By Nina, volunteer from AshdodIMG 20190301 WA0005a

    Having learned about the ministry, my unbelieving friends, husband and wife, started giving us clothes for the street people. The clothes are accepted with gratitude, because the need for them is great. For the addicted and homeless boys and girls it is a means to both get warm and put on something clean. It is also a natural desire of any person – even when he or she has fallen to the very bottom of life – to remain looking like a human being.

    Shoes are even a more serious problem. The sizes are different, and the addicts’ legs are often covered with painful wounds. One day I asked two rehabilitants to pass a pair of good shoes to Aviv Center. They were going there the next day. They looked at the shoes - and understood they needed them too... But I heard them say to each other: “No, our sister sends them to Aviv Center and this is where we shall bring them”. It was amazing to hear that, because on the streets these guys left only a while ago, not just your shoes could be taken from you, but your very life. But now for those two rehabilitants “old things have passed away and all things have become new”!

     

    In Aviv Center

    Every day believing volunteers come to Aviv Center. They are from different cities, different churches, and they arrive at different times – whenever they can, because everyone has work, many have got families, and it also takes time to get from their homes to Aviv Center.

    I, Nina from Ashdod, arrive on Fridays. There are always three or four of us in the team, no less. One needs to stay at Aviv Center to meet those who come in, to talk and to listen to them, to serve them a meal. Meanwhile other two or three team members go down the street, to the abandoned garages nearby, to find homeless addicts there – to bring them something to drink and to call them to come to Aviv Center to eat and dress their wounds. On the second floor there are shelves with the Bibles in different languages: Russian, English, Arabic and Amharic. I’m going down with a Bible in my hands, and suddenly one girl downstairs, very young and “on high”, sees the book and whispers: “Let me just touch it, I haven’t seen a Bible for so long!” When we have prayed with her, she takes the Bible and says: “What a great day today!” - and she thanks God “for this meeting.” And Sasha, one of our team members, turns to us and says: “It is for the sake of such moments that we come here!”

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