Avi and Chaya were planting a tree on the hills around the historical site of Latrun, near Jerusalem. They had been invited by the Israeli organization ‘Be’ad Chaim’ (Pro-life) to the dedication of a memorial forest called ‘Ganei Chaim’ (Gardens of Life) in honor of unborn children. Be’ad Chaim encourages pregnant women who are considering an abortion to continue their pregnancy and choose life-giving alternatives. They operate Crisis pregnancy centers and hotlines throughout the country. Both Avi and Chaya have been supporters of this ministry for many years. Chaya was asked to speak at the dedication service and leads healing seminars for women who have had abortions here in Israel.
After planting a tree, a man approached Avi and said, “Do you remember me?” Avi recognized his face but he couldn’t remember where he had met him before. The man named Michael explained that 15 years ago he had visited Dugit Outreach Centre in Tel Aviv. He continued, “I came to your center because I saw you on national TV. You were interviewed by a reporter and you shared your testimony about how you came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus). When I saw you, I was touched and the next day I came to Dugit. We talked together and you gave me a New Testament in Hebrew, some other books and a cup of coffee. You prayed for me and I left. Today, I am a believer and I attend a Congregation in the town of Ashdod where I live.” Avi was so happy to meet Michael again after all these years and Michael was glad he was able to share about his faith in the Messiah.
Yeshua said in the Gospel of John chapter 4: 34-37 “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
That is what Dugit is all about! Sowing and reaping! It is a place where Israelis can come from all over Israel to downtown Tel Aviv, to our center at number 1 Ben Yehuda Street and hear the Good News. At Dugit, they can receive a New Testament, books about Yeshua and a cup of coffee. Most importantly they can receive prayer and salvation through Yeshua the Messiah!
Thank you for your support as we sow and reap together!