Shalom, Torah fan. I want to make something abundantly clear…
A Rood Awakening! International does not, as other television ministries, build country clubs for the wealthy in Ariel, Israel, nor do we put our names in two-foot tall stainless steel letters on the building for all to see.
We do not have a “Night to Honor Israel” in order to raise funds to give to groups who persecute messianic Jewish believers in the land.
We would rather help the poor, widows, orphans, and victims of terror in the land of Israel with no expectation of an earthly reward — we think you would, too.
That’s why we started The Lydia Project, the Israeli relief arm of A Rood Awakening! International.
You and I — WE — are The Lydia Project.
We are represented by messianic Jews who live in the land of Israel – believers who help fellow believers who, like themselves, live in a religiously hostile world.
We bring the real message of Yeshua to Israel – not stories about Yeshua.
We do not compromise the message of Yeshua in order to placate the proponents of pharisaic Judaism. We do not pretend to be Pharisees in order to be accepted, or to fool the unsuspecting into thinking that we are just one of them.
We are here to make a difference – to light a torch on a hilltop. We are not ashamed of our Messiah.
These are humble servants of the Almighty who specifically asked that we do not use their organization’s name because they want to emphasize that THEY are not The Lydia Project — rather, through your tithes to the poor, widows, orphans, and victims of terror, YOU are The Lydia Project…
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your participation in the Lydia Project. Your generosity is such a precious blessing to the poor, the widows, and the orphans here in the land of Israel.
I want to tell you about an incident where you have touched the lives of a very precious Russian woman and her son…
Ilana is a messianic Jewish woman who made aliyah to Israel ten years ago. She was a professional, born and raised in Russia, but her heart was to come home. As many believers in Yeshua discover when they come to Israel, the Orthodox make it extremely difficult for messianic Jews to work in their fields of expertise.
Illana found herself outside of the system with a husband who became so despondent that he abandoned her and their six-year-old son David when he was just a baby. Though he should be helping to support his son, he refuses.
To put food on the table and pay the rent, Ilana works two jobs – caring for the elderly and cleaning houses. Her aged mother helps by giving Ilana a large part of her pension check and now her health is failing because of inadequate nutrition. Illana’s mother cares for David after school while his mother goes to her second job.
Ilana was scheduled for surgery to remove painful growths from her vocal cords. The operation had already been delayed twice because the surgeon’s fee was covered by her medical plan, but the anesthesia was not. The operation could not be delayed any longer. I could see that she was fighting back the loneliness and despair. She wanted to be positive, she wanted to be strong, but I kept digging until I found the reason for the sadness that had washed the joy from her face.
She confessed that she had no idea where the money would come from. Her bank account was overdrawn, making it impossible to obtain a loan. The money from her house cleaning job that day would not even buy the food she needed for the next day’s meals. I wish you could have been sitting with us to hear her story in broken English and see the tears of hopelessness that streamed down her face.
I paused in silent prayer – and in a moment I knew exactly what to do.
I asked her to excuse me for a moment and I made a call to the A Rood Awakening office in the U.S. When I returned to the table she had regained her dignified Russian composure. I looked her in the eyes and told her that believers in America love her and they love Yeshua.
They were going to make sure she had food in the cupboard that day, her overdraft at the bank covered, and her surgery charges completely handled.
She broke down and wept uncontrollably.
After years of straining to put food on the table, a life of no hope turned into a day of sunshine. Illana’s joy could only be told in sobs of inexpressible thanksgiving.
When we visited her after the surgery, she was not allowed to speak, but she expressed her thanks with her eyes and smiles and the words she mouthed. She is awaiting for the results of the tissue biopsy.
Moving forward, her son, David, had open-heart surgery last year. This year he needs extensive work on his teeth that is not covered by the health care system.
Although Ilana doesn’t know it yet, the Lydia Project will be helping with those expenses.
You are making a difference. We are making a difference because every one of us who gives a little – can make a big impact on a fellow believer’s life in the land of Israel.
“Lydia” in Israel…