Eitan Shiskoff

Executive Director
Tents of Mercy Network
 
 
 
 
 
 
"We all discovered again just how satisfying it is to work together with brothers and sisters in a way that will bless our neighbors. It's just a lot of fun, even when you're sweating and trying to keep track of how many bottles of water you've actually put in the bag."
 
 


By Eitan Shishkoff

When Yonatan (our usually sober keeper of the books) sprayed Sasha with water I knew we'd hit a high point. Hours into the "assembly line" of packing holiday gift packages for local families in need, the heat and impending completion inspired Yonatan. I grabbed my camera, to record fleeting proof of the moment.

We all discovered again just how satisfying it is to work together with brothers and sisters in a way that will bless our neighbors. It's just a lot of fun, even when you're sweating and trying to keep track of how many bottles of water you've actually put in the bag.

Judging by the smiles, jokes and singing that went on that afternoon in the Tents of Mercy warehouse, I would have to conclude that we were cashing in on Yeshua's radical promise. "Give and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap." (Luke 6:38 NIV)

God made us to do good and to enjoy it. The Torah anticipates our experience: "He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, 'a land flowing with milk and honey' ... so you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given you ... (when) you have given (the tithe of your increase) to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, so that you may eat within your gates and be filled." (Deut 27:11,12) The apostle adds in Ephesians 2:10 that "we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

Spending a few hours stuffing Rosh Hashanah gift baskets is not any heroic deed. But that's just the point. Doing good is not necessarily, or even usually the activity of courageous heroes. It's usually the result of simple people who want to give of their time/energy to bless someone else, someone they may not even know.

This holiday season may you enjoy being part of "doing good" with us, as we place a few items where there is hardship. We wish you a sweet and Spirit-saturated year.

By Eitan Shishkoff
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