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Testimony of Baruch

Elana and I were flying to Prague for Awakening Europe. I have really changed the way I live. Every day I expect God to use me. Not because I am special, but because He so loves this hurting world.

For years, I prayed this prayer:

I expect divine appointments in my life. I expect kingdom connections to take place daily. I expect to lead Israelis to Yeshua. I expect the gift of healing to work in my life with Israelis! I expect angels to be active in my life, working on my behalf for the glory of God. 

It is a powerful prayer, but I rarely acted on it. I have been a passive evangelist—walking through doors when they opened. Now I am a pro-active one. Now I am seeking out people.

Healing at 30,000-Feet

In the middle of our flight to Prague, a young man (26-years-old) came to front of the plane. He complained to the flight attendants that he was not feeling well. He came several times and I could tell that they were losing patience with him. I thought to ask him if he wanted prayer, but I had a check in my spirit that the timing was wrong.

I waited about a half hour and then began to sense the Holy Spirit’s presence. He was sitting one seat in front of me. I got up and sat beside him across the aisle and asked, “Are you not feeling well?” I asked him if I could pray for him. He said it would not help. I said, “God can do anything and sometimes when I pray for people, they get healed.” With that, he took my hand and allowed me to pray for him. His name was Baruch, which means Blessed!

“I Feel Love”

After I prayed, I asked him what he felt and he looked at me and said, “I feel love…I feel love coming from you.” I sat down with him and shared my testimony in Hebrew. Then he gave me his ‘take’ on God, which was not biblical, but then he added something very interesting. He told me, “God uses people. Sometimes we pray for something and God sends someone to you and you don’t realize that this person is God’s answer to your prayers. Look at me. I came to the flight attendants and they did not want to help me. Yes, they gave me water but really they hate me…they hate me! But you saw I was not feeling well and you decided to do something, and now I feel wonderful and I am having a great conversation with you.”

Small Risks, Big Dividends

It’s so much fun to share God’s love with others through the miraculous. But you must take small risks. These small risks can have huge payoffs. What was the worst that could have happened? He doesn’t get healed and he is still grateful that I prayed for him.

I have Baruch’s email and have sent him my testimony—which has in it, a clear Gospel message—in Hebrew. Pray for Baruch!

That evening in Old Town Prague, we met an American couple looking for someone to take a picture of them. We talked for a while and then Elana looked at Margaret, the wife, and asked something very strange: “Can I pray for you to conceive?” I have been around my wife long enough to know that she was being led by the Spirit. I am jealous with a godly jealousy of her ability to hear the Lord.

Margaret teared up and said, “Yes.” And then, “Oh my gosh, I want to hug you.” Amidst the tears, Elana prayed for her to get pregnant.

Roni the Pizza Guy

Finally, this happened today: I was just leaving the morning session of the conference. The presence of God was as wonderful as I can ever remember at conference—of course I always feel that way when God shows up. Worshiping with 10,000 to 15,000 people is always amazing. I can only wonder how heaven views it.

I left the meeting, almost in a cloud of ‘wonderful confusion’—if that makes sense. I was searching for lunch and ended in the hotel restaurant. The waiter at the other hotel restaurant had told us that the chef is Israeli. Elana had already met him. I looked at the guy behind the counter and realized he was the Israeli. Within minutes I was talking to him about Yeshua. He had already encountered several of the believers at the conference and was so open.

He told me that when he met Elana the other night, she came in with glow upon her. I told him that it was the presence of God. We had a great talk and then I asked him if I could pray for him. This is huge key in outreach. Always ask if you can pray for the person because you never know what God is going to do. As I prayed he lit up and smiled, as the presence of God came upon him. I got his email and sent him my testimony in Hebrew.

The in the evening Elana and I came to eat. He came and sat with us poured out his heart. He has two sons with whom he is not in contact. He longs to see them but one is not interested and the other has been prevented by the mother. We prayed for him—that God would show himself strong. I said to Elana, “The idea that a couple of Israelis would not only talk with him, but listen to his story and pray for him, is surely not what he is used to.” The lonely chef was so happy just to speak Hebrew. Please pray for him that as he reads my testimony and that would see Yeshua as his salvation. What a joy to be in Prague and having divine appointments with Israelis!

UPDATE: He just emailed me saying that we gave him hope! Hallelujah! Yeshua gives hope!

Share with us your story of how God is using you. I know He wants to! Take a small risk.


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Some teach that there is no immersion of the Holy Spirit or Second Blessing. However, we can see clearly in Acts 8 (The Samaritan Revival) the distinction between the salvation experience and the Holy Spirit coming upon believers.

“When [Peter and John] arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been immersed in water in the name of the Lord Yeshua.” (Acts 8:15-16)

No Sinner’s Prayer in Acts

Immersion in water, a very common Jewish practice at the time, was the sinners’ prayer of the book of Acts (Acts 2:21, 8:12, 36, Acts 10:47-48) and there was no such thing as “Baptism Classes”. It was the immediate, first expression of your new faith. When you went into the water, you were saying, “I believe in Yeshua, that He is the Messiah and died as a sacrifice for my sins.” (Acts 8:15-16)

But then the apostles came down to lay hands on the Samaritans and see them also immersed in the Holy Spirit, because, “the Holy Spirit,” although He was in them, “had not yet come on any of them.”

First, Salvation

The purpose of the two distinct experiences is clear. The first is for personal salvation; forgiveness of sins. We see this in Romans 6, one of my favorite verses.

“We were therefore buried with him through water immersion into death in order that, just as Messiah was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)

Immersion in water was the perfect picture of dying to the old way and being raised to newness of life. The water symbolized a grave. What an awesome picture of death and resurrection! Can you imagine on the day of Shavuot, thousands of Jewish people all over Jerusalem going into the, more than 100, mikvot (immersion tanks) in the Old City, only to rise up out of the water, free and forgiven!

Why do we need more?

So why do we need the second blessing? The first blessing, salvation, is for you. But the second is to empower you to reach others. God would come upon these new believers with His Spirit so they could preach with conviction and do signs, wonders and miracles. The best picture of this is Simon Peter. This fellow cut off a guy’s ear and denied he knew Yeshua just 50 days earlier. When they met in Galilee he was dejected. But after the Holy Spirit comes on him in power, he stands on the Temple steps and proclaims Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, saying, “Men of Israel…”

His message was so powerful that his hearers were cut to the heart, and 3,000 Jewish men, plus women and children, came to faith in Yeshua. (Acts 2) And then, he sees a crippled beggar. He prays for him and the paralyzed vagabond jumps up, praising God. That is the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

Have you received Yeshua? He is ready to forgive you and receive you and give you newness of life.

Have you received the Holy Spirit’s empowerment? If not, ask God for it. It is his great joy to “give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)

Please consider a gift to Messiah’s Mandate. We just committed to up our giving to our Tel Aviv congregation by 2,000 a month. We can only do that with your partnership. God is doing a great work at Tiferet Yeshua! Thank you.

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I was lying down, just resting and suddenly I had vision or a dream or maybe drevision. I was walking along Israel’s main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with someone whom I did not know. He told me that the newest lane, the outside lane—actually the shoulder—would soon fall into the ground because of sinkholes or erosion of the land. I was walking as far outside as one could get while still being on the shoulder. I felt a pull, like a magnetic force, pulling me off the road and into the brown grass.

Then I realized it was a vision.


The road is our life. The area off the road—dead grass—is sin, temptation, addiction, etc. If the road was going to fall into the ground on the side, why was I walking there? I should, at least, have moved to the other side of my companion, if not hugged the center of the highway.

The warning and encouragement is to not walk too close to the flame, lest you get burned. Or as Solomon rhetorically asked, “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without burning his clothes?” (Prov. 6:27) The words the Lord spoke to Cain come to mind:

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Gen. 4:7)

The key to ruling over sin is not merely resisting. Notice I said merely. Yes, resisting sin is part of it. James does tell us to resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7) (Ironically the same chapter and verse as the Genesis passage.) However, resisting is not enough.

In His Presence

If sin is represented by the area off the road, then the opposite of sin must be in the center of the road. Yeshua lives in the center. His presence is in the center. The key to overcoming sin or “ruling over” sin is spending time with Yeshua. There is no sin in His presence. There is life, love, forgiveness, joy unspeakable and a peace that passes all understanding. It is hard to give into temptation, much less sin, when we are in His presence.

I once remarked to a repentance preacher, “Holiness is not the absence of sin, but the presence of God.” The key to overcoming lust is not found in human effort, but in our desire for God. When we are hungry for God, we will not be hungry for sin.

How ‘Bout Them Apples

I remember when I started eating healthy. For snacks, instead of cake or a candy bar, I was told to eat an apple. I rarely ate fruit. I didn’t want an apple. But amazingly, after a few days of eating apples, I began to crave apples. In the same way, if you give yourself to seeking God, hungering after Him, you will find your appetite for sin decreases and your need for His presence increases.


And when we overcome sin, we can expect His presence. Many have taught about how Yeshua overcame temptation in Matthew 4—three times Yeshua fights off the enemy—but I have rarely heard anyone comment on what happened next. After He resists the enemy, something special takes place: “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Matt. 4:11)

When we overcome sin, we can expect angels to come and minister to us. You can be sure of this: God loves you and wants to help you in your struggle. It starts with strengthening that relationship with Him. Build up a hunger for healthy God and don’t give in to destructive sin. And though you can’t see them, angels are ministering to you.

We have to stop walking so close to the edge and get closer to Yeshua. When someone asks, “What is the least I can do and still get into heaven,” they are missing the point. That is like having 50-yardline seats at the Super Bowl, but hiding in the bathroom. Yes, you are there, but you are missing the best part. God is fun. God is joy. God is victory and life and love.

In the World, not Of the World

“But if I separate myself from the world to be with Yeshua, what good will I be?” Good question. Walking far from the edge doesn’t mean that we don’t have contact with sinners. Hello. Look at Yeshua. He walked so close to the Father—to the point that He said that He could only do what He sees His Father doing (Jn. 5:19)—and yet, He spent His time with prostitutes and tax collectors.

You can walk far from the edge and yet be right in the midst of those who need Yeshua. In fact, that is where we are to live. Just as Yeshua intimated—we are to be in the world, but not of the world.

“I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14-16)

God is doing an amazing work at Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv—a Hebrew-speaking congregation dedicated to reaching Israelis with Yeshua’s message. We are hungrier than ever before for a move of God. Stand with us in prayer and support as we share the bread of life to our people here in Israel.



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Last week was an amazing week. It all started several months ago when two Israeli believers were inspired by YouTube videos of Todd White. If you have not seen Todd’s testimony, he was saved out of decades of drug addiction. He now shares Yeshua with nearly everyone he meets, and there is usually a healing or word of knowledge involved.

These young men felt that if Todd could simply take God at his word, then certainly they could. They began to go out on the streets of Tel Aviv and ask people if they needed healing. Most of the people they prayed for were healed. It began to spread throughout our congregation and now much of the body of believers in Israel.

Todd White in Israel

When we heard that Todd would be in Israel, we arranged a night for him to minister to Israeli believers. GODTV, where I serve as the Israel Regional Director, agreed to host the event. Over 300 people came—standing room only.

On the way to the meeting, I asked Todd to lay hands on me and pray that I, too, would be able move in the supernatural as I shared Yeshua with Israelis. While I know that I can go directly to God and pray for such things, I have learned that when someone who is doing it prays for you, there is a special “oomph.”

Mahmoud’s Knee

That was Sunday night. We stayed in Jerusalem all week in a hotel for the annual FIRM conference. On the second morning, I saw Mahmoud cleaning my room. I asked him if he needed healing. His knee was in pain. We prayed and, what do you know, this Muslim man was instantly healed! I shared with him about Yeshua. The next day, he came to the room and said to Elana, “Please thank your husband for praying for me. I have no pain in my knee. I can’t believe it!”

Achmad’s Back

The next day I met Achmad. He had back pain—I have learned that most hotel workers have back pain. I prayed for him, the presence of God came, and he, too, was healed. The smile on their faces after God healed them was amazing.

Rafa’s Knee Brace

The next morning, Rafa (also a Muslim), who works in the restaurant in the hotel, had a knee brace on. I prayed for him and I could feel the power of God going into him. He was instantly healed and overjoyed. The next day, he was all smiles and we videotaped him.

Sudanese Refugee

The day before we left, I saw another worker cleaning rooms. He was a Sudanese refugee. We have many in Israel who fled the racism, rape and murder from Sudanese Arabs. He told me that on Sunday, he was scheduled to see a doctor because his back was in so much pain he could not even work. We prayed and he told me felt something like heat and electricity going into him and was instantly healed. We taped him and saw him the next day—still healed.

Lital, the Israeli “heard”

Up until now, I had not prayed for an Israeli Jew in the hotel—three Muslims and one agnostic. Of course, they are all deeply precious to God and I shared the Gospel with each of them. But my passion and calling is towards Israelis. On Friday morning as we checked out, the young lady at the front desk, Lital, said to me, “I heard that you are a healer.” She explained how each of these workers had all told her that they were healed after receiving prayer. I explained that it was Yeshua that heals, but I can pray. She had hurt her knee that morning.

I had her sit down and I prayed for her knee. And the precious young Israeli felt the presence of God as He healed her knee completely. When I taped her, she kept saying that I healed her and I kept correcting her, saying that it was Yeshua. In Hebrew, Yeshua and Joshua are the same name. She didn’t understand that I was not speaking of Yeshua, son of Nun, but Yeshua, Son of God. However, overjoyed by what happened, she took a copy of my book, Identity Theft in Hebrew, and promised to read it.

Your Turn

Now it is your turn to pray for them by name, that God will continue to reveal Yeshua to them. For the Muslims, it is very difficult to leave Islam. It is drilled into you that you can never leave. It is hard for Jewish people as well, as we are taught that Yeshua is not the Messiah. But with Jews, we are not telling them to change religions, but to embrace their Messiah.

And it is your turn to use the power that God has given you. It is time to get stirred and seek God and then step out in faith.

“When they heard…”

We are on the verge of something special here. I told my congregation, the week before when I was teaching, that if we continue to pray for the sick—not in the congregation, but on the streets—they are going to start coming to us asking for prayer. Just like in the days of Yeshua, they heard about His miracles and sought Him out.

“When they heard about all He was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon.” (Mark 3:8)

“When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak…” (Mark 5:27)

“When he heard that it was Yeshua of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Yeshua, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Matthew 10:47)

And that is what happened. The Israeli girl heard how four of her team members were healed and sought me out, assuming I was some healer. Of course, there is only one Healer and healing their bodies is not His primary aim, rather using the supernatural to allow Him to heal their souls.

Elana joined Jewish Voice Recently on Mercy Mission to Ethiopia

Children often drink polluted water.

God has called the nations to bless Israel, but as an Israeli, who am I to bless? The answer is in Isaiah 49, where Israel is called to be a “light for the nations.” For many years now, I have been taking short trips to Ethiopia for medical missions. Recently, I traveled to Wiliso, Ethiopia with an amazing team from Jewish Voice Ministries. Some of these simple procedures, that people take for granted in the West, can save a life in Ethiopia.

Now, I am no doctor, and you won’t find me in the medical tent performing surgery (although I did hold the hand of an Ethiopian woman as she gave birth on this last trip.) My passion is the children. Often, the families travel for miles to get there and the kids are left outside.

Poisoned by Drinking Water

Drinking contaminated water causes much of the sickness and disease, not only in Ethiopia but all over Africa. We gather the children and their parents to teach them about the dangers of drinking unfiltered water. You have to understand that when a child is thirsty and he sees a puddle of water, he will drink it.

We handed out a product called LifeStraw. It is a portable water purification system, that even a child can use. We demonstrated exactly how to use it. The LifeStraw is super light—and you can wear it around your neck. Each one lasts for a year or more. Who knows how many lives will be saved because of this simple invention.

Always Hard to Leave

Elana participates in delivery!

As the bus was pulling out, my heart was hurting for the precious kids. I was overjoyed to look out the window and see some of these children drinking, right out of a puddle, with their new LifeStraw!

I can’t wait to go back! It is through your gifts to Messiah’s Mandate that I can make these trips, so in essence, you just saved the lives of children in Ethiopia!