Homeless in Jerusalem
Just last Friday, one of the homeless men that we knew at the Western Wall, was shot dead by a security guard.
The women sleeping outside are at high risk and have no protection.
Here is a photo of another homeless who is my friend. His name is Oriel (My light is God). He is what I call “my happy homeless.” He is quite happy living outside and he doesn’t want to be housed. The ladies sleeping outside often get very sick but Oriel never gets sick.
An ex-homeless helping!
Risa was homeless for over a year. At one time she was sleeping in Abu Gosh, in an Arab house with no roof and chickens running around.
Risa being a homeless herself is helping me to understand homeless. Every individual is different and complex and there can be a thousand reasons why they don’t want to be helped at times. Risa is 26 years of age and is putting me in contact with other homeless her own age in the new city of Jerusalem. Risa also is familiar as to how to get governmental help.
It took a lot of love, prayer, faithfulness and dedication to bring Risa through. Like other homeless Risa came from a very dysfunctional family. She was very bitter and she needed much healing. She now has a job and a flat.
I am still working to house Orthodox. It is three years since we had the last safe house which was closed because of tremendous need and lack of funds. It seems to me that many in the church are indifferent and love has grown cold. Many are bogged down in their own problems and own world and help and labourers are hard to find. There are those who do care. I refuse to get discouraged and indifferent, I refuse to judge and become embittered when help doesn’t come. I refuse to let my love grow cold. I will keep doing my part. I will keep my eyes not on the empty half of the cup but on what we do have. There are still powerful committed followers of Yeshua on this earth who are our family.
Risa was at our home for a Shabbat meal.
Prayer for Boaz
We have been sharing Yeshua (Jesus) with Boaz. Boaz is very hungry to know the truth. He so much wants to feel God’s love.
He has been angry at God that his standard is too high and he can’t reach the required holiness to be able to enjoy God.
We are explaining to him that in the New Covenant, God comes down to us. We don’t need to make ourselves good enough to meet Him.
This photo was taken today as I was talking to him. Also Ruken (A follower of Yeshua from Turkey) shared with Boaz scriptures. It was a team effort!
Homeless at Wailing Wall
Saturday night they did n’t get a good nights sleep because the men in the synagogue next door were up praying very loudly and blowing the shofar
Bat Zion (on the left) was very distressed as another homeless and taken her corner where she usually sleeps. Also they got very little sleep. We were very concerned for Bat Zion we thought she was loosing her mind. We thought of taking her to the city council for help but we feared that might put her into a mental hospital.
We prayed earnestly and thankfully Bat Zion had a better nights sleep last night.
We are praying we can rent a flat in the old city.
Update Homeless at Western Wall
The 8 ladies keep hidden; they have lost all trust in humanity. They have lost trust in the Rabbis and Judaism; in social workers and what there is of the social welfare system in Israel.
They hide in corners, they wait in a dark area of the synagogue patiently until everyone leaves, which is usually around 2 AM, all the time hoping that no one will see them and kick them out. If they do get thrown out, they have the toilets or outside next to the wall itself. All of the ladies disappear during the day.
One of the ladies ( Miriam) is quite sick from spending the nights outside and needs medical attention.
Hila is the only one that keeps clean. She is Ultra-orthodox and wears wigs. Even young Ultra-Orthodox woman have to shave their hair and wear wigs because their natural hair is considered to attract men and stir up wrong desires. Even a married women can’t be seen by her husband with her natural hair.
We think Hila is involved in prostitution. She is the only one who has cloths, the only one that showers, but we don’t know where. We think she chooses the toilets to sleep in because she feels so defiled by her occupation, is full of shame and has a verylow self-esteem. Since Hila is Orthodox and wears wigs, her customers must be Rabbis or Orthodox. She desperately wants a home to live in. I do mean desperately! Please pray that she feels safe and opens her heart.
I will write about Bat Zion soon.
Why the western wall?
It’s a strange phenomenon why these ladies prefer the western wall. They would rather fall sick and die than sleep in a shelter, which is 30 minutes by car from the old city.
Although they have lost all hope in humanity and are like wounded animals, trusting no one, I believe there is left, in their dark despair, a spark of hope that maybe there is a God and are drawn to this source. This, I think, is the reason they are drawn to the western wall.
Here is the power of love. In the last update I told the story about Miriam who hadn’t been hugged in years and was hugged for around 20 minutes by Eli Sheva and another lady?
She has now had a shower and has new cloths and was smiling feeling so good about herself.
Bat Zion hasn’t had a shower year as she won’t have one until we buy her some underclothes, which we are in the process of doing.
We are looking to rent (we are believing to buy) a house or a flat in the Old City.
Extra money we receive will to towards renting a house or a flat in the Old City of Jerusalem. Even if the flat was not in use we could rent. We are putting a monthly statement every new moon stating income and expenditure for this project.