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.
Contact Open Gates at: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2020 - Project Update by Tiina Karkkainen
Greetings from Jerusalem!
It has been busy at our CFI distribution center. I get a lot of phone calls every week. New emigrants want to have an appoint- ment and come to take clothing for them- selves and for their families. It is interesting to meet them and get to know about their lives, especially now during the Covid 19 period you can hear interesting stories.
Sometimes we are in a hurry trying to find good clothes in 30 minutes and we don’t have time to talk about our lives, but some- times the clients share about things they are going through. One family from Russia
made Aliyah in June 2020. They had to be in quarantine for two weeks. They were given a room in a hotel somewhere near the sea. They could not leave the room until the two weeks were over. With a little child it was not so easy to be in one room for so long a time. Fortunately for them there was a little balcony included in the space, so they could “go out” and see the sea. One of the first things that the family did after their quarantine was to go to the beach.
Yesterday there was a young woman visiting the DC. Fernanda made Aliyah from Brazil in January 2020. She took only the warm clothes for winter with her, because her aunt was going to visit her during the springtime. The aunt should have brought suitcases for Fernanda already packed with summer clothes, but because of the corona everything changed. The aunt’s visit was canceled and the summer clothes stayed in Brazil. It is impossible for a new emigrant to buy the many new things needed during their first period in the Land. Thank God that Fernanda knew about us. She came and found good garments for herself. Thank God we still have plenty of shorts, dresses, tops, t-shirts, especially for young ladies like her. Fernanda was thankful and surprised at how many good clothes she was able to find at our place. I was happy too. It is a great joy to see how we can bless the Jewish people as Christians. It was some- thing so real, what happened here yesterday with Fernanda.
Rivka Sara was another new emigrant from Brazil who was blessed by us this week. She made Aliyah in March. You could see that she didn’t have many nice clothes to wear. When I offered her some dresses and other garments, she was more than happy to receive them. “This is so beautiful! I love this,” she said many times. Rivka Sara found good shirts, good skirts and many useful items for herself. She is a religious lady, but in spite of that she wanted to be helped by Christians. In these kinds of cases I would like to give people much more than we have here. Let’s pray that the Lord will make a way for different Christians to do good in this Land. Let there be more opportunities to bless His people in practical ways. I am happy to have a little role in God’s big plan of blessing here at our Distribution Centre, and I am doing this with you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Tiina Karkkainen Project Coordinator