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Matthew 28:18-20 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name.

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1 Matthew 28:18-20 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

2 “To the Jew first”… What does this mean? I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16

3 Where have we been… and where are we going? The History of Jewish Missions in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Presented by the Rev. Kevin Parviz

4 On April 26, 1847, 12 pastors from 15 congregations formed The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States. This Synod became the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod in When was the Lutheran Church-- Missouri Synod founded?

5 How long was it after our founding that we called our first missionary to the Jewish people? Only 34 years! From early on we had a zeal to share the gospel with Jewish people.

6 Jewish missions begins in the LC-MS Convention 1882 Daniel Landsmann in Springfield 1883 Sent to Lower East Side of Manhattan Jewish people brought to faith by his ministry. One of them was Rabbi Nathaniel Friedmann.

7 Jewish missions continues in the LC-MS Nathaniel Friedmann (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Isadore Schwartz (Chicago) Kenneth Frankenstein (St. Louis) World War II changes everything!

8 Our voice is stilled for a time. Holocaust Two covenant theory--Franz Rosenzweig Luther’s 1542 booklet “On the Jews and their lies” Luther’s 1524 treatise “That Jesus Christ was a Jew” Luther’s final sermon, February 15, three days before his death.

9 “We want to act in a Christian way toward them [the Jews] and offer them first of all the Christian faith, that they might accept the Messiah, who, after all, is their kinsman and born of their flesh and blood and is of the real seed of Abraham of which they boast… We still want to treat them with Christian love and to pray for them, so that they might become converted and would receive the Lord.”--Luther, 1546

10 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS 1973 Convention--St. Luke’s Philadelphia, Rev. Bruce Lieske Referred to Dr. Erv Kolb, Evangelism 1974 First meeting of ad hoc committee on Jewish evangelism 1975 First edition of “Witnessing to Jewish People” by Rev. Bruce Lieske

11 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS 1976 The American Jewish Committee led by Rabbi James Rudin Moishe Rosen--Jews for Jesus 1976 Steve Cohen--lay missionary for Jewish for Jesus and member of ALC Church

12 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS The Committee on Witnessing to the Jewish People is moved from the Board of Parish Services to the North American Missions Board 1981 Lutheran Institute for Jewish Evangelism (LIJE), Rev. Bruce Lieske 1988 Rev. John Perling, Beverly Hills 1988 Milt Kohut--first full-time missionary as a result of 1973 resolution!

13 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS Rev. Bruce Lieske (Philadelphia) Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism- Orlando, FL Milt Kohut (Los Angeles) Marc Danzis (NYC) Dave Tengbom (LA) Darla Schmidt (Chicago)

14 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS The Apple of His Eye Mission Society Steve Cohen, Jennifer Krupp and Kevin Parviz Inaugural Service, September 22, 1996 Board for Mission Services no longer includes Jewish Missions.

15 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS 1996-Present Rev. Kevin Parviz (St. Louis) 1998-Congregation Chai v’Shalom 1999-Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism Branch in Detroit.

16 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS Summer 1999 Outreach Event--4 new missionary candidates! Rev. Don Peymann (Houston) Ted Martin (LA) Gary Timm (NYC) 2001-Present Alan Butterworth (FL)

17 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS Change in the Stations Alan Butterworth (Missionary trainee) 2007-Present Alan Butterworth (S. FL) Rev. Marc Danzis (NYC) Rev. Jay Klein (Houston) Rev. Ted Martin (LA) Gary Timm (NY)

18 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS 2005-Bruce Lieske retires, Rev. Kevin Parviz becomes the new Executive Director for Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism New branch of LIJE opens in St. Louis South Florida Branch opens in Miami. At present, process begun for new branches in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston and Chicago. Future-Branch of LIJE in every city with significant Jewish population.

19 Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS The Apple of His Eye Mission Society identifies, recruits, trains and deploys full-time professional missionaries. Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism works with congregations to develop volunteer branches that intentionally participate in the Great Commission, especially to Jewish people, through our church body.

20 Status as of March, 2010… Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism--Rev. Kevin Parviz, Executive Director, with branches in Orlando, Detroit, St. Louis, and Miami. Apple of His Eye Mission Society--Steve Cohen, Founder, Rev. Kevin Parviz (MO), and Alan Butterworth (S. FL). Beth El Messianic Lutheran Church--vacant Congregation Chai v’Shalom…newly constituted congregation of the Missouri District. Modern Jewish Missions in the LC-MS

21 Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism Prayerfully consider whether God may be calling you into short-time volunteer or full-time ministry among Jewish people. There is (or will be) a branch of Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism near you. Will you help? Call Rev. Kevin Parviz at (314) Or him at Rev


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