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12th December 2012

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord..”(Luke 2 vv8-11)

Although I believe that Jesus was much more likely to have been born in the autumn at the Jewish feast of Succoth (Tabernacles), it is right of course to celebrate His birth in Bethlehem in Judea. Here were Jewish shepherds out with their flocks when it was warm enough to be there, and they were given these early signs with the announcement of Good News of great joy for all people. What must never be left aside is that Israel was central to God’s purposes then, and both Israel and Jewish people remain a great priority in God’s purposes for the world today.

I continue to visit in the London Borough of Redbridge with my tracts, and regularly have the privilege of visiting with Simon Elman when we use his tracts. There is a real need for a breakthrough – that the mainly secular Jewish people should see a need within themselves for all that God offers in Jesus. 10,000 copies have recently been printed of my latest tract, “Jesus – All you need is love”. This seeks to declare that there has always been love (in the Godhead) and that the Lord today loves us as individuals and the proof of His love is shown in the giving of His Son Jesus. It closes with a suggested prayer for use by the reader. If any of you want copies of this for your own use, please contact me.

One of the encouraging times carrying out my door to door work was when a man called me back to his house. I told him that I am a Jewish Christian, which he seemed to think was impossible! I then saw a mezuzah on an inner door, and he said that he is Jewish. I told him that Matthew Levi, Peter, Paul, and most believers in the New Testament were Jewish and that some of the first believers were martyred. He  wanted me to take back the tract, but then we became more engrossed in conversation. He said how the world has so much violence, death and hypocrisy with the pious claims of many religions and we discussed reliability of the Bible (he did not have one). He asked me if there were two people in the beginning. As we talked, I explained that Adam, as federal head of the human race, disobeyed God in the one thing forbidden. We have all become sinners like Adam, which is why we need Jesus the sin-bearer. I said that it is like going to a doctor who says that with a serious illness, we must have an operation. It was his birthday, and we shook hands and he retained the leaflet, and said that he would read it. Pray for him please.

Mondays continue to be spent at Tree of Life Messianic Centre, where I am involved in helping to answer our monthy “Any Questions” session. Questions are typically about the Godhead, Creation and evidence for Jesus being Divine. Please pray that Jewish friends there will fully trust Jesus for their own salvation. The men’s Bible study takes place each month. I had been taking the group through events in the life of Abraham, when a Jewish member of the group requested that we study part of the New Covenant. We are now going through Acts 1. Please pray that God will speak to the unsaved Jewish men who come along, who contribute to the discussion of this book.

I visit some of the people from the Tree of Life at home. This includes Jewish believers for mutual encouragement and unsaved Jews to urge them to follow Jesus. One other Jewish man who I visited for many years died a few months ago, almost reaching 100. This was naturally sad, but we must press on, seeking to win people over for the Lord.

I continue to need prayer that the number of Sunday and mid-week meetings would pick up. I like the pressure of sermon preparation, and more seriously, the churches are in real need of teaching on taking the Gospel to the Jews, the Jewish background of the New Covenant and God’s purposes for Israel.

Rosamund’s back has much improved, and she feels very comfortable in her new job. Please pray for effective outreach among the office staff (including at least one Jewish and one Jehovah Witness colleague). We rejoice that Samuel has found his first job, after years of illness followed by unemployment. It is a 6 month position with a charity in central London ( Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust). Please pray the Lord will help him adjust and also guide him in his career. The Lord has blessed Jonathan with incredible stamina but the schedule for new teachers at his school is nearly impossible to achieve (without totally going without sleep). Please pray for him to have wisdom and guidance about his future. Joseph is due in January to start a new French and Spanish teaching position in a school not far from Jonathan’s in Dagenham, and we very much enjoy him having moved back home with us.

Please remember in prayer my mother, Lili, in her late 80s. Please pray for a break-through in Rosamund’s family. Last month her cousin married and we were not invited to the wedding because of our beliefs. It was an Orthodox wedding in Manchester. The groom’s brother is ultra Orthodox and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and twin babies. He came over for the wedding. Please pray for the whole family including this group, the others are not “religious”. We are having a family meal on Boxing Day with her father, his companion and one of her brothers (who is not in good health) and his kind wife. A second believer in the family would be so wonderful to reach more of the others.

Robert Weissman

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San Antonio, TX 78292
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