24 November 2012

Israel Report 2012

Adonai Roi praying for the situation in Israel
It's not everyday that during the weekly worship service, you are given instructions about what to do in the event of an air raid siren. But that is exactly what Karen and Amanda experienced last week as they joined with Adonai Roi Congregation for their Shabbat service.

They have just returned from a self-funded trip to Israel to visit the ministries supported by Your People My People and were encouraged to see how the local believers are growing in their faith, making a difference in their families and communities.
Meeting with Dan from Dugit, Tel Aviv

They visited six different ministries and had the opportunity to hear first hand, the passion and desire of the leaders to transform their nation for Yeshua (Jesus).

"Every day, we visited with local believers, hearing about their daily struggles but also about the Lord’s faithfulness in the midst of heartbreaking situations. What a privilege to witness how God is building up a remnant in Israel with their eyes fixed firmly on Him."

10 November 2012

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Holocaust survivor receives food vouchers
When the Helping Hand Coalition representatives arrived at Holocaust survivor, Olga's house, her fridge was almost empty. All that remained were a few spoiled fruit and vegetables that she knew would need to last a few more days before she could afford to buy more groceries. When she received the supermarket vouchers, her eyes filled with tears and her face broke into a smile as she exclaimed, "And you friends, arrived as a blessing from heaven and an answer to my prayers!"

Helping Hand Coalition seeks to offer practical help to Holocaust survivors living in Israel. Many of these elderly heroes are living below the poverty line. Supermarket vouchers help to ease some of these hardships and the friendly, warm personalities of the HHC staff also bring a ray of sunshine into the homes of the survivors they are visiting.

During September and October, the Holocaust survivors received extra supermarket vouchers to buy special food for the Jewish holidays. HHC staff and volunteers visited the survivors in their homes and there was much joy and warmth as the elderly and their young visitors shared time together. They were especially touched by the consistent visits and care around the Jewish Holiday time and the vouchers that enabled them to join with the rest of society and buy traditional holiday food.

03 November 2012

A Little Fishing Boat in Tel Aviv

‘Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”’   Matthew 4:19

When Yeshua called some of his disciples, they were tending to their ‘dugit’, their little fishing boat on the Galilee.  It was during that first conversation that the phrase ‘fishers of men’ was used by Yeshua, and is a sentiment through which many Christians still find motivation today:  to ‘fish’ people into God’s kingdom!

Some of the Jewish believers that Your People My People know in Tel Aviv, also embrace this concept.  In fact, as a permanent reminder of their vision, their Messianic Outreach Centre is called, ‘Dugit’ – a small fishing boat in the heart of Tel Aviv, reaching out to their fellow Israelis with the good news of the Messiah!  Over the last 6 months, Dugit has seen over 3000 people come through its doors, has given away more than 700 free books and Gospels, and on average, served around 30 cups of free coffee a day.  They are excited about the opportunities to share the gospel with those who pop in, either for conversation or even requesting prayer.  The staff are always seeking new ways to reach out.

Dugit also has many overseas visitors that come to help with the ‘fishing’.