Exciting Opportunities Arise Out of Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship Visit
Greetings in the glorious name of our Messiah Yeshua. Donna and I are indeed thankful for your ongoing commitment to this ministry that God has called us to. The Lord is generating excitement and we certainly have a full plate.
Let me begin by sharing with you that Donna and I were invited to the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, which is a part of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida. We enjoyed four fruitful days of interaction with messianic leaders from across the country, and I was appointed by SBMF to be the liaison to the African American Fellowship. This is a significant opportunity to bridge the gap between the messianic and black leadership within the convention. I have also been asked to speak and offer a challenge at the Black Church Symposium in Nashville in September. Please pray that leadership will catch the vision and that we will see blacks and Jews forging an alliance for the cause of Christ.
Messianic Christian Institute Appoints John as the Dean
I am delighted to announce that I am serving as the dean of the newly established Hebrew Messianic Christian Institute at Destiny School of Ministry in Roseville, Michigan. Classes will begin in August, and students will receive a degree upon completion of the two-year curriculum. If you are interested in enrolling, or know of someone who is, please have him or her call the school at 586-773-6568.
We are planning a special kickoff for the institute at Evangel Bible Church on Sunday, August 8 at 7 PM. The program will feature music by the Shalom Ministry Praise Team, personal testimonies, messianic dancing and a special message on blessings and cursings. Watch for more details in the mail or call the office at 586-773-6568.
Donna’s Art Now On Display
As of this writing, Donna’s art is in the two leading Judaica centers in this community. If you would like to see her work on display, please visit Coby’s Judaica Center at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield or Borenstein’s Book & Music Store in Oak Park. Donna’s presentation of artwork to the Holocaust Memorial Center will take place soon. We’ve been in contact with the director and are planning a press conference at the time of the presentation. Additionally, prints of Donna’s work are still available for a $50 donation to Shalom Ministry.
Here are a few upcoming events that you won’t want to miss: We’re planning our annual fundraising event, which will be a sit-down banquet style dinner in September. Also in September, we’re planning a special service at Destiny School on the 13th commemorating Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur; Congregation Shema Yisrael Bet will have a Yom Kippur service on the 18th; and I’ll be at People’s Community Church in Detroit for a speaking engagement on the 29th. We’ve also begun the preliminary planning for an evangelistic campaign in the spring of 2011.
Donna and I have had the pleasure of meeting two delightful Israeli girls at the mall. They invited us to their home when we told them of our love for the Jewish people and we spent a considerable amount of time in fellowship with them. Please pray for Liz and Stella. They’ve been in the U.S. for just two years. We’ve invited them to come and worship with us at Shema Bet.
As you can see, we have a busy and exciting schedule ahead. All of these events are planned and put together by faith and at the expense of Shalom Ministry, and we desperately need your prayerful financial support to make them successful.
Please continue in prayer for the salvation of our Jewish friends: Coby, Mr. Borenstein, Mrs. Goldstein, Barry, Paula (a Holocaust survivor), Gary and Paula, Moe and Diana, Mrs. Cohen, Michelle, Alana, 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.
Finally, please pray for the success of this ministry, our board, our upcoming events and for the success of Congregation Shema Yisrael Bet.
Until the nets are full,
Rev. John and Donna Denson