“SPEAK, LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING”

By Jennifer Waddle

As news headlines cause us to wonder where things are headed in the world, and what to expect for the beloved nation of Israel, there is one question we can ask ourselves.

What does Jesus expect of us, in standing with God’s people?

Through prayer and study of the Scriptures, there’s an undeniable “pressing in” by the Holy Spirit, for all Christians to take an active, vigilant stand with Israel, no matter what cultural challenges arise.

It reminds me of the ancient process of pressing grapes for wine—not crushing them—but pressing them just hard enough to break the outer skin. In this way, the grapes burst open to let their sweet fragrance pour out and begin the fermentation process. In essence, we can liken this to the Lord, pressing on our hearts just hard enough to break through the outer layer of complacency and begin the process of Spiritual maturity.

One of my favorite accounts in the Bible, is the one of young Samuel, in 1Samuel chapter 3. He hears the Lord calling him, but doesn’t recognise His voice. Finally, after wise counsel from Eli the priest, Samuel hears the Lord and responds with, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” 

“Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

What a beautiful opening statement towards a life-long discourse in service of the Lord! In fact, this very statement may be the answer to our question:

What does Jesus expect of us, in standing with Gods people?

Here are 3 expectations we can all assume, as we heed the call of obedience

We are expected to ASK God to speak to us.

This requires spending time in communion with God, seeking His will, and asking for His ways above our own. It involves searching the Scriptures and asking hard questions about our active roles in the lives of our Jewish brothers and sisters across the globe.

We are expected to LISTEN for His answer.

If you’re anything like me, you are really good at asking, but not so good at listening. Let’s change that dynamic. After seeking God’s will, let’s eagerly await His answer with open ears and open hearts.

We are expected to HEED the call.

Follow-through has never been one of my strengths, but as I’ve walked this Christian journey for more than thirty years, I’ve realised the importance of not only saying, “Here I am, send me,” but actually moving forward in the call of God on my life.

No matter what we see in the news headlines, we can remain steadfast in helping our Jewish brethren across the globe. By asking the Lord for direction, waiting for His answer, and walking in His ways, we cannot fail. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to press through our despondency and raise us up to say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

My Dear Brothers & Sisters, 

I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and well during this stressful time. I first want to assure you that Christians Care International is operating at full capacity as we work tirelessly to answer God’s calling upon us to gather, bless and bring our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters home to Israel. 

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to develop, our greatest priority is to protect the health and safety of all who are in our life-saving programs as well as our dedicated staff around the world and the communities where we work. This is why we have implemented all of the guidelines and protective measures put in place by the national health authorities of the different countries in which we work in. 

The following additional steps have already been implemented in order for us to comply with social distancing requirements, so that we can do our part in helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus:  

All of our staff are now working in safe environments to prevent the possible exposure or spread of the coronavirus. 

We have implemented meal deliveries in all of our feeding programs so that the individuals who depend on our life-saving meals are provided healthy and nutritious food every day without having to leave the safety of their homes. 

We have complied with the governmental mandate in Ukraine to close our school to protect the safety of the children and to also prevent the possible spread of the virus. During this closure, we will deliver meals to all of the underprivileged children in our program and also provide meals for their families. We have also begun a home schooling program with educational materials delivered to the children until the school can reopen. 

Our entire team of social workers, caretakers and psychologists are closely monitoring the elderly, Holocaust Survivors, children, families and individuals who are under our care to ensure that all of their needs are being met and that they continue to be healthy and well. 

We have secured our Kalaniot Children’s Home to ensure that our children and staff will remain safe and healthy during this global pandemic.  

I want you to know that our life-saving work would not be possible without your prayers, partnership and loving support. Together we are saving more Jewish lives than ever before as we continue to bless Israel and our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters. 

Our entire staff would like to thank you for your love and compassion and want you to know that we are all praying for your health and safety. 

May God Bless you for helping us to bless Israel and our suffering Jewish brothers and sisters. 

Story: Violetta Zinchenko

Violetta Zinchenko was living with her alcohol-dependent father when she accidentally wandered into an unlocked high-voltage electrical room. She had received a very severe electrical shock which fractured multiple bones, split her head open and burned more than 50% of her body. Violetta would have died if we had not moved into immediate action by paying for all of the medical care that she needed. Once she was out of immediate danger, she needed further operations to put a metal plate in her head to aid the healing of her skull fracture.

 

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Afterwards, Violetta was desperate to thank everyone who was so concerned about her that they contributed to the medical care which saved her life! Although she suffered from a lot of pain during her long recovery, she was greatly looking forward to finishing all of her surgery so that she could concentrate fully on her studies again. Today, she is living safely under our care in the Kalaniot Emergency Shelter. At CCI we are just so grateful that we were able to intervene in accordance with God’s love for His daughter, Violetta, at this crucial moment.

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