The past month has been unbelievably busy, tiring, and exhausting—and on top of it all I got a nasty sinus infection. But, this past month, with a noticeable change in our routine, was very important for both myself and our ministry. Those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are likely to have been aware of the many things that I was involved with from mid-June to mid-July.
The biggest thing that occurred in July is that our ministry, Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics, exhibited our books and resources at Messiah 2016 in Grantham, PA. We had already been exhibitors at two MJAA regional conferences here in Dallas, and knew that it would be very important to have a presence at what is the oldest and largest worldwide Messianic Jewish conference. Many doors in the past have been closed to us at similar events, to exhibit our publications and resources—so to be welcomed to the largest, and perhaps most significant Messianic conference, is very gratifying.
There were some noticeable differences in the types of people I interacted with at Messiah 2016, compared to those I tend to correspond with online via social media, and even at my local congregation. Being in the Northeastern U.S., I was geographically located in the center of some of the largest Jewish populations in North America. A number of conversations I had, needed to be prefaced with statements like, “In my/our experience…” Messianic congregations more South- and West-ward have a much more mixed demographic in terms of Jewish and non-Jewish Believers, and it does noticeably affect our spirituality and approach to theological issues. Yet, I found much more agreement on issues of Torah halachah and procedure, being around those in established Messianic Judaism—as I interact a great deal with non-Jewish people who identify more along the lines of Hebrew/Hebraic Roots, who are not always friendly to mainline Jewish traditions and customs. Even though I was out of my element geographically, and I did choose my words carefully in some conversations, I did feel rather welcome, and I continue to expect the Lord’s favor both personally and ministerially in this venue for the future.
Now that I am settled back in North Texas, I resume work on our ongoing 2 Corinthians Wednesday Night Bible Study, the massive resource Salvation on the Line, and the continual expansion of video and audio podcasts to our YouTube channel. I want to particularly thank those of you who have generously given to the Outreach Israel Technology Fund, as we are upgrading our office computers this Summer!
Until next month…