Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism is a Special Interest Committee of the Lausanne Movement.

LCJE is the only global organization in existence today in which people involved in the field of
Jewish evangelism can come together and --


· Share information and resources
· Study and report on current trends
· Stimulate one another’s thinking on theological and missiological issues
· Strategize on a global level so that more Jewish people will hear and consider the Good News of Jesus the Messiah
· Arrange consultations that will be useful to those engaged in Jewish evangelism

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***SAVE THE DATES***: The 10th International Conference of LCJE is scheduled for 16-21 AUGUST 2015 in Israel!

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Statement of LCJE - North America March 2014 Conference (Chicago/Wheaton, Illinois, USA)

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UPDATE - PRAYER REQUEST: Barry Barnett's case is now scheduled to be heard by an Israeli judge on March 25, 2014. Pray for justice to be done in this case.

Jews for Jesus Campaigner Arrested and Taken to Prison in Israel; Released After Four Days of Detention, Expelled from Israel

Barry Barnett photo

(Source of photo: Jews for Jesus press release, November 22, 2013).

Barry Barnett, 50, a British citizen who is a member of Jews of Jesus UK, was participating as a volunteer campaigner in the Jews for Jesus "Behold Your God" Israel Campaign around the city of Be'er Sheva in the Negev region when he was arrested by Israeli authorities around 4 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Along with other campaigners, Barry was helping hold up a banner in public in Hebrew that read "Yeshu=Salvation=Yeshua" (with a contact phone number), when he was suddenly taken into custody by numerous Israeli immigration inspectors, detained for hours at an immigration office in Omer, outside of Be'er heva and then taken to Ramle Prison in Israel. This is the first time that anyone in Jews for Jesus in Israel has been taken to prison for expressing their belief that Jesus is the Messiah. The banner was also seized by the authorities.

Israel director of Jews for Jesus Dan Sered stated: "I am shocked at this outrageous behavior. As an Israeli, I have been proud that our country allows for freedom of religion, yet those who seized Barry and took him to prison have done a shameful thing. Our outreach in Israel is 100% legal and Barry, though a British citizen, is not an illegal worker in Israel. With his B2 visa he is permitted to exercise his faith, which is what he was doing."

In another interview Sered said that the authorities "did not really give a reason why they detained [Barry]...All they said is that he was doing 'missionary activity.' That is correct, he was doing missionary activity, and that is legal to do in Israel."

After four days and nights in Ramle Prison in an immigration-holding unit, Barry was released on bail under an explusion order from the Ministry of Interior to leave Israel by December 3, 2013. Barry is now back in the UK, awaiting the next stage in this case. His lawyers in Israel have launched a legal battle to fight this expulsion order in the courts and to support his religious rights.

Jews for Jesus Executive Director David Brickner stated in an online video response to this incident: "We think that those who are opposed to the Gospel in Israel are behind this." According to Christianity Today, the anti-missionary group Yad L'Achim "had followed the Jews for Jesus teams to their campaign sites in Israel" from the time when it began.

Convicted anti-missionary religious terrorist and self-confessed murderer Yaakov "Jack" Teitel (see story below on the Ortiz family) is believed to once have had ties of some kind to Yad L'Achim, although they later disavowed him. According to Christianity Today, "Yad L'Achim has worked to deny Messianic Jews...the right to return to Israel and to deny spouses of Messianics immigration visas." Further, the group is known "to picket and severely harass Messianics at their homes and congregations" and has also been "linked to different government agencies revoking the licensing of Messianic-owned businesses." At least one element of the Yad L'Achim organization has received funding from the government in the past as part of the Israeli national budget, although it is not a government entity. Nevertheless, there appear to be close ties between the anti-missionary group and some sympathetic Israeli government officials who wish to deny religious rights to Messianic believers and foreign visitors to Israel in violation of Israeli law and international treaties and codes that Israel has signed. Christianity Today states: "Informing on Barnett would fix a pattern of cooperation between Yad L'Achim and the government that has been well documented by the Israeli media."

We ask continued prayers for Barry, for his wife Alison, for the entire Jews for Jesus staff in Israel and around the world at this critical time, as well as believers in Israel in general. We will be following developments related to this incident very closely, as well as the impact of any possible precedents in this case.

For more information on the initial incident, go to:

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/about-jews-for-jesus/press/jews-for-jesus-campaigner-taken-to-prison-in-israel-without-cause

For an update since Barry's release from prison, go to:

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/about-jews-for-jesus/press/campaigner-released-on-bail-from-prison

See also the Christianity Today online article dateline November 26, 2013 (see below)

Sources: Jews for Jesus press release dated 21 Nov. 2013; website updates; Christianity Today online article, November 26, 2013, ""Israel Orders Deportation of Jews for Jesus Missionary". http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2013/november/israel-orders-deportation-of-jews-for-jesus-missionary.html. (11.29.2013)

This news item was updated on December 19, 2013 and again on February 28, 2014.

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Fourth LCJE CEO Conference, St. Chrischona, Basel, Switzerland, 27-31 May 2013

St. Chrischona, near Basel, Switzerland - in the "Three Countries' Corner" where Switzerland, France and Germany meet. St. Chrischona has a rich legacy in Jewish evangelism connected especially to Jerusalem.

The 4th LCJE CEO Conference was held at St. Chrischona, Basel, 27-31 May 2013. The venue was the Pilgermission St. Chrischona, set in beautiful surroundings in what is called the "Three Countries' Corner" where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. It is home today to a theological seminary and also has a long and rich history with respect to Jewish evangelism, especially in Jerusalem. Participants included executives and leaders of organizations, congregations and churches who are involved in Jewish evangelism and ministry who are members of LCJE (individual or agency members), as well as their spouses.

There were 37 participants in this CEO Conference. Topics included: "The Social and Political Context of Jewish Mission," "Issues in Israel," "The Internet and Other Media," "Women in (Jewish) Ministry," "The Next Generation and LCJE," and "LCJE and the Future." Other topics covrered areas such as: communicating with donors, reactions to a recent reconciliation initiative, "What's in a Name?" - dealing with issues related to replacement theology and supersessionism, and the importance and relationship of academic work to Jewish evangelism.

Papers from the St. Chrischona CEO Conference can be downloaded here.

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Risto Santala, z''l - Cherished Scholar of the Messianic Movement, Known Affectionately to Many as the "Rabbi of the Church of Finland"

Risto Santala (1929-2012)

Dr. Risto Santala, beloved pastor, scholar, and author, passed into eternity on September 26, 2012. Juha-Pekka Rissanen's eulogy for Reverend Santala can be found in the November 2012 issue of the LCJE Bulletin, available on this webpage as a PDF download (click on "LCJE Bulletin" in upper right).

 

Rev. Santala passed away on the Day of Atonement. As Rev. Rissanen aptly puts it, the basic theme of his life's work was "to convey the message of the atonement of Jesus the Messiah" to the Jewish people (LCJE Bulletin, Nov. 2012, p. 7).

Dr. Santala's many valuable works are well known among nearly all workers and scholars in the area of Jewish evangelism. These include (among others): The Messiah in the Old Testament in the Light of Rabbinical Writings and The New Testament in the Light of Rabbinical Writings, both of which were written in modern Hebrew. This alone was an extraordinary achievement. But his life was much more than just scholarship - it was full of ministry and teaching. As is noted in the article, "the fruit of his teaching impacted many congregational Messianic Jewish leaders in Israel," while Risto was also "one of very few foreign teachers who was invited to teach in Hebrew-speaking congregations."

Rev. Santala's connections to LCJE extend back nearly to the very beginning of our network. The very first issue of the LCJE Bulletin in 1984 (recently added on this page for download) contains the following entry: "FINNS write in HEBREW" and discusses Risto's then upcoming second book in Hebrew, as well as the biography of Risto's and his wife Kerttu's son Ismo, who died in Jerusalem in 1959 at the tender age of seven. That book was titled, A Little Vessel in the Holy Land.

We are very thankful for Risto Santala's life and ministry, for his part in LCJE and for the many contributions he made in a lifetime of service to our Savior.
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Religious Terrorist Yaakov 'Jack' Teitel - Convicted of Two Murders and the Attempted Murder of Ami Ortiz (in targeting the Messianic Ortiz family)

The Ortiz family in Ariel, Israel: from left to right: Ami, Leah, David, Nathan

In a very important decision for the cause of justice and the religious freedom of the Messianic community in Israel, on January 16, 2013, the Jerusalem District Court found American-Israeli anti-missionary terrorist Yaakov 'Jack' Teitel guilty of two murders of Palestinians and the attempted murder of then 15-year old Messianic teenager Ami Ortiz of Ariel, Israel, as well as other crimes. Ami was miraculously saved from a terrorist bomb disguised as a Purim gift basket that was placed by Teitel outside the Ortiz's apartment door in March 2008. Ami was the only person home at the time. He found the basket and brought it into his home to open it to see what gifts it might contain - a common practice in Israel during Purim. Instead of gifts, the basket contained a bomb, which then exploded and nearly killed him instantly.

God spared his life, but Ami has needed 14 operations thus far. We praise God for Ami's incredible recovery but ask for continued prayer for him and for the Ortiz family for the follow-on operations that he faces in order to deal with the aftermaths of the bomb blast. We also ask prayer for the salvation of Jack Teitel himself, that, just as Yeshua our Messiah appeared in a vision and transformed the hardened heart and life of Saul (who later became the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus (The Book of Acts, Chapter 9, in the Brit Chadashah), He might also touch with His love and forgiveness the heart and soul of this modern-day enemy of the Gospel who now sits in prison.

For more on Ami's amazing story, as well as information on the new Rami-Ami booklet in Hebrew and Arabic, published by the Israeli Bible Society as a joint effort with the Palestinian Bible Society, see the Nov. 2012 issue of the LCJE Bulletin, pp. 18-20 (available for PDF download on this page)

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Remembering the Life and Testimony of Jhan Moskowitz (1948-2012)

"The greatest form of anti-Semitism is the withholding of the gospel from

the Jewish people." (JHAN MOSKOWITZ)

In September 2012, we lost our beloved brother in Messiah, Jhan Moskowitz, North American Director of Jews for Jesus and one of the founders of LCJE. Please pray for his widow Melissa, his daughters Kayla and Jesse, and the extended Jews for Jesus family around the world as they deal with his loss.

Jhan had an enormous impact on Jewish evangelism in our day. As Biola professor and LCJE member Judith Mendelsohn Rood stated: "The Lord used Jhan's message on t'shuvah to turn my sinner's heart back to God, to repent of my rebellious ways, and to reconcile with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob...I thank God for his life of service. His memory is a blessing to my people. He is one of the heroes of our faith."

There are two special tributes to Jhan in the November 2012 issue of the LCJE Bulletin (available for PDF download on this page).

Jim Melnick, International Coordinator, LCJE

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