- Volume 5, Issue 6
News From The Source
WHAT REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE: Students Arrive Early to Pray
Something very exciting is happening. Our prayer room is jammed packed with wall-to-wall students – very much resembling real revival! It just happened suddenly. What once began with 4 students, grew to 6, then 11, then 20, now 30. It is building with momentum, and students proudly walk in, announcing, “This is my first time.” Then they come back the next day. These are kids who have never prayed, and suddenly want to! At the same time, there are growing signs that the enemy is steaming mad! A number of teachers have given notice that they don’t intend to continue teaching next year – some with very central positions, and donations have fallen at a rate we haven’t seen in years. Once again, it’s a clear picture of how there seems to be a systematic final solution plan by the enemy of Makor HaTikvah who will not rest until this school is shut down. His plan is not for a hope and a future for these kids but rather for them to totally walk away from their faith. We are sincerely requesting concentrated prayer for God’s intervention both in bringing the needed staff for next year and the needed finances in order to keep our school up and running. We still believe that God has great plans for this school, and together our prayers can and will turn things around!
Our Students’ Prayers May Have Saved Lives
The doctors gave minimal chances of survival to two Orthodox Jewish boys from Jerusalem who were inadvertently poisoned by exterminator fumes. Two sisters had already died and now these two hospitalized young boys lay fighting for their lives. Our students immediately went to prayer for these two boys and continued each day, even praying in their homes. The boys miraculously recovered. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the fervent, heartfelt prayers of our students turned the tide for these boys, and now our students know that God’s power is available to them if they will only ask. They are offering up prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord for saving the lives of these two brothers who are now at home. We are continuing to pray that God’s salvation will visit this family.
Our Middle-School Brings Home Robotics Trophy
Report from Isaiah S., Captain of Robotics Team:
We started the year out with 11 kids. Two teachers/mentors worked along with us as well as a volunteer computer programmer who helped us build a robot. We entered the Lego League competition whose topic centered on Nature’s Fury. With only 3 months to prepare for this competition, and hours of after-school research and hard work, we built a robot and created a comprehensive mission for it to overcome natural disasters, including a simulated earthquake, tsunami and hurricane. Our own unique design to assist our robot was a kit containing a helmet with a flashlight, panic button when trapped under debris, a tracking alarm, water bottle, pocket knife, first-aid kit, protective glasses, lighter and gas mask. In the end, we won a trophy for “the best and strongest robot to complete its mission.” We are proud that our team brought home MHT’s first trophy. Working as a team has brought us closer than ever!
Parents Talk About The Difference MHT Has Made in their Daughter’s Life
Our family has had children studying at Makor HaTikvah for the last 17 years. Now Esther, our youngest child, is preparing to graduate this June, and, for us, it’s bittersweet that this is the last of our children to leave the school which we have come to value so much. As she prepares to move on, I am struck by the fact that she is a sociable, caring, conscientious teenager who loves Yeshua which is no small thanks to all that has been sown into her at Makor HaTikvah. It is clear that Esther is ready to undertake the many challenges of a public high school, because her faith is strong and secure. We believe that this is a result of not having been exposed to any other kind of life except for the godly values she has learned at this wonderful Messianic school which, undoubtedly, has contributed significantly to the person she has become today.
Current Pressing Needs
Joseph Reserve Fund
We are so grateful that someone just donated $3,000 in memory of their son to our scholarship fund. This money immediately helped two families (one with 4 kids in our school) to lower their tuition debt. Please help us to replenish this now empty fund so that other struggling families can get the needed assistance.
We are in need of about $5,000 to meet the cost of the transportation for our school trips – the most expensive part of all. If you would like to help defray these costs, please designate your gift for that purpose.
Tax Bill Overdue
Our tax bill is $100,000 in arrears. Please help us to become debt free in the New Year!
Last Two Windows
After the last snowstorm, two older windows which hadn’t needed replacing, are now warped. Cost: $2,600
Extra after school lessons for weaker students. Financial help to pay those extra hours for teachers.
We would love to complete our playground selection with one state-of-the-art Bird Nest swing which is very popular these days. The children are praying daily for it!
BEQUEATHING To MHT
Recently, one of our supporters suggested that we encourage others to consider bequeathing part of an inheritance to our school since it’s a great investment that will yield good fruit for years to come. Makor HaTikvah can be included in your WILL AND ESTATE PLANNINGS, whether its through transfer of stocks, life insurance, or property of another form. What a wonderful way to take part in this thriving work even as you sit in your eternal rest.
Letter from Our Managing Director
Oh, do we have a lot to learn from children! The excitement at our morning prayer meetings is so contagious that our students are praying that other kids will want to join in. In fact, they are so encouraged by the growing numbers that arrive each morning that they can’t wait to see how many we total each time. If only we as adults would have that childlike excitement in our own congregational prayer meetings. These kids are on to something! For one thing, they believe in the power of prayer. They know that God is listening, and they are witnessing firsthand His faithfulness to them. Now that’s a discovery that no school can teach them, and this is why what we’re doing here is so important and so worthwhile supporting. I will go so far as to say that in the last five years, I haven’t seen anything like this here or anywhere else. It’s a new day, and God is awakening something in these students. It is precious to watch, knowing that we are having an impact on the future of these children in a very significant way. Thank you for wanting to be part of this vital and living school. Without you, we could not exist. Your gifts keep us going, and we praise the Lord for your continuous participation. May the Lord really stir our hearts as children who innocently and openly trust their heavenly Father, knowing that He truly loves them.
Principal, Makor HaTikvah Messianic Jewish Hebrew Day School
Along with all of our staff