“I can’t tell those around me that I believe in Jesus”


My story:

I just wanted to say I'm from a traditional Moroccan Orthodox religious home and my grandmother is very extreme about the whole deal with religious Judaism. I myself was very religious in the past and even wanted to go to a Yeshiva [Jewish seminary] but thanks to your videos and those who shared the gospel with me I have come out of that lifestyle.

I still can't tell my family and those around me that I believe in Jesus because many of them just wouldn't be able to accept it, certainly not as a blessing, but I just wanted to thank you for all your help.

What to know

  • Jews who accept Yeshua as their Messiah are often outcast from their family, with their family going so far as to pray the “Kadish” over them, a prayer said for those who have passed away.
  • Orthodox Jewish families with Moroccan or Sephardic ancestry often hold very closely to deeply-held traditions, many of which are not in the Bible. It's a huge paradigm shift for someone to come to faith from this background.
  • There are about 30,000 Messianic Jewish believers in Israel, where there are just over 9 million people, about 7 million of which are Jewish. However the number of believers may be much higher.
  • Observing Jewish (oral) law is far more important to Orthodox Jews than to other Jews. In fact, nearly eight-in-ten Orthodox Jews (79%) say observing Jewish law is “essential” to what being Jewish means to them, compared with just 19% among Jews overall.


How to Pray

  • Pray for protection around this new believer and all those that decide to follow Yeshua.
  • Pray that they may be a light in the darkness to those around him, sharing the truth.
  • Pray that they would make good connections with other believers in his area.
  • Pray that all Israel, regardless of background, may be saved!
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