Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Returning Exiles
by Yevgeni Stanukevich, Shavei Tzion Messianic Center, Tents of Mercy Network
"For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean ..." (Ezekiel 36:24-25).
Our ministry to new Israeli immigrants (the returning exiles) was established at the end of 2013. Since then, God has given us many opportunities to minister to them, and today we serve more than 1,300 families by supplying food, blankets, heaters, housewares, educational tours and more - with no strings attached.
In 2017, we began to pray for a breakthrough in the spiritual area. In addition to providing for their practical physical needs, it was our desire to help these fledgling Israelis find God as the answer to their spiritual needs. In addition, we put together an outreach team, a group of people who serve new immigrants by visiting them at home, listening to their problems, praying with them and arranging evangelistic events for those who want to hear the Gospel.
In April, during Passover, our team arranged the first trial event for new immigrants. Fifty people came to hear the Passover story and the message of Messiah, and their common denominator of the sacrifice lamb. During this event, fifteen people came forward to pray a repentance prayer.
These early fruits fill us with new energy and a desire to see more. We ask for your support in prayer that God would multiply this first fruit and that hundreds more would come to receive Him. We hope to develop this project further in order to bless many who have both practical and spiritual needs.
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