Thanks for praying for us.
We go to the US in the middle of August, stopping the first 4 days in Wichita and then south Carolina, North Caroline, and then on to Virginia, and then finally, God willing, to Florida, not to retire, we don’t believe in that error even though I did hear that sea shells do have value in Papa New Quinea. When we return to Israel we will be preparing for a big evangelistic campaign during the Jewish holidays. We also hope to start a small Bible school program soon with a few students, who will actually study the Bible and also get involved helping us in ministry.
We continue to serve food among the refugees four times a week and hand out Bibles. The south Sudanese have agreed to leave, some have already left and others are leaving soon. I was able to give them Bibles and DVDs for their container. They said that they would me to get them a small container and fill it with Bibles and they will distribute the Bibles to the villages. We go out every Wednesday to evangelise and give out literature at the university or the surrounding Arab village, last week we went to the Ramallah junction checkpoint and stood and handed out gifts for Ramadan, at one stage, we caused a mini traffic jam. We also get to meet Israelis on he way and hand out NTs to them.
Here is a copy of my Testimony that I printed immediately after I became a Christian. I found a copy and would like you to see it .
Thanks and be blessed
Antony and Dona Simon
Testimony that I wrote a few months after I became a Christian , printed it and placed it in many Jewish homes around Manchester .
How I Found Peace in Israel
I was born in Manchester of Jewish parents and so attended Jewish schools where I learnt
about God from an early age. I was taught that He was omnipresent (everywhere). Jonah
thought that he could escape from God but found that it was impossible. The Psalmist says “If I
ascend up into Heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in Hell, behold, thou art there” Psalm
139:8. God is also holy and He hates sin, but I did not know this. We celebrated all the
festivals, such as Passover, the Day of Atonement, etc. We were going along with everything
but the question I repeatedly asked myself was “where is God?” God says “Forasmuch as this
people draw near with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their
heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men” Isaiah 29:13. Why
could David say in Psalm 23:6, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”? I asked my father
what happens after death and he said that we all go to Heaven, yet the prophet could say “your
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you”
Isaiah 59:2. This is so true in time and will be so in eternity. Again, Isaiah 64:6 says, “all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags” and “there is no man which sinneth not” 2 Chronicles 6:36.
How then can we know God’s forgiveness? God says that without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness – “it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” Leviticus 17:11.
Today there are no sacrifices yet God always gives us a way to get right with Himself. Rabbis
say “do repentance, pray and give charity”, but the Bible says blood makes atonement.
Furthermore, saying prayers at Yom Kippur is not the same as sacrificing. Let me illustrate. If
you go into a shop and buy some goods and read the bill out instead of paying it, it is not the
same as paying for the goods. In the same way, saying prayers is not the same as sacrificing.
When I was 18 I went to Israel for a month to work on a Kibbutz. During that time I met
a man called Terry. He was a Christian and I used to call him John the Baptist, needless to say I
got into trouble for doing so. I always thought that if you were not Jewish then you were a
Christian, now I know that not all Gentiles are Christians. The word Christian means “Christ-
one”, one who has accepted Christ as their Saviour and Lord. My room-mate was a Christian
but he never spoke to me about his faith. After one month I went back home only to return a few
months later. When I arrived on a different Kibbutz, I met a girl I knew in Manchester and she
told me there was a Christian on the Kibbutz called Charlie. She said “be careful because he
might try and convert you”. I replied, “Not me, I’m not interested.” I visited my former
roommate and he returned to my new Kibbutz with me. He then introduced me to Charlie and
we started discussing prophecy and the scriptures together. I had never read the Bible before
apart from the book of Esther. Charlie did not tell me about Jesus until one day he referred to a
chapter which read like this: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? . . . I am poured
out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of
my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and
thou hast brought me into the dust of death . . . they pierced my hands and my feet . . . all they
that go down to the dust shall bow before Him: and none can keep alive his own soul . . . They
shall come and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done
this”. After hearing this I said, “I am Jewish, I don’t want to know about the New Testament and
I don’t want to know about Jesus.” I had a big shock when I found out it was not in the New
Testament, but was written by David one thousand years before Jesus came (Psalm 22:1, 14-16,
29). I read other prophecies; “they shall look upon me whom they have pierced” Zechariah
12:10, “he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep
have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the
iniquity of us all . . . Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou
shalt make his soul an offering for sin (guilt offering)” Isaiah 53:5, 6, 10. This was the lamb
without blemish, the Messiah who had to be pure and sinless, not the nation of Israel. Thus the
need for a unique birth as predicted in Isaiah 7:14 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a
son, and shall call his name Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’)”. Of all others the words of
David are true “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” Psalm
I used to argue with Charlie but day by day I began to realize that Jesus was in fact, the
Messiah. I went to see a Rabbi in a place called Kfar Habad. I asked him a few questions and he
convinced me even more that Jesus was the Messiah. One question I asked related to Daniel
9:24-27. Verse 26 says, “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not
for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”
In other words, the Messiah would have come and died before the second temple was destroyed.
There was only one person who fulfilled that prophecy and that was Jesus. The answers he gave
me were from a commentary, he did not look directly at God’s word. There are many
commentaries and they all differ so they are not inspired. God is not the author of confusion but
of peace. I knew Jesus was the Messiah yet believing about Him is not the same as believing in
We were taught to say the Shemah – “hear oh Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord
(echad).” Maimonides, in his 13 Principles of faith, changed the word “one” to yachid instead of
echad. Yachid means absolute one, echad is a complex unity. In Genesis 11:27 God looked
down from Heaven and said “Behold, the people is one (echad),” many people yet all one.
Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his
wife: and they shall be one flesh, two becoming one (echad).” Again, Genesis 1:26, “And God
said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'” – Isaiah 48:16, “I have not spoken in
secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God and his
spirit hath sent me.” A Rabbi read Isaiah 50:1, 6, “Thus saith the Lord . . . ‘I gave my back to
the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and
spitting’.” He said to himself, “has God got a beard, is God a man?” “We were taught there is
only one God.” Then he looked at the word for one and realized that Jesus of Nazareth was no
ordinary man and he trusted in Him as Saviour. When Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness in Numbers 21, whoever looked upon the serpent lived. The Bible says “And as
Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world
that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life” John 3:14, 15, 16.
On December 24th 1982, at the age of 18, I realized my need of Jesus the Messiah, trusted
Him as Saviour and repented of my sins. From that moment on I had peace with God, a peace
which the world cannot take away. Now I can say with David, “I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever” Psalm 23:6. I pray that you too will search the scriptures and come to a
knowledge of Jesus as the Messiah.