As the doors open to our humanitarian aid center, people begin to file in from the queue gathered in the stairwell. Sitting behind her narrow desk is a kind woman, smiling her welcome. This is Svetlana or 'Svyeta' – literally, the face of Tents of Mercy's humanitarian aid program. For some 12 years now she has lovingly received all who have entered our doors in need of assistance. Svyeta is a gifted listener and has heard many sorrowful stories and has offered in return words of hope, encouragement and acceptance.

Svyeta explained that many folks come not only to receive food and clothing but to talk and even more importantly, have someone listen to their story. A number of our clients held prominent positions in the former Soviet Union. It is a sad fact of life that in these days many former professionals have fallen on hard times. As I make my way to my office across the hall from Svyeta, I often see her sitting patiently as someone pours out their lament or maybe just shares a pleasant word or two.

Over the years many people have expressed their appreciation for the help they have received by writing Svyeta a note of thanks. Svyeta keeps every one of them neatly catalogued in a blue binder. Across these pages is a sample of these notes of thanks. Of course these letters not only reflect on Svyeta and Tents of Mercy but also on you, our dear ministry partners who have helped to stock our shelves with ample provisions to give to those in need. I am reminded of Paul's words to the Corinthians: "as grace flows out to more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to overflow and bring glory to God" (II Cor 4:15, CJB).

Svyeta displaying her book of Thank-Yous


By Marty Shoub

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08:15 07Apr09 Ed -
I know that all that has been said is true as I experienced this same Love while volunteering for Tents of Mercy where I met Svyeta and all those I met there who are diligently working for the G-D of Israel through HIS SON YESHUA the MOSCHIACH. Thank you Svyeta and Tents of Mercy

13:21 08Apr09 Marion Carrozza -
It was a beautiful letter. I read all the letters, I was so filled with love for the ministry.

Also in this issue of the newsletter:

Dan Juster: Role Models
Moshe Morrison: The Great Passover Revival
Asher Intrater: Esther, Iran and the End Times
David Shishkoff: Polish Christian Leaders visit Israel