“… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
What is the Nesher Project?
The project’s goals are to minister rest for the soul and body, bring spiritual renewal, and provide discipleship and fellowship to Israeli young adults who recently completed their compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces. The project gives opportunities for the young people to serve local congregations while helping prepare the next generation of congregational servant leaders. We want to see these young people grow, serve and get excited about what the Lord is doing in their lives.
The project is run by Return to Zion Congregation in Haifa. It was born in 2015 and is open to qualifying young adults from all congregations in the Land.
The 2017 Experience
Ten young Israelis, from different congregations, participated in this summer’s program.
All the goals of the Eagle Project were successfully attained. Local Norwegian believers opened their hearts to us – blessing and embracing the young adults. The love that the believers poured on us cannot be described in words. Through their love we were able to experience the fulfillment of prophecies of unity between Israel and the nations, who together as one, serve their Master and learn together at His feet.
This year’s project was three weeks long. We began in the city of Bergen, Norway where we were hosted in the homes of families during Shabbat and shared each of our personal testimonies and journeys – some of them not so easy. Through these stories a door of healing was opened for others. The families surrounded us in love and prayer, and hearts were changed.
During the second part of the project we were hosted by young adults of “Influx.” Together we worshiped the King. Together we prayed and hiked. Out in nature, we saw the awesome views and inspiring creation of the Creator.
At the end of our time in Bergen, we sailed north for 17 hours, giving us time to think while gliding past the beautiful Norwegian coastline. We met other Israelis on the ship and shared with them. At the end of the journey we came to the beautiful fjord Geiranger, and there we were generously hosted by the regional Christian rehab center. We cooked an Israeli meal for them and celebrated Erev Shabbat together. After this we served several congregations, churches and house meetings, as well as sharing testimonies in the street. We hiked over snow covered mountains, rowed in a Viking boat, explored caves and more. The trip concluded with a wonderful 5 day youth conference full of praise, fellowship, teaching and testimonies from morning to night.
The young people who took part in the project returned home transformed. Many of them met the Lord in a close way, received personal revelation and put down deeper roots in their faith, as well as experiencing enjoyment and renewal in their soul and body.
Where are we headed?
God is guiding us step by step as we continue to develop and improve the Eagle Project. This year we plan to:
- have a gathering in Israel every two months, reflecting the same combination of renewal, teaching and serving;
- join a short seminar in Latvia, where participants will represent the body of Messiah in Israel.
“I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.” – 1 John 2:14
Young adults have special strength and energy from God. We must invest in them maximally in order for the body of Messiah to be strong and skillfully wield the sword of His Word.
This article originally appeared on Return to Zion newsletter, August 2017, and reposted with permission.