Shalom and Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays)!
It’s hard to believe we’ve begun the Fall Feasts, the High Holidays! This is a very busy time with many special services scheduled so please keep aware of our services schedule and service times! You don’t want to miss a single service! Sukkot is our personal favorite Feast! We love fellowshipping in our Sukkah with friends and family for eight days in His presence! We love the prophetic significance of Sukkot as the Wedding Feast of the Bride and the Lamb! Sukkot is such a joyous occasion! Sukkot is referred to as Z’man Simchateinu in Hebrew, “The Season of our Rejoicing”.
However, for many of our people in Israel this is not such a joyous season. 2.5 million Israelis live below the poverty line, 1.1 million Israeli children live below the poverty line, and 1 out of 2 holocaust survivors live below the poverty line. Add to this over 10,000 Ukrainian Jews making Aliya (Return to Israel) from the war-torn nation of Ukraine we see the desperate need for help for food, clothes, and housing needs. The living God of Israel gave a covenant promise of blessing through Abraham:
Genesis 12:3. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Adonai states those who bless the descendants of Abraham will themselves receive a heavenly blessing. As of the writing of this Newsletter we have contributed over $16,000 to directly assist the needy in the land of Israel this year! As we receive our Shelamim offering this Sukkot it allows us to increase our substantial assistance to those in need, including the Ukrainian Jews who are arriving in Israel with nothing but the clothes on their backs! We invite you to partner with us! Acts of kindness open eyes of blindness! There is another scripture that speaks to this directly regarding contributions to Messianic Jewish believers in the land of Israel:
Romans 15:26-27. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. 27 Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are under obligation to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual blessings, they also ought to serve them in material blessings.
As God states in Malachi 3:10 to “test Him in this” and “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.” Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!
Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays)!