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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June 2020 - Project Update by Tiina Karkkainen


Dear coworkers and friends from the nations,

I am happy to tell you that we have been a great blessing for many people of the Land in this month. Because of the situation with Covid-19 many families are in need. So are the new emigrants. I make appointments with different individuals and they come in one by one. We still have quite a lot of clothing from the UK.

Our clients have been thankful to get good quality things for themselves and for their family members. I have been very busy every morning receiving and serving new emigrants, pensioners and some needy families. People are calling us every day. They want to visit us from different cities, not only from Jerusalem.

One family with four children got lot of things from us. After finishing expensive courses the husband was working as a tour guide. It is a good job in the Land, especially, if you know languages. Now the situation changed radically. There is no work for tour guides because of the corona virus. The family is in need. I am glad that we could give them something. Please, pray that the Lord’s hand will be over all the families in the Land.

There are people, who made Aliyah during this spring. It is great to see their motivation to have a new life in Israel. There are a lot of challenges in their lives, but I am sure that God will take care of those who made the choice to live in the promised Land. We as Christians from the nations can be involved in this.

God uses us to encourage His people in their first steps in the Land, and these new immigrants remember it for the rest of their life. Many of them tell us stories of how Christians helped them to get to Israel. The goodness of the believers really touched the hearts of these people.


Let us continue in God’s business. Be blessed in the name of Yeshua.