The storefront on Yaffo Street in
downtown Haifa looks like any regular take-out restaurant in the
neighborhood. People drop in for their daily hot meals. Some bring their
own plastic containers, and some receive their meals pre-packaged. The idea
of Shavei Tzion's soup kitchen is to allow financially
challenged residents to receive their help in a discreet manner that
respects their privacy.
The goal of the food distribution is to show unconditional mercy,
and it is not done in order to gain more members for our
congregation. Through referrals from Haifa social services, the kitchen
receives people from all faiths and backgrounds, with no strings attached.
Humanitarian aid that is prompted by faith is a product of God's
spirit. We who have experienced mercy are drawn to show it to others.
It is in God's heart to allow needy people to trust in His providence,
and to feel that someone truly cares. We, as believers in Yeshua, can ease
their burden somewhat by providing hot meals. This aid allows soup kitchen
clients to experience God's providence in a personal way. If He cares
that the birds of the air receive their daily portion of nutrition, how
much more does He care for the needs of men - His unique creation. We pray
that as the soup kitchen clients receive our humble offerings of food, they
would tangibly experience God's goodness and mercy, and that the
identity of their true Provider will be revealed to them.
God, help us as your servants to be hidden behind your extended arm of
mercy. God, let our left hand not know what our right hand is doing, so
that you alone will be glorified (Matthew 6:3).
We are living in very uncertain times. Many people are burdened by daily
worries and are fearful about their future. This is the time to actively
demonstrate God's mercy. Only He has all the answers. Only He can
protect us from evil. Please pray for our soup kitchen ministry to be
an effective extended arm of God's compassionate love to the needy
people around us.
"I greatly enjoy the healthy food your kitchen serves. I hope it will
never stop! I wish health and happiness to all its supporters from all my
"I have diabetes. Your kitchen has been very helpful in providing me
with meals suitable for my diet. Many thanks to your organization."
"I thank you for your help, especially to the elderly. Because of it, we
do not need to spend hours standing in front of the kitchen stove each day.
I am very pleased with this service." Aleksander
During Passover this year, Tents of Mercy's Humanitarian Aid
Center in Kiryat Yam will again celebrate God's redemption and
provision by distributing 700 packages to needy families referred to us
by the local municipality. We are planning to involve volunteers from a
local public school and representatives from the municipality. This is
a sign of favor, partnership and community spirit. Your prayers are
most welcome, as well as designated donations as you may feel led.