When I received the following newsletter from my friends, Michael and Mimi Finesilver, who are Jewish evangelists in south Florida, I knew I had to share it on my blog. Ever since the Lord called me to be a Mizpah (watchman and witness) for Israel in 1995, I have tried to fulfill that calling in two ways, teaching the Church about her Jewish roots in Jesus and reaching the Jewish people for their Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth. Most of my ministry has centered on teaching the Church, but my heart's desire now is to show Yeshua to His "natural" brothers, the Jews, especially since His return to Jerusalem may not be so far off! I always pray Zechariah 12:10, and I have witnessed a little on my trips to Israel, but contributing support to Michael and Mimi and others who are on the "frontlines" of Jewish evangelism is an important part of fulfilling my calling. You will enjoy this report from the Finesilvers. We can back them up in prayer, and you may feel led to make a donation.
JESUS 4 JEWS
Volume 12 Issue 9 SEPTEMBER 2018
Matt. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
As we wrote before, we had a gathering at our home when we first moved in several months ago. This was to pray that our home would be a lighthouse.
“Sally” was waiting for the elevator when Mimi passed by. Sally wished her a “Happy New Year” (this was during the time of Rosh HaShanah/the Feast of Trumpets). She quickly added, “Oh, do you celebrate it?” Mimi was about to speak about the Messiah being the fulfillment of this Feast when Sally continued, “You know I used to be a Messianic Jew, too, but I’m not that devout anymore.” Before the elevator arrived, she asked about our Discussion Group and Mimi encouraged her to come just as the elevator arrived. Sally lives two doors down from us and most likely saw our Jewish star and cross on our front door
Ellen, whom we wrote about in recent newsletters, has been attending our group. After talking with her about current events, she mentioned that somewhere she heard that one day mother would be against daughter and daughter against mother, and she said, “I think it’s supposed to be at the end of days.” When we told her she was quoting Jesus, she admitted that she basically knows and maybe believes, but just hasn’t “let go yet.” And added “Maybe because of growing up Jewish.” Last week we met Ellen’s daughter who visited from out of town. She is a Believer and told us she has been praying for her mother’s salvation for a long time and is blessed there is someone in her building who is sharing with her. Please, pray she will let go and fall into the arms of her Savior.
Last week the president of our building knocked on our door to ask Michael a question, He looked at Jacob’s Ladder and asked if this was from the Bible. He grew up Catholic but is now going to an evangelical church and said he is loving it. There was a sweet humility in how he spoke of this and said he is now reading the Bible—hasn’t gotten to the place in Genesis where it records the story of Jacob’s Ladder.
A friend of ours brought a Jewish woman, “Dorothy,” from her condo to church this month and we all sat together and went out for coffee and conversation. Our friend has been faithfully sharing with Dorothy for several years now (our dear friend is a bright light in her condo and we enjoyed having time with the fruit of her ministry). Dorothy, after we shared some of our testimony, said, “Well, you were lost, but I’m not. I’ve always been good and don’t need a savior.” She then asked, “Where was Jesus during the holocaust?” and before that could be answered, she asked about the title “Son of God.” Michael answered her questions with a series of questions: “Where were you when the earth was formed? Can you explain how the light is divided?”
We also were invited to the home of “Ruth” who Mimi knows from her writing group in the community center. Ruth and her husband were having a party with the members of their conservative synagogue and we were the only couple there who were not members. Several times at the dinner table, we spoke of God, for example how He answered prayer that brought us together and how He spoke to a man at our church to pay for us going to Israel. This dinner party was on a Sunday and interestingly the message at church that morning was how God SPEAKS to us. We were aware by their reactions that it startled them how we spoke of this intimacy with our Lord. They go to synagogue but it’s all about observances etc., and never about the character of God and loving Him. Ruth is a sweet lady who promoted Mimi’s book to her guests and at least two people (a man and a woman) wrote down the title and said they would be ordering it online.
We do not want to appear to be exalting ourselves by reporting to you the opportunities we have had in the last month, but because many of you support this work, we simply want you to know you are providing us these opportunities—living in an area where there is a very large Jewish population.
Love in Yeshua,
Michael and Mimi Finesilver
Everlasting Life Outreach
7806 Trent Drive
Tamarac, FL 33321
954.478.6893 or 954.512.4102