The Autumn feasts have passed by, and I would like to give you a short
report and ask for your participation in what is happening here at
"Return to Zion-Shavei Tzion" congregation and in the ministries
associated with it.
After 16 years as a congregation, we have begun the process of
"membership". Bear in mind that many of the adults in our congregation
grew up in the USSR. For immigrants from the USSR, where everyone tried
to stay "under the Communist radar", there was a certain resistance to
"being listed"; again. But a new generation of leaders said, "Let's
go for it" and so we did. Somehow "electricity from Heaven" has entered
all segments of our ministry. We work on the
documents/structures/principles of faith and membership, while the Lord
works on us, challenging us to leave our comfort zone and seek His face.
We have always been a bit conservative, but recently, during
congregational prayers, we heard many prophecies and a lot of expressed
desires "to start doing what the Lord shows us to do." Therefore, I ask
for your support in prayer!!
The Feasts of the Lord
Sukkot with Olim
To be honest, I lost count of the number of events that we organized
during the Autumn feasts. We had meetings with new immigrants
(Olim), and we organized trips for them across Israel (all in the
framework of Zionism and the belief in the Messiah). We distributed a
huge number of food packages, and now we are preparing an "Alpha Course",
to which we have invited more than fifty people (we'll see how many
will come). We have held dinners, studies of the Scriptures and other
Our Sukkah (tabernacle) was full of guests - from Israel, Germany,
Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Norway. "Ushpizin" (Aramaic for
"guests") is the traditional sign of Sukkot - the Feast of the
Tabernacles. Receiving guests, living out faith in God and all this in
the Land of Israel - that's how it was. The Lord wants to increase
the "heat" of our passion and give all of us special experiences during
Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah)
The "concrete" of our building was shaking from our dancing, as we simply
rejoiced together with all Israel in thanks for the written Word of the
Lord. We have already noticed that when we "rewind" the Torah scroll
from Deuteronomy back to Genesis, the Spirit of God touches everyone!
Music and Art School
We started the music school as a small project eight years ago with seven
children. This year we started with more than a hundred students and
fifteen teachers. This is a place where talented children from
underprivileged families can be strengthened and find direction in life.
It is being funded as follows: 50% being subsidized by donations and 50%
from tuition fees. It is an opportunity to be a light to those children
and their parents who have never heard of the Grace of God and the
Concert for Holocaust Survivprs
Oasis Media is functioning as a "Jewish Voice" in the Russian-speaking
world - offering Russian language programs about the "Jewish" God,
Messiah and Scriptures. We register more than 50 thousand views a month.
By our standards this is quite considerable. Thousands of viewers in
Israel are watching up-to-date programs and interesting speakers. In a
way this is feeding the needy, because "Man will not live by bread
alone, but by every Word coming out of the mouth of God" (Deuteronomy
Haifa Bridge and the Twin-Cities Conference
This event brought together key leaders from Haifa, Germany, Taiwan,
China, the USA and South Africa. Return to Zion acted as a host. The
Lord was present with us as we tried a novel format of faith, prayer and
discussions. How will all this affect the future days? We will pray and
see ... We are inviting everyone who knows that your city is a
Twin-City" of Haifa to the meeting next year, during Sukkot, in 2018.
(Please write us if this includes you.)
"The Prophetic Studio"
I tried to describe it to people from outside as a "Prayer Room", but I
was corrected and it was confirmed as a "Prophetic Studio". A
studio is a workshop - a place where we try, where we compare, where we
learn. It is a place where one is not afraid to try to hear the Voice of
the Lord! I'm even a little scared to write about this, but we see
that it has begun to function! And it has become a "revolving door" where
many can enter, feel God's touch, and as one brother from China
prophetically said, "ascend the mountain of the Lord" and go further,
renewed in the Word heard from the Creator. Why Haifa, and not Jerusalem?
It sounds ostentatious, but many have said, more than once that a
breakthrough in Israel will come from the North! We prayed for more
interaction among the congregations in Haifa, for the interaction of the
congregations from Haifa with other congregations from abroad, and most
importantly, about our joint interaction with the Lord our God.
We are asking for your intercession and are grateful for your ongoing
support. So many of our projects are functioning successfully and
achieving their goals because of your generosity!
Many thanks to all of you who have sent me and my wife Nina birthday
greetings. We appreciate hearing from you and receiving your greetings
We love you ... please keep in touch.
Wishing all of you many blessings in our Lord Yeshua,
Leon and Nina Mazin
This article was previously published on April
on the Shavei Tzion website.