The focus of One in Yeshua Ministries is to bring understanding of the Jewish roots of our faith to the non-Jewish (Gentile) body of believers. This new understanding can be used by the Lord to not only deepen our faith and personal relationship with God, but to strengthen the bridge of understanding and trust between Jewish and non-Jewish believers of Jesus the Messiah (Yeshua Ha Mashiach).
God never called us to a specific church or denomination. God called us to Himself. In fact, Jesus prayer in Gethsemane (John 17:6-26) was that we would be one with the Lord and one with our fellow believers; Jew and Gentile alike.
Our vision and mission is to pursue our calling to fulfill our part towards the great commission in the Philippines and throughout Asia. We are doing this through six areas:
“Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding”, Matthew 22:9. Over the last several years, we have had the privilege of sharing the Gospel of our Lord and ministering in not just the United States, but also in China, Guatemala, Okinawa Japan, South Korea, India, Nepal and the Philippines.
The list of churches that we have been asked to work with continues to grow as we have been contacted by Filipinos both in the United States and the Philippines to work with local congregations. We are actively involved with two churches in the Philippines since 2005. Since March 2008, when we started preparing to go to the Philippines as full-time missionaries, we have been contacted by 17 other congregations to come minister and teach.
We have often been asked, “Why learn the Hebraic roots of the faith?” When God started to open our eyes to the Hebraic roots, I was asking myself, ” I am studying a book, that while inspired by God was written by Jews, I believe in a Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) taught using Jewish customs and culture in His parables, and not being Jewish myself, could I be missing something?”. The answer was a resounding “Yes.” I also discovered I wasn’t alone in this hunger for a deeper understanding of God’s word. It continues to not only enrich the relationship of believers to the Lord, but helps to bring unity to the Body of Messiah. We have discovered a refreshing hunger within the churches we have visited in the Philippines as these teachings have been so warmly embraced.
4. Establish a Bible Training Center in the Philippines.
We are strong believers in “teaching the teachers.” We are establishing a Bible Training Center where Pastors, congregation leaders and congregation members can come to learn the Gospel with the Hebraic background; equipping them to go out and teach the same to their home congregations. Too often we go out and make converts and hope for the best, but that is not what Jesus commanded us to do. Matthew 28:19-20 tells us we are commanded to, “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.”
5. Develop a retreat center to minister to missionaries throughout Asia.
Depending on the requirements of the country you are based, missionaries are required to leave the country to which they serve every three to six months for visa requirements, unless they have taken permanent residency within the country. While there are agencies throughout Asia that will house missionaries in this situation, (providing free room and meals) unfortunately they often find that they are also under a type of obligation to lead prayer groups, Bible studies, preach at services, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but they do not have time to be refreshed and recharged by spending uninterrupted quality time with the Lord.
We are wanting to provide housing for missionaries to come without obligation and be able to rest and spend time with the Lord so they can be ministered to as they prepare for the return to the work they have been called to. The facility will also be available for short-term missions teams as they come to the Philippines to minister.
We are opening an orphanage in the Philippines where we can share the gospel with the children in addition to their regular studies. We are also working with a group called Not for Sale which is an international organization against child trafficking. Child trafficking into the sex-trade is out of control in Asia. In the Philippines a ten year old girl can be bought from their family for as little as 10 lbs. of rice…about $10.00 where they are sold into a life of prostitution or a forced marriage.
When we take a child in, we will be responsible for feeding, clothing and housing them until they reach the age of majority (age 21). We will also be responsible for enrolling them in school where they can receive a good education.
Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us in this endeavor?