... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


A Symphony of Hope

The 26th of March 2011 we went to a concert of the Hineni Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra that performs out of solidarity with the Israeli people and to support survivors of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. Personally I wasn't brought up with the orchestra music genre, but the aim of this orchestra appealed to me, and ...

... I thought we should give our support too. Last year when I red about this orchestra, I didn't have a clue of how or when we should do this.

It became clear when I started to do arrangements to celebrate our wedding anniversary in November 2010. We talked about what we would like to receive as a present from our family and friends. We decided a gift for an organization would be great. I thought of the Hineni Symphony Orchestra and their support for the Hineni Center in Jerusalem.

Hineni Center Jerusalem

Hineni means: "her I am", as in,   
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

In 1995 Benjamin Philip, a Dutch Jew, founded the Hineni Center Jerusalem. This organization helps people who survived terrorist attacks to deal with the problems they encounter in their daily life. Often they have to learn to coup with emotional, psychological, social and financial difficulties. It could take years, and maybe their whole life to get their lives back on track.

You could ask, why doesn't the government in Israel do something about this? It seems the government doesn't have enough budget to give these people proper help and attention on a long term. So private organizations such as the Hineni Center in Jerusalem has to step in to give support. Mister Benjamin Philip and his team are dedicated to do this work, which is only possible thanks to the people who give contributions to the organization of Hineni Center Jerusalem.

At our wedding anniversary party, we told our family and friends about our visit to Jerusalem last February, and we put the DVD of the Hineni Center Jerusalem, in which a few people they were supporting told their story, on. We wanted them to see to whom the gift they gave us would go. We were grateful they responded well to this and we thanked them for their gift. And the orchestra?


We became ambassadors of the Hineni Symphony Orchestra, which also is able to do its work by means of contributions done by people who support them. We went with our loved ones to a promotion concert they gave Saturday the 26th of March this year, and we also invited friends for the concert.

That Saturday, during the whole day before we went to the concert, my heart was completely at peace, serene and full of prayer. I was praying constantly, and during the week before that Saturday the following words were and remained in my mind,

5 You prepare a  b a n q u e t  for me, where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an  h o n o r e d  guest and fill my cup to the brim.
Psalm 23 (Good News Translation)

When we arrived, our friends were already there, we got our tickets and we also received a demo double-CD from which one will be distributed in Israel. If we wanted we could write our name on it, which I did. It had a text written in Dutch and also in Hebrew that I couldn't reed. This remembered me of some one I spoke to on the plane on our trip to Israel. How it always goes on a plane when trying to find your seat, you ask another passenger for you to pass through to your own. This lady didn't speak English, so in whichever way possible I inquired about her language. She made clear she spoke Hebrew and Russian. I thought maybe it's time to learn Hebrew. Same thought again. Homework!

A Symphony of Hope

We found ourselves a place to sit, and I went with our loved ones up front where everything was ready for the musicians, of whom just a few were present. I started talking with them about the many different instruments when a gentleman picket up his violin and started playing the notes for us. That was really nice, and I felt so welcome. Thank you.

During the concert a letter of Benjamin Philip, who at that time was in Jerusalem, was red to us. On the repertoire of the orchestra was also music out of A Symphony of Hope of Geoff Bullock with arrangement of P. Terracini, from which the orchestra also played The Power of Your Love, which was very beautiful and emotional to me. This is also a song that is often sang in Christian communities, for example by ♫ Hillsong, Darlene Zscheck. And in different languages, also in ♫ Spanish.

The power of God the Almighty Father's love that gives his children hope and can carry them at all times through all circumstances.

The concert ended with all present giving a stand up ovation for the orchestra and its conductor Mr Lubertus Leutscher. After which they played the cheerful Klezmer Karnival of Ph. Spark again for us, while we were all clapping under expert guidance of the conductor. It was a wonderful evening which we all enjoyed. I sincerely recommend the Hineni Symphony Orchestra to you.

Indeed, it was a music banquet and because of the private violin lesson to our loved ones, I felt we were treated as honored guests. Thank you.

6 I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
and your house will be my home as long as I live.  Amen, thank you Father.
Psalm 23

God bless you,

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- more information, hineni-orchestra.org
- Darlene Zscheck thank you for your version of The Power of Your Love, Hillsong Music.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Stories