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
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
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
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!