Hi everyone! Feel free to use this logo to promote this extra special mitzvah this year. There are many resources to consider to be part of this incredible time. I will try to list them in a separate post in the near future. Blessings and l'shanah tova!
On an earlier post dated 3/28/12 about the feast of Purim, I had briefly mentioned a vision our Heavenly Father gave me of hosting an outreach party for girls who came from similar backgrounds to Queen Esther. The idea was to inspire at least one girl who is an orphan or currently in foster care with Esther/Hadassah's orphaned beginnings and her triumphant story that ensued. Well, Abba had planted the seed, and this year marked the season to see this vision come to pass!
With the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit's urging, I simply began asking several people if they would be willing to help partake in a special evening for some local girls. Baby steps for me led by Him, Abba left me completely unaware as to how big the outpouring for this event would be! (My mind wouldn't have been able to handle all He had been planning.) After the first few jovial supporters accepted to help make over the girls and have a little movie night, I went to ask my local congregation, Temple Aron HaKodesh, if they would be willing to host the "get together." Small scale still in my mind, my brain again was very conservative and I was walking cautiously.
But soon the vision got out and with overwhelming support, the night became a Purim event Queen Esther would have certainly smiled on (along with Abba and Yeshua)! We had several families and a nonprofit organization (thanks Becca's Closet!) donate gorgeous evening gowns and party dresses. We partnered with a local foster agency. We ordered beautiful tiaras and people donated gifts and favors for the girls. We handcrafted invitations for the event. Professional hair and make-up artists volunteered their services. Food was generously donated, a custom castle cake fashioned, and the members of Temple Aron HaKodesh transformed the hall with handmade tissue flowers and other exquisite decorations! And to top it all (if the blessings already hadn't boggled your mind yet), the night before the event took place, a gracious, God-fearing photographer, Johnny Pena of Pohpiheno Photography, volunteered to capture the night fit for a queen!
We opened the evening with the makeovers; there were hairdos, make-up and manicures for all the girls! We then moved on to wardrobe, where every dress was hand picked so each lady felt like a princess. Then, another local nonprofit, Harmonies of Hope, ushered in worship of the King of Kings with a special praise dance. Next, our "queens" sat down to a delicious dinner. Afterward, we had a little fun catwalking to Beckah Shae's "For Such a Time As This" track. The younger girls then moved into a separate room where they made their own crown craft while the older girls were blessed with the gospel message and how to be a daughter of the King by Jewish Jewels' Jamie Lash. And the girls left with gift bags of perfumes, beauty supplies, CDs, their rhinestone tiara, YHVH's salvation (Yeshua) in their hearts, and many wonderful memories!
I don't know if I can document in words all that the Ruach did through the body of Messiah that night and all the days leading up to it, but it was truly incredible, and incredibly pure, undefiled religion in the hearts of all those involved.
I hope supplying you with the details of this event will help give you some ideas if your heart moves to do an outreach in your neck of the woods. I feel blessed to have been involved and amazed to see Abba orchestrate such a beautiful time! Feel free to post if you have any questions. May the blessings abound in your daily walk with YHVH.
"Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." Jacob/James 1:27 (Tree of Life Version)
(Note: None of the ladies pictured below are in foster care as those girls' identities are protected. We had many young girls who learned about being Yeshua's princess from all walks of life that night! HalleluYah that Abba drew all those He had chosen "for such a time as this!")
Yet another wonderful congregation out in LA that is shaking things up in the world one Jew and Gentile at a time! Now, I am not on the same page with everything about this ministry (ie. using the Hillel calendar to observe the Feasts of YHVH or calling men "rabbi") but there is still a lot to glean from this ministry and the messages. I ESPECIALLY love the Esther Ball they host each year. What an extravagant affair! The point is, though, to use the talents the Father has given us to manifest a major outpouring in all things for Him. So check them out: Fusion Global. Have fun and be inspired!
Thanks to http://profoundprophecy.com, I was able to watch this video posted tonight (entitled "Swords into plowshares...rockets into roses") about a man who sculpts roses from Kassam rockets that are fired by Arabs into Israel, and the proceeds go to help build safe shelters from the rocket fire. Watch, and if YHVH will enable you, please help support this mission.
Stella's Voice is a nonprofit organization that is currently reaching and saving orphans in the country of Moldova. Their main focus is a home for girls called Stella's House, but they are now expanding to include a boys' home called Simon's House. So if you are wondering where to tithe your firstfruits, this may be a ministry you would like to support.
The most heart wrenching part is, in this country the orphans are highly exploited, most of them go missing and lost forever into the sex trafficking institutions there. But the children adopted into these homes are no longer orphans, but children of YHVH.
So here's the link: http://www.stellasvoice.org
You can find out ways you can help by exploring their website. The home has many needs, so pray and ask how YHVH has equipped you especially for helping in one of the areas! Keep these children and those working to save them in the name of Yeshua in your prayers.
I had the opportunity to meet one of the girls personally in this video. She was so humble and sweet and beautiful. Praise YHVH she was saved. How many amazing girls like these are not yet saved? Can you honestly sit by and do nothing???!!
I don't know how I wound up there, but tonight I stumbled onto the Voice of the Martyrs website, and was moved to tears reading the stories of those being persecuted all over the world for their faith in our Messiah. I know that we are all preparing ourselves for great tribulation, and I know what I would want if it were my time to stand for the faith: prayer and encouragement. This is exactly what these men and women are asking for and VOM is making it extremely simple for you to help.
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I found this insightful article online regarding the Feast of Firstfruits, which begins tonight...the celebration of Yeshua's resurrection and the firstfruit offering to be waved before our Heavenly Father! I was just studying the Scriptures and remember, the instructions regarding this feast are to hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
As a card idea for the kids, I bought a package of pearled barley from the grocery store. I'm planning on making little sacks of grain, and rolling up a note inside with the barley, as a more tangible example of the feast day we are celebrating. Very simple, but yet so was Yeshua's first coming. His glorious coming will be soon...His first coming was in humility.
Now it is our Father's heart to be our brother's keeper. Here we see Israel leading the nations in aid to Japan. If you would like to help, from what I have researched, the quickest way to get needed supplies to Japan is through monetary donation. Do not forget...Yeshua says that the least of what you do to someone else, is done to Him. Here are some avenues to extend your hand:
At this link you can click on reputable agencies in action to help assist the victims of this tragedy.
I came across this website this morning when Googling ministries that reach out to orphans. I was pretty impressed with the blog posts I read and then stumbled upon this woman's books and her 40 Day Mission-Minded Challenge, which is a bunch of free online resources and support for helping your family be more mission-minded.
This book has everything to do with serving others in one capacity or another. It's kosher (minus the chapter I later warn about) and krazy great! The kids and I picked it up at the library and are really enjoying reading it. It's called "Mitzvah Magic" by Danny Siegel.
The book is written for kids, but it gives many encouragements for the mitzvah of tzedakah. I'm glad it's written for kids because sometimes the phrase "making a difference" can feel a little overwhelming. But this book is a great source of encouragement to take baby steps toward changing the world.