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I read it through the Grapevine

As I write this article 2014 is just over a week old and, as I look back over the past year, there is a great deal for which to thank the Lord. We are so grateful for all that he has enabled us to do for the cause of the gospel among our Jewish people.

We managed to complete a total of fourteen of the projects that we set our hands to in 2013. These included the completion of the fifth and final volume of the Children’s Illustrated Bible. This was a great accomplishment, as now the complete Old Testament is available in Ivrit (Modern Hebrew), chapter by chapter and word by word.

 

In terms of other books we produced over the year, we reprinted 20,000 copies of Moishe Rosen’s, Y’shua: The Jewish Way to say Jesus, which challenges Jewish people to examine the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming and the evidence for Jesus as the Messiah, and how they should respond to his claims. In addition to translating into Hebrew Enter the Rest – Israel Harel’s commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews, Messianic Discipleship by Sam Nadler and The Last Jew of Rotterdam by Ernest Cassutto,  we also completed the translation of three of John Piper’s sermons. We published Be Transformed, a counselling book on sexuality, for a non-profit organization that helps sexually broken people through seminars and one-to-one discipleship.

 

We also produced Prodigal Son, written by Shoshy Danielson and illustrated by our in-house graphic artist Diana Shimon. This book is the second in the series of children’s books, the first of which was Noah, and we are currently printing the third, on Esther, in time for Purim.

 

We were able to reach Russian-speaking Jews through Volume 22 of the Grace and Truth Russian magazine which was printed in December, with 10,000 copies being distributed to some 38 countries. We also translated a work of Pauline systematic theology into Russian for a seminary professor in Texas and translated the first two training modules of the Come & See discipleship tool into both Hebrew and Russian.

In addition, we also produced the Forever calendar, featuring illustrations from familiar stories in the Old Testament which are part of a glass slide collection almost a century old, a 2013-2014 Russian calendar and a Thank You greeting card.

 

Our plate is already looking full for the year ahead, with a further fifteen projects either currently being worked on or approaching on the horizon. We are very much looking forward to seeing the fruit of these efforts in the hands of the people.

 

One of the most interesting publications we are working on is the translation of Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life by Tass Saada. This book tells the story of how Tass Saada, who was a PLO sniper, Yasser Arafat’s chauffeur and a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity, went to America and began a new life in Christ which included reconciliation with Jews, before returning to Qatar to face his family and former boss.

We are also about to publish the Russian version of the The Last Jew of Rotterdam. The Hebrew version is out and already in use by some congregations. We hope to have the Russian version ready in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day on 28 April.

 

Last month we began matching donations for providing books to various churches and organizations in Israel. A donation of £200 enables us to provide a congregation with books worth at least £400. So far we have provided a selection of books for two congregations and are in the process of doing the same for three more groups of Israeli believers.

 

We want to thank the Lord for the many people that we have had the chance to share the gospel with in 2013, both through our daily work and the books that have been given out. Please pray that the Lord will speak to them through these efforts and grant them a heart of flesh. As we begin 2014 I want to wish our readers and supporters a very fruitful year.

May the God of Israel bless you richly and lavish his grace upon you. Thank you for your prayers and support over the past year as we laboured to make the Messiah and his message known to our people.

 

The English edition of Tass Saada’s Once an Arafat Man is available from the CWI Book Room for £11.99 + P&P.

This article was first published in the Spring Herald 2014

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