We are amazed at how the Lord has led us to such wonderful meetings here in Jerusalem during our time here. We designated a week to stay in Jerusalem, and we have needed every single minute here. It's been so wonderful. After our miraculous meeting on Friday with Zusha in Jerusalem, our Sunday lunch meeting with him was so special. Zusha introduced us to a wonderful plant-based restaurant. We had a very nice time sharing our testimonies with him, and him sharing his life with us. We can truly say that we have a dear friend in Zusha, and we can't wait to see him again. We are planning to return this summer to spend more time with him and also with more friends we have made here in Israel. Zusha has invited us to his home for a Shabbat meal. This will be very special and we can't wait to accept this invitation on our next trip here in Israel.
Zusha gave me my new Hebrew name, Tzvia. My name Tabitha is too difficult for the Hebrew speaking people to speak. It's something about the "TH" sound that is very difficult for them to pronounce, so many times when I say my name, they can not repeat it back to me. Since this keeps happening, I decided to ask if I could know the word "Gazelle" in Hebrew. Zusha told us that there are many women in Israel with the name "Gazelle" which is pronounced "Tzvia". Since Tabitha means Gazelle, I felt that this was a perfect name. So now when I order cofee and they ask for my name, instead of getting a confused look and trouble with the translation, I've decided to use "Tzvia" here in Israel for certain things like this. It's fun! Kevin is Chaim.
I am Tzvia, and Faith is "Emunaa". Chaim = Life, Emunaa = Faith, Tzvia = Gazelle. :)
After our lunch with Zusha, Kevin was openly sharing about his past cancer diagnosis in the restaurant. A man was very curious and looked at me and wanted to hear more about this. He spoke a very British English, but thankfully we could communicate very well together and shared the whole cancer testimony. He wanted to talk more with us, so he and Kevin and his friend stepped to the side and they began hearing everything Kevin wanted to share with them. They are so happy to have met him and they want him to come back to Israel to teach them more about the scriptures. The Lord truly has answered some very specific prayers of ours in bringing us these two men that Kevin was able to share with about their Messiah. They were so hungry for more, that they asked for Kevin's information and will be staying in touch. God is truly working here in the land of Israel among His beloved people! We have LOVED meeting and enjoying our new friends here in Jerusalem.
|Here is Kevin sharing with these two men at the restaurant. Beautiful meeting!|
We spent Shabbat at a very special congregation in Jerusalem, and re-connected with some dear friends there. One special friend I will call "Adah" because of privacy. We can not disclose actual names and faces of some of our Jewish brethren for privacy. I wish I could show her beautiful kind and sweet face. Adah is our new Safda (meaning grandmother). She is such a trooper! As an older lady, she was very excited when we invited her to drive 2 and 1/2 hours north to the upper Gallilee to worship up on the mountain with Joshua Aaron and the other local believers in the land. We had such a precious time of worship and fellowship together.
|Our sweet "Adah" and Faith walking out of the walkway after our time of worship.|
|My new sweet sister, Jessie and I fellowshipping together after worship time. She is such a gracious host.|
|Faith and Ms. Jessie. She was so kind and welcoming in her home to have us spend time with her. What a precious gift of hospitality she has. She is a dear friend and we can't wait to see her next time!|
|Kevin and Joshua's dad became good friends. We plan to spend time with them in the USA where they are from.|
|Faith getting a guitar lesson from Brother Ryan, who is one of the leaders of worship with Joshua Aaron. Their home has an amazing view of the Galilee. Such a precious family!|
|My new friend Tanya. She is so precious and I can't wait to get to know her more.|
|Kevin sharing with these two men at the restaurant who are asking him to come back and teach them more. Praise the LORD!|
|Some of Israel's wonderful food|
|Special plant-based desserts at the restaurant Zusha introduced us to.|
|One of the finest Salad bars in Israel!|
|All of this food was incredible and all plant-based with loads of flavor.|
|Village Green is the name of this incredible restaurant. The prices were very good for this type of food.|
|Kevin and our dear friend, Zusha.|
|Pastor Joe leading services up in Haifa on Sunday night. One Russian Jewish man came to Yeshua as His Savior in this meeting! Hallelujah!!!|
|Fellowship after the meeting in Haifa at our very first Shawarma restaurant. This was one of the finest Shawarma places I think that has ever been planted on earth. The food was really amazing.|
|Fellowship over Shawarma. Best of the best! :)|
So before we left Jerusalem, we had one last mission. We had been ministering to a sweet lady in the Naot shoe store. She is really humble and coming to understand the truth. Naot means "Oasis" and we truly believe that she is coming to a resting place, an oasis of her faith, in finding Yeshua as her Messiah as a result of this trip. We delivered a full Bible to her today and she is planning to read the "Brita Hadasha" meaning the "New Testament" which is a forbidden book in her religion of Judaism.
|Kevin spending time with our new friend who is really coming to experience the Lord's love for her.|
She was so hungry to hear more about her Messiah, and as we shared more and more with her, she would get tears in her eyes hearing about His great love for her. Please keep her in prayer. She is a very special person we were able to meet on this trip, and God is really working in her heart and life. We feel just a taste of His incredible love for her.