Thanks for praying for us and the ministry in Israel and also in Iraq among the refugees and the Kurds.
Work in Iraq
I am planning a four-day trip to Iraq next week, followed by ten-day trips in January and February. I’ll be focusing on two projects.
The first is purchasing heaters for Syrian refugees now that the weather in the part of Iraq they escaped to has turned extremely cold. They are staying in very small housing units called “caravans” (approximately 15 feet by 20 feet) and are only allotted about ten hours of electricity a day. But the colder it gets the less electricity they are allowed because the power stations in their camps can only produce a limited amount of energy.
My goal is to purchase about 350 low-wattage electric heaters at a cost $15.50 each in Iraq; they are three times as expensive in Israel. We will distribute the heaters from one location. Families will come one by one. When we hand them heaters, we will also hand them a New Testament and a children’s Bible. We will tell the recipients, “This is a gift for you. We want you to know the story about Jesus. We know that you are Muslim, and we love you, but you need to read this.” We don’t require them to take the Bible in order to receive a heater; we don’t want to “force” the Bible on anyone. But most of the refugees will accept it.
The second project is blanket distribution to Christian refugees. For next week’s trip, I will be distributing 350 blankets and holding Gospel meetings in the evening.
During our 2016 Iraq trips, we plan to distribute food, Bibles, and audio Bibles to as many refugees as possible. Beginning in January, I will be distributing 500 audio Bibles. I will be doing this caravan to caravan – handing out audio Bibles while sharing the Gospel.
I.S. and the Gospel
The persecution of Christians and Muslims by the Islamic State (I.S.) has contributed to the spread of the Gospel. Yes, I.S. is evil, but they have caused Muslims to flee to places where they can hear the Gospel. IS has created this opportunity.
Whenever I.S. commits evil acts, such as the massacre in Paris, they help spread the Gospel in that Muslims see this and want to distance themselves from such atrocities. Though IS loves bloodshed and murder, God uses it to reach people for Christ. It is so important to love the Muslims; not the wrong they do, but as people for whom need a Saviour.
Be blessed Antony and Dona
Michelle’s Interview for Zions Fire Magazine
Communicating the Gospel to Israelis without compromise
For Ministry Volunteer Michelle, there is no greater thrill than bringing the truth of Christ to Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
“There were some days I went out at 10:30 in the morning and would not return until 11:00 at night. It is just so exciting being there and sharing the plan of salvation.”
Michelle’s love for Israel began in 2002 while attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. “During a missions class I was taking there, John Piper [senior pastor at the time] encouraged us to pray for God to put a specific people group in our hearts,” Michelle said. “At that time, I didn’t know who I had a heart for. But over the course of the next year, God put the Jewish people on my heart.”
Michelle eventually began taking Hebrew language classes in preparation for a trip to Israel, which came in 2007 as a student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She returned to Israel in 2014 and took more classes. However, Michelle was not content with merely studying, but wanted to reach the people of Israel with the Gospel.
“I read [volunteer missionary] Julia’s story [in the July-August 2013 issue of Zion’s Fire] and wanted to do what she did. I made sure to take a class that wasn’t as time-intensive so that I would have plenty of time to participate in street evangelism.”
Before leaving, Michelle emailed Tony, one of the Zion’s Hope Jerusalem-based missionaries. “It  was a great experience. One of Tony’s volunteers was a British woman named Deborah and during my days off from school, I would join them. Deborah is great with evangelism and served as a mentor to me. I learned so much about evangelism from her.”
It was an unforgettable experience for Michelle, so in 2015 she returned to Israel to again work with Tony and his team of volunteers. This time, however, there would be no attending school; the focus was full-time street evangelism. The experience was everything Michelle hoped it would be, the encounters dynamic and unforgettable.
If you would like to communicate the truth of the Gospel to the people of Israel, please call Zion’s Hope’s headquarters toll-free at 1-888-781-9466. www.zionshope.org