Work in Newport News
Shalom brothers and sisters, and Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas. I pray that the holidays have brought you joy as your relationships with your families and with our Father through Yeshua His son, have flourished and grown stronger.
Well, I moved to Newport News last September and have found my time here both enjoyable and busy. I live in a comfortable apartment community that is near the Peninsula meeting and have found that my relationships with those in our meeting are growing. It is also close to Trader Joe’s where the Booths generally take me for most of my grocery shopping. I always have people ask if a blind guy cooks for himself, and yes, I feel comfortable in the kitchen, fixing simple bachelor’s fare, especially chili this time of year. I am also just around the corner from the hotel where the Brierlys and I have been teaching an outreach class on Tuesday evenings.
Tuesday night Bible Class
Through the middle of October, we taught topics dealing with basic Bible concepts, then we presented the Learn to Read the Bible Effectively Seminar over six weeks. The response was greater than we expected, so we had to expand the classes, meeting on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We were very pleased that most attendees finished the course which ended just before Thanksgiving, and the enthusiasm was gratifying. My personal experience is that, if people can be encouraged to read the Scriptures faithfully and objectively, they can discover the Gospel message within.
We decided to supplement the seminar with a four-week series regarding the Kingdom of God, covering the topics, The Covenants and the Kingdom, A Prophetic Portrait of the Kingdom, The Parables of Jesus and the Kingdom, and The Return of Christ and the Kingdom of God. I believe that in January and February we are going to present a series on the book of Genesis, a book that is endlessly fascinating for me personally. This fall, I also helped write the quarterly newsletter which goes out to the mailing list of 310 addressees that has been developed from local outreach efforts. I’m impressed with the format that has been employed, and though I’ve found that my writing skills are not what I’d like, I’ve attempted to do justice to articles concerning Isaiah and righteousness and the perseverance of Nehemiah. I anticipate much more writing in the New Year and to meet the challenge I intend to add an extensive time period of writing each day.
This fall has been a time of intensive reading and study, preparing for several projects this winter and spring. Various areas of apologetics, such as the Trinity, Satan, and the person of Messiah, are being explored preparatory to the numerous outreach projects under consideration.
Dwight in his study
I am also developing a series concerning the Hebraic concept of blessing as I have become convinced that we probably are neglecting many of the resources that Yahweh has provided us for our benefit as well as for promoting a vibrant, aggressive faith. I intend to present this series of about six lessons several places, beginning with two local ecclesias as well as my apartment community. Additionally, I’m developing and presenting a series of seven study sheets that present the Hebrew aleph-bet, with the significance of the letters, basic vocabulary, and some basic Hebrew grammar and principles of the language. If I can construct this introduction skillfully, I believe that it will have many uses, instructing our faith community as well as a tool to offer Baby Hebrew to mainstream religious folks as the evangelical community becomes increasingly interested in the Hebrew roots of Christianity.
I’m certain that we will find other creative ways to challenge the local community to consider the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Hope of Israel. One of the reasons I treasure the celebration of Hanukah is the lesson of the hanukiyah, the special menorah for this occasion. Traditionally, as it was lit, it was forbidden to be used as light for reading or other internal illumination, but was supposed to be set in the window to provide light for those walking outside in the darkness. Yeshua said that he and we are the light of the world. Please pray that we will have wisdom for being that light in this corner of the world.
With love in the Lord,
J. Dwight Kindred