Streams of Blessing - Project Reports By Karen Tohon
September 2020 - Project Update By Karen Tohon
UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES
He who understands the times, knows how to behave.
“Proverbs 31:21. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.”
Through the scriptures we find teachings about the importance of clothing and the figure of authority that they represented, not only in moments that marked the destiny of humanity, but also determined and accomplished in the purposes of God. When Jacob placed the colored robe on Joseph, he was not only blessing him, he was also setting him apart for the assignment given by God that would require standards of Kingdom ethics. Joseph remembered and adhered himself to these principles from his very present, until he reached the cathartic moment in the future, when his trust and testimony brought blessing and salvation to many nations, mainly for Israel.
Nowadays in togetherness with our Distribution Center in Jerusalem, your prayers and your kind donations from afar, the Streams of Blessing Project has paid sensitive care to the needs of the Jewish people during this season of scarcity and famine. We have helped parents to clothe newborn babies, children ready to attend Gan (kindergarten) and School, as some of them had decided not to enroll them for a new year of studies due to the lack of funds. We have been honored to understand their need, as we keep believing in God’s provision; and moreover we have had the privilege to clothe them properly for the occasion, as we also pray that God holds their future in His Hands. It is time for unity and care for one another regardless the religious creeds or cultural background.
In these moments of hardships, the way out for many is to take the easiest and fastest offers or alternatives because the pressure is strong. Christian Friends of Israel is not here to compromise or trade God's blessing for a bowl of impermanent lentils and deprive our generations of experience and belief that there is an Almighty God who makes out of the impossible, all things possible. Hunger or distress will not dress our people’s clothing and future; nor will the Blessing be taken away this time.
“Proverbs 31:25. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
I used to read this chapter of Lemuel as a poem to his mother. Instead, I believe is a parameter of responsibilities that we, as the chosen bride of the coming King are required to exercise and practice regardless of the circumstances, as we prepare to daily abide in His Presence. Giants will always be there, but thus far the Lord has clothed and strengthened our spirits with His unfailing love, provision and cares to peacefully know within our hearts, that we can trust and rejoice in Him, no matter what lies ahead. Thank you for walking and standing with Israel at distance. We are grateful for you.
August 2020 - Project Update By Karen Tohon
LEAN ON ME
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands does not break easily. (Ecclesasties 4:12)
Good and bad situations that occur in our life are only steps, leading us to flow into the river of God for moments in destiny that He already has written for our lives. Joseph never thought to go through challenges and oppositions even within his own family and people, until he saw his dream come true. Yet, even in the darkest moments on the verge of fainting, his Faith and joy were strengthened; while he allowed God to prepare his spirit and mind for what was about to come.
In times of scarcity and famine, and when a door of heaven opened to bless many, Joseph’s eyes never stopped depending on the power of God to make things possible, and most importantly; show the love and compassion as a delegate of the Kingdom of Heaven for all those who suffered in time of need.
In these hard times of Covid-19, we can mark the lives of many people by bearing witness to God’s faithfulness and how He has transformed our hearts to be a blessing to others. All of us in life have gone through difficult moments, perhaps different from Joseph’s life; but if we see it through the divine plan of Heaven, these are opportunities in our agenda that are enabling us to be the Hand of God for His People.
CFI in Jerusalem through the Streams of Blessings project, has dedicated time to assist the many needs of the Jewish people in this harsh crisis that the world is facing. We cannot meet all of them, but we have put food on their tables and most importantly, we have wept and prayed with them with all our hearts. It is our responsibility to do so, and we thank God for each of our donors in the nations, who at distance are joining join us in this effort.
Together we know that God has called us to impact the lives of many people and like our Forefathers, show them that the Lord of Israel is the one who guards and cares for His People. Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in
Karen Tohon – Project Supervisor