Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Call to Israel

Reasons to Support the Compassion Team in Israel:

  • Judith and the children have citizenship in Israel and do not need to rely on visas.  Michael has permanent residency and the right to citizenship as Judith’s Husband.  The Israeli government limits the number of visas they give out and often denies visas for Christian workers.
  • Judith and the children speak Hebrew at a mother-tongue leave, allowing the children to attend public school and allowing Judith to communicate with Israelis in their own language.  Michael has also recently achieved a “High Level” score on a Hebrew proficiency exam given by the Israeli government.
  • Michael has a ministry certificate with the Assemblies of God, and his secular experience as an Accounting Supervisor gives him the leadership tools and knowledge needed to direct our ministry in Israel.  Michael also served on the council and as treasurer for an Assemblies of God congregation in North East Philadelphia.  
  • Michael and Judith have a heart for the people of Israel, and Judith’s gift of hospitality and language skills allow her to build trusting relationship and touch people’s lives.

We are currently the only members of Jacob’s Hope who have the ability to live full-time in Israel and reach the people of Israel in the primary language spoken here.  Our ministry here has recently received a certificate of good standing from the Israeli government, which could not be done from outside of Israel or with short term visas, and gives us a greater ability to work with local believers and serve the needs of the Israeli people.

We have our own budget and need to raise our own support, which is completely separate from Jacob’s Hope.  Although Jacob’s Hope funds many of the projects we do in Israel, they are not able to pay us a salary.  

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.  And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14, NIV

We are not being threatened with destruction as the Jews were in Persia, nor have we come to a royal position, but God has placed us in Israel, for such a time as this, with the talents and abilities to serve Him here, bringing relief and deliverance to the Jews.  And He is giving you this opportunity to be a part of this ministry.

We need you to support our family in order to continue the work we started with Jacob’s Hope in Israel. 
Commitments to us can be made through the Assemblies of God using the green "Donate Now" button on the right of this post. 

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