For Zion’s Sake Ministries – Jan Report
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood,
before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
Dear Friends of Zion,
I, Bradley along with my oldest daughter Yael will be traveling to the US this week to my mother’s house in Orange County, CA in order to help take care of her as her health has been steadily deteriorating over the last several months. I am not sure yet how long we will be there but I do know we must help her to prepare and make difficult decisions for her living arrangements in the near future. Getting old sure is not easy… It has been several years since I’ve been back to visit mom and perhaps the only regret I have after serving the Lord for nearly 25 years in the mission field is not having spent more quality time with family back in the States.
First however, we have been invited to join a Prophecy Conference at CC Tri- City in Tempe AZ called, “Old Paths” with pastor John Higgins from Jan 23-26. Perhaps we can meet some of you there?
While in the US, I will also be available for some limited speaking engagements locally. It is on my heart to share about what the Lord is doing through For Zion’s’ Sake Ministries and also to teach about our Biblical responsibility to stand with Israel in the Last days. You can contact me directly at [email protected]. Also if anyone has a car for us to use while in California we would be grateful!
For the next two years in a row beginning this Passover a very unusual even will occur, four red moons are scheduled to appear both on Passover and Succoth in 2014 and 2015. The last times these back-to-back years of red moons fell on during the High Holy Days was in 1949 after Statehood was declared and then in 1967 after the 6-Day War.
Meanwhile Rabbi Kaduri’s prophecy that the Messiah would come after the death of Ariel Sharon is currently a hot topic of discussion in Israel… this may prove to be a very exciting next 2 years in biblical prophecy!
Our FZS warehouse distribution of food and clothing continues in full swing and we are especially grateful as a new survey just released in Israel revealed that 9% of children under 18 were forced to steal food in order to eat. It also revealed that 12% of the parents reported that their children had to take food from the floor or from garbage cans to maintain themselves. The survey also reported that 64% of families had to choose either buying food or buying other basic necessities.
There were 2,626,400 children living in Israel at the end of 2013. Of these, about 885,000 lived in poverty – a ratio which has quadrupled over the last three decades (from 8.1% in 1980 to 33.7% in 2012).
The survey’s data also showed that 29% of children dropped out of school. Another stat directly related to school dropouts is that a quarter of minors originating from needy families were forced to find work in order to help support the family.
The findings also displayed that 67% of families were not capable of paying for medicine and medical treatments, which is a 6% increase from 2012.
Among seniors, the situation is even worse. Almost all seniors, 95%, reported that the old-age pension does not provide them enough in order to decently live out the remainder of their life. Some 83% said they could not afford the nursing services demanded in order to help maintain their health. (Ynetnews)
Jewish Children in Jerusalem
We also recently received a wonderful donation of 94 pairs of exclusive, top quality new shoes in order to distribute amongst the Holocaust Survivors we have contact with. As we have mentioned before, our work amongst the Survivors is a top priority for us and we are thankful for any way we can assist these special people…
Holocaust Survivors are very thankful for new shoes
A 40 ft. container full of clothing, medical supplies, tents and building material, sponsored by FZS and GAIN International is now being loaded in the UK and should set sail this week for Cebu. We were also able to again purchase this week over $5000 worth of food and building supplies for those still suffering without housing in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. Our relief efforts continue together with Calvary Chapel Cebu as they coordinate all of the buying of the food and building supplies and the delivery of the goods. Thank you Pastor Bong, Susan, Kenneth, Letty and all of the staff for all you do to help!
People live anywhere they can
Tens of thousands are still without homes
Children scavenging in the dump for food
We must help them!
Bradley Antolovich and FZS staff