|Dear <<First Name>>,
After spending the last seven years plus at Ellel Grange in Lancaster on team as part of Ellel Ministries International, we felt the Lord calling us to leave and to start up our own ministry which we are calling AlephOmega Ministries.
This has been on our heart for a long time as there is a great need to bring both healing and a Hebraic understanding to the wider Body of Messiah both Gentiles and Jewish believers. Our time at the Grange has helped us prepare for this change in our lives, thank you to many of you who have encouraged us.
The name AlephOmega and logo represents the fullness of the Tanach (The Hebrew Scriptures) with the completeness of the New Covenant in Yeshua haMashiach and restoring of the Hebrew roots of our faith that the Christian Church has largely lost.
We left Ellel Grange on the 30th October for a two month Sabbatical in Florida with our dear friends Bob and Olga. Bob & Olga with Christopher and Timmy have been a great blessing to us and we know that the Lord is now using them in a very powerful way.
Our first week or two we just unwound and relaxed. Had a lovely weekend at Palm Beach where I had a swim in the sea. It was rather windy so not ideal for swimming. We attended both the Tampa and Wesley Chapel Shoresh David Messianic Synagogues and were warmly welcomed. Rabbi Ed the new leader of Wesley Chapel Shoresh David with the encouragement of Bob and Olga asked Penny and myself to do a series of 14 teachings on the healing ministry for their congregation.
So for the last 4 weeks we have been teaching every Wednesday evening and Sunday from 12 to 6pm on the healing ministry. It has been very well received, especially by Rabbi Ed and his wife Aminita. They have opened up their hearts to us and we have been richly blessed by them and the Congregation. We are ministering this afternoon together with Ed and Aminita so they will gain more experience. It looks like we will need to plan to return sometime next year as the Lord opens up the doors. We have made some very good contacts. The Yeshiva on Friday by the author of 'The Kosher Pig' leading into MJAA conference in Orlando will end our time in Florida on a high note and with many more good contacts in the Messianic movement in the USA.
Our time in Florida is rapidly coming to an end with a week to go. It's amazing how quickly time goes when you are having fun and being busy with some teaching and ministry. Bob and I have started on a website but Bob is under work pressure so our time has been limited. I'm about to start putting together our first newsletter of which this may be the foundation. I need to review some of the photos I've taken to include.
Looking forward to seeing you all. We fly in to Manchester on Thursday 26 Dec at 7:30am and hope that Megan will be there to fetch us We will be staying at a friends home from the 26 until she gets back from holiday. We are looking on the internet for a home near Chorley and have seen a few possibilities that Megan is following up for us.
Thank you for your friendship and encouragement.
Shalom in Yeshua,
Ian & Penny McDonald
Leaders of AlephOmega Ministries