November 21, 2013
Three weeks ago I attended a meeting with my father Rabbi Eckstein at the home of Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid. We made historic decisions for The Fellowship to partner with the government of Israel on behalf of pro-Israel Christians around the world, and to strengthen the state of Israel with an emphasis on needy children. This meeting was groundbreaking, yet when I left it there was one thought that ran through my head, and it had nothing to do with the decisions that had been made or the innovative partnership that we formed. It simply had to do with brotherhood, equality, and unity.
Driving over to Minister Lapid’s house I was a little nervous. Being welcomed into the home of one of Israel’s most influential leaders is truly an honor. I prayed to God that I would be able to successfully fulfill my mission of being the voice of pro-Israel Christians around the world, and to work on behalf of them to form worthy partnerships to strengthen Jewish people in need. With abundant humility, I thanked God for putting me in the position to meet with key Israeli leaders and I asked Him to put the proper words in my mouth to effectively declare His praises and perform His will, in order to strengthen the Holy Land.
My heart beat faster as I approached Minister Lapid’s home. I reminded myself that God is truly the one and only King of the world, and that the Minister, like me, is placed here on this earth with the responsibility to better it for the next generation. Yair Lapid certainly has prestige and influence, and his work is critically important for the state of Israel. Yet, in God’s eyes, I believe that we are all as important as any elected official; we just have different tasks to accomplish. That is why it was so comforting when I pulled up to the minister’s house and all my fears and assumptions melted away. Yes, it’s true: Israel’s finance minister lives in a modest townhouse.
When my father and I entered the Minister’s basement, which has been transformed into a small office, a smile crossed my face. There were no fancy goblets, designer curtains, or expensive art on the walls. It was modest and functional, with a few couches, simple wooden bookshelves, and a small desk with a computer. My father and I sat down feeling comfortable and at home.
When the minister entered the room, my father and I stood up to greet him and thank him for welcoming us into his home. He asked us if we’d like some coffee, and when we both answered yes he proceeded to the small kitchen in the corner to prepare the coffee himself.
Praise God, the meeting was wonderful, and we decided to create a partnership between the Israeli government and The Fellowship that will change the state of Israel forever by strengthening needy children and giving them equal opportunity. For many reasons, the evening was a success.
As I drove home, I felt elated. In Israel, civil servants serve the needs of the country with a deep belief that the Holy Land is where we belong, and that they have the opportunity and responsibility to better it. It seems to me that many of Israel’s leaders see themselves just as Esther came to see herself in the Bible: chosen by God “for such a time as this.” My meeting with Yair Lapid gave me yet another reason to love Israel: Here in the Holy Land, many of our leaders do not serve for the prestige – they serve to change things for the better.
With blessings from the Holy Land,