Annual Report for LCJE North America 2003
By Theresa Newell, LCJE Area Coordinator for North America
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house
of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin
and iniquity.” Zechariah 13:1 (NIV)
This year a young Jewish man came to faith through members of our
church youth group. He is now involved with a strong college campus
ministry in a Midwestern state. He is the only believer in his family.
I was able to introduce him to other Jewish believers before he
left for college. I recently got a call from a pastor who said that
his daughter had invited her Jewish friend to attend his church’s
youth retreat. She accepted and is now reading Stan Telchin’s
Betrayed. Such stories reach my ears from many areas of North America.
These young Jewish people seeking truth and coming to faith in their
Messiah Jesus not only encourages me that we have such training
happening among people of all ages in our churches in sharing the
Gospel with their Jewish colleagues and friends, but that this work
is multiplied through many believers throughout our land. I am grateful
for the good books and videos and study material that has been
published to help these new believers along in their walk and to
be discipled. I am thankful for campus ministries that have Jewish
believers among their leaders working with non-Jewish believers
who are disciplining these new believers. I am grateful for the
many mission agencies and messianic congregations that reach out
to fellow Jews for the sake of the Gospel in North America.
2003 LCJE-NA Conference
Last February in Dallas, Texas (amidst the ice storm that hit during
our conference – you may remember the photos in the May 2003
Bulletin!), the theme was “Go Tell my Brethren.” Alan
Butterworth wrote a detailed and enthusiastic report in that issue
of the Bulletin recounting the talks that covered media reports
for the year, ways to reach Generation X, the role that Messianic
congregations play in reaching unbelieving Jewish people with the
Good News of Yeshua, and a study on mixed marriages in America.
We received copies of the new video “Joined Together?”
with testimonies of such mixed marriage couples who had found their
oneness in Messiah. So, in spite of the cold weather, the fellowship
at the 2003 conference was very warm.
International Conference 2003
Ironically, we North Americans found warmer weather in Helsinki,
Finland at the 7th International LCJE Conference in August! Over
30 North American members attended this every-four-year worldwide
network. I represented North America on LCJE’s International
Coordinating Committee there. Derek Leman, pastor of Hope of David
Congregation, Atlanta, was elected as a new member onto the ICC,
and Robert Specter and I humbly accepted our re-election as LCJE
officers for North America for the next 4 years. Please do hold
our ministries and us in prayer.
Looking ahead to 2004 conference
If you missed Dallas, don’t despair! Meet us all in Toronto
April 26-27, 2004. This will be the 21st LCJE-NA conference but
the first to be held in the beautiful country of Canada. Major ministries
in Toronto are supporting this conference and have already welcomed
us warmly and offered practical help. The theme for the 21st North
America LCJE conference is “Training for Jewish Evangelism.”
Speakers will include Don Meecha, Richard Ganz, Susan Perlman, Mitch
Glaser, Daniel Nessim, Karol Joseph, Al Runge, Rich Robinson, and
others. A Toronto Messianic congregation will lead worship each
And to LCJE-NA 2005
Looking ahead, the membership agreed on March 7-9, 2005 in San Francisco,
California as our conference date and place for next year. Please
get these dates into your calendar. Again, we ask your prayers that
all the plans will go smoothly and that the Holy Spirit will breathe
His creativity into our hearts as we prepare for the 2005 conference.
Sean Osborne continues as our Webmaster. Our server space has been
expanded so that we have been able to add the Digital Jewish Missions
History Project developed by Rich Robinson (see November 2003 Bulletin
for details) to the growing LCJE site. Our newest agency member,
CJF Ministries headquartered in San Antonio, Texas now has a link
from our LCJE site. Take a look to learn about this expanding ministry
especially if you are not familiar with their work among Jewish
people worldwide. The article published in the November Bulletin
by CJFM president, Dr. Gary Hedrick, can be found on the website.
Check www.lcje.net often and encourage others to do the same. All
membership information is there, so encourage friends to join LCJE
this convenient way.
In October I represented LCJE-NA at the Mission America Coalition
meeting in New York. Since the meeting dates coincided with Yom
Kippur, there were not many in Jewish ministry who could attend,
but there were several booths representing Jewish work, such as
Jews for Jesus. We continue our good fellowship with our MAC friends
through these annual meetings. Next year’s MAC meeting will
be in San Diego, California on November 3-5. I encourage those on
the West Coast to plan to attend and bring displays of your ministries.
North America will be represented at the LCWE-sponsored “2004
Forum for World Evangelization” to be held in Pattaya, Thailand
in September as part of the Jewish evangelism issue group #31. Pray
for the small group that will be representing Jewish evangelism
to the larger church at this important conference.
At the end of 2003 I was acceptance as a “candidate”
for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Episcopal School for
Ministry, Ambridge, PA. By the time you read this Bulletin, I should
have completed my last required classes and begun writing my thesis
on Jewish evangelism training. More prayers needed!
LCJE-NA secretary Robert Specter’s Rock of Israel team will
be in Pittsburgh, PA (our home area) summer of 2004 for Jewish outreach,
and Jews for Jesus’ Behold Your God campaign is scheduled
in our city for September 2005. Already prayer teams have been formed,
and we will be working hard training laborers for this harvest field.
The Jewish community of Pittsburgh can be characterized as atypical
of American Jewish populations in that it remains quite orthodox
and very close knit as a community. Pray for outreach in our city
and the cities across North America.
As you can see from this report, it has been a busy, exciting year
of activity for Jewish ministry here in North America. We look forward
to having fellowship with our Canadian friends in April at our conference.
We pray for the news of Yeshua to reach across this large continent
through the missions, the churches and the messianic congregations
that labor to make the Name of Jesus known to His own people “according
to the flesh.” We in North America send our greetings and
promise of prayer, and the hand of warm fellowship to all of you.
Jesus is Lord!