Morning sermon will be storytelling the Torah portion on the opening to Deuteronomy as Moses recaps the previous 40 years in the wilderness. Audience participation encouraged.
Rev. Bill Bjoraker is an Assemblies of God US missionary to Jewish people. He and his wife Diana have served as missionaries to Jewish people for 35 years; eight years in pastoral and teaching ministries in Tel Aviv, Israel in the 1980s. He is fluent in modern Hebrew.
Bill is a specialist in Jewish studies and holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (2007). His published writings include Bill’s writings include a leadership study of Samuel, entitled Samuel: Prophet & Judge (Barnabas Publishers), and several articles on Jewish ministry, including “’To the Jew First...’: The Meaning of Jewish Priority in World Evangelization” (International Journal of Frontier Missiology, 21:3, 2004), and “The People of the Book are the People of the Story: Storytelling in Contemporary Jewish Ministry” (JewishVoiceToday magazine).
Bjoraker founded Operation Ezekiel, Inc., an outreach and teaching ministry to Jewish people. There are 750,000 Jewish people in Southern California; less than 1% of them know Jesus as Messiah. They established a Hebrew-speaking Messianic fellowship in the San Fernando Valley, LA, in the late 1990s. Bill’s burden is to address the great need to equip more workers for the Jewish harvest, to help fulfill the church’s mandate to the Jewish people by winning them to salvation through their own Messiah (Romans 11). He has been employing oral strategies and storytelling as an instructor for Simply the Story, in Jewish ministry and in academia since 2008.
Bill is also part-time faculty at William Carey International University (WCIU) in Pasadena, CA, and has been adjunct faculty in the Messianic Jewish Studies Department at the King’s University, South Lake/Dallas, TX, and at Denver Seminary. Bill and Diana have three sons, Jesse, Tal and Samuel. They live in Pasadena, California. Diana is principal of the Judson International School on the campus of the William Carey International University (WCIU)