During our ministry trip to Israel last year, we spent time with some good friends, hearing about a vision God had laid on their hearts to become involved with. Along with a small group of pastors and other believers, they had begun the work of pioneering Tel Aviv’s first Messianic School – Tikvat Yisrael (Hope of Israel)!
Israel is a modern country, and despite the fact that the Jewish faith defines the majority of people living there today, many of the people are secular or nominal in their religious expression. From the Government’s perspective, when it comes to education there is an effort made to balance secular and religious beliefs, so mandatory subjects such as the Old Testament can be presented as legend rather than history. Alongside this watered down approach, there is great opposition to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) within government funded schools. The need for a Messianic (Christian) School was sealed in one Tel Aviv pastor’s heart when his youngest daughter came home from school crying. She had been taught that God would only listen to her prayers one day a year, on Yom Kipur (Day of Atonement)! Within the Messianic community in Israel today, many children are not merely the only believer in their class, they are frequently the only believer in their school. It is during these informative years of primary/elementary school that children make decisions about life, faith, and social involvement that can affect them for the rest of their lives.
|Classrooms ready to go!|