By Leora Mazurovsky
Friendship and involvement are
primary goals when we host the Baruch haBa conferences. Filled with
fellowship, prayer, fun, and the experience of Israel - both modern and
ancient - our shared journey through the land creates heartfelt
connections that can endure through the momentous days ahead.
Tents of Mercy, together with Revive Israel and Tikkun International, has
been hosting this conference every year and a half since 2005. Planning and
preparing for this event has become a routine part of my work. But when I
truly think about the reason that we host more than 100 guests from all
over the world, I don't want it to be a task I check off of my to-do
list. Because hosting people, welcoming them into our lives and
homes, in big or small ways should never be routine.
I believe that it's not by chance that the Bible encourages
hospitality. There was a divine reason that the early believers met
in each other's living rooms. Throughout the Scriptures, lives
were literally changed by open homes. When you invite someone over for
coffee, pray with them, have dinner together, let them spend the night
on your sofa, you open your life and your heart as well. Connections form
that cannot be created in any other way. That's really what this
conference is all about – welcoming guests into our "home" and
sharing a portion of our lives with them so that they can experience the
heart of Israel and we can in turn receive from them.
Today I received an email from one of our guests which said,
Thanks for the wonderful gathering with you, I have taken Israel back
home with me.
To me, that embodies the essence of what God desires when he brings us
together, even for a short time. He wants us to partake of each other, to
share our dreams and callings, that we might see and pray and continue
our journey, strengthening and refreshing one another in ways that will
make Yeshua real to His people, Israel, and to the home nations of our