UPDATE: SHAVUOT 2020

 

COVID-19 has affected us all in profound and dramatic ways. We’re all still reeling from the effects of the nation-wide shutdown, let alone from the massive death toll caused by the virus. Many churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship were forced to close their doors to help prevent the spread of infectious disease, and many planned worship events had to be postponed or canceled outright for the greater good: saving the lives of our fellow adherents by keeping them out of harm’s way.

 

Dai Mission Ministries felt the brunt of this, too.

 

Due to this national drama that is still unfolding, we were left with no real plans for Shavuot, an observance many houses of worship are throwing together last-minute as worship sites have only recently been allowed to reopen by the Federal government. (Some houses of worship still aren’t allowed to reopen by their individual state, county, or city governments yet, and some have opted to remain closed or to perform virtual services just to be on the safe side. Our hearts go out to them!)

 

As our plans for the year were put on indefinite hold, our friends at Emet ha Torah in Odessa, Texas stepped forward and invited us to partake in Shavuot celebrations with them. After considerable deliberation, we have decided to accept their generous and gracious offer.

 

We’re still getting the details together, but Emet Ha Torah will be observing Shavuot on Sunday, May 31st at their congregation in Odessa. Watch our website for more information; we’ll post further details as we have them.

 

Until then: stay safe, stay healthy, stay in prayer!
~ The Dai Mission Ministries Council of Elders

UPDATE: Siddur for Small Groups

 

We at Dai Mission Ministries are working on our own Messianic/Hebraic Roots siddur for small groups, which we are excited to present to you now!

A siddur is a Jewish prayer book containing a set order of liturgies — public forms of worship and public or private prayers prescribed or endorsed by official religious organizations — for either everyday use or designed for Sabbath services or use in specific holidays. Most (if not all) synagogues have siddurs on hand, usually issued by a formal religious institute or publishing company (such as the Jewish Publication Society).

The Messianic Jewish/Hebraic Roots community already has several wonderful siddurs published or sold by a number of Messianic publishers (like the magnificent staff at First Fruits of Zion), independent Messianic and Messianic-affiliated authors (like Jeremiah Greenberg), or sold by Messianic/Hebraic ministries (like Hatikvah Ministries). However, while all of these siddurs are excellent works guided by superb research and steeped in the Spirit of the Lord, few of them are specifically tailored for use by small groups, and none of them possess that Dai Ministries flair or the special ministerial focuses that Dai Mission Ministries have been tasked with.

With that in mind, Dai Mission Ministries is working on publishing our own Messianic/Hebraic Roots Shabbat siddur perfect for use by small groups. This document is still a work-in-progress, but the basic “backbone” prayers and order of service for the Sabbath day are presented here in a handy-dandy Microsoft Word document.

Feel free to peruse the document as it currently exists. Remember: we’re still working on this text, so consider this an “open-source Alpha build”. If you have any comments or suggestions for additions or other improvements to this siddur, please contact us with your ideas!

(This document will also be included in our Dai Institute Research Library.)

 

  • Dai Mission Ministries Siddur for Small Groups: [WORD DOC]

UPDATE: One Law For All

 

From the Office of our President, Benjamin Terry:

Today marks a new direction for Dai Mission Ministries as we begin the transition from our previous stance on theological doctrines towards observance of the Aleph Torah or One Law viewpoint with a ‘Torah Observant Gentile Inclusive” focus.

In response to the exit of various Two House groups in Colorado from the alliance, the Board of Elders voted yesterday to distance the ministry from the Two House Theology and adopt One Law as our official doctrine due to its inclusive nature and popularity among remaining members and prospective new members of the alliance. Though Two House adherents are welcome to still join and participate in events of Dai Mission Ministries it should be understood that the One Law theology will be practiced and taught from this point forward.

Along with shift of doctrinal focus will also be a shift in focus on area ministerial operations. With the exception of the Shavuot celebration in Alamosa and the Beit Lechem rebuilding effort in Grand Junction, Dai Mission Ministries now refocuses its attention and efforts away from western Colorado towards southern New Mexico for the coming Passover celebration in Roswell. After the Passover celebration we will work with allies in the Roswell area to establish the new Dai Union in Roswell and continue work on making Project Shiloh a reality in the Gilas of western New Mexico, providing the safe haven needed and envisioned by all of our people.

Concerning the recruitment of new members coming aboard the alliance the Board has ordered a refocus on bringing on individual members and forming small groups and future congregations of members to bring the messianic perspective to our Christian brethren and spread the faith to others in need. Materials are now being written for the future leaders of these groups and congregations to use in due course of fellowship and worship as well as for visiting teachers speaking at churches on Sundays.

We want to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers as well as their participation, vital to our ministry functions, as we move forward in this new direction.
May Adonai bless you and keep you; May Adonai make His face to shine upon you; May Adonai lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

~ Benjamin F. Terry III
   President, Dai Mission Ministries

We pray that you will join us in this exciting new theological direction that Dai Mission Ministries is embarking upon! May we all — Jew and Gentile, Messianic and traditional Christian — join together under the One Law of our great God!

 

 

 

UPDATE: #BibleChallenge2020

 

With Simchat Torah passing last weekend we start the cycle of Torah and Scripture study anew for the next year.

For those also would that have never read the Scriptures or the Bible we would suggest that now is the perfect time to begin!

If it’s your first time ever to take on such an endeavor we suggest, no matter the translation you use, that as you read you keep a notepad and pen by your Bible. When something stands out to you take note of it- there is a reason it does.

If you have already read the Scriptures before we challenge you to dig deeper. Look into the various translations, look into the original texts, discover the deeper Truth within the texts, and the revelations within them.

(If you feel the Spirit move you to do so, post about what you’ve read in Scripture and what new insights you’ve gained in doing so on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BibleChallenge2020.)

If you have any questions in your reading we are here to help as best we can. Look to your Deacons and your Union Elders for guidance as we move forward into next year! #BibleChallenge2020

 

— Benjamin F. Terry

Scheduled Events for 2020

 

These are the conferences/communal events that Dai Mission Ministries has planned for the Gregorian year 2020 A.D. (5780/5781 A.M.).:

  • Passover:
    8 April 2020 AD / 14 Nisan 5780 AM at Waymaker Church in Roswell, NM
  • Leviticus Conference:
    15-16 May 2020 AD / 21-22 Adar 5780 AM in Roswell, NM
  • Shavuot:
    29 May 2020 AD / 6 Sivan 5780 at Cole Park in Alamosa, CO

Plans for these events are tentative, so keep an eye on our Events page for more information!

 

UPDATE: Dai Small Groups

 

Dai Mission Ministries has officially decided to create and sponsor small group congregations in each of our Union territories. We will be incorporating these into our ministry structure and listing them on our website soon.

Sometimes, no church, synagogue, or other religious organization in a given area is affiliated with Dai Mission Ministries, and some areas have no Messianic Jewish/Hebraic Roots presence whatsoever. Small groups answer that desperate need. These are small collections of believers and seekers — as the name “small group” suggests — that meet up wherever they can: coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, parks, public meeting places, or at the houses/living spaces of the organizers or some of the members. Some small groups even meet up at local churches, synagogues, or other congregations who may be friendly toward their theological teachings, but who may not want any official involvement with Dai Mission Ministries for one reason or another.

In general, small groups will be run by individual Deacons affiliated with Dai Mission Ministries, and each Deacon will have the freedom to run their small groups as they see fit, operating under the authority of their local Dai Mission Unions. This offers small groups much more freedom compared to organized congregations or other religious entities.

We’re still defining what Dai small groups will be and how they’ll be run. (For example: we are currently working on our own Shabbat siddur for small groups.) If you’re interested in running a small group and helping Dai Mission Ministries define our small group structure, contact us for more information.