My name is Mazzen. I was born in Israel in 1971 in the west bank town called Ramalah. I came to America in 1973. My mother and father were seperated. I was raised by my Grandmother.
I was abused my family and at the age of 11 i started to smoke marijuana which led me to cocaine which led me to crack and was addicted to pornography. I was going through anxiety and depression. I Thought about commiting suicide and I also had hate in my heart toward Jewish people because I was brainwashed into believing that the Jews were the ones who took my land.
This way thinking led me to go to palestinian protests against Israel. Than 20 years ago at the age of 20 I was at the Israeli Embassy shouting ”Death To Israel”
I’ve been to Israel many times and there I was part of the palestinian uprising called “Intifaba” – there I was throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers and had been shot at many times.
Then in 2006 something happed in my life. After a bad relationship with a woman I was left empty and depressed and had no hope. At that point an uncle of mine, told me: Would you like to go to Virginia with me, then at that point in time my uncle who is a believer in Jesus told me that Yeshuah Jesus can give me hope, peace, joy and is able to fill me up with His presence….
As we were going and returning from Virgina, the Holy Spirit began to touch me….then as I returned to New Jersey…driving my car, for the very first time I said ” Jesus if you are real, change my life and i will walk with you for the rest of my life and never go back to the world”.
Then the Lord led me to a church called Faith Fellowship in Sayerville NJ. I went there on a Thursday night and they had a play on the Birth of Jesus showing…..At the end of the play, they made an alter call for salvation. At that time I raised my hand to recieve Jesus.
In that moment I saw people cheering and clapping for me and all of Heaven opened up in that place with a beautiful light. I was given a CD and a Bible and in the weeks to come the lord continually brought me back to the church. In the 2 months that i was going to church, God healed all my suffering and all my brokeness and all the pain I was feeling including the emotions connected with the broken relationship.
I started to serve as an usher at Faith Fellowship, then began to work in the prison ministry that went to Middlesix county Jail….
And then i fell in love with reaching through street evangelism and preaching the gospel on the streets all over NJ with fire, zeal, and passion.
After 3 years I moved on from Faith Fellowship one day I was driving and put the radion on to 570 am christian radio, and heard a broadcast of “The Two Nice Jewish boya” with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and Gary Seldman… then the Lord at that moment told me to call in to the show and speak with Rabbi Jonathan.
I felt the annointing and spoke with passion and fire to Jonathan about my personal testimony and he invited me to Beth Israel for Friday…and when I went he came up to me without knowing my face and asked me if I was Mazzen, than he told me to come and sit in the front area.
At the end of the service he asked me if i would be able to pray the arronic blessings in Arabic after he says it in Hebrew… so I was blessed to do it.
I returned the following Sunday and continued to return thereafter…and eventually became a member.
I’m an Usher here at Beth Israel Messianic Congregation and also a commisioned minister here in the church. I work on the building, and I am a missionary with the Spanish Ministry to South America….It was here I began to build a LOVE for the Jewish people and there culture…And realized that the Jews and the Arabs are not ememies because they are the seed of Abraham through Issac and Ishmael.
Fast foward 20 years from the time I was persecuting the Israel and it’s people I found myself in the same place praying and blessing Israel with my shofar with brothers and sisters in Christ with great love.