Jerusalem Mayor Takes Notice of Messianic Efforts to Help the Poor in Jerusalem.
Ahavat Yeshua is focused on reaching, discipling, and sending out native Israelis. We are so excited to share that one of the pastors in our congregation has begun to do fabulous work in a low-income Jerusalem neighborhood, so much so that the mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, visited the work to see how they were accomplishing such amazing cooperation. While I cannot share names because of sensitivities of the individuals involved, dozens of youth have been impacted, families have been fed, and the name of Yeshua has been lifted up.
The local believers are sharing their time and resources with the local community center to help the troubled youth find their path. Social workers are working with retired police officers to work out how to resolve cases that may have gotten overlooked and troubled kids are truly turning their lives around. This level of cooperation isn’t been common in Israel but especially not in the Ethiopian Israeli community.
The neighborhood Ahavat Yeshua is “adopting” is one that has a large Ethiopian Jewish population. Our congregation has a significant presence in this neighborhood. One of our pastors, previously mentioned, has made his home there. It is so exciting to see this young man who has raised in a fairly poor family in a low-income area make a career for himself in the Israeli army, and then come out of the army a huge success, and serve God as a pastor at Ahavat Yeshua and then serve the same community he grew up in.
We are hoping to grow this work even more. Currently, the pastor is working only 80% of full-time because we simply don’t have the funds. And yet, he is doing 130% of the work. He and his wife both work full-time and use the remaining time to pour into their three children. We want to help this family and the work they are doing in the community.
The plans we have for this community include the following:
Regular food distribution
Hebrew language instruction for Ethiopians who don’t yet speak Hebrew yet
Basic assistance for Single mothers basic assistance
Personal counseling for adults and couples
Growing for troubled youth program
Please consider “adopting” the neighborhood with us. We see the beginning of the fruit already but want to see the name of Yeshua truly exalted in this special area. We believe that the love of Yeshua (that is what “Ahavat Yeshua” means in Hebrew) will spread from here into other neighborhoods of Jerusalem until one day, the cry will rise into heaven… “Baruch Haba B’Shem Adonai” – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Will you partner with us in reaching youth, couples, families and the entire neighborhood? The Mayor of Jerusalem is watching and we want to make these nearly 20,000 residents a light on a hill. May the true Ahavat Yeshua be known in this city and around the world – from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth!
We appreciate you partnering with us both in prayer and in donations. We can’t do this without you!