Daily Topic for April 20, 2017
Meditate on this verse today!
(This story explains the lifestyle of this people group.)
Tears came to his eyes as Prince Michel de Ligne of Belgium listened to the Jewish man speak at an appreciation ceremony in Israel. The prince was one of 35 people representing four generations of nobility that helped save Jewish children during WWII. The man stated, “I’m speaking on behalf of myself and other Jewish children you helped save during the war. We were alone. We didn’t know if or when we would see our parents again, but we were in a safe and quiet place, and we thank you, Prince Michel, for preserving the memory of our salvation.”
The majority of Belgium’s 40,000 Ashkenazi (eastern European) Jews live in Antwerp and Brussels. Most of them are secular. A few are Orthodox Jews. Brussels has one of the largest synagogues in Europe. The Holocaust had a deep impact on these Jewish people. Some of the Jewish children who were protected by the nobility during the holocaust became Christians, mainly Catholic. Currently anti-Semitism is increasing in Belgium as the country is hosting more Muslim refugees and immigrants.
Pray that believers in Belgium will understand and embrace the Hebraic roots of Christianity, which is of the faith of Abraham, so they can be strong witnesses of God’s grace. Pray that the Jewish people in Belgium will open their hearts and minds to the gospel, so they will know that the gift of salvation is found in Jesus.
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