This article was first published here on Febrnuary 1st 2018.
Shalom dear Friends,
With the arrival of the New Year, we have been reviewing our New Immigrant
Welcome Project activities from the past year and a half. The past 2-3
years have been marked by a renewed wave of aliyah (immigration of Jews) from
the former Soviet Union. In that time, Israel received more than 100 thousand
new immigrants! And in response, our congregation provided aid (with your
participation) to more than 5,000 people. We are not able to keep in touch
with all of them since we do not have the needed human resources. But we
continue to reach out to hundreds of new immigrants and to serve them.
Over the past year and a half we organized numerous events geared to these
newcomers, and now we are starting a discipleship training course for new
immigrants. Of course, this is a spiritual work, requiring more than just
the effort of mind and logic. This letter is first a request for your
prayer. This is a request to intercede especially for them: for people
that are burdened with the fear of not being able to adapt to life in a new
country, a new homeland. They are frightened by the reality of the needed
adjustments and by their lack of knowledge and wellbeing. The prophet wrote
about these moments:
"They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will
lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not
stumble, because I am Israel's father" (Jeremiah 31:9).
These new immigrants are going through a process of purification. We all know
that purification is painful. In the years since I came to Israel as part of
the Aliyah wave of 25 years ago, many immigrant families throughout Israel
have fallen apart. There has been much suffering and tears. We ourselves as
immigrants who returned to Israel many years ago, are able fully understand
and empathize with those who have come recently. It is not humanly possible
to prevent these sufferings and tensions. And, actually, this transitional
time is a key stage of open hearts and an opportunity to ask for God's help.
It was for these "days" and "for such a time as this" that He equipped those
of us who have already returned.
However, this outreach is impossible without a spiritual covering, and we
need your intercessory prayer more than ever!
Recently we have organized different events specifically geared towards new
☆ Biblical feast celebrations
☆ Educational trips throughout Israel
☆ Friday evening Shabbat celebrations
☆ And starting in early March, a discipleship training course.
Additionally, Shavei Tzion (Return to Zion) is arranging new aid
packages including food baskets, winter necessities (bedding sets,
heaters and kitchen accessories). Therefore this letter is also a request for
you to please prayerfully consider helping with this financial need. We
estimate that the approximate cost of the next phase in this project will be
Our goals are to prepare:
Leon Mazin Shavei Tzion Ministries
1. 300 food baskets, together costing $17,000
2. 100 bedding sets, together costing $10,000
3. 100 heaters, together costing $7,000
4. 100 sets of kitchen accessories, together costing $7,000
A famous proverb says: "A stitch in time saves nine." In our case,
a timely outreach effort can prevent bigger problems down the road.
Also, together we will warm many hearts by providing warm clothes for the
winter ... If the Lord speaks to you please give using one of the donating
We are praying for you, for your wellbeing, and for Shalom of the Lord for
you and your families.
to support the vision of Shavei Tzion.
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