Shalom dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
Thank you all for praying for our precious daughter-in-law Shayla’s citizenship. We were due to go to a higher court in Jerusalem but the night before the court date, the Ministry of Interior, MOI, cancelled the meeting! Since we were in Jerusalem with our sons and their families anyway, we consulted our attorney, Michael Decker, who told us that “within 21 days the MOI will notify us regarding citizenship revocation proceedings”. So we’ve learned the real motive behind all these delays is to try and revoke my (Carolyn’s) citizenship. They say that I made Aliyah (immigrated) under “false pretenses” by declaring that I’m a Jew.
Of course, I am a Jew. Apostle Paul said he was a “Hebrew of the Hebrews,” and so am I. Both Paul and I happen to follow the Messiah Yeshua. If I followed buddha or some other idol, the MOI would have no problem with me, but to follow Yeshua? Suddenly they declare I’m “not Jewish” anymore. So this is the bottom line for them: you can believe in anything except the Way, the Truth and the Life and still be Jewish!
When we asked Michael if the real reason behind all of this persecution is because of our outreaches, he said most likely yes. We must add that there is something good about persecution – it strengthens your faith and resolve to stand for the truth. We are sharing this NOT so you’ll hate the ultra-Orthodox. Please don’t hate them, but pray for those who persecute us and ask G-d for a road to Damascus experience for the Shas Party, who control the MOI.