"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also for the Greek" Romans 1:16

BethEl Russian Messianic Ministries

P.O. Box 360165

     Cleveland, Ohio 44136, USA.

    Igor Bagirov, Missionary and Pastor


 (440) 238-7216

  On Youtube: Bethel Bible Russian Messianic Ministries.

Dear brothers and sisters,
          Shalom and warmest greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior YESHUA the Messiah. Thank you very much for all your support by prayers and faithful financial help. I pray that God will bless all of us to continue partnership together. Thank you very much for being co-laborers with Lord’s ministry. May the God richly and abundantly bless you as He promised in Genesis 12:3 and in the Psalms 122:6.
          On February 28, from sunset, we are going to start to celebrate a great holiday – Purim, (Fast of Esther will be on Tuesday, February 27).  I want to speak about this holiday in a short way of how it connects with the Messiah, with Israel and all of us. The Purim did not command from the Lord to celebrate as other necessary Feasts (Lev.23). Purim is a more national holiday. Book of Esther talks about this, and constantly of this holiday was important for the Messiahs coming, because on this time G-D saved Jewish people from total destruction. Purim received its name from the Persian word Purr (the lot) whom Amman threw away to find a date for the destruction of Israel. If not The Lord, Israel would not live. But “He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalms 121:4). The Lord himself has the swearing of Amalek, his descendants and all of the anti-Semites. “Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” (Exodus17:16). When Amman lifted his hand to Israel, he lifted it against the God of Israel. We understand, who used Amman. Devil wanted to use him to destroy God’s people that the Messiah would never come and God’s plan for salvation would not happen. The Lord on his almighty used a Jewish Girl to destroy Amman. Her name was Ester (Hadassah). Ester risked her life to enter before the king and save her people. “My maidens and I will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16b) Here we see the high spirit and her love to her people. Powerful Amman was slain by the girl, because who raises his hand to Israel that it concerns the pupil of the eye of the G-d himself. For thus says the Lord of hosts: “After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8). It is also a warning for all people who hate Jews. This is the short story of the Purim. It’s coming time when antichrist's going to try  exterminate all Israel as a nation when God will judge his own people -Israel, and will bring them by his mercy to repent and salvation in Yeshua our Savior! Pray for this glorious day on the Earth!
          In the last month God blessed us by His grace to witness more than to 500 people. We had outreaches in Cleveland, San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland. As I mentioned in my previous letters I am going to share testimonies mainly from the last year which, I believe, will bless and encourage you.
          Minneapolis, MN is one of the strongest cities in USA with LGBT community leadership. It’s always heavy opposition there when we preach Gospel. Last time we were witnessing during homosexuals celebrated Halloween, in October 2017. They were wearing different costumes, but a lot in witchcraft.  It did not surprise me, because Halloween itself is a satanic feast. My goal was to remind all of them about Lord Jesus who paid a price for all of us by taking our sins and transgressions, and about the hope we have in Christ who forgives and commands to all people repenting! But we saw only aggression, hate, hearing bad words and seeing middle fingers. Some of them were drunk, and tried to attack us. But we proclaimed Kingdom of God, His glory and grace. We also met other people who accepted Christian literature and Scriptures we were distributing. We have videos about the outreach on our Youtube. You could visit our channel and watch.
           In Spokane, WA with a help from Slavic church, we had a special project outreach of homeless. We called the   project “under the bridge”, because a lot of homeless have a special place sleeping under the bridge in downtown Spokane. The church prepared food and drinks, and more than 60 homeless people came. Sure, our target was first of all to share Gospel. A lot of homeless people accepted Scriptures and brochures. We prayed and sang. We don’t need to forget that good work and compassion are also very important parts of Christianity. Later, on the same day, we went with a youth group, to witness in a veterans nursing home. It was very blessed opportunity to preach and pray for them.
          One day, at very late, my son Rafael told me that he is hungry and have a desire to order pizza. It was late, and cold outside, but the pizza store was not far away, and I chose to drive there. While I was ordering pizza I met a family, mother and son, Palestinian Muslims. During time while we were waiting our orders, we sat at a table and had a very important Bible conversation. I felt the Holy Spirit presence, and I knew that I needed to be in the store at this time to meet them. And the family accepted at the end of the conversation Arabic New Testament and other Christian literature in Arabic language. It was blessings because the store owner also was a Muslim and got Arabic NT.  I am very happy returned home with a chicken Pizza and thank Rafael that he was hungry exactly on the right time to send me to the store. God is good. Amen!!! Thank you very much for your faithfulness and partnership, prayers and support.
P.S. At the moment of my writing you this letter, donations we received to support Bethel ministry are much less that we need for January 2018. Please continue to pray, and if God leads you to start or continue send your contributions to help  Bethel Messianic Congregation and Ministries, please send it to P.O. Box 360165, Cleveland Ohio 44136. We need solid prayers and financial help. All donations are tax deductible.
Happy Purim!



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