Gathering the Children Together
by Marty Shoub, International Liason, Tents of Mercy Network
|Guy and Tali|
"and you are to teach them [the commandments] carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (Deuteronomy 6:7 CJB). Israel's parents are charged with passing on their faith in the God of Israel to their children; not just in formal, religious settings, but also "on the road", concurrent to the busy rhythms of everyday life. Guy and Tali Cohen have a vision. They know how difficult it can be for Messianic children in Israel to grow in their faith while "traveling on the road". Guy explained, "there is a lot of pressure on our children. They are a small minority in Israeli society and other children don't always understand. Our children need fellowship - many of them only interact with other Messianic children on Shabbat mornings."
|Ping Pong anyone?|
"Yeshua is the center," explained Guy. "The important thing is the fellowship. It is creating a unity among the children of Galilee - here they do not feel like outsiders, they feel like they belong." Guy and Tali are moved to invest in this young generation. The Messianic movement in Israel is still in a foundational stage. Guy likens the present adult generation to the generation that came out of Egypt. Most of us are immigrants to Israel and like that generation in the wilderness, cannot help but bring along the baggage of our previous life in the Diaspora. Guy is optimistic: "This generation of children is like the Joshua generation, they are the ones who will go in and take the land."
|Tali and the art teacher showing some of the children's work|
Guy and Tali are looking forward to the day when they can open up a full time school for these and many other children from Western Galilee. They are dreaming big, but they know that the same God who prepared a generation to enter the Promised Land beckons to this new generation through the words of Yeshua: "Let the children come to me, don't stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14 CJB).
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