Open Gates  by Tina Karkkainen

The Open Gates Project is serving new immigrants from different countries and backgrounds. Most of our visitors are from Former Soviet Union, but we are happy to see immigrants from Central and South America,

Europe and even from Middle East coming to us regularly. 

Project Open Gates serves new Israeli immigrants in their first three years in the

Land by providing them with: High quality garments from the nations; A gift bag with items for home and food vouchers

 Besides new immigrants we are also assisting elderly people (pensioners, survivors and war veterans) as well as needy individuals from many walks of life.

Students who are new in the land can receive a gift voucher for textbooks if they are enrolled and studying.

The Bridal Salon Project also operates from the Lighthouse Distribution Center.


“We thank all the staff of your beautiful organization for your wonderful reception. Thank you helping us in our need. We wear the clothes with great pleasure. We wish you all a Happy New Year, well-being and strong health!” 

New immigrants from Ariel - January 2020

“I am greatly thankful to your whole organization for the help and for your wonderful service. I wear your clothes with pleasure always thanking you and God for them. Happy Purim to you all!” a pensioner, March 2020

 “Our dear Christian friends, A great gratefulness to your organization. You give us, elderly Israelis, not only joy, but also hope in the goodness of people. You give the best. Our family is thankful to you with all our hearts!” a couple from Beit Shemesh

Your support with prayer and finances certainly makes a difference in the lives of many people in the land.

Together we can have your part in God’s end time plan.

“I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 43:5, 6).

Thank you so much. God bless you all.

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Open Gates  by Tina Karkkainen

Open Gates:  December Project Report - by Tiina Danilevski

Shalom from Jerusalem!


The winter season has started here in Israel. It has been raining already several times. Nature is happy and fresh. The ground has become green. Recently there was a huge rain of blessings here at our CFI distribution center. We received a container full of clothing from our friends and supporters from Colorado, USA. This was an answer to my prayers. Now we are able to receive and bless many new emigrants and other people, who are already calling and asking for an appointment.


We saw God’s hand on the day that the container arrived. While we were unloading the truck the weather was cloudy. When we started to bring a huge amount of boxes into the building, the weather got worse. After the last boxes were inside and we started to eat lunch together it started to rain. God is so Good and Faithful!

CFI Distribution Center

It is a pleasure to see different faces here after the month of the corona lockdown. People still come in one by one. Yesterday I served a couple that made Aliyah from the United States. They were not young anymore. The husband had been a widower for a while after the death of his spouse. He knows Spanish very well and was able and willing to help one lady to make Aliyah. Katya is originally from Costa Rica and her English is not very strong. It happened, that during the process with all the documents, they got married. So, they came to the Land together as a newly married couple.


When Katya saw the Tanach that we usually give to our first time visitors as a present, she was very excited. She took the Spanish-Hebrew version for herself with “a joyful noise” and recommended her husband to take the English-Hebrew one. She found a couple of good looking skirts and other nice items that made her even more happy. The husband was pleased with some shirts.


My life is very busy at the moment. In the morning I serve people and in the afternoon I do sorting and organizing at the DC shop. Next month I will have a helper over here. One sister in the Lord is coming, as an angel from the Lord, to do the work with me. People need clothes, and it is great to give to our Jewish friends some good gifts from the nations. It is a practical way to say: “We care for you.”


Thank you for your prayers for us. May the Lord bless you all!

Tiina Danilevski Project Supervisor


Open Gates