Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Yeshua. It is our fervent prayer that this letter finds you glowing in the majesty of His love.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers and well wishes for my speedy recovery. More importantly, I ask you to continue to pray for strength for Donna as she unselfishly cares for me along with her mother, who, as many of you know, is in hospice. We are trusting the Lord in this, as well.
The ministry is continuing to grow, and God is showing Himself strong in every aspect. Our men’s group, which we call David’s Mighty Men, is exceeding all of our expectations. What a joy and an honor to equip these men in Messianic ministry and prepare them for Jewish evangelism.
Our speaking engagements are picking up; and we want to send out a special thank-you to Bishop Murphy and the saints at New Mount Moriah Church, who hosted one of our best-ever Passover celebrations. We’ve also picked up six additional students at the Hebrew Messianic Christian Institute, and we’re thrilled at their eagerness to learn. We are making significant inroads into the Black church and looking forward to a special summit between Messianic and African-American leaders.
Our board is geared up and we’re making plans to expand the ministry, first regionally and then nationally. It is our desire to create a national board comprised of leaders across the country that have the same passion and vision as we do.
This year, we’re expanding our annual tour of the Holocaust Memorial Center to include a visit to the African American Museum in early summer. We’re focusing increasingly on activities, such as mini-fundraisers and concerts, in addition to our annual banquet. By the way, our guest speaker at this year’s banquet will be Jhan Moskowitz, field director for Jews for Jesus and a dynamic speaker for Promise Keepers. We are grateful to the Lord for his willingness to come.
We have many more exciting things coming up in the ministry. You might want to check our new website, www.shalomministry.com for videos and current information. We are preparing CDs and DVDs, and hope that by next month they will be available for purchase through the ministry.
As we enter this transitional period in our ministry, we would be amiss if we did not thank Rabbi Loren Jacobs for his wisdom and continued support of everything we’ve done thus far. We’re grateful to the elders and council at Shema Yisrael for their love and support, as well. We can’t say enough about how God has used all of these precious saints. The board and my friends in ministry are planning a special dinner roast and fundraiser for the ministry, to be held Friday, May 13, at Tre Monti Ristorante, 1695 East Big Beaver, Troy Michigan. This will be a wonderful evening of laughter and fellowship. I strongly urge you to make your reservations now. The cost is $25 per person, and I do want all of our local supporters to come. However, I must tell you, seating is limited; so call 248-312-8277 to make your reservations. And please mail your checks to Shalom Ministry, P.O. Box 19695, Detroit, Michigan 48219 as soon as possible.
Finally, we’re looking for a task force of volunteers to help with mailing, office work and, more importantly, a think tank for various projects. If interested, please give me a call and I’ll give you more details about how you can be involved in various levels of service to the ministry. This is an exciting time, and we really want you to be a part of it.
As always, please continue to pray for salvation for our Jewish friends Coby, Mr. Borenstein, Mrs. Goldstein, Barry, Paula (a Holocaust survivor), Gary and Paula, Moe and Diana, Mrs. Cohen, Michelle, Alana, Liz and Stella, Rebecca and Ross, Jonathan, Liz and Brian, and Bella. Please join us in fervent prayer for the Holy Spirit’s intervention in their lives and that they will receive Messiah as Savior and Lord. And finally, please pray for the special needs of Rachel Denson and Donna’s mother, Ann Saunders.
Until the nets are full,
John and Donna Denson