Since he was young, Moshe* felt God calling him to go to Israel. This calling would lead him to begin a growing ministry there that he began with One Mission Society (OMS).
Though he grew up in South America, Moshe had ties to Israel through his family’s Jewish heritage. During World War II, his grandfather, a Jew, escaped from Europe to South America. Moshe is the second generation of Messianic-Jewish believers in his family. He was raised in a Messianic-Jewish household where he believed in Yeshua, God’s Son, but still had Jewish ties. Growing up, he did not practice Judaism, but he continued to claim his “Jewishness” as he describes it, a claim to the culture as part of himself.
This tie to his Jewishness developed a desire and a call in him to journey to Israel. After Moshe got married and had four kids, his family moved to Israel in 2007, using the Law of Return, which states that every Jew has a right to return to the Holy Land.
Once Moshe and his family got settled, he took a job selling solar-powered devices that contained God’s Word inside of them, which led him to attempt to sell them to OMS in 2008.
Shortly after this first encounter with OMS, economic problems hit Israel. The company Moshe had worked for laid him off, but immediately after that, OMS proposed a new opportunity. After further conversations, Moshe began working with OMS in ministry.
Moshe is not only the sole worker but also the director of the OMS Israel field since 2009. Part of his work is leading a house congregation that he started three and a half years ago. The congregation has grown to more than 20 people, mainly immigrants from countries all over the world. Moshe believes the best way to reach these people is through relationships and evangelism.
Moshe said that Israel is important because of God’s covenant with them. This nation is where everything started, the source from where the world was given God’s truth. It is like using valuable recipes from your grandmother. When we bring the message of Yeshua back to Israel, it’s like returning all those recipes back to your grandmother’s family.
Bringing God’s message of love and his Son back to Israel is a difficult task. But it is about meeting people where they are, Moshe said. When he talks with people, he talks about Yeshua starting in Genesis, not Matthew or Romans. He can explain from there why he believes in Yeshua and why it makes sense to him. Moshe said that God gives him good conversations with people.
“When you act as just a messenger, you give room to the Holy Spirit,” he added.
The entire body of believers in Israel is no more than 20,000, Moshe said. But the numbers are increasing across the country. As the ministry progresses, Moshe wants to keep reaching out to the Jewish community.
God has been working in Israel in the hearts of his people through Moshe’s ministry. One of the stories Moshe shared about God working in Israel happened when he announced that he was starting a new congregation. Eventually, the original congregation he was with accepted his decision but still didn’t agree. Moshe stayed with them until the end of the year and then he left to begin his ministry. However, he questioned if he was moving too fast.
In November 2012, he received a call from someone who wanted to know more about his new congregation. This man was not a believer, but he wanted to know more about God. Moshe discipled him for one year. Throughout this time, the man looked like he was a believer but he still had not made a decision.
During the man’s one year discipleship, his wife went into labor. As the man was with his wife, a big wind blew their door open. The man closed the door. But the wind blew it open two more times. In her labor, the wife said that is was the Lord’s Spirit coming to say that Yeshua was the Son of God. After that, she gave birth to a healthy daughter. Two months later, the man’s wife told Moshe that she accepted Yeshua as her Savior. Her husband was still unsure, but he finally agreed as well. Moshe baptized the couple as new believers.
Stories like this are happening in Israel as God moves across the nation. Please pray for Moshe and his ministry, especially as he seeks mature believers to help with the home congregation. He also hopes to start congregation multiplication and prays that God will lead him and his congregation in the right direction in regard to that vision. Finally, Moshe prays that his growing home congregation can figure out if they need to find a new place to hold meetings and services.
“The Jewish people have a call to be a light to the nations,” Moshe said. His prayer is that they can rediscover that call and that God will work in their lives.
*Last name withheld
By Jess Mitchell, OMS Summer Communications Intern