My Personal Journey to Understand
Because the Lord has granted me a ministry to several Jewish people who survived the Nazi Holocaust, I am doing my best to learn about and better understand the loss, grief, guilt, and trauma that they suffered. Last week, Oded, a close friend, and I visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
Because the Lord has granted me a ministry to several Jewish people who survived the Nazi Holocaust, I am doing my best to learn about and better understand the loss, grief, guilt, and trauma that they suffered. Last week, Oded, a close friend, and I visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. I am still taking in the personal stories, photos, and films that I saw there, while also reading books in my spare time to gain sensitivity and understanding. Please pray for the Lord to envelop those who were impacted by the Holocaust with His tender lovingkindness, truth and salvation, so that their hearts might be healed and their crushed, downcast spirits might be restored.
Tami* narrowly escaped the Holocaust as a child. It was back in 2010 when we first met on the beaches of Tel Aviv that Tami and her sweet husband asked for prayer for their daughter to become pregnant. She’d had many disappointments and sorrows, so my colleague Sarah and I prayed for them on the beach that very same day.
I continued to minister to Tami, even though she carried so much anger toward God because of the Holocaust. At times she’d yell at me, but she always wanted me to come again, so I never took it personally. When she’d get upset, I had no words, so what could I do but hug and hold her and speak Scripture over her? Who is adequate for such things? But the Lord God is my competence (2 Corinthians 3:5).
In 2012, Tami’s daughter became pregnant with twins and a few months ago, she brought her precious little ones home: a baby girl and boy! Since then, it seems that Tami is finally making progress in her understanding and acceptance of Yeshua. (Every answered prayer helps to build faith, amen?) She told me that she now believes that Jesus died for her sins and that He is the Messiah! We are going through a series to help her understand the deity of Jesus. This is such a breakthrough, because for many months she just carried so much anger at God because of the Holocaust. Please pray for Tami and her family.
*Not her real name
Find out more about Bimini Cohen and the Tel Aviv Branch where she ministers.
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is from sundown to sundown April 7-8. See Jews for Jesus’ perspective and more articles and video clips concerning the Holocaust.
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