About The Lydia Project

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Believers around the world are awakening to the Creator’s will to “restore the ancient paths,” to bring His people back to the way of life He intended for us. An integral part of His original design was helping the poor, providing them with what they need to survive. As it says in Deuteronomy 15:7-8, “If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.”

How The Lydia Project began:

The Lydia Project originated a few years ago as a natural outgrowth of Michael’s ministry, which aims to restore the Hebrew roots of the Christian Faith. As people began exploring the ancient paths that the prophets declared would be restored in the last days, they inevitably discovered the mandate that echoes throughout the Scriptures: provide for the widows, the orphans, and the poor in the Land of Israel. When they began to feel convicted to find a way to fulfill this mandate, people contacted Michael, asking if they could entrust their tithes to us to find widows and orphans needing provision. We regarded these requests as a sacred trust, and we began praying and making contacts in Israel where we could bring the widows’ portion that many of you entrusted to us over the years.

I remember the first time someone gave us $2,000, asking us to give it away for them. We put the money away while we prayed and researched the right place to sew it. After some time, we found our ministry facing an urgent financial need, and we recalled the $2,000 we had tucked away. Ultimately, we made the decision to give the money away to an organization in Jerusalem that ministered to widows. Immediately, Our Heavenly Father answered our prayers by providing another source through which our original needs were met.

This is how The Lydia Project blossomed—out of necessity. We have been convicted to obey The Creator’s command to provide for the needy, and this project makes it possible on a large scale. The Lydia Project works to identify and support organizations on the ground that are ministering, hands-on, to the needs of the widows, the orphans, the poor, and the victims of terror in the Land of Israel.

Works of The Lydia Project:

The city of Sderot sits on the border of Gaza, which has been under bombardment for the past few years—since Israel turned over the Gaza strip to the Palestinians. In Sderot, at any given moment, warning sirens can begin to sound, at which point the people of Sderot have only 15 seconds to find shelter. Taking a shower—only 15 seconds to scurry for a bunker. Children standing at bus stops—only 15 seconds to race to safety. These critical seconds often result in the death or maiming of children, parents, and siblings, leaving life horribly and permanently altered for those who have survived. The Lydia Project has been blessed by The Almighty with the honor of providing for a group of Orthodox Jews in Sderot, setting them up in a business where they can make their livelihood, in a town where the economy has been decimated by a mass exodus of people and local businesses who have fled the trauma, death, and destruction that has descended over the city with the constant threat of bombing attacks. These Jewish families were set up in the business of making tzitzit, which are then bought by Micro Tallit of Israel—the company that produces our microtallits. Now these Orthodox Jews know that they are making tzitzit for Messianic Believers, and they are so thankful that we came to their aid and helped them make a way in their wilderness.

There are many Orthodox Jews in the Land of Israel who have found Yahshua as their Messiah and are ministering the Gospel of the Kingdom in the streets of Israel, but the minute these people accept Yahshua as their Messiah, they are shunned and persecuted, and shut out from making a livelihood for their families, forcing them to live on the streets. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WITH WHOM WE STAND. Life is difficult for Messianic Jews in Israel, they suffer constant persecution and discrimination, and they need our help. The Lydia Project uses the tithes and offerings you entrust to us to provide assistance of every kind to these families.

We, outside of Israel, send provisions the way the body of Messiah did in the first century, when Paul took up collections from believers around the then-known world to send to the Believers in the Land of Israel who had remained behind to be witnesses in the land amidst harsh persecution.

When you donate to The Lydia Project, we take those much-needed tithes and offerings to those in need in the Land of Israel. Every donation to The Lydia Project—large or small—becomes part of our collective tithe than can make a huge difference to the widows, the orphans, and the needy in Israel. When we give to the needy, we are lending to the Almighty, who promises to repay us in our times of need.