Thus says the L-rd G-d, "When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their Land which I gave to my servant Jacob. Ezekiel 28:25
Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
In our last update we spoke of the dream Carolyn had about us going to France to encourage the French Jews to come home. This dream was in November, two months before the atrocities took place at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris. The occupant of the White House characterized the attack as vicious zealots randomly killing some folks in a grocery store but we all know it was Islamic Jihadists targeting Jews, for the simple fact that they are Jews.
G-d knew in November, before the tragedy in January, what the state of mind of the Jewish people would be afterwards. He knew they would be desperate to hear that there is a safe place to come, a place where Jews can worship freely, where they don't have to worry about being attacked as they're walking down the street wearing a kippa.
We spoke to so many Jewish people about making Aliyah that we lost count of the number. On the streets, one by one, we spoke to Jews in Paris and Strasbourg.
How did we speak to them since we didn't speak French, you may ask? Most of the Jews in the big cities speak Hebrew! How did we know where the Jews were? We looked for places where French military troops were guarding and we would be sure to find a synagogue, a Jewish school or a day center!
Here are some of the responses we received as we were on the street:
Everyone thinks about Aliyah now!
It's very clear that we can't stay here much longer.
We already made Aliyah but it was hard to find work so we returned to France.
Yes, but my family wants me to stay here.
It's very dangerous here. Yes, we're leaving.
I'm already Israeli but my kids are French and they want to stay here.
Every day my muslim neighbors call me a dirty Jew but it's the same in Israel!
A shop owner allowed us to leave the flyers in her store window and as we were leaving, a young man walked in from the street and went directly to get a flyer!
Yes, my whole family is now plannning on making Aliyah.
We wandered into a cafe in the Jewish Quarter that hosts musicians. They gave me permission to play their piano and after I finished, the owners asked me to return for a gig! We left flyers there and in many other Jewish cafes, bookstores, delis, bakeries and even in the laundromat!
Praise the L-rd that He fulfilled every aspect of the dream He gave last November. We also shared in many churches in France and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Germany, thus raising up many wonderful believers who are called to be fishermen according to Jeremiah 16:16.
We had a special encounter with Philippe Karsenty, deputy mayor of Neuilly (and the founder of Media Ratings in Paris. He speaks often in America and we highly recommend that you invite him to come and share. Click here for an interview with this hero for truth in the media!
"We really enjoyed the Russian booklets that we received a year ago. Beautiful and simple! Do you have more? Through our newly opened humanitarian aid center, we are in contact with many new immigrants and there is a constant need for quality material to hand out. I particularly like your booklet and would like to ask for another 500 copies."
Plans for spring and summer
We feel called to return to France and neighboring countries this summer and perhaps America, so thank you for prayerfully considering an invitation to your congregation to help us raise up more fishermen who will help our people come home to Israel.
"Last night I was listening to 'HaAretz' before going to sleep and its lilting tune remained in my head until morning when I played it for my daughter who agreed that it's a beautiful song. I just wanted you to know and be encouraged that your music continues to inspire and give glory to the L-rd!"
We write L-rd and G-d in this way because it's a Jewish custom that Carolyn grew up with and it's done only out of reverence and honor for the name of the L-rd. Thanks for understanding.