The Jerusalem Messianic Center

 

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Beit Sar Shalom desires to help the poor and needy through our Distribution Centers in Jerusalem, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Sderot.  As well, we have a vibrant and creative ministry amongst Holocaust Survivors around the country – sharing in our Jewish Holidays through banquets, music and special trips.  We also have special opportunities to serve among single mothers, in children’s camps, soldiers and through Bible studies and one-on-one ways to share about the most important one who came to love and serve the needy – Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.  Through these little ways to love, encourage and help those, many see and understand the greatest gift that can be given – salvation through the death and resurrection of Yeshua, our Savior.

 

A Brief History of Beit Sar Shalom.

The story of Beit Sar Shalom begins in the late 1980’s when a staff member from Chosen People Ministries came to Israel and started a small home group. The home group grew into a small congregation of about 10 people in the Jaffo-Tel Aviv area. The congregation quickly became involved in local evangelism and service ministry to the body of believers in the area. In the mid 1990’s, the congregation became the home for many Russian speaking immigrants, many of them coming to faith in their Messiah in Israel. In the period between 1995 and 1998, over 100 people came to faith through the work of the congregation and Beit Sar Shalom. It was during this time that the staff grew to five people with dozens of volunteers helping with the work.

Since then, Beit Sar Shalom’s work in Israel has expanded in many directions to minister to the people and help them with practical and spiritual needs. In 2004, there was a new addition to the ministry as the ‘Jerusalem Messianic Center’ was purchased in Jerusalem entirely through the generosity of our supporters. The Jerusalem Messianic Center serves as the home base for Beit Sar Shalom and also as a home for numerous events and activities; conferences, seminars, Bible studies, prayer meetings, banquets for Holocaust Survivors, housing for short term missions, concerts, Jewish holiday activities, special evenings for single mothers, fellowship, youth ministry and one-on-one evangelism.

Today, our staff has grown to 14 full time workers, 7 part-time workers and over 60 volunteers who serve all around the country. Following the success of the Jerusalem Messianic Center we opened the Tel Aviv Messianic Center as a home for the Russian-speaking congregation and Beit Sar Shalom activities in the Tel-Aviv – Jaffa area. We also have food Distribution Centers in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Ashdod, Sderot and Netanya where we are able to give food parcels to an approved list of poor and needy Israelis. In these parcels are basic household food items that many find hard to purchase. It is a blessing for all!

Our desire is to help the poor and needy and those who need an extra hand or a special hug. Our outreach to Holocaust Survivors functions as practical, emotional and spiritual encouragement. These elderly are needy in many areas and crave a listening ear and smiling face. Holiday dinners, tours around the country, three-day retreats and even special trips outside Israel help them see and understand who the God of Israel is and why He loves them so much!  We are also involved in running and serving in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, ministry to single mothers and children’s camps during the school breaks. It is during the children’s camps that we see the children come into a special relationship with God. They come from all over the country to participate and they make life-long friendships in the Lord. Many of the children have grown up and have now become mature believers desiring to serve as counsellors in the camp!

Often a person’s spiritual eyes cannot be opened until their physical needs have been met. We have seen many changes in people through this kind of ministry! Of course, the everyday opportunity to share about the love of Messiah with our neighbors, friends and those we meet along the way is never overlooked. We are humbled to be able to share about the Lord through our word and deed. We pray that His Light and Life will be received by many.