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It has been a busy several months since we have “spoken.” Let me tell you what has been happening.
Recently, as I traveled to Moldova for our pastors’ conference (more a little later), I sat next to a nice guy named Will. We started to talk when he dropped the book he was reading. I picked it up to hand it to him and saw the cover: Mortality by Christopher Hitchens. I’ve never read anything by Hitchens but have read about him. I did know Mortality is a memoir Hitchens wrote while dying from terminal cancer. Here is a sentence from the review on Amazon: “Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open.”
Will said, “Do you know who he is? Have you read this book?” I was thinking of what to say and decided I would tell him my first thought. “I know who he is but haven’t read the book. Mr. Hitchens and I have a different world view.” This launched a four-hour conversation about God. Will told me he had grown up in a Christian home and attended Christian schools all the way through high school. “But I’m not a follower of God any longer.” When I asked him why, his response was, “I asked God for something and He didn’t answer me.”
I could feel the pain as he said that. I tried to explain that we serve God—He doesn’t serve us. Sometimes God doesn’t give us what we ask because it’s not the best for us. God can see the whole picture and we see only a part. I think he had heard all these things before and still couldn’t get past his personal hurt. I don’t know how his story will end, but I was glad to be able to share some of God’s heart with him.
We had a fantastic Passover Seder in Toronto in April. Jenya (and Brenda) did a great job. We had 165 people attend, the most ever. Everyone had a nice time of worship and fellowship.
Once again, Sharon and I were able to attend the LCJE meetings in Denver. We saw some old and met some new friends. It’s always an encouragement to see what other ministries are doing. This year I was able to speak about my story ministry, presenting a paper titled “My Journey into Story and What I've Discovered Along the Way.” The paper was well received. I was also the MC for our closing dinner and have a picture of me and the keynote speaker. You might recognize him!
Speaking of the LCJE, we were also able to attend the International LCJE CEO conference this year in Denmark. Leaders from Jewish missions around the world met to encourage and share with one another. One of the main developments was the commitment to work more closely with one another as we seek to reach out to the Jewish people scattered around the world and in Israel.
A highlight of our trip was a visit with the former chief rabbi of Denmark. Rabbi Lexner was welcoming to our group and let us look around the synagogue, known as the Great Synagogue. Afterwards he hosted a question and answer session. Many of our group were Messianic Jews who asked some hard questions to which the rabbi responded graciously and diplomatically.
In May, CJFM sponsored our first pastor’s conference in Chisinau, Moldova. We had a “sold out” audience of 200 pastors. This year the theme was prophecy. I taught two sessions on Mark Chapter 13. There was an interesting time of Q&A after. As usual, our goal was threefold: to introduce local pastors to the Jewishness of the Scriptures; to cultivate in them a love for the Jewish people; and, to give them a desire to see Jewish people come to know their Messiah. During our free time, we took a walk around the city and came across this memorial to the Jewish people who were slain in the city during WWll.
In our continuing ministry of pastors’ conferences, we will be returning to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in September. We have many friends in that city and a vibrant Jewish population. Please pray as the conference arrangements are made.
Leading Others, our mentoring program for young next generation leaders, is still looking at a launch this fall. Join with me in praying for the people God would desire to be part of the pilot program. You can be a part of this exciting ministry and invest in the future of the Messianic Movement. Please email me for details.
¥ Please be in prayer for our new Bible studies;
¥ For upcoming church meetings;
¥ For the ministry of the Ukraine Conference; and,
¥ Leading Others (our new intern program).
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Finally, thanks for all of your faithful prayers and gifts! You are an important part of the team as we labor under CJF Ministries.
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Shalom and blessings to you,
Rob and Sharon Styler