December 2016 Newsletter
“I am the Lord, will hasten it in its time,” ( Isaiah 60:22b )
Much time has passed since the last newsletter of our congregation. For the last seven months we have been wandering with no permanent building, making great efforts to keep up the ongoing activities of our congregation. In this challenging time, we are reminded of the children of Israel’s wanderings in the desert and of Yeshua’s words in Matthew 8:20:” And Yeshua said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’” These things remind us of the great grace of God and of the fact that this challenging period is no more than a springboard towards the destination and that God is using it to teach us and make us strong. We want to begin this letter in thanks to God for His faithfulness and to you for your prayers and support of us in this time. We owe a special thanks to Kehilat Ktzir Asher (Harvest of Asher) in Akko, who are opening their doors and their hearts and are hosting us regularly about two to three times a month.
Below are some news and updates about our congregation in the last two months:
7 months ago, when we left the old congregational building, we were hoping that within a few weeks we could move into our new congregational building. But like God reminds us in Isaiah 60:22- He is in charge of our times and is never late. Up to the time of the writing of this update, we are still waiting to receive the keys of the building, so that we can start the necessary construction work to suit the building to our needs. We are expecting the construction to go on for a few more months from the time we get the key.
In the meantime we are continuing to gather in the building of Ktzir Asher in Akko about twice a month, once to twice a month in the yard of the new building (weather permitting) and sometimes in small groups in the various homes. We thank God that despite this challenging period, we are experiencing growth both spiritually and in member number.
In the first Shabbat of December, we held baptisms in the Mikvah (emersion bath) in Ktzir Asher for three members of our congregation. One of the baptized is a new member from an ultra- orthodox background, and the other two are teenaged boys- sons of established members. The baptism was held during a regular Shabbat service and brought much joy and excitement to the members and especially to the families of the baptized. We thank God for the dedicated hearts of those baptized and for their passion to draw near to the living God and to proclaim their faith in Him to others. After the baptism, two members came to us and asked to get baptized, and one other new member asked to pray with us to receive the Lord into her life.
Despite this period of wandering and the lack of a building and offices, we are trying to keep up ongoing congregational activities as much as possible. Besides Shabbat services, we hold various study groups like a women’s group, English speakers’ home group, Russian speakers’ home group, Hebrew speakers’ home group, Moms in Prayer group, Pro-life, and more. We pray for the right people to lead the Russian speakers’ home group and we would be happy to receive prayers for that.
Also, last month, we held for the first time a joint prayer and praise meeting with four active congregations in our city. The evening was very blessed with the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. The evening was dedicated to prayer for our city and the Galilee and we mean to continue doing meetings like these a number of times a year.
Youth and Pre-teens
Because of the wanderings we cancelled this year the traditional youth trip that is held every summer. Also, we worked hard in this period on building and establishing the youth group and we are happy to see the fruit of our labor in the form of a growing and unified group with unity and enthusiasm for the Lord. The group includes now about 15 youths. An exciting testimony to the development of the group is that two of them were baptized recently.
Activity in the “pre-teen” group is continuing as usual and its members are being very blessed from the teaching and the various activities they take part in. Please continue remembering them in prayer.
To our deep dismay, we are experiencing a challenging time also in the field of the health of our members. Four of our members are under active treatments ( biological/chemical) for cancer and are suffering from a vast array of side effects. We thank you for your prayers for the sick of our congregation and we would be glad if you could keep this subject of high importance in your prayers.
Pay-pal and our website
We are glad to say, that after much long effort, we received all the necessary permits and now we have an active pay-pal account through which it is possible to donate to the congregation. You can donate via the following link:
Or directly to the account under the email address: email@example.com
At the end of our move to the new building, we are planning to invest time and thought in upgrading the congregational website and we would be glad if you would pray for this issue. Our old site is still active and working and you can find there updates, recordings of sermons, congregational pictures and more.
We thank you again for your love and support and we would be happy to hear from you on any subject.
Blessings from the Lord,
Yossi Ovadia, Liron Shany and the whole Kehilat Haderech family
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