By Joseph Shulam from Karmel Koti – the Center of Finland
The Lord’s law of sowing and reaping always works. It works for the good that we do and it works for the bad that we do. January 1981 was the first time that I came to Finland. I came to Finland by the invitation of a Lutheran Pastor who visited Jerusalem and had never seen a Passover Seder. He came to the door just as we began the Seder meal. He asked if he could just stand and look. We told him “no” you can come and sit down and eat with us. This was the first seed sown. Since than I have seen the good harvest and generations of harvest grow and flourish. Right now I am in a yearly seminar in the center of Finland. I see the second and third generation of children growing and maturing with a Biblical faith and hunger for more. Over the years I have sent members of Netivyah to Finland to teach in this seminar and in other places in Finland. This year for the first time I am traveling with Daniel Stern who works in the Netivyah office in Jerusalem. The younger generation of leaders in the Body of the Messiah has to learn the ropes and our brothers and sisters in Finland and in other countries need to get to know the next generation of leaders. Those who partner with us in prayer and in care for the Lord’s Work in Israel need to connect with the next generation of leaders.
I see the next generation of leaders in Israel growing and maturing and doing a wonderful job, and I see the new generation of leaders emerging in Finland as well. The many wonderful brothers and sisters who with great courage stepped into the path of Restoration and left the traditional churches have raised a very fine crop of children who are not getting married and having their own children. This is the natural cycle of life both in the flesh and in the spirit. I see the young families playing with their children. I see them teaching the children and bringing their children to the teaching and lectures sometimes together with the adults and other times have special classes that the teenagers teach the younger set. When I say “Teach” I don’t mean “entertain” or just work to keep the children quite and happy. I mean teach, impart knowledge, make them understand some values and principles for life.
Adults should know that children are capable to learn deep things and receive values and principles and laws for life from a rather young age. We think that we are protecting them children by sparing them from the hard lessons of life, but in fact we are denying them to gain tools that will enable them to cope. Of course I mean to say that for each generation there is the proper level of teaching and material. What I am trying to say is that the children are able to cope and receive and understand much more and much higher principles for life than we give them credit. I see our brothers and sisters in Finland, those who were babies when I first met their families now walking with their babies, bringing them to the same seminars, and teaching them the Word of God. The Kingdom of God is not impotent and in fact it is growing and spreading around the world, and in Israel.
Please pray for the younger generation and the children in our fellowship and in your fellowships and churches. Invest in the next generation. When I say “invest” – I mean to say work with expectation to see dividends and return and not just to pass the time and entertain with bible stories told as if to the retarded. Let us challenge those young minds and hearts and train them from an early age for “Tikkun Olam” – to fix the work that we are living in and make it a better place for tomorrow that it has been in the past.
Pray for Ahuva Ben-Maier, and Udi, they are both in need of special prayer for their health. Pray for Paulo in Brazil. Paulo has had a set back in his health. Paulo is young and God will touch him with the hands of healing and mercy and restore this young man to health. Continue to pray for Ruby, and Ilana, Leah, Sarit, Zvi and Sara, David S., Merav, Rose, and Marcia.
Keep praying for Lylian and Eddy in Toronto, Canada. Eddy needs a serious touch from God’s hand and Lylian needs strength and courage and wisdom to cope and help Eddy and the children.
In Japan we should keep praying for Shoko San, and Sadako San, and Daisuke San, and Tomoko San. These are all very precious brothers and sisters who are wonderful servants of God and deserve our prayers and intercession for strength and healing of these brothers and sisters.
Keep praying for the construction of our building in Jerusalem. The construction is going on and the old building is coming down as the preparation for the new one is progressing. Everything is almost on schedule and we are still praying and in need to raise the funds that we used to buy the shops. We are praying for half a million dollars and every dollar that you contribute for the building will be appreciated very much.
A dear brother from Dallas, Texas, has just made a commitment to support another 30 families of holocaust survivors in our food program. In the last two months we have increased the number of people who are getting the help with food coupons by more than fifty families and most of them are older people and holocaust survivors. Please keep alive and help support this very important project of just doing Mitzvoth for our mostly Jewish but also a few Arab families in Jerusalem.
I will keep this short, other that asking you special prayer for Danah and Noaam who will be traveling to Israel this week and for a family of dear brothers who will also be traveling to Israel this week from the Far East.
May God bless each and every one of you with good health and with His richest blessings that will encourage you and enable you to do good and not evil.
P.S. – We all need to remember the good principle that the Lord gave us: “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?”