Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Russia is at it again. Nato reports all kinds of troops and armor have crossed the Ukrainian border and the world continues to be silent. Maybe the "effective" UN will make a pronouncement. But pronouncements have no effect on Putin. So let's keep up the prayer of protection for Ukraine and for the believers there and the Jewish people who have had to flee Eastern Ukraine. Some are showing up in Odessa and attending our Messianic Jewish congregation there. They have great needs because they had to leave with nothing. This is a great opportunity to respond through the network of congregations we work with throughout Ukraine. If you are interested please let me know in a response to this post. Also read the article at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30025138 so you can keep up with current events. Shalom, David Schneier
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Shalom from David & Leslye. We are preparing today to leave from Ukraine arriving back in the US on Wednesday night. Today Ukraine votes for its Parliament which is critical to bringing some stability to this war torn country. Interestingly time changes in Ukraine today. Perhaps this is a prophetic sign of a new beginning here.
We had about 200 people attend the leadership conference this past week in Odessa. Some came from Romania, Czech Republic and Croatia as well as local leaders from throughout Ukraine. This was the best gathering we have had since the leadership conferences began in about 2006 or 2007. The level of worship, joyfulness and unity surpassed all that we had experienced in Ukraine. Our next scheduled trip to Ukraine is in mid-March 2015 for any who would like to experience Messianic Jewish revival. You can contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in coming. Part of our time here included a banquet for survivors of the Holocaust and bringing joy to disabled orphans in one of the six orphanages where we serve.
In 2015 we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of our founding the Odessa congregation, Gates of Zion. Leslye and I lived in Odessa from 1995 through 2007 and have returned to Ukraine twice a year since we then. We hope to raise funds in 2015 to finish out our new office and purchase a van for the ministry in Odessa. Please contact me if you would like to be part of that blessing. Our work in Europe continues as we lead Beth Hallel Messianic Congregation in Birmingham, AL.
We believe that the life of any congregation includes both serving inside your community as well as in missions in your city, state, nation and the rest of the world. We are called to share the good news (especially to our people) that the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, has come and will return to rule and reign on this Earth. In Europe, the Jewish people are experiencing increasing anti-Semitism. Our continued presence there is needed and appreciated for such a time as this.
Blessings and Shalom. David & Leslye Schneier
Friday, October 24, 2014
Leslye and I come all the way from Birmingham, Alabama to Odessa, Ukraine and what do we find?
First there was an Alabama or Auburn store in Jerusalem. Now the Alabama Poker Sport Club in Odessa. What's next? Live from Ukraine. Shalom from David & Leslye Schneier
Sunday, October 12, 2014
On October 18th, Leslye and I take off on a journey to Odessa, Ukraine to gather with Messianic Jewish leaders from Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Russia and Ukraine. The last time we were there in April hostilities broke out between those loyal to Ukraine and supporters of Russian separatists in the east. Over 50 people died during the conflict. Please pray for our travels and for us to bring God's word to a very troubled nation. It is a privilege for us to be amongst such a great company of followers of Yeshua. Shalom, David & Leslye Schneier.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Sorry for the long delay from my last post. The following article in Newsweek is worth your attention if you want to understand what the Russian government is doing in Ukraine. Not surprising but very troubling. Check this out at http://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/19/russian-soldiers-reveal-truth-behind-putins-secret-war-269227.html. Please keep praying and supporting Ukraine in its lonely quest of simply trying to be free as a nation. We will be in Odessa in late October to encourage the leaders of the Messianic Jewish movement there. Blessings, David Schneier