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Dear Christian Pastors and Leaders

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The following information describes the plight of Eddie and Lura Beckford1, American Missionaries2 serving in the
southern Israeli city of Arad3.

The Beckfords have been subjected to relentless attacks4 by the Gerrer Chassidic organization5, which has a large
Yeshiva based in Arad.

While the Beckfords have faced their persecutors with Christ-like love and forbearance, they do need the help and
support of their Christian brethren, particularly in the United States. American churches play a vital role in supporting
Israel economically via Christian tourism and pilgrimages and politically via lobbying groups.

Please read about the Beckfords’ heroic efforts to disseminate the Gospel of love in a sea of darkness and despair.

Please pray and intercede for them.

Please consider visiting with them when you next travel to Israel.

Please consider supporting them with precious Christian seed-money.

Please also consider writing to Israeli officials6 to protest the demeaning and degrading treatment of the Beckfords at the
hands of these dangerous and violent Orthodox Jewish fanatics, whose behavior brings shame upon the State of Israel
and the entire worldwide Jewish community, especially in the eyes of American Evangelical Christians, who are
enthusiastic supporters – morally, financially and politically - of the Jewish nation.

Thanking You in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, Israel's Messiah and Savior of the World.

Toda Rabba beShem Yeshua MiNatzrat, Meshicho shel Yisrael waMoshio shel kol haOlam kulo!

PS Attached is the recent Jerusalem Post article7 about the Beckfords. Sensitive readers should prepare themselves for an
onslaught of racial epithets and curses, bearing in mind Jesus' words in Luke 68:

Love for Enemies
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"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone
takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what
belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
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"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33And if you do
good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34And if you lend to those from
whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full.
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But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your
reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be
merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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Who is Lura?9
Shalom! My name is Lura Maiman & I am an Israeli citizen. I was born in the United States in 1943.
Since 1980, my late husband, Messianic Rabbi Milt Maiman, & I had been traveling back & forth to
Israel, exploring the Land & getting to know its people. We immigrated to Israel permanently in
1996. 3 years later, when the Lord decided to call him home to be with Him, I stayed where my heart
is -- in Israel.
We were both serving in the U.S. Air Force when we met one another and subsequently married. We
have lived in many places, but Israel was always our favorite place in all the earth. I still feel that
way.
Israel is the place where God has chosen to place His Name & that makes it unique in all the nations.
I am a Messianic Believer (one who believes in and follows Y'shua (Jesus) the Messiah & Savior). I
accepted Y'shua as my personal L-rd & Savior in 1950 (long time ago!). I am a Bible teacher & I
care deeply about this tiny country & its inhabitants (Jews, Arabs & Christians) because the Lord
cares about this country & its inhabitants. This is the country where the Lord chose to bring into
existence the Living Word, the embodiment of His Being -- the perfect God-man, Y'shua, to bring
salvation to the Jews and also to the world.
I want to bless you with some of the things I have learned over the years & hopefully, together we
can bless the people of Israel, no matter where they are in the world. If you have any questions, feel
free to ask.
October 10, 2001, Eddie Beckford and I were married on the island of Cyprus and we reside in
Arad, Israel together. We began a Chess Club and Bible Shop called The King's Men. For
Eddie's personal story, click Here10 (Home Page of the USAF Redhorse Unit in Vietnam - click
on Edwin Beckford). The ministry continues!
If you would like to help keep us in Israel & are able to do more than pray; please send contributions
to:

Jewish Outreach International is an IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization. All
donations are Tax deductible. If you're led to make a money contribution, please make your check
out to:
Jewish Outreach International.

PO Box 720375 Atlanta, Georgia 30328 USA
(Please include note with check: Beckford/Israel or General Ministry Fund).

Periodically We travel to the United States to do speaking. If you would like to schedule us in your
church/synagogue, please contact us by email lura_eddie@hotmail.com or through the above
address.

JEWISH OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL11
PO Box 720375
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
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Voice Mail (770) 512-0743
Cell Phone (770) 880-7474 (Verizon)
stevenbkaplan@aol.com
Jewish Outreach International (JOI) EVANGELIZES and DISCIPLES Jewish people and others
while EQUIPPING the church to do the same. We believe Jesus (Yeshua) was God in the
flesh, died for our sins and rose from the dead. We love and support the state of Israel and the
Jewish people. Our doctrine is consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message. JOI is an IRS
approved 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and began
ministering on January 1, 2008. Our Board of Directors enables us to minister with our
president, two staff workers in Israel, local volunteers and thousands of believers worldwide
who use our t-shirts and Gospel materials to share God's love.

Steven Barry Kaplan EDDIE and LURA BECKFORD
Atlanta, Georgia Arad, Israel

The Beckfords have been ministering in
Israel since 2001. They manage the
Steven is the president of Jewish Outreach Kingsmen Arad Chess Club -Messianic
International, is a Jewish believer in Jesus, a Outreach Center in Arad, Israel.
licensed Southern Baptist Minister and ministers Despite fire bombings, physical
throughout the world. Steven has challenged assaults and continued harassment,
millions worldwide with his evangelistic clothing, God has used the Beckfords to share
has personally distributed over 500,000 Gospel the love of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) to
materials in 25 countries and has prayed with reach many in Arad, throughout Israel
hundreds of Jews and gentiles to receive Jesus. and worldwide!
Steven hosts a weekly Bible study fellowship for (click here for their website)
new Jewish believers and others.

NOTES

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http://kingsmenarad.com/

2
https://www.savethejews.org/

3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arad,_Israel

4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger_(Hasidic_dynasty)

5
http://www.israelprayer.com/articles/The%20Arad%20Israel%20Battlefront.html

6
http://www.scribd.com/doc/18947500/Israeli-Govt-Addresses

7
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246443701838&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle
%2FPrinter

8
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+6&version=NIV

9
http://www.angelfire.com/super2/redhorse/Chaplain/FAQ/faq01.html

10
http://www.angelfire.com/super2/redhorse/index.html

11
https://www.savethejews.org/