Outreach - Not Just a Spiritual Exercise!
When we hear the word ‘outreach’, some of us quake a little inside. One to one encounters, knocking on strangers’ doors, and trying to give tracts away to passersby are just a few of the thoughts that can come to mind. And even though we know those things can be effective and poignant, not all of us relish the experience. Reaching out to people with the love of the Father doesn't have to be such a daunting prospect however, if we allow God to inspire us with innovative and fresh ways to connect people to the message of the Gospel.
Your People My People was excited to hear about some of the latest outreach projects being done by Dugit Messianic Centre in Tel Aviv – going beyond some of the traditional concepts of evangelism and seeking to have an impact where people need it most. In addition to the daily coffee shop and Dugit Live ministry they run, Dugit staff desire to demonstrate the love of Yeshua (Jesus) to the people of Tel Aviv in both physical and spiritual ways. Dan is one of Dugit’s evangelists on staff, and being joined by a group from the USA armed with hundreds of stuffed toys and animals they brought to give away, they went to visit the Children’s Hospital in Tel Aviv to bring a smile to the faces of the small patients there, and bless them each with a new toy. There was much joy and elation and several mothers present expressed their appreciation at this gesture of kindness and generosity. We were excited to hear what a blessing they had been bringing joy and encouragement to the sick in their city!
In addition to the Children’s Hospital Outreach, Dan also organised a project to reach out to the homeless in Tel Aviv, taking the group to a local park in the city to pass out toiletry bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, flannels (washcloths) and sundry items, hoping to minister to the people they found living there. They helped to clean the park, taking away a lot of the rubbish that had collected, and while cleaning and handing out bags, they were able to share the gospel with people in the park.
We ask you to pray for Dan and the Dugit Staff as they continue to reach out through innovative projects, that the seeds planted find good soil, that they are watered and grow as God works in the hearts of the people they encounter in Tel Aviv.
“I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak…” Ezekiel 34:16a
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