Tikkun Olam (Fellowship and Benevolence)
Tikkun olam (תיקון עולם) means "repairing the world."
"Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the L-RD your G-d redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the L-RD your G-d may bless you in all the work of your hands." (Deuteronomy 24:17-19)
Making a meal for a family with a new baby or a medical issue, feeding and clothing Houston's homeless, taking time to listen to a local child or a youth-- or sending help to hungry, destitute, or hurting people in Israel--we want to see what G-d sees and care about what He cares about. We've seen what man can do; we want to see what G-d can do as we trust and serve Him!
Beth Messiah gives to many others who are helping people, especially in Israel and also in Houston.
Messiah Yeshua said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25)
Harvest Table Through generous donations from our members, our food table is available each week for families who are facing unemployment and financial hardship or who live on pensions and welfare. If you have a need or know of someone who does, please contact the office to begin receiving this blessing. You could also join us in providing this blessing by bringing a food donation or donating money. See the link for more information.
Mitzvah Ministry Each month Beth Messiah participates in a ministry to the homeless of Houston. Working with an established ministry in town, we provide a meal the first Sunday of the month and the Word of G-d to those in need. Contact the office if you'd like to be involved.
Israel Benevolence Fund An outreach to orphans and widows in the land of Israel that seeks their physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. The Brit Chadashah (New Testament) teaches: "The religious observance that the Father considers pure is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world." (James 1:27)
Help For Israel (Quarters for Quarters) Ezrah L'Yisrael Help fund living quarters for Israeli women escaping from prostitution, drug addiction, and homelessness. Help combat human trafficking. "'Comfort, comfort My people' says your G-d." Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 40:1
Meals Ministry Meals and other support are provided by members for those who have just had a baby or who are in need of that assistance due to crisis situations. Call the office for more information.