25 December 2016
8 Day Journey - DAY THREE
LIFE FROM THE ASHES
The hall had been set up ready for a service. Rows of chairs faced a speaker’s rostrum and musical equipment was plugged in and ready.
Your People My People Directors, Karen and Amanda were about to join with a special group of Holocaust Survivors who loved and followed Yeshua (Jesus). One of our partners in Israel had brought them together from the surrounding areas to meet together for worship, teaching and fellowship. The meeting was in a hotel run by Jewish believers in Yeshua and before the service began, each Survivor was treated to a three course buffet meal in the hotel dining room. After lunch, the hall filled up.
What a joy to see these elderly men and women, in their 70s, 80s and 90s, worshipping the Lord with all their hearts! As children and young adults, these individuals had experienced horrendous atrocities, some in Concentration Camps, some hiding from the Nazis in forests in sub-zero temperatures and others terrified of being found while they hid in basements and attics. All had lost families, homes, identity, a normal life, but all had been led to come ‘home’ to Israel.
As we watched this unique congregation express their worship to their Messiah Yeshua, we were reminded of a verse in Isaiah, that to all who mourn in Israel, God will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning and praise instead of heaviness. They will be planted like strong and graceful oaks for his glory! And indeed they have been!
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