering with us. Please pray for this and for God’s leading.
Speaking of Leading Others, in September we approved our first candidate in the United States. Kyle Garbely will be working in New Jersey with my very good friend, Irving Salzman. We had a dedication service for Kyle on the 7th of October at Beth Messiah Congregation. I’m very excited to see the vision of Leading Others become a reality. Remember to pray for Kyle as he begins to serve the Lord as a full-time staff person and future leader in the Messianic movement.
Thanks to all of you who have been giving faithfully and have helped us financially in our ministry.
Shalom and blessings to you,
Rob and Sharon Styler