One Year Later
by Avigdor on June 20th, 2012

 So much can happen in a twelve month period. Take the last twelve months, for example. On June 4, 2011 Ministry of SHOFAR was launched and held our first service. Fifty people attended the service that first evening, which was held in a small conference room at the Christ Life Solutions offices. We were so blessed to be able to use that space for the month of June. It was cozy and the RUACH HaKODESH (HOLY SPIRIT) was present.

Come the last Saturday in June we still had not secured a new place to meet, but by the following Wednesday HaSHEM (GOD) had lead Rabbi Matthew to the place HE had been preparing for us. Lifehouse Community Church, just up the street from Christ Life Solutions, had been praying for another ministry to come to share their facility. On July 2, 2011 we held our first service in our new, more permanent location. Again, HaSHEM (GOD) blessed us abundantly.

 Typically when a new ministry begins the attendance is good for the first couple months. But as the newness wears off, the attendance decreases. Not so with Shofar. Then again, Shofar is not a typical ministry. It is the culmination of many years of study, prayer and seeking by Matthew Spivie, our “Rabbi” (teacher). HaSHEM (GOD) brought together people of diverse backgrounds, and various geographic locales, but with the same heart to minister alongside Rabbi Matthew in fulfilling the “Pauline call” on his life.
 
 For too long there has been a breach, divide between Christians and Jews, not just in Des Moines but around the world. Ministry of SHOFAR is called to mend that breach by educating the Church about the Hebraic heritage and Jewish roots of the Christian faith. It is also done by working with the Jewish community, here and abroad, to show that there are followers of YESHUA (JESUS), who love the people of GOD and will stand with them against their enemies.

Over the past year, HaSHEM (GOD) has been working to establish Ministry of SHOFAR as a key messianic ministry in Des Moines, Iowa and the Midwest. We have tried many different things as HE continues to refine us – our processes and personally. HaSHEM (GOD) has blessed Shofar with wonderful people who have responded to the hunger and desire HE has put within them to get back to HIS original intent. The dance, the worship, the music: all are being developed and refined to prepare us for the next step. We are overjoyed to see people of all ages worshipping together. To see the children and young people being free to express their worship in a way they may never have done before. And to see the adults allowing barriers to be knocked down so they, too, can enter into new and deeper worship and understanding.
 
So much has happened in one year, I do not have the time nor space to share it all. And this is just the beginning. I believe the surface has barely been scratched and we will continually be amazed at what HaSHEM (GOD) has in store…and humble that HE has allowed us to not only see it happen but to be a part of it. Eye has not seen and ear has not heard all that HaSHEM (GOD) has in store. Get ready for the next year. We will be AMAZED!
 
Blessings and Shalom.



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