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 Yahshua 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 Rood’s ministry (A Rood Awakening! International), 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.
The first time someone gave us $2,000, we put the money away while we prayed and researched the right place to sow 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 micro-tallits for A Rood Awakening! International. 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 Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah and are ministering the Gospel of the Kingdom in the streets of Israel, but the minute these people accept Yeshua 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.
In America, we cannot conceive of what it is like to have one billion people dedicated to driving you into the ocean, committed to wiping an entire nation and people off the face of the earth. Yet every year, thousands of Jewish families make aliyah to Israel and return to their land, the land Yeshua promised to Abraham. They work hard to make even the desert bloom, while the leaders of the world try to force and coerce Israel into giving back their land to the very terrorists who have never ceased trying to kill them!
Hundreds of thousands have travelled HOME to Israel—to the land Yeshua promised them. Many arrive with little more than what they can carry. In addition, there are thousands of Jewish orphans who were brought by the Government of Israel to the land from every part of the world, where they had been left homeless and fatherless. Meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of these thousands of children, to make a difference in their lives, and give them hope and a future, is a constant struggle.
James 1:27 says this, “Pure religion and undefiled before Yeshua and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Our highest calling as servants of the Most High is to help the widows, the orphans, and the poor. Deuteronomy 27:19 says, “Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
Messianic believers are also victimized with prejudice and persecution, often by the very people who have, in the past, been savagely persecuted for nothing more than being Jewish.
The Lydia Project, which takes its name from Lydia in Acts 16:14: “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped Elohim, heard us: whose heart Yeshua opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Shaul.” Then there was also Tabitha, in Acts 9:36; “At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.”
In Genesis 12:3, Yeshua promises He will bless those who bless Israel: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee all families of the earth be blessed.”
In the course of teaching the Feasts of Yeshua, Michael Rood has explained that the purpose of tithes and offerings is not to build cathedrals and churches, but for the laying up of provisions in the storehouses so that the needs of the Levites, the widows, the orphans, and the poor can be met.
The evangelical community has poured millions of dollars into Israel, but due to pressure from the Orthodox Jewish community, Messianic believers have been ignored both by the evangelicals and the Israeli government. A Rood Awakening! International has set up the Lydia Project to help not only these persecuted, forgotten Jewish believers, but also to help the widows, the orphans, and the poor of Israel on an equal basis.
All funds raised are earmarked for Israel, to support the needs of the poor who desperately wish to stay in the land they call home.
Please pray about your part in this project; and pray about what you can pledge either as a one-time gift, or, better yet, on a monthly basis to help us with this project.
Together, we can be part of the solution and make a real difference by touching the lives of these precious ones in Israel.
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