Prayer Letter — September 2022

Dear Prayer Partners,

We close out the summer and look ahead to September! Not only do we look forward to back-to-school, but also to the beginning of the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah). This is a very special time of year for the Jewish people as we begin our religious calendar anew at sundown on September 25th. There is always much to be in prayer for, and we ask that you intercede on behalf of Israel and Hope for Israel this coming month./p>

Rosh Hashanah – “Feast of Trumpets”
The Jewish New Year begins on September 25th at sundown. Also known as the “Feast of Trumpets”, this biblical holiday can be found in Leviticus 23:24 and Numbers 29:1-6. Rosh Hashanah begins the special season of High Holy Days for Jewish people throughout the world. In Israel, it is particularly significant and is a special time of self-reflection and celebrating with friends and loved ones. There are always security concerns during this time, so we ask that you pray for:
  • Protection over all of Israel during this time
  • Provision for families to celebrate this holiday in abundance
  • Peaceful gatherings of family & friends
  • Revelation of Messiah Yeshua to all celebrating
Israel narrowly averted a teachers’ strike the day before school was set to begin. After two months of summer vacation, children, parents, and teachers alike are excited to get back into the school routine! We are all hopeful that this year will be one without any further interruptions due to COVID or any other reason.
Please pray for:
  • A successful start of the 2022-23 academic year on September 1st.
  • A year with no special interruptions
  • Grace & wisdom for teachers, from preschool to 12th grade
Israeli Government
Elections are scheduled for November 1. These will be Israel’s 5th elections in 3 ½ years. These elections come at a time when Israel faces certain internal and external threats and are really quite crucial for many reasons.
Please continue to pray for:
  • the next government to be one that seeks the good of the Israeli people and not their own political ambitions
  • strength & wisdom for Israelis who are quite tired from the political instability
  • practical ways to help Israelis to recover from the pandemic,
  • building more diplomatic ties with Muslim nations in the region,
  • establishing an equitable system of checks and balances to keep the government from overreaching,
  • lowering the extremely high cost of living in Israel, and getting more families out of poverty.
Israel's Security
While tensions have calmed after last month’s military confrontation with Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, concern remains very high regarding Iran and its rogue nuclear ambitions. Israel has vowed to do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Please continue to pray for:
  • the Lord's wisdom for Israeli military officials if diplomacy fails and a military attack on Iran becomes necessary,
  • protection over Israel's soldiers who protect God's Land and people every single day,
  • revival in the hearts of all Israel's enemies, that they would see they are fighting the God of Israel and come to know Him through Messiah Yeshua
Rainy Season
While September can still be quite hot and dry, we look forward to the possibility of rain! Israel relies heavily on rain for its fresh water supply. Although we have made great advances in our desalination operations, we still need an ample amount of rain.
Please pray for:
  • an abundant rainy season
  • cities to ready their drainage systems to avert flooding
  • safety on the roads, especially with the first rain washing away months of debris and dirt on the roads
HFI Prayer requests:
We continue to prayerfully seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance to implement a renewed vision. Please join us in praying for:

Moran is in the office this month as well as hosting a group from the USA. He looks forward to overseeing Operation Hesed, our largest humanitarian aid project, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah (see below for more info on this project), as well as the opening of the NerYah youth group program after the summer break.
Please pray for:
  • wisdom regarding all areas of the ministry, that he would receive clear
  • direction in making important decisions
  • sustainance for studying & writing his weekly Scripture commentaries
  • health for he and his family
  • a strong start to the school year for his three children
HFI Board Members & Staff
Please pray:
  • for a blessing over our board members and staff who devote much time and energy to executing our vision for the ministry,
  • for protection over their families while they serve,
  • for two of our board members who have lost their wives this past year, for comfort and strength
  • for wisdom for the board members as they will make decisions that impact the ministry in tangible ways,
  • for Bill Katz, our U.S. representative, for health & traveling mercies; for protection over his wife and daughter while he is traveling; for fruitful meetings and speaking engagements
  • for God to bring us an Operations Manager in our Jerusalem office to oversee the daily operations of the ministry in Israel
Threefold Vision for Empowering the Future Generation of Believers
Please pray for:
  • wisdom for the staff as they begin this year’s program on September 22nd
  • unity in the hearts of the team
  • more volunteer counselors for this year’s program
NerYah Youth Group:
The youth group begins its 2022-23 program after a long summer hiatus.
Please pray for:
  • a strong opening to the program on September 22nd
  • for the youth to be challenged and strengthened in their faith
  • for the youth to have deep, meaningful experiences with God this year
Believing Soldiers:
  • Spiritual, physical, and mental protection for our soldiers who are at various bases in the country
  • Wisdom for the soldiers' coordinators to know how we can streamline our monthly meetings.
  • That God will encourage the soldiers and speak to them even while they are at the base detached from any believing framework.
Post-Military & University Students:
  • for a time of rest for students before the academic year begins in October
  • for young professionals to influence their workplaces and enter very important places of influence in the country such as organizations, government ministries, and more.
  • For wisdom for the coordinators as we are changing the scholarship format for next year.
Operation Hesed Project
Our biggest humanitarian project, we initiate Operation Hesed (Grace) twice a year at Rosh Hashanah and Passover. We provide substantial grocery vouchers for families of all sizes and from all walks of life in Israel. This project is an extension of God’s hand of mercy to these families, and we are privileged to bless others in such a tangible way.
Please pray for:
  • An abundant financial blessing so that we can bless more families than ever!
  • A smooth logistical process from beginning to end, especially as this is a big project
  • Families to see God’s hand of mercy in their lives as a result of Operation Hesed
HFI Media Projects
Our various media projects keep people connected to HFI and also help educate people about Israel's spiritual and historical significance. In a day and age where many people oppose Israel, we see advocating for both Israel and what the Word of God says about Israel as top priorities.
Please pray for:
  • wisdom for Elad, Moran, Nate, Lior, & Melissa as they seek to produce innovative and creative material for social media and the website,
  • increased engagement with our target audience on various social media platforms
  • increased engagement & greater exposure for videos, especially our "Beyond the Headlines" project,
  • a video crew that we can work with in Israel to generate new content
  • creating a grassroots movement of Israel advocacy via YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram,
  • informative & interesting articles and other original material that will educate our audience and encourage their spiritual development,
  • updating our website and messaging.
One of the main objectives of our tour operation is to cover ministry overhead, so that a higher percentage of donations can go to projects. We are so grateful that Israel is fully opened to all travelers, regardless of vaccination status!
Please pray for:
  • wisdom for Moran as he continues to make challenging decisions regarding the tour operations,
  • BJ & Beverly for wisdom, flexibility, and patience as they handle the complex coordination of these tours from the USA.
  • a strong candidate to fill the position of Tour Coordinator in our Israel office,
  • the Experience Israel Tour in March 2023 to continue to fill up!
Ministry Finances

God has been so faithful in providing for the ministry's operating and project costs! We ask that you pray that He will continue to do so in 2022, and that we will be able to bless more Israelis than ever this coming year!

In His Service,
The Hope for Israel Prayer Team

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