First, I want to thank you for standing with us in prayer and partnership; thanks to you, we can carry out our Ministry effectively. For now, I would like to share something personal, and in our next letter, an update on July.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Since March 2020, when Covid first came to Israel, God’s hand guarded the entire congregation and everyone around the congregation. This was not a matter of our pride, but we clearly saw that the Lord covers and helps. Since we are not only a congregation, but a community center – with a music school, a center for humanitarian aid, a place of various activities in the middle of Haifa, hundreds of people pass through our congregation every week, and it was easy to especially see the grace of God and his protection. But on July 23rd, we gathered only members of the congregation, 60% came of the total, and by some unknown means, Covid broke into the congregation.
Everyone was infected in diverse ways. I was in the hospital for 10 days in intensive care, I was able to understand everything that was passing over my head, I felt lucky. There was no fear of death, but death was there … There was God’s Grace and there were many sincere prayers of friends. A strange feeling happened when the oxygen level dropped, fear did not come. In all probability inside everyone, there is something that removes resistance and opens us up for the moment of meeting with thy God, the Grace of God determined otherwise, and now I am back at home with my family, and we are all recovering together. Everyone has been ill, even our 3-month-old grandson. In Return to Zion Congregation, about eighty people also fell ill. Covid infected those who were vaccinated and the unvaccinated. August, as a planned month for vacation, turned into a month of illness and recovery! And I just want to say, God is the one who will help us get through all of this, he is faithful!