Living the Gospel Under COVID-19
Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labour of the olive may fail, …Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3: 17-18)
The Habakkuk scripture above seems particularly fitting for this time,” shared Lech L’cha staff. “Although it is currently spring in Israel and flowers and trees are blooming all over, many Israelis are still without work, and stressed over the COVID-19 situation. This week, Israel is starting to reopen certain stores, but for almost a month Israelis have been allowed to leave their homes only for groceries and health reasons, and requested to take walks only within a 100-meter circumference of their houses.”
In order to comply with government regulations during the lockdown. Lech L’cha finished their 3-month discipleship programme two weeks earlier than planned but has found new ways to continue their work.
Shmuel, Yohanan and a team of young leaders have kept in touch with the participants, encouraging them via Zoom meetings, prayer meetings, and online challenges. While the nation has been at home, Lech L’cha have also reconnected with participants from previous years, arranging online meetings with Lech L’cha alumni as well.
Israel just celebrated the annual feast of Shavuot, perhaps better known to us as Pentecost (Pentecost comes from the Latin word for 50, since Shavuot occurs 7 weeks (50 days) after Passover. See Leviticus 23.) This was the feast that God chose to pour our his Holy Spirit on the first Believers.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
“The scripture above really outlines the heart and vision of Lech L’cha. We want to be able to raise up young adults who will be witnesses for Yeshua in Jerusalem, and in Israel, and even to the ends of the earth,” shared Lech L’cha
“As Believers, we recognize that Shavuot is so much more than the traditional celebrations. God poured out His Spirit on the believers in Acts on Shavuot, causing a great harvest of 3000 people in one day! (Acts 2:41) We thank God for the gift of His Holy Spirit!
“As COVID19 restrictions in Israel are being lifted, we are currently planning, Lord willing, to hold a young adult conference this summer, and preparing for our next Discipleship program in October. Please be in prayer with us for the right participants to join, and that the conferences and discipleship program will be able to happen.”
“We are so grateful for your prayers!” said the Lech L’cha staff.
Let’s continue to pray for Lech L’cha as they strive to disciple young people in Israel. These are the areas they asked us to cover together with them.
- Many of the discipleship participants and team members have been without work for the last month because of COVID-19. Pray for financial provision for them and their families.
- Pray for the discipleship participants to remain strengthened in the Lord now that they are back home.
- Pray for supernatural wisdom and direction for Israel’s leaders at this time. Israel is also inaugurating a new coalition government, as well as dealing with COVID-19 effects. Pray for righteous and wise leaders.
- Pray for the people of Israel. Pray for those who suffer from anxiety, and those who live in crowded or unsanitary conditions.
- Pray against the spread of COVID-19 in Israel and worldwide. Pray that God reverses the spread of illnesses and death. He has the victory!
- During this time, many Israelis seem more open to talk about God and faith. Please pray for Israelis to come to know their Messiah!
- In spite of what is going on around the world, God is still our protector! Even though Israel may face trying circumstances, we know that He is still watching over His people.
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