My name is Ethel Chadwick. I’m a nice Jewish girl, and 20 years ago, the Lord opened the door to a radio ministry for me. It’s called “Bagels and Blessings” and it’s now on Saturdays at 2:00 PM to 3 PM EST, on 990 AM, WDCX. I am on the air playing Messianic music, interviewing people about their faith, and giving away bagels and lots of prizes.
A little bit about me: I grew up in a Jewish family in Richmond, Virginia. I went to Hebrew school for five years and occasionally to Synagogue with my family. I was always attracted to the occult and astrology, as I was searching for the meaning of life. (I later read Deuteronomy Chapter 18 and realized that involvement in the occult/astrology is against God’s law, so I repented and never went back to it.) In college, some friends gave me a tract about Jesus, but I was offended and confused. I even sang “Handel’s Messiah” without knowing what it was about. Later when I was married and living in Rochester, New York, I met a lady who shared the Scriptures with me, and I got up the nerve to read the New Testament for the first time. I saw that it wasn’t offensive to Judaism and I learned the the disciples were Jewish and that the Last Supper was a Passover Seder celebration. When I read Isaiah Chapter 53 and Jeremiah Chapter 31, Verse 31 from the Jewish Bible, I realized that Yeshua (Jesus) was THE Messiah! So in July of 1976 I invited Him into my heart and it’s been a glorious and wonderful journey ever since!!
You might ask at this point, do I call myself a Christian or a Jew? It’s really not as separate as some might think. First of all, the word ” Christian” means follower of the “Christ” or of the “Messiah.” Jesus was not the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christ. His Hebrew name is Yeshua, which also means “Salvation.” Yeshua said in Matthew Chapter 5, Verse 17: “I came to fulfill the law and the prophets, not to change them.” He never intended to change religions. So I call myself a Messianic Jew, but I could also say I’m a Jewish Christian or a Christian Jew. The problem that many Jews have in reconciling these two faiths is thinking that the word “Christian” means the same as “Gentile.” A Gentile is a non-Jew. I hope this clear it all up. I haven’t converted to another religion. My heart is converted, definitely converted. I have circumcised the foreskin of my heart. (Deuteronomy Chapter 10, Verse 16.)
There is a lot more to tell and I have CDs with the “rest of the story.” if you are interested in receiving a copy, please email me with your request.