This summer, Haifa, the city on the slopes of Mt. Carmel was under attack. Fire fell on the mountain but not the sort Elijah called down. This was a different fire - not from heaven but from Hizb'allah. Fire from Katyushas brought this busy city to a standstill for some 6 weeks.
Childrens' Sukkot Party
Shavei Tsion Congregation (Returnees to Zion) marks its 5th anniversary this December. Haifa has churches a plenty but Leon desired to see a congregation of believers that would express their identity and heritage of Messianic Jewish worship. What started out as a home group quickly grew into a Messianic congregation. Leon and these first "Returnees" boldly preached the good news and just as in Elijah's day many new believers returned back to the God of Israel.
FINDING A HOME
The fledgling congregation quickly outgrew their home fellowship and settled into a new facility. Within a few months they were forced to move out as anti-messianic forces pressured the building owners to turn Leon and his flock away. With no facility they settled for renting meeting time in Haifa's Arab/Jewish Peace Center. This was intended as a stop-gap until the congregation could find a new home.
For over three years Leon sought to find a suitable place. Time after time he would enter negotiations for a lease (these things take time in Israel) and time after time negotiations would break down. On three occasions Leon and the owners had reached an agreement in principle and needed only to sign the final documents when the deal was cancelled at the last moment. Always it was the same - fear of reprisals from anti messianic instigators.
"I was very frustrated," Leon explained. "I would work for months to get a contract and each time it would collapse without any apparent reason. After the last refusal God spoke to me, the next time would work." Two weeks before the war started Leon met with a Haifa businessman to inquire about a long term lease on a downtown building. One week later they had signed off on the deal and Shavei Tsion had a home.
VISION AND CALL
Misha and Leon
Leon: "As I looked out over the view God spoke to me to establish a pray center not only for our congregation but as a focal point of intercession for Israel for believers from all over the world." God has deposited in Leon Mazin a visionary heart. But here is no dreamer sidelined in contemplation. Leon is a get your hands dirty; tuck in your shirt doer of the first order. In five years Shavei Tsion has:
Leon's energy and passion emerges out of his deep conviction that our time for action is now. He told me,"I believe we are getting close to a time that requires us to increase our effectiveness. We must be salt and light like Yeshua. Our effectiveness is built on our intimate connection to Yeshua and our partnership with believers from around the world."
Activity without the Spirit's guidance and leading is vain; working in partnership with others activates the Body of Messiah to function according to our biblical pattern and purpose. There are opportunities here for believers from the nations to partner together with Shavei Tsion in vibrant and substantial ways.
Nina and Leon on the roof
Please pray for Leon, his wife Nina and the other workers mentioned in this article. God has given them a huge commission and there is opposition in the heavenly realms. The fire of heaven still falls today to turn Israel back to her God. If you would like to get in contact with Leon you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Ron Cantor: The Most Hated People On Earth|
|Moshe Morrison: Andrey|
|Asher Intrater: Yom Kippur & Pnina's Pies|
|Shmuel Belay: A Breath of Life at New Age Festival|