Discipleship, humanitarian work and sharing the Gospel, are the three foundations upon which our ministry rests. Three scripture verses from the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) give our ministry its direction.
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the HOLY Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Our Messiah’s Great Commission is embedded with a great command, “Make Disciples.” Discipleship and instruction in the commands of Jesus is an imperative of any biblically based ministry. Beit Sar Shalom does this through:
- Humanitarian Aid And Distribution Centers – We desire to help the poor and needy through meeting their practical needs like supplying (from an approved governmental list) essential household food items that many find expensive to buy as a result of the rising food prices in Israel. As well, we are often able to help with practical items for the home (blankets, heaters,fans etc). These items are picked up in our Distribution Centers found in Ashdod, Jerusalem, Netanya, Sderot and Tel Aviv. A couple times a week, the Centers are open for pick up and we see regulars come and visit with us each week. Through these practical ways, they see how the Lord provides their needs, we take time to listen and pray for them. From these Centers, many have started to attend our Bible Studies, Congregational meetings and have taken free Spiritual literature.
- Local Congregations – Congregation Simchat Yeshua was planted by Beit Sar Shalom workers many years ago and today thrives as a local Tel Aviv place of worship. Now it’s run independently but its congregational leader is on staff with Beit Sar Shalom. It’s uniqueness is found in those who attend, Russian Israeli believers who immigrated from the Former Soviet Union years ago and have integrated into Israel life. Much of the service is in both Russian and Hebrew.
- Bible Studies – Out of the spiritual needs that were found by helping those through our Distribution Centers, we have begun hosting Bible Studies in our Jerusalem Messianic Center. Starting with one and now transforming to three, these small groups study the Word and have interactive discussions. It has even opened up to welcome those who do not visit the Distribution Center, but friends of those who have heard about the Bible study.
- Children’s Camps – Depending on the school holiday schedule, we have two-three children’s camps during the year. Over 60 kids gather together in special outdoor places around Israel for Bible teaching, worship, skits, games and other fun camp activities. The kids come from all over the country and have made great friends they will carry for life (in such a small country as Israel!). We have seen many lives transformed for the Lord and many kids have grown up in the camps. These kids, now too old for camp, come back and serve as counsellors and helpers, wanting to pass on the truths of the Scriptures they learned at camp to a younger generation.
- Single Mothers – Single mothers work hard and are often void of encouragement and extra help. We desire to serve these precious women by visiting their homes to do home repairs, painting and cleaning. Many of these women do not yet know about the Lord, but this witness of love and testimony speaks to many – as well as their children. A couple times a year a special party is organized for all the women and we will see 20 women and 20+ kids come for a wonderful evening of music, food, encouragement and other fun themes (like a spa night, a BBQ, Hanukkah party etc).
- Holocaust Survivors – We have a very special and unique time to minister to Holocaust Survivors, but as they get more elderly and frail, we see time is short. We have many opportunities to serve these dear ones through home visits and repairs, special holiday banquets with music and delicious food, fellowship, care packages and even group trips in and out of Israel. They thoroughly enjoy the love, attention and encouragement. We have seen many ask questions about our Faith and the Scriptures, ask for prayer and understand that there is a God who loves them.
Visiting Short Term Mission Teams – Throughout the year we have short term ministry trips come and join us from all over the world. They bring their energy, excitement and encouragement to help alongside us in our day to day activities. If the team is small enough and there is availability, they can stay in our Jerusalem Messianic Center and one of our staff members will always accompany them on ministry outings. According to budget and dates, teams can host banquets, visit the distribution centers, help in a Holocaust Survivor’s home, cook a meal for a single mother etc. We love when teams come and serve with us, as well as see some of beautiful Israel!
James 1:27 – Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in the in distress, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Help for those in need, help without any strings attached, is also a main focus of Beit Sar Shalom. We have humanitarian aid programs for the homeless on the beaches of Tel Aviv, soup kitchens, distribution centers, counseling and help programs for single mothers and outreach programs to Israel’s holocaust survivors to name a few.
Romans 1:1 – Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,… If the presentation of the gospel is not one of the focuses of a ministry, then that which Paul was separated for is missing. Paul continues in his letter to the Romans to state in 1:17 that the very “Righteousness of God” is revealed in the gospel. Beit Sar Shalom believes that all people in Israel need to know of the righteousness of God for it is the “power to salvation” that Israel so desperately needs.