The Beit Hallel Messianic Congregation in Ashdod, southern Israel has experienced systematic harassment from the local anti-missionary group.
The harassment includes intimidation, fear tactics, vandalism, curses, chanting, blocking the entrance to the church and disrupting services.
The congregation initially won a court case against its harassers and obtained a restraining order, but that restraining order has been repeatedly ignored and violated. Ultra-Orthodox anti-missionary groups, such as Yad L’Achim, oppose Christian activity in Israel. Messianic Jews are Jews who recognise Jesus as the Messiah, but groups like Yad L’Achim do not see Messianics as true Jews. Pray for these Christians in the region as persecution from orthodox groups continues to increase.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Ask God to give local Christians gracious words and courage to be His witnesses, even as they face opposition.
- Pray these believers will be given an opportunity to meet for corporate worship so they can encourage one another in the faith.
- Pray for the members of the Ultra-Orthodox groups, that the Lord Jesus may be made known to them.
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