All Israelis are required to serve in the military when they turn 18. The army is called the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). However, at any one time there are about 200-300 Jewish and sometimes Arab believers in Yeshua (Jesus) that are also serving in the IDF. Young men are required to serve 3 years and the young ladies 2 years.
Because of all the pressures, challenges and temptations that confront these young people during their military service, often they can experience discouragement and grow cold in their walk with the Lord. There is also the real possibility of moral failure and defeat. Therefore, many leave the army disenfranchised and disconnected from the body of Messiah, embarrassed, ashamed, helpless, and oftentimes quite hopeless.
Tikvah means “Hope” in Hebrew. Our prayer is to bring these young people restoration and hope from the Lord. We believe the Lord desires to bring His healing touch to these young people that are like bruised reeds and smoking flax, which the Lord says he will not break nor quench. (Isaiah 42:3) He desires to breathe life back into them, so that they will once again be healthy and whole with a vibrant, rekindled walk with Him.
When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore (set a broken bone for healing) such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
And now the Lord says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
So that Israel is gathered to Him
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
And My God shall be My strength),
Indeed He says,
It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.
A foundational part of the vision of Tikvah is discipleship. At this time, each session is carried out in a six week time frame. We plan to maintain an intimate environment with a maximum number of around 12 young people per session.
This will be a six week program with a different theme each week, such as Forgiveness, Grace, Prayer, the Holy Spirit, Resisting Temptation, the Power of the Word of God, etc. It will be very engaging with many outings and interactive events. There will also be Bible study, some books to read and engaging discussion sessions along the way. Much of the learning will happen through these events and outings and not necessarily in a classroom setting.
Our first session is Summer 2019. The UK provides us with a wealth of outdoor activity to take part in as well as historical locations set within beautiful green countryside to explore, all while delving into the Scriptures and walking through a six-week interactive discipleship experience.