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We function as 'Beit Ezra', a Messianic kehilah (fellowship) as part of the wider church in Plymouth. We are ordained by, and accountable to Tikkun International in Israel and are members of the International Fellowship of Messianic congregations and synagogues (IAMCS).
As followers of the messiah we can only put into practice 'What would Jesus do?' (WWJD) if we explore 'What did Yeshua do?' (WDYD). You are welcomed to visit and discover together the Jewish roots of our faith in a relaxed setting.
We take into account that the messianic writings (NT) were written by Jews out of a Jewish culture through a Jewish perspective and primarily addressed to a Jewish audience - there were no "Christians" around at that time and the gentile converts were friends of the Jewish synagogue.
Our meetings may not look like 'church', but then, neither do we look like a synagogue! Although we operate with oversight by a recognised teacher, we have a discussion time where everyone has a right to ask questions and to state their view on areas that may be under discussion. Teaching, sharing and questioning is an integral part of the worship of a congregation.
Our fellowship meetings are weekly on Shabbat (Saturdays) between 4:00pm and 6:00pm at the 'Engage', St. Levan Road, Milehouse PL2 3BG (Just off A.3064 at Wolseley Road roundabout).
Being a Messianic congregation does not imply or require separation from existing congregations or commitments. There is only one ekklesia in Plymouth.
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Beit Ezra is a ministry of David and Jennie Wright.
David and Jennie both have Jewish forebears, but without the documentation to validate this. It would appear that earlier generations had assimilated.
Before moving to Plymouth, David and Jennie were located in Ariel, Israel in the hill country of Judea, looking over to mount Gerazim (Deut 11:29) until May 2011. They have four children and five grandchildren.
They were a part of Adonai Roi (The Lord is my shepherd) , a messianic congregation in Tel Aviv for over 15 years. They still have strong links with the congregation, and with many other believers and congregations in Israel.
David became a believer early in life, although with some periods of sliding back. Jennie came to faith later. They were brought up in the faith in some excellent congregations in Scotland and in the USA. However, it took them a while to realise their own Jewish connections and the Jewishness of the Messiah and the good news of the kingdom, the indivisibility of the covenants and the place of the people of Israel in the end times.
David has a 2.1 honours BA degree in Mathematics from the Open University. He is studying for post graduate qualifications with All Nations Christian College/Open University and continuing to investigate Messianic Jewish theology. He has completed the Certificate course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) and the PTLLS teaching certificates. He and Jennie were ordained as elders in congregation Adonai in Tel Aviv, Israel and is now ordained and accountable toTikkun International Ministries in Jerusalem and the USA.
After leaving school Jennie worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind in Forfar, Scotland until 1967 when she met and married David. After having four children she entered into a nursing career and worked in the area of psychiatry until 1997 when she and David moved to Israel.
Jennie sees her role in ministry mainly as that of supporting her husband David in fulfilling his calling, but accepts that she also has a ministry to fulfil. She has a simple but deep faith based on the Word of God. She does not claim to be an academic or a theologian.
Jennie has a prophetic ministry through which the Lord has ministered into various aspects of peoples lives.
She had the responsibility of overseeing the prophetic ministry within Adonai Roi congregation in Israel, as well as heading up the healing ministry and being involved in counselling and pastoral care. After her move from Israel to Plymouth UK Jennie worked as a care provider in a local Christian residential care home for the elderly, but has had to give this up due to a change in circumstances.
The vision of both David and Jennie is to see Israeli's as well as the Jewish people in the diaspora turn to their Jewish messiah, the Jewish congregations to reach out to the World and for 'Christians' to understand and accept their Jewish roots and heritage.
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