Taught the Monday night (Oct. 7th, 2002) Bible study at the Ghana congregation. Not many showed up because the Israelis work them so hard and so long (many work 80 to 100 hours a week and their pay is minimal as they don't have proper visas now, overstaying their visas. But life in Ghana is worse so they consider this kind of work and the money it brings a blessing.)
I've been teaching on the Feasts of Israel in relation to Yeshua, specifically on the Feast of Trumpets. It has been going very well.
Last Shabat I preached and they asked me before hand, to do the Lord's Supper. The Lord blessed us. At the end they said that they had never seen anything like it. I brought much understanding about the bread and the Cup and how it comes from the Passover and what it means. They really appreciated it.
And the congregation from India still has me as their preacher. Much teaching needs to be done for them. They are relatively ignorant of the Bible. They too are very overworked and have precious little time for reading the Word or prayer.
Both congregations are relatively small, having about 15 to 25 people at their main services. But the Lord has given me the desire to teach Him and His Way to all that I can, so Ruti and I just count it a blessing to be used like this. The congregation from India meets from 8 am to 10 am. And the congregation from Ghana meets from 10 am to 1 pm. It's a walk between the two of them. When the first one ends, we leave for the second one. I teach (preach), every Shabat for the people from India, and I preach once a month for the people from Ghana, teaching every Monday night for their Bible class.
And last night, when I was walking home from the Bible class, I heard a car horn honk. I turned around and there was a religious Jewish man asking me if he knew me. It's about 11:30 PM. We talked for a few minutes. His name is Amiram (Ah-me-rahm, the father of Moses, Ex. 6:18, 20). He was just divorced, had no money and the friend that he was to have stayed the night with, wasn't at his apartment. He had just come from Beer Sheva and I could see that he was tired. That's a two and a half hour trip. The back seat of his car had his clothes and possessions.
I asked him if he was hungry. We went to get something to eat. Then I said that I wanted to put him up in a hotel, as I didn't have any room in my place or I would have asked him to stay with us. (Ruti wasn't able to make the Bible study so it was just Amiram and me.)
We looked for hotels but there were no vacancies. He said that he would sleep in his car and that would be alright as he'd be able to shower in the morning at a place he knew. He dropped me off at my place and I gave him 300 shekels (about $65), for food and gas. He was very grateful. I gave him my phone number and told him if he'd like to get together with me later, I would like that.
The opportunity to share Yeshua with him didn't come up and so I didn't press it. But when we get together, I will tell him of His Savior. Thanks for your prayers for him.
There are many here that work 'illegally' having outdated visas. David, a Gentile from Eritrea (an African country next to Ethiopia), is another one. He believes in Jesus and needs to know more about Him. So overworked and underpaid. He has brought his 15 year old brother from Eritrea as both his father and brother were imprisoned for their belief in Jesus. The father died from prison treatment and David, spending about $10,000, was able to rescue his brother.
He went to the Citizenship Office and wanted to see if they would help him either get to Europe (for work and school for him and his brother), by making his visa up to date, or by granting him permanent residency so that he and his brother could live in Israel. The CO denied him both requests and so when I met him the other day, he was in a quandary. I invited him to come to our apartment. We read from the Word and then we prayed. After the prayer he said that his mind was clear and that he was at peace. He thanked us for the apple juice we had given him and said that he wanted to come back on a regular basis as he needed the Word and prayer. We encouraged him.
David would eventually get Israeli citizenship for him and his brother, and he would come occasionally to our apartment for the reading and expounding of the Word, and prayer. Thanks for your prayers for him.