Leon and Nina Mazin:
In 2001 we planted Return to Zion (Shavei Tzion) in Haifa, Israel. Since then it has grown from a fledgling Messianic Jewish congregation into a multi-faceted center, where we worship the Lord and seek to do His will and hear His prophetic word for today, where we provide educational opportunities for children and adults, where we develop sound theology and excel in the arts, where we help the weak and the needy, where we remember the sufferings of our fathers by reaching out to Holocaust survivors, where we nurture and care for the next generation, where we develop a broadcasting studio, and give answers to every Jew seeking the truth. In addition Return to Zion has planted a daughter congregation in Upper Nazareth. We are a community that believes in the soon return to Zion, of our great and glorious King of Kings — Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God!
Can a nation be born in one day? That is exactly what happened in Israel in 1948. It can only be explained in one word: miracle. Miracles continued in Israel after 1948. From 1989 to 1994, more than a million Russian-speaking Jews arrived in the land of their forefathers. The prophecy spoken by Jeremiah began to come to fulfillment: “Look! I am bringing them from the land in the north, gathering them from the far ends of the earth; among them are the blind and lame, women with children, women in labor, all together, a vast throng returning here” (Jeremiah 31:8; CJB). That is why the name of our congregation is “Return to Zion.” We have returned to Israel from the former Soviet Union, a country of communism and atheism, a land of spiritual emptiness at its core, and a society that labeled it foolishness to believe in God. We have made the return to Zion, to the land where God promised to restore us and transform us from within by renewing our hearts and our spirits — this is the miracle we are living today.