Joy to the World & Happy New Year!

Updated: Jun 3

Return to Zion Congregation - Haifa, Israel

Return to Zion Congregation - Haifa, Israel

As you may already know, I come from a "Russian-Jewish" background. Growing up under Communism, I was unfamiliar with both Hanukkah and Christmas. However, the holiday celebrating the NEW YEAR still meant something to the Russian-Jewish population and even had a quasi-spiritual tone. So I want to wish you a Happy New Year with Heavenly Blessings! May the grace of the Lord Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).

Sadly, 2021 has not been an easy year, but rather one that held much uncertainty, hopes, fears, and illness (in my case, heavy Covid symptoms). For some, Israel’s official vaccination campaign has awoken memories of the oppressive Soviet regime. The pressure brought to bear by the authorities and hold echoes of despotism. At times there is a feeling that we are being given an ultimatum: "If you don’t do what we ask, then we will use force."

And yet through it all, I have immeasurable feelings of gratitude to God for His abundant mercy! And I thank my wife, children, and friends who “did not abandon me in sickness.” I received YOUR prayers, support and good wishes!!!

This year also brought me much joy:

  • The birth of our first grandchild

  • Seeing my children strive for more in the Lord for themselves and for others.

  • Seeing our congregation grow – this Hanukkah we celebrated our 20th anniversary!

  • The transformation of those who began as young and immature but today are already adults in Messiah, knowing the voice of the Spirit and following His guidance.

There are many reasons for joy, and we aim for yet more!

I believe that the day is not far when the voice of God will be known to more people in Israel and in the entire world!

In the past we had countless events with large gatherings. Even with Covid we have resumed gatherings, and the quality of our times together has greatly increased!

A few questions to stimulate our thinking as we enter into the New Year:

  • Who you are and how do you live?

  • What values ​​define you?

  • How can you reflect the Light of the Messiah?

  • What is He achieving in and through you?

I pray for open borders to be able to meet international friends, and a joyful 2022!

Please be in prayer for the projects of Shavei Tzion. We desire to preach to all Israel, that the Messiah was crucified for our sins and has risen for our justification. By His power may we continue to do good to all!

Peace and blessings to you and your loved ones in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach.


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