“Mishkan Offering” As We Build A Synagogue For Yeshua!
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue (KA) is in escrow to purchase property in San Diego, California!
It’s not every day that a Messianic Synagogue get’s a chance to purchase their very own building and property.
Everyone seems to be asking for money, and there are many great causes and nonprofits that benefit from everyday people giving money. Religious institutions, by virtue of their characteristics, operate on limited funding that is mainly dependent on their congregants. We at KA are similar to those religious institutions who’s main budget comes through their congregants. For many years, on the anniversary date of the founding of KA, we have held fundraisers in the hopes of one day owning our very own synagogue. The fundraisers have been a way to generate extra funds, separate from normal giving, in order to be prepared for a down payment on a building. Many people have enjoyed our fundraisers because they each had a different theme. One year there was Salsa dancing and the Tijuana taco man who made the best tacos. Another year there was a spaghetti making contest. And who could forget the Hawaiian Luau? The Rabbi sure knows how to dance! All these, and more, have made it possible to grow a small amount of money into a decent down payment. Owning our own building, which will help us to better reach the Jewish community with the Good New of Yeshua/Jesus, has been our dream and vision for a very long time. So we prayed and gave and prayed some more.
There is an astounding story of giving that is mentioned in Exodus chapter 35. Basically, Moshe was given the task of building a place of worship with specific instructions not to deviate from the copy of the blueprints that Adonai gave him to follow. This was a community effort.
20 “Then the whole community of the people of Isra’el withdrew from Moshe’s presence; (LY: ii) 21 and they came, everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit made him willing, and brought Adonai’s offering for the work on the tent of meeting, for the service in it and for the holy garments. 22 Both men and women came, as many as had willing hearts; they brought nose-rings, earrings, signet-rings, belts, all kinds of gold jewelry — everyone bringing an offering of gold to Adonai. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn; fine linen; tanned ram skins or fine leather brought them. 24 Everyone contributing silver or bronze brought his offering for Adonai, and everyone who had acacia-wood suitable for any of the work brought it. 25 All the women who were skilled at spinning got to work and brought what they had spun, the blue, purple and scarlet yarn and the fine linen. 26 Likewise the women whose heart stirred them to use their skill spun the goat’s hair. 27 The leaders brought the onyx stones and the stones to be set, for the ritual vest and the breasplate; 28 the spices; and the oil for the light, for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 Thus every man and woman of the people of Isra’el whose heart impelled him to contribute to any of the work Adonai had ordered through Moshe brought it to Adonai as a voluntary offering.” Exodus 35: 20-29 Complete Jewish Bible
What do we learn from this? “everyone whose heart stirred him…” “as many as had willing hearts;” “the women whose heart stirred…” “Thus every man and woman of the people of Isra’el whose heart impelled him to contribute to any of the work Adonai had ordered through Moshe brought it to Adonai as a voluntary offering.” You may be reading this and thinking that there isn’t much that you can give, or that your gift won’t make a difference. But imagine with me; we are there and your heart is stirred. HaShem gave you freedom from death and brought you back to life with the rights to own property and have a family. The difference, however, is that there is already a building standing and many of these wonderful articles of value to build the mishkan are represented within the people who willingly gave from their hearts. The people in Exodus understood that the mishkan represented the eternal and a connection to the living God.
As HaShem stirs your heart, bring Adonai’s offering for the work on the tent of meeting “Mishkan.” Take hold of the freedom in Yeshua/Jesus, and be a part of a legacy that began in Genesis and winds it’s way all the way through to the Book of Revelation.
While in escrow, during this time of due diligence, we must raise $300,000.00. Please pray for this grand endeavor and that the windows of heaven will pour out His blessing upon us for His work. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Please join us for our 35th Anniversary, with a Fundraiser Concert performed by the international guitar duo of Benedetti and Svoboda as they share an inspirational program.
Saturday, November 12, 7:30pm
3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Tickets prices are $50, $35, or $20 (plus a raffle and a dessert nosh)
Donate here: PayPal.me/KehilatAriel
Together let’s complete the vision of a synagogue for Yeshua in San Diego!