This article was first published here on January 1st 2018.
Alexey Bezalel Shavei Tzion Ministries
Jewish people are returning home
from different countries and different cultures. Despite the efforts of the
Israeli government to assist in the transition, these new immigrants (olim
chadashim) are facing a new culture and many harsh challenges. As a
result, they find themselves on the outskirts of Israeli society, not yet
having found a "home" in their homeland.
As a congregation we understand that spiritual support and a sense of family
and belonging are important to people, in addition to having their physical
needs met. That is why one of the priority areas at "Return to Zion - Shavei
Zion" Ministry is serving the new immigrants. We believe that the return of
the Jewish people to the land of Israel is not only a fulfillment of prophecy
(Ezekiel 20:34, Isaiah 11:11-12, Isaiah 43:5-6,21), but also an opportunity
to reveal to these people the light and love of Yeshua the Messiah.
In recent years, a large, new wave of immigrants has begun to arrive in our
country. People are fleeing armed conflicts, anti-Semitism and difficult
conditions in Russia, Ukraine, France and elsewhere. Therefore we have
decided to consolidate this part of our ministry into a separate branch,
expand our staff, and allocate additional resources for serving new
The aid we have been able to recently extend to new immigrants has included
distribution of blankets, new kitchenware and food packages to over a hundred
families. Our Haifa humanitarian warehouse is open several days each week.
One of the new directions of this ministry is offering lessons in Biblical
Hebrew on a regular basis. This endeavor both responds to the desire of new
olim to learn Hebrew and enables them to study the Bible in depth. From
February to October 2017, we organized six educational trips, the purpose of
which was to introduce them to the Promised Land, and to help develop a sense
of belonging in this country and connection with biblical history. During
these outings, while visiting the sites of events described in the Bible, we
talk about our calling as a nation to serve the Lord.
For example, we took a group of new immigrants to visit Gilgal, the place
where the people of Israel renewed their covenant with God before entering
the Promised Land (Joshua 5). This reminds us that, even today, new
immigrants returning to the land, should also renew their covenant with God.
For the New Year of 2018, we have set new goals for ourselves. We want to
place a bigger emphasis on attracting young immigrant families. We are
planning to offer seminars on topics that are relevant to young people:
meetings with family counselors, legal experts and business coaches.
The strategic goal of all these projects is to awaken spiritual thirst among
these fledgling Israelis. We are also inviting them to an "Aleph (Alpha)
Course," with the aim to share the Good News, thereby allowing them to
restore their relationship with the Lord.
We invite you to pray for this work of reaching out to "Olim" and to
help finance the educational and humanitarian projects of "Return to Zion
Ministry" as you are led.
At the Garden Tomb
Shabbat celebration meal
Meeting new immigrants
to support the vision of Shavei Tzion.
There have been comments to this article ...
12:26pm 02Jan18, Frank Onofrio: You are doing a great work & exactly what Yeshua would want!
-- Leon Mazin replies: Please continue to to pray for the ministry among new
08:37pm 03Jan18, Darla Ellyson: Wow!! This ignites my heart! Blessings on this ministry. We
stand with you in prayer for "young families" to immigrate!
-- Leon Mazin replies: Please continue to pray for those precious young families, to
adapt in the new country and to feel at home. But most of all
that Yeshua would touch them!
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