Challenges or Opportunities? A Shavei Tzion Newsletter



I want to thank you for being with us during this past year 2020 in prayers and with gifts, supporting Return to Zion Ministry. Without your help, especially during these difficult times, it would not have been possible to continue carrying out our ministry.

Challenges or Opportunities

2020 was an unusual year, which not only introduced its own corrections, grief, and fears, but also made it possible to re-evaluate, adjust or even to take notice, to strengthen and develop something. Someone said: “Problems in life can open up new opportunities.” According to the Hebrew calendar, presently the Torah portion is read about the life of Joseph, the son of Jacob. And he is a brilliant example for us, of how difficulties, confusion, betrayal can be turned into purity, revelation, and service with God’s power. The main thing is not to grumble! “… but now do not grieve or regret that you sold me here, because God sent me before you to preserve your life” (Genesis 45: 5-28.) “Moreover, we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His will” (Romans 8:28).

Return to Zion Ministry is more active than ever with humanitarian projects (the extend has increased significantly) and we serve the poor and new immigrants returning from the Diaspora to the Promised Land. Helping the needy is one of the most important commandments of the Scriptures. Praise the Lord, through this ministry we are able to reach out to the heart of man with the Light of God and renew their faith in the GOOD.

The Music School is also ACTIVE. The number of lessons has doubled, only lessons in groups have been postponed due to COVID-19. The goal is to encourage the students who study with us and their parents to overcome fear.

The home groups of our congregation are meeting offline, and we see new people who open their hearts to Yeshua the Messiah. Only my home group is Online. There are more than 100 participants attending every Wednesday.

My heart is filled with gratitude to the Lord our God for His faithfulness and guidance! I thank God for you, for your Families and for the desire to stand with Israel! We pray that 2021 would be a year of correction, a time of Intimacy with the Creator, Revelation of the essence of Messiah for you and your loved ones, a year of knowing His will and ways in serving Him!

I ask you to be with us in 2021. Your prayers and your contributions strengthen our hands and help us to shine the Light of Yeshua to Israel!

With respect and love

Leon and Nina Mazin

Leon Mazin
Lead Pastor, Return to Zion Congregation
Haifa, Israel