Those were the words of Irina, one of five Israelis whom we immersed in water last Friday. She shared, as we were singing and worshipping on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea that she looked up and noticed the clouds…and then, she saw Yeshua emerging from the clouds! Moments later she was immersed in water. (If you wondering if water immersion is ‘Jewish’, click here!)
Irina coming up from the water
Emma, another Israeli, was very concerned because she had been declared clinically dead a few years ago. Doctors told her that she should not be fully submerged in water for a long time (actually none of us should!). However once she had waded into the Med, escorted by one of other pastors, Moti and myself, she said she felt fire, not water. When she came up from the water she was glowing. I gave her a ride home and she was in tears most of the way—tears of joy.
Emma, just before going into the fiery waters of immersion.
Barak came to faith through a couple that has started coming to our congregation that work with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv. As soon as we finished praying for him, as we were about to immerse him, a wave came and immersed us all. It seemed like Yeshua Himself wanted to immerse Barak. Later that evening at the congregation, he asked if I could serve him the Lord’s supper for the first time.
Barak (with me, Moti and Uziel) just before we all got immersed by a wave!
Leah started coming with her friend Yosi in February. They have both just finished a 12-week New Believers course with one of our young couples. Both of them were visibly touched by the Holy Spirit as they were immersed. Leah is unashamed of the gospel and has already led some of her friends to Yeshua.
Yosi celebrating after being immersed.
Leah rejoicing as she exits the sea.
The congregation was so blessed that evening at our weekly service to see pictures of the immersion and hear the testimonies of those freshly immersed. After the service, we had fellowship meal to celebrate the Feast of tabernacles. A group from the U.S. came to our congregation on Tuesday and decorated our fellowship hall, so that it appeared to be a giant Sukka. (Thank you First Assembly of Rochester, MI)
So grateful to the team from First Assembly of Rochester, Mich. that decorated our fellowship hall.
I can honestly say that Friday was one of the best days I have ever had here in my 10 years 2 months and 28 days of living in Israel!
*Some of the names of have been changes to protect identities.