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Michelle Amirault, 69, Hermann, passed through the veil Tuesday, July 31, 2018. A celebration of her life will be held Aug. 11, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Rotunda in Hermann, 1015 Washington St. No viewing or burial service.

Michelle Amirault is survived by her husband, Gary; her daughter, Elena; her brothers, Mark, Robert and Fred Aaron; and her stepsister Beth Giove and Wayne Nieberg. Michelle's parents were Albert Aaron and Marian Sirasky. Michelle was born in Baltimore, Md., and graduated from the University of Maryland to become a teacher. She taught for one year after which she joined her husband in advertising sales. They would form a company called Photographic Display Systems in which she was vice president/treasurer. She kept the most immaculate accounting books imaginable.

In 1984, Michelle had an encounter of the God-kind; she was made aware by the Holy Spirit that Jesus/Yeshua was indeed the Messiah, the Savior of mankind. This made things quite difficult for her considering she was raised Jewish and her husband, Gary, was a devout atheist. Her Christian friends thought it would take decades, if ever, for her husband to come to Christ, but they were wrong. God IS mightier than any atheist -- Gary was loved into the kingdom of Jesus on Valentine's Day 1985. It was an incredible encounter. A Damascus Road experience. He became "Road Kill for Christ."

Gary experienced the love of Christ in a dimension that exceeded the expectations of the various churches and Messianic Jewish congregations they attended in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area of Maryland. He experienced a love that truly loved everyone without exception. But this kind of love did not fit into the traditional churches that taught most of mankind would go to eternal damnation in a place called hell. Because hell seemed clearly taught in the Bible translations Michelle and Gary were using and because all the churches they had visited taught eternal damnation, Gary and Michelle began to zealously beg anyone and everyone to "get saved" from hell.

After five years of evangelizing a "turn or burn" gospel (which is no gospel at all), Gary told God he could take another step in the direction he was going. He asked God to just take him out, take him home. On that very day, he was given a set of booklets titled "Savior of the World Series" by J. Preston Eby. These booklets taught that Jesus was truly the Savior of the whole world, that no one was going to be burned alive; that no one was going to "eternal conscious torment." The booklets revealed that the early believers in Christ taught universal salvation through Jesus Christ. It was not until several centuries after Jesus' death that the teaching of hell began to dominate the church. The booklets taught that critical errors were introduced into our Bible translations. If what was in those booklets was true, that would explain why what was supposed to be "good news to all mankind" was such bad news that Gary couldn't preach and teach it anymore. The traditional Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox "gospel" is not victorious, it makes Jesus look like a miserable failure.

After this, Gary spent countless hours studying church history, words studies, comparing Bible translations, etc. and came to the conclusion that Jesus truly planned from the foundation of the world to save all mankind. He will not fail in His mission. Michelle and Gary started a nonprofit ministry named "Tentmaker Ministries," which ultimately would publish a magazine, produce cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, Bible software, tracts, books and eventually create several internet sites dedicated to declaring what they would call "The Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ." These internet sites are: tentmaker.org, lovewins.us and what-the-hell-is-hell.com.

Michelle and Gary would reach millions of people around the world with these various means. While Michelle is known in the local communities of Hermann, Montgomery City, Jonesburg and New Haven as a substitute teacher who always hoped one of the students would ask a question about God so she could legally spend the rest of the class period sharing with the class how much Jesus loves them, few know that Michelle was the backbone and heart of a ministry that reached millions around the world. And her love reaches into the hearts and minds of millions even today and will continue to touch ears for many years to come.

Michelle loved Bible studies, loved to worship -- she loved Jesus -- she loved to love people. She filled thousands of requests for various materials from Tentmaker Ministries, kept immaculate accounting books, and worked outside part-time jobs like house cleaning to make ends meet.

A woman called Mother Teresa who became a saint in the Roman Catholic Church is said to have said, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Michelle did many, many small things that most people who knew her never knew about. But they are great, great things in the heavens.

She loved much, always forgave everything, and was grateful for the smallest of things. Her smile radiated to everyone. She is missed by many.

She would like you to watch a video she made titled "Messiah Revealed to Jewish Woman." Simply type in those words with the word Tentmaker and it should come up in the search engines.

Memorials to Tentmaker Ministries via paypal.com, which includes Master Card and Visa. Email address: [email protected]
Published in The Missourian on Aug. 9, 2018
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