Chosen People Ministries (CPM) is a large, international Christian missionary organization whose stated purpose is to evangelize Jews. With an annual budget of over ten million dollars, CPM closely rivals Jews for Jesus in the race to convert Jewish souls.
CPM has a growing network of missionary centers in Israel and currently runs evangelistic activities in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ariel, Netanya and Sderot. CPM claims it attracts thousands of Israelis each month, including Holocaust survivors, soldiers, single-mothers, Russian immigrants and the economically pressed sectors of Israeli society.
As JewishIsrael indicated in our March 2013 report on missionary activity in Netanya, CPM's representatives serve up a hefty portion of the gospel along with free meals and services. And with names like the "Gospel Café and "Yeshua's Fresh Bread", they make no bones about their mission to bring Jews of all ages to jesus in the Jewish state.
From May 22 through June 20th 2013, CPM is sending young missionaries (ages 18-23) to "work alongside Chosen People Ministries' staff in Israel" as part of their Outreach Israel program designed to "reach Israelis for the Messiah". CPM is also running an Outreach Trip from June 13 -23rd which offers "training on evangelism in Jerusalem and Galilee so that you are equipped to reach the local people [in Israel]" and work with CPM's affiliated Beit Sar Shalom ministry. CPM's eXperience Israel trip runs from July 14th-28th and is for ages 18-35. Participants "engage Israelis in meaningful conversation" with the hope that they will have the opportunity to share their story about "the abundant and meaningful life" that they have as the result of their "personal relationship with the Messiah of Israel".
"It is time for young Israelis to hear the Gospel in a way they can understand, and we must make the message of Jesus more accessible to them. This is why we are going to bring our Isaiah 53 campaign to Israel within the next twelve months".
Reach out and touch the Jewish children
Of particular concern to JewishIsrael is Glaser's definition of "young Israelis". Over the past few years, CPM's video material, newsletters and blogs clearly indicate that their missionary teams are reaching out to very young Jewish children, with several newsletters making mention of visits to orphanages in Jerusalem and Netanya.
CPM missionaries took these children to messianic venues and expressed intentions to establish long-term relationships with them. In addition, prayers were requested "for further opportunities to brighten these children’s lives with the love of Messiah".
While Christian missionary activities directed at young children in the Jewish state should be patently illegal, the current Israeli 2-clause law appears to be woefully inadequate:
CPM has publicized that they held activities in a Jerusalem orphanage which "is home to fifty children ages 6-16 whose parents have been denied parental rights by a court of law." However, it would seem that the parents of these children still have a right to know that their children have been exposed to and are in relationships missionaries. The government of Israel bears responsibility for these kids. Inquiries should be addressed to Welfare Minister MK Meir Cohen of Israel’s Yesh Atid political party.
Read Part 2 of this report on Chosen People Ministries in Israel:
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