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July 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Shalom and greetings in the Name of our Lord, Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah. I praise God for His goodness, faithfulness, and tender mercies—and for each of you. It is a privilege to serve as your “arm of extension” into the Jewish community. My appreciation is beyond words for your loyalty and support, both in prayer and financial giving, as the Lord continues to teach me how to fly solo. May He bless you as you have blessed me and His Chosen People (Gen. 12:3).

LAUSANNE CONSULTATION ON JEWISH EVANGELISM CONFERENCE

I had the honor, with special thanks to my friends, Scott and Janet Willis, of attending the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism Conference (LCJE) in Atlanta, Georgia, in May this year. Most all of the Jewish mission organizations were represented, as were the pastors of Messianic congregations. The exchange of ideas and an overview of what is happening nationally and internationally was exciting. It was also wonderful to reunite with friends I haven’t seen in many years. I hadn’t seen Jim and Karen Melnick since they attended the Olive Tree Congregation 40 years ago in Chicago when my late husband, Barry, was the pastor. At that time, Jim and Karen also led an outreach ministry to Jewish individuals who had immigrated to Chicago from Russia. Jim currently serves as international coordinator for the LCJE. Jim’s book, Jewish Giftedness andWorld Redemption: The Calling of Israel, was recently published. The special guest interviewed at the closing banquet was Hank Freedman, a 94-year-old Jewish WW II veteran and former Nazi prisoner of war who came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus). He said that he was blessed to be in a room with so many Jewish believers.

Janet Willis also had the opportunity to present the latest revision of her book, What on Earthis Heaven Like?: A Look at God’s City: New Jerusalem. She has also written her second children’s book, God’s Got a House and It’s Coming to Earth. The books are available on Amazon.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

In the course of daily living, God continues to bless me with brief encounters with Jewish individuals. At an art fair, a friend and I had the opportunity to share the Gospel message with a Jewish artist. At a retail store, we got engaged in a conversation with a Jewish gentleman who was demonstrating a product. He told me that he really shouldn’t be getting involved in “religious” conversations with customers but he found our discussion so interesting that he chose to continue. Please pray for the seeds that were planted—that they may come to fruition. Pray also for my ongoing meetings with the unsaved Jewish persons God has brought into my life—that He would remove the obstacles that prevent them from receiving their Messiah, Jesus, as the fulfillment of prophecies in the Older Testament.

AN UNEXPECTED BLESSING

Recently, I needed some work done on the water-damaged ceilings in my house now that the roof has been replaced. A friend highly recommended someone. When he finished taking his measurements, etc., we talked. He is a born-again believer and began asking me questions about my ministry and mission organization. CJF Ministries sounded familiar to him, and he said that he contributed to it years ago when he attended another church. He told me that a missionary representing CJF Ministries taught on a Sunday morning, and it was because of him that he and his wife were witnessing to their Jewish neighbors. He then asked to see a photo of my husband. When I showed him a photo of Barry, he said, “That’s the guy!!” Needless to say, he left with a packet of tracts and information for him and his Jewish neighbors. But I’ll be seeing him again. I hired him for the job!

CHESED

In my personal devotions, I am going through Psalms and Proverbs, finding them such encouraging faith builders. I thank God for His chesed (pronounced khed-sed). This Hebrew word, in most instances, is translated as “mercy” or “lovingkindness.” However, it is also translated in different ways, highlighting other aspects of God’s character and qualities, such as “steadfast love,” “loyalty,” “grace,” and “goodness.” We encounter chesed 26 times in Psalm 136—that wonderful psalm of thanksgiving. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For Hismercy (chesed) endures forever” (Psalm 136:1). Chesed is often used in the context of a covenant, and can also be translated as “covenant love.” Psalm 136 is known as the “Great Hallel,” and was often recited in the Temple as the Passover lambs were being slain. It is evident that chesed is what God shows His people, but He also desires that we return His steadfast love to Him as well as showing chesed to each other. As human beings, we often fail. But God never does! He offered us the most sacrificial act of chesed—His son, Jesus, as our atonement—and our redemption. The Book of Psalms ends with a familiar refrain: Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 150:6).

TIKVAH BAMIDBAR (HOPE IN THE DESERT)

Please continue to pray for the spiritual and numerical growth of our monthly Bible study/fellowship, Tikvah BaMidbar (Hope in the Desert). I thank God for new attendees and for two dear brothers in the Lord who have volunteered to join our leadership team, an answer to prayer. A sample of David Wimbley’s recent teachings have been “The Aaronic Blessing,” “Bride of Messiah,” and “The Nazarene.” For further information, visit our website: hopeinthedesert.org. Please join us if you happen to be in the Valley of the Sun during one of our meetings or Annual Citywide Passover Seder (See Media Kit on website for dates).

THANK YOU!

Thank you, always, for your faithfulness—for your love, your prayers, and your financial support that make all things possible. May we continue to rejoice together in God’s indescribable gift to us—Jesus!

In Messiah’s love and mine,

Violette Berger

 

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