While reading Tom Doyle’s inspiring book “Breakthrough”, which details the wonderful spiritual work Christ is now doing in the Middle East, to bring many Jews and Muslims to faith, I came across the story of Rachel Netanel. Rachel has an Orthodox Jewish background and came to faith in Christ after losing her job at an Israeli television station. She now invites Jews (non-Orthodox, since Orthodox Jews wouldn’t come) and Arabs into her home for dinner and Bible studies.
Rachel’s ministry in leading both Jews and Arabs to Jesus is not without its troubles as she has had to move ten times and is routinely questioned by police. Orthodox Jews also disapprove of her activities, threatening her, and spray-painting “Traitor” on her front door. They have even called Islamic leaders to complain that Rachel is converting Muslims to Christianity! Nonetheless, Rachel persists and her site is truly lovely so I wanted to share it with you:
From the English version of her site:
Beit Netanel (the name of Rachel’s property) has the vision to share the Bible with Arabs and Jews who are interested, and to bring both together.
The idea was established in 1998 and is unique because it is based on hospitality according to Jewish tradition – celebration of Shabbat, the Jewish holidays, teaching from the Old Testament – as well as the prophecies, the genealogy of the Messiah from the Bible.
Because Rachel Netanel was born in Israel and comes from a religious background, she understands how to present the Bible to Israelis – Jews and Arabs – according to their culture. In practical terms, this means eating and studying together in a family atmosphere. When people mature spiritually, they are encouraged to go to a local fellowship of their own choosing.
Beit Netanel hosts one meeting a week with average attendance of 40 persons, several meetings for smaller groups, some meetings for 100 up to 800 people, and daily meetings that provide for one-on-one relationships and teaching.
At every meeting we have light food, music (worship and instrumental), Bible teaching or preaching from scriptures, fellowship and prayer.
Rachel’s story. Have a look:
Rachel’s Youtube.com / short version
Rachel’s life story Godtube.com
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