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Blessing Israeli Believers Feast of Tabernacles Tour 2016!
So many were blessed as heaven came down over us on our special Israel Tour! The love of our great King Messiah Jesus showered us all along the way. He truly is Emmanuel "God With Us". We travelled across His land from the Dead Sea to Beersheba, to Jerusalem, the Galilee, Mt Carmel, and Joppa/Tel Aviv.
We sang, some danced, heard His word, celebrated, and thankfully even rested a little. This time of year is so rich and full of the glory of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) and it is worth whatever it takes to come to Israel at this special season. Before moving to Israel, I made sure to visit during Succot (Booths/Tabernacles) whenever I possibly could. I am planning on meeting with the tour company and our guide soon to schedule dates for next year. I encourage everyone reading this letter to prayerfully consider coming next year-LORD willing!
Update from Efraim & Jeannie Goldstein
!שלום During Succot (Feast of Booths), the greeting is Moadim b'simcha - מועדיםבשמחה (Joy in this season). Succot is a time of worship and joy for the people of Israel according to the Bible (Leviticus 23: 33-44 & Deuteronomy 16:13- 15). It is a time when the people of Israel were instructed to leave the comforts of home and dwell in a booth. It wasn't supposed to be a nice comfortable tent. But rather a rustic shack like farmers had in the middle of fields and orchards to get some shelter while working with crops or livestock.
There is another aspect of Succot that the prophets develop in Scripture. This is in the future during the days of Messiah's rule when the nations of the world would come to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival together with Israel (Zechariah 14:16-17).
Many of us in Israel have already begun the joy of celebrating the festival of Succot with the nations. Here in Western Galilee, believers, Jews and Arabs, join together to worship the Lord at Succot. At our home in Nahariyya, Jeannie and I have enjoyed wonderful fellowship with other believers from surrounding villages and this year was no exception. We had 32 people crammed into our Succah (booth) and this included two Arab families. We had 12 children from the different families enjoying the cakes and festivities.
This season with all the holidays (Rosh Hashanna, Yom Kippur and Succot) was full of opportunities to meet with people in a relaxed atmosphere to share the good news of Yeshua. There have been opportunities to share with family member (ours and friends) at the end of Yom Kippur during the dinner we hosted. Also, as I was out hiking on the Israel Trail people were friendlier and more open to inquiry about the Gospel.
Healing Testimonies from Ariel & Shayla
God is moving in incredible ways in the past few weeks, and we have some exciting news and a new project as well!
First, we've been crying out for God to reveal His love and His power to His people in Israel through healings and miracles, and we've just started seeing a huge increase in that over the past two weeks.
The past two times that we went out to the streets to share the Gospel, we saw at least 15 people healed instantly and completely and several others dramatically improve. Two people had legs that were different lengths, and the legs grew out in front of our eyes as we prayed for them in Yeshua's name! One man was healed of back pain caused by this for 10 years. What a good God we serve!
The people who were healed and many others around them were very open to hearing the Gospel afterwards! One lady whose badly hurting knee was instantly healed, once we started sharing the Gospel, objected, "But I don't really believe in God. I only believe in what I see." I responded, "So how do you explain that Yeshua whom you don't see right now just healed your knee?" She was speechless. What could have turned into a long philosophical argument was cut short because the power and reality of God had already been revealed.
New Evangelistic Project
We've been working with our congregation on launching a new project called "Loving Haifa Unconditionally" to reach out with God's love through servant evangelism. Our first event will be at this festival, where we'll be giving out hot apple cider (non-alcoholic) for free. When people ask, "Why are you giving this for free?" we can say, "Because God loved us unconditionally..." and, Lord-willing, share more about God's love and the Gospel.
We'll also be wearing T-shirts directing people to a newly created Hebrew evangelistic website.
Update: The Sukkot outreach went amazingly well and we have some great testimonies to share very soon.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support! You are truly playing an important role in what God is doing in Israel today, and we're so grateful for you!
Happy holidays, Ariel and Shayla (with Anayah, Amalyah, and Uzziel)
Romans 15:26-27 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal (material) things.
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