Within the hour Israel will enter into the new year, hurtling ever more quickly toward the promised coming with the clouds of the Messiah, whose birth still divides the human calendar.
When I first shared last month that we still needed $550,000 to meet these commitments, I think we could all have shared in the response the Israelite captain gave when Elisha promised abundant and cheap food supplies to a besieged city:
Now on the last day of the year, according to our online donation page, only $83,873 of this amount still remains outstanding. Praise God! I believe he again is honoring before his people Israel the commitments that we make in his blessed name. In Hebrew they call this kiddush hashem, the sanctification of the name of God.
And it is a joy and a comfort to see coworkers around the world who quietly and without prodding choose to be part of this. We love you and thank God for you. Our Messiah is coming for a beautiful bride.
Jonathan for Shevet Achim
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133).