November 2017 Newsletter
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
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Back to routine and a building update
We can’t thank God enough for our new blessed facility. Parallel to designing and equipping our new facilities, we are slowly getting back to our daily routine, adjusting ourselves to the new environment, and are striving to turn the new building into an active and lively place throughout the entire week. In addition to the weekend services, one can find our team—as well as many others—in the building throughout the week, which is occupied with a variety of activities such as meetings, counselling sessions, different events, discipleship meetings, etc. In the middle of October, we held our first wedding for a couple of our congregants at the new building, which was a real blessing.
Now, as the bulk of the building project is behind us, we have started to plan the Young-Adults’ compound—a designated area in our building of 80 square meters (860 sq. ft.).
Unity in Christ
In one of our September meetings, we hosted a group of 50 Arab believers from a congregation in Bethlehem. Words cannot describe the sweet atmosphere that was present during our joint fellowship. We worshiped, prayed and studied the Word together. After the service, we continued to fellowship as we dined together and built new relationships. This example of unity is second to none, and can be found only in Christ, who in His flesh broke down the middle wall of partition.
At the end of October, we had our traditional annual celebration of all the Galilean congregations (both Jewish and Arab) in the Lavi forest. John 13:35: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In September, we drove to the Sea of Galilee to baptize three of our members. Two were elderly ladies and the third was a young man. Each of them gave a short testimony about their lives and about their decision to be baptized. Then we all worshiped the Lord together and prayed before we went into the lake and baptized the three—each in his or her turn. It was a very special and anointed time. The newly baptized and their families were very excited, and the joy on their faces was visible at a great distance. Please remember them in your prayers, so they may continue to grow in faith.
The High Feasts and a glance to the future
The High Feasts passed by and were full of events, activities and guests. The day of atonement (Yom Kippur) was on a Saturday this year, so instead of a regular service, we met in various houses at the end of the day to break the fast and pray together. For Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) we built a Sukkah in our small parking area, where we met for an evening service, followed by a joint meal and a wonderful time of fellowship.
As the feasts ended, we wish to slowly get back into the daily mission in order to advance the Kingdom in our town. We desire to develop some new areas of ministry over this coming year and would appreciate your prayers.
We thank you again for your support and love and we would be happy to hear from you on any subject.
With the Lord’s blessing,
The Kehilat Haderech family
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