“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is G-d in his holy dwelling. He sets the lonely in families; he brings forth the prisoners with singing. . .” Psalms 68:5-6

“. . .to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the L-RD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:2-3

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oh Ye of Little Faith ...

When you make as many quilts as we do, you go thru FABRIC - LOTS of fabric! We are blessed to get donations from people from our congregation - those who are clearing out their personal fabric stash ... those who inherit fabric from relatives and those who shop for fabric specially for our ministry. So, when we started getting to the end of the fabric to cut and there's no more coming in, you start to wonder, "Does this mean we are winding down on making quilts for survivors?" Is G-d trying to tell us something? We felt like we were the widow to Elijah in 1 Kings 17: 7-16 (Tikvah Rabah paraphrase: We don't have any fabric - only a handful of random pieces - we are going to make our last quilt, sew, send and die). Well, G-d, in His G-dly provision waited until we were at the bottom of the fabric stash and then, as He ALWAYS goes, he stirs someone's heart to gift us quilting fabric! A friend of a Rehoboth member asked if we could use fabric! OF COURSE! We received BOXES of this fabric which is being sorted, washed and ironed ... waiting to be handed off to our skilled fabric cutters! In looking back, He always seems to wait until the last moment ... when situation seems desperate. But that is when He says "stand back, children - watch what I am going to do!" WHY do we doubt when over and over again ... He provides! Psalm 27: 13-14 "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Here's to more FAITH & TRUST and less DOUBT and FEAR Shalom, Shalom

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What's New With Tikvah Rabah?

Life moves so quickly. Work, Family, Friends, Congregation - there's many obligations one has in ones life. Some things fall by the wayside. This blog is one of them. Posting events and pictures seems much easier thru Facebook. My apologies. So, what's new in our world? We have now shipped out 368 quilts to Israel! This has been amazing to watch the different quilts come together. The next shipment of quilts leaves California in September according to Dudley Goff, the Israel Food Outreach founder. Dudley spent 7 weeks in Israel this Spring distributing soup mix to the hungry and quilts to the survivors. He was gracious to share pictures of his visit with Susan Heagy of Abundant Hope International. When I see these pictures, I know all that juggling of commitments and priorities becomes clear: Serve the poor! Until next time - Le Hetriot!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

No Regrets

Glenda forwarded me this link after she and Dudley watched it the other night. She thought we should put it out on Facebook.  I'll be honest, when I first watched it I didn't "get" how it was appropriate for Tikvah Rabah. 

The more I have been ruminating on the story, the message, the more I realize it is a powerful message that does need to be put out there or "here".  

It is based on a true story of a older man who is haunted by his past.  A young Christian boy during the Holocaust he would often hear the train as it would pass by during church.  

One particular Sunday the train broke down in front of the church during service.  The parishioners and priest hear the cries of those inside the rail cars.  What happens next haunts this boy for the rest of his days.  

So, what can we take away from this 11 minute video? 

As much as many of us would love to go back and right the injustice of the past we can't.  We can seek to love, pray for and support the ones who are remaining.  Tikvah Rabah does well with this mission and we will continue this mission as long as we are able (or as our dear friend at Rehoboth,Susan, says "L-rd willing").  ☺️

What about "Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it"?  I think this is the emphasis of this video.  Don't look back at the end of your life and regret not having stood up for what is right, just and true.  Alleviate the suffering of the persecuted NOW.  Feed the hungry NOW. Invest in His Kingdom NOW.  

Live with no regrets. 

Thank you for being on this journey with us.  This ministry has blossomed into more than we could have ever imagined.  We can't do this without you.  YOU are what makes Tikvah Rabah the amazing outreach it is becoming.  

No regrets.  

Now, watch this and let us know what you think.   

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Meet Tatyana and Jan

As I scrolled they my photos I came across this picture. it always makes me smile.  

These women are such die hard Tikvah Rabah volunteers!  

Tatyana, on the left, is one of the primary designers of quilt tops.  She insists on a beautiful, well designed top.  

Jan, in the right, is knowledgable about all things crafty creative.  She has personally crocheted hundreds of hats and scarves to send to Israel.  

Thank you ladies for your dedication to Tikvah Rabah!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rabbi David Learns to Quilt

We are a blessed congregation at Rehoboth.  Our Rabbi supports our mission to help the Holocaust survivors and the poor and needy in Israel.  

He stopped by our last craft-a-long to learn to tie a quilt!  By Jove, I think he's got it! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

It never ceases to amaze me

The dedication of the Tikvah Rabah team never ceases to amaze me.  They show their love for this ministry by not only showing up on work days but taking items home!  It could be sewing a quilt top cutting squares or just the simple act of washing sheets or fabric. 

Thank you to all who have washed sheets and fabric in the past two weeks. 💞 Photo by Debi

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Welcome Spring!

I think pretty much everybody looks forward to Spring.  Having been in the PNW for 19 years, I admit that as much as I love how green things are here, I get weary of the constant rain and gray skies that seem to characterize our Winter.  

It's been a bit nippy this first week of Spring - but seeing a quilt as beautiful as this one promises that warmer days are ahead!