The 1% Challenge

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“…to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”
(Romans 1:16)

Many people know Hudson Taylor for the profound and lasting impact he had on the spread of the gospel in China. But not many know that on January 1st each year, Taylor wrote a check to a group dedicated to blessing the Jews of Europe. On that check he always wrote four simple words: “To the Jew first!”

Hudson Taylor understood that there is spiritual power in prioritizing what God says to put first. He believed what the apostle Paul had grasped thousands of years before: that the Word of God links the awakening of the Jews to the success in the church’s vision to spread the Good News of the Messiah to the whole world.

“To the Jew first” is not just a principle from the words of Scripture— it’s the heart of God radiating forth in our generation.

Join others who have pledged to give at least 1% to bless Israel.

Scott Bledsoe

Scott Bledsoe

Household of Faith Church

“Since visiting Israel, it has always been in our hearts to bless God’s chosen people first, and then reach out to the world. Late this past year we rearranged our giving to reflect this value and we have seen God bless our efforts in return.”

Jaimie Goldenburg

Jaime Goldenberg

The Church at Knoxville

“We believe that those who bless Israel will be blessed.  We also love the local church and believe that it is the hope of the world….We have seen our church steadily grow reaching people in our city and our church income has doubled the national average since we began to bless Israel with 1% of our income.”

Jonathan Wiggins

Jonathan Wiggins

Resurrection Fellowship

“Giving 1% of our total revenue as a First Fruits investment toward Israel related ministries is the proverbial ‘cornerstone’ of our global tours strategy. Blessings overtake blessings for churches who support Israel in this way.  Try it for one year and see for yourself.”

Stovall Weems

Stovall Weems

Lead Pastor, Celebration Church

“The apostle Paul tells us the Good News is the power of God ‘to the Jew first, then to the Gentile.’ Based on this principle from Scripture, Celebration Church has been honored to dedicate the first 1 percent of our financial giving to the church in Israel. Our church has seen tremendous fruit from giving to the messianic Jews first and we know you and your church will too.”

John Siebeling

John Siebeling

The Life Church, Memphis, TN

“When I first heard about ministries committing to giving 1% of their income toward blessing the Jewish people, I knew that it was something that we wanted to be a part of — not only as a church, but also for Leslie and I personally. The blessing and momentum that we’ve experienced as we have sown this seed is undeniable. I have no doubt that it is a result of following Scripture’s mandate that we place a priority on blessing the Jewish people, and we count it an honor to be a part of this strategic initiative.”

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PRAY for Israel and the Jewish people

We see in the Bible that God instructs us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalms 122:6) and “give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:7). Commit to dedicating 1% of your time each day — only 14 minutes — to praying that God would bring peace to Israel and establish her once again as a “light to the nations.” (Isaiah 49:6)


COMMIT to give 1% to bless Israel

Whether you’re an individual or you represent a ministry or business, pledge to give 1% of your income this next year to bless the people and nation of Israel. Maybe you want to give to Messianic congregations in Israel. Maybe you have a heart for training Messianic leaders around the world. Or maybe you want to bless widows and orphans in Israel in the name of Jesus. Whatever your passion is, we want to help you find effective, Biblically-grounded ministries to partner with.


CONNECT with effective ministries reaching Israel

FIRM isn’t just about giving money, it’s about building relationships. We remember the words of Jesus: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) FIRM works to help you establish lasting, two-way friendships and partnerships with ministries around the world, achieving the great aim of the Bible — Jews and Gentiles working together as One Body in the Messiah.

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