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.
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It is understandable why the youth of today would chose to ‘fit in’ rather than follow the convictions that faith in Yeshua brings, but this younger generation of believers in Israel is growing and becoming stronger through meeting together in small groups and large events around the country. Tikvat Yisrael School wants to become part of this process, providing children with a quality education that includes an integrated biblical world view in their daily instruction. Their heart is to see the total development of each child – spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, and physically. In Israel, there are only two other similar schools that exist, but in Tel Aviv, the population centre of the country where 60% of the people live, a school like this has not yet been founded.
Tikvat Yisrael has a registered Board of Directors with the Israeli Government and is in the start up stage of development. In order to go ahead with a first year intake in September 2013, they need to raise £64k and have a minimum registration of 10 students. Your People My People fully supports the vision to help raise up the next younger generation of believers in Israel, to see them grow in their faith, to become strong believers that will influence their nation with the gospel - the good news of Yeshua the Messiah. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us and Tikvat Yisrael, in prayer and finances – thank you!