"We watched as many of those who have yet to believe in Yeshua were caught up in the joy of the Holy Spirit as they joined us in our celebration. Many also saw and experienced a love that they had never encountered before among our community."
 
 

Some of the most meaningful events for believers in Israel are Messianic weddings. In addition to being times of great joy and celebration they are natural opportunities for non-believing family and friends to witness our faith.

Such was the case at the recent wedding of Andrew and Shani.

Andrew, from a gentile background, was connected to a Messianic congregation in California. Shani, a sabra Israeli with Sephardic roots, came to faith in Yeshua during her teen years.

Through a series of unexpected divine appointments God brought these two young people from contrasting backgrounds together.

Here is their account of their wedding day.

We wanted to share with you that at our Israeli wedding about 100 out of the 300 people in attendance, mostly Shani's extended family and their friends, did not know that Shani was a believer in Yeshua and knew little to nothing about her faith.

As many Jewish Israelis are told that if they accept Yeshua they will be taught to discard their Jewish identity and culture, they were surprised to see all the Jewish elements that we had in our wedding: traditional prayers, blessings, and clothing, the circling of the groom seven times by the bride, the breaking of the glass, and the chupah (wedding canopy). Of course we mixed in elements of our faith in Yeshua as well through sharing the Lord's Supper and declaring our covenant with one another in the name of Yeshua, quoting many scriptures from both the Old and New Covenants.

They were also very surprised at the level of happiness that could be felt among our Messianic friends and family after the ceremony. We watched as many of those who have yet to believe in Yeshua were caught up in the joy of the Holy Spirit as they joined us in our celebration. Many also saw and experienced a love that they had never encountered before among our community.

Since the wedding, we continue to hear additional good reports. Some say they now understand that even if you believe in Yeshua you are still a Jew. Others say they were deeply touched by the words of our vows, much of which were taken directly from Ephesians 5. Shani's father shared that weeks after the wedding his friends from work coudn't stop talking about it.

From beginning to end, Yeshua was center stage at our wedding. More than 100 people left that night with the testimony of Messiah Yeshua on their hearts. Please pray for doors to continue to be opened and for this testimony to bear fruit!

By Andrew & Shani
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Revolution in the Arab World
Eitan Shishkoff: Awakening
Marty Shoub: "I Have Heard The Groaning And I Have Remembered"
Asher Intrater: Law of Perspective