Japanese Cultural Event with Messianic Congregation in Haifa

Oh, how good, how pleasant it is
for brothers to live together in harmony.
It is like fragrant oil on the head
that runs down over the beard,
over the beard of Aaron,
and flows down on the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon
that settles on the mountains of Zion.
For it was there that the LORD ordained
the blessing of everlasting life. -Psalm 133

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of hosting a Japanese cultural event in our congregation. It was fantastic, and we thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with our dear friends, who came all the way from Kyoto, Japan.

Despite our cultural differences and the language barrier, there was a sense of unity and belonging to one big family. We were reminded that in God, there are no borders and, through Yeshua the Messiah, we are all connected to our Heavenly Father and each other.

During these three days of fellowship, our friends introduced us to the Japanese tea ceremony, they organized origami workshops and a traditional Japanese clothes photo shoot session. Holocaust survivors and Russian-speaking immigrants took part in the event and we, together with believers from different congregations in the Haifa area were happy to serve them.

Our brothers and sisters from Japan joined us for a Shabbat meal and took part in a Shabbat service.

We are now considering similar events in the future – encounters that will continue building us up as a family of believers in Yeshua the Messiah – such as a Jewish cultural program in Japan to serve the local congregations there in the coming year.

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This article originally appeared in Return to Zion’s Newsletter, December 27, 2015.