Sunday, December 23, 2012

Greetings from Kiryat Shmona!

This is holiday greeting the Compassion Team received from their partners in Kiryat Shmona, Light for Israel:

Dear Michael and Judith,

As 2012 comes to a close I want to express my deep gratitude for your efforts on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people through our ministry in Kiryat Shmona, Israel. I ask that you consider the words of King David as we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and celebrate the birth of Christ during this sacred season;

But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in you.
Surely, LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12

Our Christmas blessing for you is that the Lord bless you with His bountiful provision. May every desire of your heart be met and may you be afforded good health and long life to enjoy the many benefits of God. May the Almighty give you His peace and joy as you walk in obedience to His Word. May His grace and favor be upon you as you faithfully stand with Israel and the Jewish people. I ask that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob give you His daily strength and protection for the journey before you in 2013.

May you and those you love have a blessed Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year!

''Light for Israel''
 Kiryat Shmona, Israel

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rivers of Living Water

This is an excerpt from a newsletter we received from our partners, Rivers of Living Waters.  We work with them in Ma'alot and Karimel:

Dear brothers and sisters in Messiah, shalom from "Rivers of Living Water, Israel"

You all probably know about the war that our nation went through. In all these events that have happened for the last month we can testify of the supernatural protection and faithfulness of our God. He is still the Mighty God of Israel! More than 1000 rockets were sent to the central and southern cities and settlements in Israel: especially to Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beer-Sheva and even Tel-Aviv area. All this time as a congregation we were standing in prayer, holding special prayer meetings, people were led by the Holy Spirit to come to the church every day and intercede before the Lord in such a critical time. Many miracles happened. God literally protected His people.

Passover Outreach in Karmiel
As the war situation came to the end we held a special outreach (food project) where about 200 unbelievers came. We ministered to these people through songs, poems, testimonies, prayed for them, comforted them, shared God's love, care and peace that only God can give even in the midst of the storm. Many were touched and drown closer to God; some opened their hearts to receive Yeshua as their Messiah. How good is our God! We thank all our friends and partners for supporting the work of the Lord, especially “Tikvat Yakov” [Jacob's Hope] Organization for donating funds for this project.

In this time we feel such an urgency to intensify prayer and intercession for the salvation of people in Israel for them to realize that the only hope in this life is the Lord, for the eyes to be opened and the veil to be removed from the hearts that they may see their Messiah Yeshua. For that purpose November, 30th we had a 12-hour prayer marathon. It was like a chain of believers (each one praying for an hour)....

Friday, December 21, 2012

Agape Distribution Center

This is an excerpt from a letter we received from our partners in Tel Aviv:

Contents of a Hanukkah Gift Basket
November 28, 2012

Shalom Michael and Judith,

We would like to thank you again for the continued support of the Agape Distribution Center. We continue to help roughly 90 families per month with supplementary food and clothing. We are also very excited to report that our Gift Baskets for Hanukkah will be extremely full this year. We have raised nearly 13,000 NIS [$3,400 USD] for the project and are excited to help supply the families with toiletries, cleaning supplies, linens, diapers and toys. We were also blessed to bring food, toys, and clothing to families in the South a few weeks back during the war with Gaza. These parents and children were blessed, as were we. Without the amazing help from Tikvat Yaakov [Jacob's Hope] we would not be able to help in such an amazing way....

Avi Mizrachi