Praise God we have outgrown our old meeting place. For more than 10 years we have been struggling with legal battles and bureaucratic hurdles and in November 2012 we finally received the building permit from the Jerusalem City Hall. The building was built in the 1920’s and had no iron in the foundations or walls. Now we are strengthening the building with new standards of construction and making it earth-quake safe.
The main part of the building project is the expansion of the auditorium and converting it to a typical Synagogue style. Like all the new construction in Israel we have to build a safe-room (shelter) on each floor. The building will contain new offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, library and an additional fellowship hall.
Now the building project is in progress. Last month we actually started the construction work and it is progressing at full speed ahead.
Our old beloved building is mostly dismantled and only the front and side walls facing the street are still standing. The walls are held by big metal scaffolding. This week the first cement foundations were poured in place.
We also succeeded to purchase the shops that occupied
the ground floor of our building. Now we own the whole building, but we have a shortage of funds because we used half a million dollars of the construction fund. We really did not have much choice because not having the shops down below would have caused endless litigation and delay. We have full confidence in the Lord that this building will be a big blessing to us at Netivyah and much more important than this it will be a big blessing to the City of Jerusalem and to the citizens of Jerusalem and both the Jewish and the non- Jewish Disciples of Yeshua around the world.
The physical part is only the box, but even the box is important and it is a window for the worth of what is inside. We ask you to support this project both with your material means but above all with prayer. Please pray for God to bless everyone who is working on this project, our builders both Jews and Arab workers, our planners and engineers, and mostly the City of Jerusalem.
In the Words of Nehemiah as the answer to the opposition: “So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build. . . .” (Nehemiah 2:20)