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30 January 2008

Spreading the word

Missionary activities are central to the group's work

By Stephen Pacht

At the time faith came into my life, I was studying economics and accountancy at Bristol University. After graduating I headed for Germany to volunteer in a home for disabled children. I had visited southern Germany some years before and remember looking at old men, wondering which ones had murdered my grandparents. This time it was different; a sense of forgiveness and contentment had replaced the erstwhile resentment. The following year I returned to Bristol to begin my accountancy training. On qualifying, doors opened in banking, but I chose a finance position in a centre for the disabled.

A few years later, I left accountancy work and, together my wife Deborah, joined Jews for Jesus. We wanted to join other Jews in sharing our conviction that Jesus is the Messiah. Ever since becoming Christians we both felt that our Jewish identities were now complete; our own experience had helped us understand Jesus’ words: I have not come to abolish Torah but to fulfill it.

For fourteen years we lived in France; explaining to Jews, Muslims and ordinary French Catholics, that we believe Jesus is the way to knowing God. A New Testament Jewish prophet describes Jesus as: The Glory of Israel and Light to the Gentiles. One of my enduring memories in France was of being part of a group of Jewish and Arab Christians in Marseilles.

We have now returned to London with our four children. I continue to explain our conviction that it is only through Jesus that man can find peace with God, and that man can find peace with his fellow man.

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