Dear Friends of FZS,
Once again we have come to the Passover-Resurrection season and this Friday marks the beginning of the week long Feast of Unleavened Bread reminding us of the account of the first Passover, given by Moses.
"The Lord spoke unto Moses . . . Speak unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, . . Every man shall take for himself a lamb . . . Your lamb shall be without blemish . . . and the whole . . . congregation . . . shall kill it in the evening. . . . And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood. . . and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood. . . the Lord will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you."
"And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, ... and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." (Exodus 12)
But the children of Israel, in the shelter of the blood, were in perfect safety, for the Lord had said, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." (Exodus 12:13)
Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, 'This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt. (Ex 13:7-8)
Those same wonderful words apply in all their soul-saving power to our faith today in Yeshua, the Lamb of God who shed His blood for our sins….
For it was during a Passover Seder over 2000 years ago in Jerusalem that Yeshua declared, as he lifted up the 3rd cup (signifying Redemption) and as he blessed it He said, "this cup is the cup of the New Covenant made in my blood so your sins may be forgiven..." Afterwards, He took the Matza (unleavened bread) and he blessed it as He said, "this is my body which is broken for you eat this in remembrance of me..."
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ( 1 Cor. 5:7-8 )
Current News At FZS
We rejoice to announce that yet another 20 ft. container of new clothing is ready to be shipped to us from H and H in Sweden.
Below is a personal letter from Max Venstra from Holland who is responsible for shipping these containers to us…
Some meetings you will never forget for the rest of your life, together with a friend we visited For Zion's Sake in Jerusalem and after warm welcome by Bradley and his team, we received a tour through their distribution center where many of the poor and needy of Jerusalem receive clothing and food in name of Yeshua HaMashiach.
I then realized that this distribution center is really close to the place where Jesus commanded His followers In Matthew 25 "Whatever you did for one of the least, you did for me" By distributing clothing, food and comforting His people Bradley and team are really blessing Jerusalem. I am part of this blessing, by choosing to arrange the transportation of containers with new clothing from Helping Hands Sweden. And what about you?? Do you want to use your talents to bless the poor and needy people of Jerusalem. There are several ways to get involved: by prayer, through comforting the staff by sending encouraging emails and financial supporting the shipping costs of these containers…
We experienced what is written in Isaiah 43:2b When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned… when we finished our meetings, we found that the building was on fire and we were able to get out without any harm. Thank God there was very little damage to the building other than a few replaceable items.
Max Veenstra at FZS
And now some random Photos of clothing distribution days at FZS…
Sveta and Iliya they came from Russia and made their home in Jerusalem with Emil their little son. Iliya is an artist – photographer and he is self-employed. He sometimes put his work into exhibition or different 'art price' invents. He also believes in God but he found very difficult to express himself in that subject. He says that peace will not come to the world by itself and also believes that the Bible couldn't be written by man only. After all Iliya listen to the Good News message with great interest and with a pleasure took some of Gospel literature with him. His wife Svieta takes care of their little son at home. Both of them where so thankful for all help they received from FZS.
This is Nadia and her mother Natasha. Nadia serves in the Israeli Army now and though she is only 19 years of age she keeps watch over dangerous prisoners at a prison in Jerusalem. It's very hard for such a young girl to do her duty in that difficult environment. When asked, what could change those prisoners' hearts, Nadia had no answer… She understands that it has to be supernatural intervention. Nadia and Natasha were so thankful and happy to receive a material and a spiritual help.
Ira, came from St. Petersburg 9 months ago. She lives in Kibbutz near Haifa and continues to learn Hebrew in Ulpan. About God, Ira believes that there is something like a higher power but couldn't really describe it in a greater depth. She also thinks that salvation depends on a good works. Ira was interested to hear the truth about the way of Yeshua and now she has got a choice. Ira was pleased that she can think about all those biblical truths and choose properly.
Marina came from Ural and worked in Kibbutz but now she studies sociology in Tel-Aviv. At home back in Russia all family celebrated Jewish feasts because of Marina's grandmother who was Jewish and some Christian holidays because her mother is Russian. Marina was a bit confused and not really knowing which way she should take. Yes, we all want to be forgiven by God and only God could established the way of forgiveness. In the end Marina took a copy of the Bible with her and was very glad to hear all Truth about God's Salvation.
Eugenie came from Byelorussia 12 years ago. He served in the Israeli Army and now works as a security guard in a bank. He would also like to study Economy and Management at University. Eugenie was in the point that he didn't really know what to think and believe; therefore coming to 'For Zion sake' Ministry he was in a very good place to find out. Now, Eugenie knows and has a choice between Life in the Messiah and Death in the world. He was very interested to hear about what God has done to save us.
Hanna and Sarah and Rachel came from Florida 4 1/2 years ago. Hanna has 5 children and looks after them at home. Her husband works as a carpet cleaner. Hanna gave her live to the Lord some years ago and continues to trust Him all way. She was very happy and thankful to receive help from the FZS Ministry.
Marina came from Byelorussia one year ago, and now lives in Haifa. She came to the Land alone and missed her mum a lot therefore Marina is going to visit her very soon. In the future Marina wants to study sociology and work with the people or children. Marina's mum is Jewish and her dad is Russian (Christian) therefore she knows a bit about both religions. Marina being very young seems to understand about the suffering; to suffer pain on its own and to yourself as also to suffer people! She was very thankful and pleased for all cloths she could get from FZS.
Alexander and Eugenie are friends and now they serve together in Israeli Army. Eugenie (on a right) obtained his degree in Philosophy at the Ukraine University. His mother is Jewish but not religious, yet he completed a Jewish school. Eugenie understood the difference between religion and the faith which after all brought him easy to the knowledge of the Messiah and His work for our salvation. Eugenie found it very interesting and was thankful for all help. Alexander came from Moldova and is also serving in the Israeli Army. He doesn't think much about God but believes that He exists!
Katharine and Zenia are friends living together in the same apartment. They came 4-5 months ago to the Land of Israel, now being on the program they learn Hebrew language in Ulpan. With a pleasure they received cloths and also the Bibles promising to read the Book every day.
Tonia, came to Israel from Odmurck – Russia. Tonia believes that the Lord always was with her in the days of trouble and still is now. The blessing she has received from FZS is another example.
Alla is 2 years in the Land with her husband who studies psychology at the University. She loves the land of Israel very much ….because the Land is the Land of the Bible she promised to read it every day.
Vika and Aliona
Arkady and Maxim
Please pray for all those lovely people for their repentance and Salvation!
Shalom and Hag Sameach (Happy Passover) and Resurrection Day!!!
Bradley Antolovich and staff