A number of years ago, John Billow heard Douglas Carmel speak, liked what he heard and then invited Carmel to speak at his church.
Carmel, a member of Rock of Israel Ministries and an evangelist, is very pro-Israel, as Billow is, Billow said.
"I see Israel and its future in in the Old and New Testaments," Billow said. "I've always supported Israel and my wife and I have been to Israel twice. We just love Israel."
Billow, now the associate pastor at High Road Bible Church in Lockport, is again hosting Carmel, this time on March 10. Billow said Carmel's message intrigues him.
"It intrigues me because he's become a Christian out of a Jewish background and a Jewish home," Billow said. "And he has a real heart for Jewish students."
According to its website, Rock of Israel has two purposes: to reach the Jewish people with the "good news" of Jesus Christ and to educate Christian believers of the Jewish background of their savior.
For this event, Carmel will use the Bible's Old Testament to teach Christians about the Jewish feasts, Billow said.
"Judaism is so much a part of the Bible and so much a part of Christianity," Billows said. "Because Jesus was Jewish, He is their [the Jewish] Messiah, even though many Jews do not accept him as the Messiah, but we believe that He is."
According to a news release from High Road Bible Church, Carmel grew up in New York in a traditional Jewish household. He attended Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah and could understand Yiddish.
On 1986, 21-year-old Carmel accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
Because Carmel's family was upset about Carmel's conversion, they asked their rabbi and other Jewish men to encourage Carmel to renounce his new belief, which he did not. Finally, he was asked to leave his home.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Douglas Carmel of the Rock of Israel Ministries
WHEN: 10:45 a.m. March 10
WHERE: High Road Bible Church, 380 Road, Lockport
ETC: Talk and potluck lunch. RSVP by March 8.
CALL: To RSVP and for information about High Road Bible church, 815-838-6018 or visit highroadbiblechurch.org. For information about Rock of Israel Ministries, call 800-722-7625 or visit rockofisrael.org.