"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 Messianic Congregation and Ministries

P.O.Box 360165, Cleveland Ohio 44136

Igor Bagirov, Pastor and Missionary.

440-532-1127, email: pastorigorbethel@yahoo.com

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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 March 21 , from sunset, we are going to start to celebrate a great holiday – Purim, (Fast of Esther will be on March 20).  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” (Exodus 17:16). 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 to more than 500 people. We had outreaches in Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle and Las Vegas. As always, in each letter,   we share testimonies from previous trips.

In Philadelphia, we had an outreach for 2 days. First day we used to witness mainly to Russian Speaking Jewish people. There, in Philadelphia, are almost 300 000 Russian Speaking Jews. We chose a big Russian grocery store to share and distribute Bibles. A lot of Russian Jewish people were opened to listen about Yeshua as The Messiah and Lord, and accepted Evangelical brochures. Many of them asked questions about purpose of life, and sure, they received answers. Couple Israelites unfortunately rejected to accept Bibles in Hebrew. We also met a lot of people from different countries, and were surprised, that so many Muslim people were opened to hear Gospel and accepted Holy Scriptures.

Next day we went to King of Prussia mall. Some workers in the mall, recognized us, because we witnessed to them before. A person from Mexico got NT, a Turkish man got Gospel as well, and an American young man and an Israeli also received Word of God! With a Muslim from India I had a conversation and dispute, and he decided to take New Testament.

At the end of our outreach, I met an Azerbaijani person. He couldn’t speak Russian, but his English was very fluent. The man was strongly supporting Islam, and against Bible. But after long conversation, he decided to accept New Testament for reading and examination. When I gave him the Book, he took it, look at it, and kissed! I was shocked! A Muslim man kissed New Testament! It’s a second time, in our more than 20 years of Ministry operations, by witnessing to thousands and thousands of Muslim people in America, I saw when a Muslim man kissed Word of God. Praise God! I prayed in my heart, that Word which is Living Word of Life, enters heart of the man and make changes to salvation. Amen!

Outside of the mall, we had on open air preaching. Most people were passing without attention, but we know, that Word of Grace, never returns in void. One woman, after witness to her, responded that she is catholic. I was continuing and said that she needs to become a real Christian. She responded the same: “I am catholic”. I said:” You must to be born again by the Holy Spirit to become a Christian”. 

Thank you very much for your faithfulness and partnership, prayers and support.

May Lord- God of Israel, richly bless you and yours.

Shalom in Yeshua our Redeemer and Savior, bro. Igor

Happy Purim!

P.S. At the moment of my writing you this letter, donations we received to support Bethel ministry are low and not enough. 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.


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