Beth-El Messianic Ministries and Congregation
PO Box 360165, Cleveland Ohio 44136.
Igor B., Missionary and Pastor
Dear Friend in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah,
Warmest greetings to you in Emmanuel’s Precious and Exalted name! (Psalm 57:5 and 11). As 2020 draws to a close, I pray you are well and that this letter will be a great blessing to you. I thank God for each friend who is sacrificially giving and remembering this work of the Lord in their prayers. I thank God for your fellowship in the Gospel, and I praise Him for your help in showing the Jews the love of their Messiah. We know our service of love to Him among the Jewish People is pleasing to the Lord. (Mark 14:6c; Genesis 12:3). We know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Please pray that Lord will supply our spiritual and financial needs as my support depends partially of my traveling that the ministry and my family may have enough finances to do the ministry and for the living. December 31 will be the last day in 2021 when you could (by leading of the Lord) send your donation for 2021 Year than we may send you a receipt for your taxes. Please pray to give as we need financial support to continue. Thank you very much for your generosity. I thank you of all encouragements by you, and for standing with me to bring the Gospel to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and for everyone. I would also like to wish you abundant blessings for this bright holiday season of Hanukkah and Christmas!
Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights) is celebrated for a period of 8 days. On the first day, every Jewish home light up for the hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah). According to the tradition, the shammas (helper light) is lit first. Then, from the shammas on additional light of the menorah is lit each night. It is a Jewish tradition among many. However, it contains such a deep messianic meaning, such an evident symbol of The Messiah. Just like the shammas- the candle bearing the light, has separated from other candle lights of the Menorah and placed higher above higher above the others- God has exalted the Messiah Jesus “to be Prince and Savior” (Acts 5:31). The shammas candle is placed on the Hanukkiah as the ninth candle, but it is as if it’s not to be reckoned on it (for the days of the holiday are 8 in number). Is it not the same as the Bible presents Israel to us? As a “people dwelling alone, not reckoning itself among the nations” (Numbers 23:9). Is it not the same as Jesus not being counted among the sons of Israel? “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). Is it not only the same, as the ones who are saved by Him are lit up not from an independent light, but only from the Shammas- the light of His resurrection? At the end of each year, are 2 holidays, the history of which are full of light and great wonders –Hanukkah and Christmas. It was not the light of Hanukkah that renewed the world with great hope, but the One whom the Lord has sent into the world “that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9) HE allowed for His temple to be destroyed, but God has built Him up, again. He resurrected the Christ from the dead and lit up as the Everlasting Shammas. Christmas- is a holiday of those who burn along with him in the same Hanukkiah, the holiday of everyone born again through Him and His resurrection.
In the month of November, we witnessed by God’s grace to more than 1000 people. Our work was in Pittsburg PA, Tulsa OK, Cleveland OH, Spokane WA, Seattle WA, and Minneapolis MN. As always in my letters, I share with testimonies happened in previous months. In Cleveland OH, I met a Jewish woman with children. When I witnessed, she became very angry. She took her children and run from me. Another Jewish old Rabbi S. with his wife were kind and listened Good News. They rejected to accept NT, but I felt that their hearts were open! Praise God!
In Denver CO, with a sister Church we went to Downtown area, at 16th Street. On that day they had a Rock Festival, and many people were at the area. We witnessed, and distributed Bibles and other Gospel literature. The reaction was different. We met witches and lot of homosexuals. All of them were angry and aggressive, and many of them showed us “middle finger”. But we were blessed, because some were open to hear and accept Scriptures. On my flight back to home, in Denver Airport, I had a little conflict with lesbian group, but they heard the witness. Another two Arabic Muslim men had a conversation, and after that one of them accepted NT in Arabic.
In Minneapolis, we went to an Arabic Buffet to meet Muslims and tell them about Lord Jesus. We successfully distributed 2 Gospel of John in Arabic, 1 Arabic NT and 1 NT in English. Praise God!
We continue to reach Russian speaking Jewish people in Cleveland. Please pray for this part of the ministry. Praise God! Thanks again for your kindness and faithfulness, prayer and partnership. If God leads you to start or continue send your donations to help the ministry, please send it to: Bethel Messianic Congregation, P.O. Box 360165, Cleveland Ohio 44136. Our donations need to be increased. We need your prayer and financial support. Please pray about it and help us for Lord Jesus’ sake. May The Lord-God of Israel richly bless you, and Happy New 2022 Year. Maran Ata! Amen!