Avi T.

Associate Pastor
Tents of Mercy Network
"Often the poor get stuck in a cycle of need, and we are excited to see people break out of that cycle ..."

Our humanitarian aid mandate is not only to help the poor, but also to provide practical assistance to those affected by national crisis, such as the recent war. Here are some of the projects we are currently involved in:

High Holidays Outreach & Monthly Food Distribution

Food bags in warehouse
awaiting distribution
Our monthly food basket distribution helps 350-400 needy families with a generous bag of 14 basic items. During the holiday season, we increase that to over 20 items, including traditional festive items such as pomegranates. Based on last year's experience and the large number of requests we received this year from the Kiryat Yam City and Welfare Offices and from other organizations, we doubled the number of recipients to over 800. The growing need reflects the difficult state many families are in. This increase may seem modest, but when you look into the extra administration, logistics and on-ground work, not to mention the financial cost, it's only by grace and faith that we are taking this step. We truly appreciate your prayers in this regard.

Family Support Center

This is another project that is an on-going enrichment as opposed to a one-time assistance. We were requested to partner with the city of Kiryat Yam to create a parent-child counseling center. The purpose of this facility is to provide a place where at-risk children and their parents can receive guidance, support, and counseling. Our part began by physically cleaning, renovating the space, decorating the interior (with assistance from members of Tents of Mercy's community and volunteers from abroad) and providing furnishings from our used furniture warehouse. The center is called "An Oasis - Preparing the way for Parents and Children". The program has begun and we are in the midst of continuing further renovations since a major leak was recently detected. The repair will cost approximately $5000 and we are seeking to help them. The vision of this center is very close to our hearts as well as yours. What an opportunity!

Financial Assistance toward Essential Needs

Pomegranates for Rosh Hashana
Tents of Mercy serves as an "address" for those in need of financial assistance for essential needs of various kinds. Recipients are referred to us through the city welfare offices, as well as other reputable organizations. This financial assistance is granted for essential needs including urgent medical and dental care, payment of utility bills (electric, gas, water), etc. Those who receive grants from this department are mainly at-risk children from needy families, elderly and Holocaust survivors, single-parent families, and new immigrants. The importance of this branch of our humanitarian aid work speaks for itself. Our decision-making board members come from community and social work backgrounds. So the process is guided both by prayer and a deep understanding of families' genuine needs.

Financial Aid for Professional Training and Re-training

It is very important to us to assist not only those who are in dire need but also those who are striving to improve their socioeconomic status. Often the poor get stuck in a cycle of need, and we are excited to see people break out of that cycle, by assisting them to get the necessary training. We have witnessed the fruit of this work, where recipients have gone from cleaning and menial jobs to professional and better-paying positions. These are the same people who are then able to help others and give back to the community.

In conclusion, we would like to express our heart-felt appreciation for your partnership in all these endeavors. We are humbled by the fact that we have received mercy from the Merciful One and in turn are able to give to others. May His likeness be engraved in all that we do, showing His Love and Glory among His people.

Wishing you a season of refreshment and revival.

Eitan Shishkoff's November USA Itinerary

November 15th:   10:00 AM service at Beth Messiah Congregation in Houston, TX

November 16th:   8:15, 9:45 & 11:25 AM services at Beltway Park Baptist Church in Abilene, TX

November 22nd:   10:30 AM service at Beth Yeshua Congregation in Sacramento, CA

November 23rd:   8:30 & 10:30 AM services at Sonrise Christian Fellowship in Fallbrook, CA

November 29th:   10:00 AM service at Congregation Yeshuat Tsion in Greenwood Village, CO

November 29th:   5 PM service at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, CO

November 30th:   8:30 & 10:30 AM services at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, CO

November 30th:   6 PM service at Victory Church in Westminster, CO

By Avi
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Islamic Extremism and the Anti-Christ
Daniel Juster's article in French: Extremisme Islamique Et L'Anti-Christ
Eitan Shiskoff: Shofar Blowing Marks Twenty Years
Leon Mazin: Maria, My Mother
Tents of Mercy: Love is All You Need
Revive Israel: All Authority
Paul Wilbur: First Friday