25th October 2017
The autumn feasts have passed by, and I would like to give you a short
report and ask for your participation in what is happening here at
"Return to Zion - Shavei Tzion" congregation and in the ministries
associated with it.
After 16 years of existence as a congregation, we began the process of
"membership". For us, immigrants of the USSR, where everyone was
"under the radar", there was a certain difficulty "being listed" again. But
a new generation of leaders said: "Let's go for it" - and we went. And it's
not even clear how, but the "electricity from Heaven" has entered all
segments of our ministry.
We work on the documents/structures/principles of faith and membership,
while the Lord works in us, challenging us to leave our comfort zone and
seek His face. I am trying to express it softly: "We have always been a
little bit conservative," but recently, during congregational prayers, we
heard many prophecies and a lot of expressed desires "to start doing what
the Lord shows us to do." Therefore, I ask for your support in prayer!!
To be honest, I lost count of the number of events that we organized during
the autumn feasts. We have had meetings with new immigrants
(Olim), and we organized trips for them across Israel (all in the
framework of Zionism and the belief in the Messiah). We distributed a huge
number of food packages, and now we are preparing an "Alpha Course", to
which we have invited more than fifty people (we'll see how many will
come). We have had banquets, studies of the Scriptures, and festive
meetings; there were a lot of them.
Our Sukkah (tabernacle) was full of guests, both local-from Israel -
and from Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Norway. Everyone knows that
"Ushpizin" (Aramaic for "guests") is the traditional sign of Sukkot - the
Fest of the Tabernacles. Receiving guests, living out faith in God and all
this in the Land of Israel - that's how it was, but without formalities. I
even began to suspect that the Lord wants to increase the "heat" of our
passion and give to all of us special experiences during these days!
Simchat Torah. The "concrete" of our building was shaking from our
dancing, and it was possible to simply rejoice together with all Israel
about the written Word of the Lord. We have already noticed that when we
rewind the Torah scroll from (Deuteronomy) back to
Bereshit (Genesis), the Spirit of God touches everyone!
We started the music school as a small project eight years ago. At the
beginning we had seven-to-ten children. This year we started with
more than a hundred students and fifteen teachers (the
enrollment process has not yet finished). This is a place where talented
children from underprivileged families can be strengthened and find
direction in life. It is being funded as follows: 50% being subsidized by
donations and 50% from tuition fees. Thus, it stimulates stability and
assists the financially weak families. It is also an opportunity to be a
Light to those children and their parents who have never heard of the Grace
of God and the Messiah!
Oasis Media is functioning like "Jewish Voice IM" in the English-speaking
world. Oasis Media offers programs about the Jewish God, Messiah and the
Scriptures to the Russian-speaking world. We register more than 50 thousand
views a month; by our standards this is quite considerable. Thousands of
viewers in Israel are watching up-to-date programs and interesting
speakers. This project is not a humanitarian one, but no one has cancelled
Yeshua's words that "Man will live by every Word coming out of the mouth of
God," while through Oasis Media we are talking about the Jewish character
of the Word!
This event brought together key leaders from Haifa, Germany, Taiwan, China,
the USA and South Africa. It was, perhaps, the first experiment in the
format of "faith and prayer". Return to Zion acted as a host. The Lord
really was present with us during prayers and discussions. How will all
this affect the future days? We will pray and wait ... We are
inviting everyone who knows that your city is Haifa's Twin-City to the
meeting next year, during Sukkot, in 2018. (Please write us and inform
I tried to describe it to people from outside as a "Prayer Room", but I was
corrected and it was confirmed as a "Prophetic Studio". A studio is a
workshop - a place where we try, where we compare, where we study. It is a
place where one is not afraid to hear the Voice of the Lord! I'm even a
little scared to write about this, but we see that it has begun to
function!!! And it has become a "revolving door" where many can enter, feel
God's touch, and as one brother from China prophetically said, "ascend the
mountain of the Lord" and go further, renewed in the Word heard from the
Creator. Why Haifa, and not Jerusalem? This question sounds ridiculous. But
many have said more than once that a breakthrough in Israel will come from
the North! We prayed for more interaction among the congregations in Haifa,
for the interaction of the congregations from Haifa with other
congregations from abroad, and most importantly, about our common
interaction with the Lord our God.
It may sound slightly confusing, but I have tried to update you on what is
We are asking for your intercession!
We will not ask for resources, since this request has never been cancelled
and many of the projects that are functioning, functioning successfully,
and achieving their goals - precisely because of your generosity!
We love you ... please keep in touch.