- Volume 5 Issue 3
News From The Source
Urgent Prayer Needed For Upcoming Appeal Hearing
A hearing date has been set for our school’s appeal to secure a license to operate. November 20th is the date, and since it is fast approaching, we are already asking for prayer covering on that day. We feel certain that we have met all of the requirements to obtain a license, and the reasons given for denying one were completely unjustified. Please pray for the judge hearing the case to fairly adjudicate and grant us a license. We will, of course, update you as soon as there is a decision.
My Son’s Journey to Makor HaTikvah
By: Galit D., Assistant to Pricipal
About three years ago, I returned to Israel after living 17 years outside the land. The Lord graciously blessed me with a wonderful job as assistant to the principal of Makor HaTikvah. Although she suggested putting my son in the school, I felt that the social adjustment of a public school would provide a better window into Israeli society and culture for him. The re-entry to Israel and the loss of my son’s father caused him to struggle with low self-esteem and over sensitivity with the other students, to the point where it significantly affected his studies. It was then that my 8 year-old son came to his own conclusion that he needed to be in a believing school, free from bullies and no longer feeling like an outcast. He wanted to be open about his faith in Yeshua without being mocked by other children.
In the last few weeks since my son has attended Makor HaTikvah’s 3rd grade, he is so much more content and tranquil. His smile and laughter have made their way back onto his face and into our home. His performance at school has risen higher than ever, and I feel that he is finally finding himself in this new environment. I can hear him now singing praises to the Lord while taking a shower, and I know that MHT is the right place for him.
Science is Fun at Makor HaTikvah
How to Not Break an Egg–Casing Competition
Our very creative science teacher came up with an egg casing competition, designed to see who could invent the smallest casing for a raw egg and drop it from a significant height without the egg breaking. One 8th grade boy had the distinction of winning the prize for the smallest and best design. See him pictured above. Appropriately, his prize was a “chocolate Kinder egg.”
Ten of our middle-schoolers will be taking part in “Robotics.” This very unique activity will expose our students to a greater level of science and technology. It will help them to develop personal initiative, strategy, to work as a team, produce problem solving abilities, give them creativity, critical thinking and tools which will serve them in every area of their lives. Students also have a chance to compete in a local and country-wide competition. We are especially grateful for one local Israeli donor who contributed the majority of the nearly $1,000 that the Robotics activity cost.
A Very Special Prayer for Children
On occasion, I solicit articles on the subject of children, family or education from those in leadership. This month I am printing an article (which can be found on our website, www.makorhatikvah.org, which was the last article written by Katya Morrison, a strong Israeli believer, mother of 10 and grandmother of 12, who unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord just a couple of weeks ago. Her words are a wonderful legacy that she leaves to all of us on how to bless our children each day with a very special prayer. Here is an excerpt:
“Because we are not perfect people, we are not perfect parents, aunts, grandparents or friends, but, even though we are not perfect, we can try to do the best we can. What is one thing we can do that is very simple, but has tremendous power? The prayer of blessing.”
“My mother and I visited you a few years ago. She always wanted to go back to Israel, but unfortunately she died on the 18th September 2013. Even in the hospital, she kept talking about your school and we prayed for you every day. > I wanted to let you know she cared very much about Israel and will probably be talking about you in Heaven.” Jo W.
“I loved receiving your most recent newsletter. I will continue to pray for this legal process to come to a favorable end for MHT, for you to be granted your license, and for state recognition. I will also pray for the financial needs listed at the end of the letter to be met quickly.” Duana J.B.
“It is so encouraging how lovely your children are – all down to the beautiful atmosphere each of your teachers create. Each day I pray for the school I remind God how He said He would see that the salaries are paid. I know He is a Covenant Keeping God. Amen.” Cath T.
“I have been thinking about you and the school. Always praying that the Lord will continue to provide and give you whatever it takes to keep faithful and encourage and I thank him for doing so.” Cynthia W.
“Thank you for the encouraging newsletter. It is also beautifully done:)” Rania H.
“We received your latest newsletter yesterday and loved the story about the couple who enrolled their daughter Hannah at Makor Hatikvah to get her out of public school. What a difference this will make in Hannah’s life. We also loved the picture of the coins she gave of her own money. It reminded me of the widow’s mite.” George & Eva M.
“Thank you for the wonderful Newsletter! If it would be only for the one girl Hannah it would be worth to have the school, because one soul is so precious for the LORD.” Maria H. (Principal of a German believing school)
Holiday Greeting Cards
These lovely cards, drawn by our Makor HaTikvah students, make the perfect holiday cards. Put in your order today so that you can receive them before the holidays.
You can either send a check earmarked “Greeting Cards/ series,” pay through our PayPal account noting under Purpose “Greeting Cards/ series,” or send an email to email@example.com with your request. (you may find our address under Donations)
Cost: 10€ / $12 / 45 NIS plus shipping; 12 Cards/ 2 of a kind
Practical Ways to Help Makor HaTikvah
Teachers’ Continuing Education
We have been able to help 4 teachers continue their studies this year, and there are just small amounts of their school cost that remain for three of them. Those amounts are about $1200 for each one. Of course, they would not be able to pay for this on a teacher’s salary. If you would like to help these teachers continue to pursue their teaching certificates, please designate your gift for this purpose.
Joseph Reserve Fund
This scholarship program helps struggling families with their tuition payments. This year we have four or five such families, some with as many as four children in our school. If you’d like to help, please designate your gift to this fund.
Israel’s Arbor Day
Do you want to plant a tree in Israel? Israel’s Arbor Day (Tu B’Shvat) is coming up in January, and our students always have a tree-planting ceremony on our school grounds. If you would like to be part of that, please designate that your donation is to plant a tree.
Our school always subsidizes the transportation of our school’s trips. If you’d like to donate, that would be greatly appreciated by all of our students.
Letter from The Principal
It is so comforting to know that God is in control of our school! For those of you who have been following the events here, you’ve witnessed the Lord’s hand time and time again – even when things appeared to be daunting and challenging. Yet, each time He has come through for us, it is one more reason to trust Him for the future. Now we have this upcoming court hearing to decide whether or not we will be given a license. We are trusting the Lord with our whole heart, knowing that He has not brought us this far to allow others to block our receiving a license. We certainly covet your prayers for this court decision on the 20th of November and ask you to remember us especially that day for victory! Thank you for continuing to uphold us, for your generosity to us and for your investment into the lives of these Israeli believing children. Your partnership with us is a great blessing and one which we know will yield good fruit in this land.
Principal, Makor HaTikvah
Along with all of our Staff