The David and Jonathan Foundation (D&J) recently “put its feet back in the Jordan” to see if people would once again turn out for an afternoon event in Cape Town.
With careful conformity to Covid restrictions and held as before at the Logos Gemeente, the gathering on Saturday August 21 certainly felt different, given the social distancing of chairs and some wearing name labels to recognise people above masks. Yet you can’t keep a good foundation down, and organisers carefully wrapped cookies individually and presented a great afternoon.
The focus was catching up with news from congregations of believers in Israel where many had taken time to make excellent videos giving donors the opportunity to feel like they were on a mini tour of the Holy Land. The Tiberius Morning Star congregation even used a drone, giving magnificent views of the town and the Sea of Galilee.
After such a long interruption from D&J meetings, friends of D&J have been unable to fellowship and in that time, the Israelis have been through much, including the impact of Corona, draconian lockdowns and controversial vaccine passports and experiencing a war!
Yet the film show covered congregations from Karmiel in the North, where Jews and Arabs are coming together in friendship and support; to ministries near Tel Aviv feeding and rehabilitating drug and alcohol addicts on the brink of death.
There were updates from Be’ad Chaim, Israel’s pro-life organisation that provides a year’s worth of necessities and help to desperate mothers who choose to have their infants rather than abort them, and from congregations in the battle-scarred South where rocket attacks from Gaza are a way of life.
The nation experienced 12 days of horror in June when Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), two terror organisations within the Gaza Strip, fired indiscriminately almost 4 400 rockets at Israel — beyond imagination or experience in the rest of the world. That there was as little damage as there was, is surely thanks to the Lord and his blessing Israeli’s with extraordinary technical skill to create the Iron Dome protective shield. It seeks out incoming rockets and destroys them in mid air.
The conflict gave the D&J-supported congregations the opportunity to care for their fellow shell-shocked neighbours and raise the banner of Yeshua’s love over the Land.
Fellowshipping together in South Africa while catching up on Israel’s Messianic Jewish people and Christian congregations was a rare treat for attendees and shows we can meet responsibly, a vital social blessing as the Covid variants go on.
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