Japanese Culture
by Leon Mazin, Shavei Tzion Messianic Center, Tents of Mercy Network

Behold, how good and how pleasant
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard:
that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon descending upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the Lord commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.
(Psalm 133)

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of hosting a Japanese culture event in our congregation. It was fantastic, and we thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with our dear friends, who came all the way from Kyoto, Japan.

Despite our cultural differences and the language barrier, there was a sense of unity and belonging to one big family. We were reminded that in God, there are no borders and, through Yeshua the Messiah, we are all connected to our Heavenly Father and each other.

During these three days of fellowship, our friends introduced us to the Japanese tea ceremony, they organized origami workshops and a traditional Japanese clothes photo shoot session. Holocaust survivors and Russian-speaking immigrants took part in the event and we, together with believers from different congregations in the Haifa area were happy to serve them.

Our brothers and sisters from Japan joined us for a Shabbat meal and took part in a Shabbat service.

We are now considering similar events in the future - encounters that will continue building us up as a family of believers in Yeshua the Messiah - such as a Jewish culture program in Japan to serve the local congregations there in the coming year.

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