SHALOM in the name of Yeshua. We are a Messianic Jewish family originally from Auckland, New Zealand. Myself, my wife Josie, and our two sons, Stefan and Jordan. We immigrated to Israel in 1992 after we both clearly heard the LORD direct us to do so. We have live on the top of Mt. Carmel in norther Israel since 1993. In August 2008 the family grew as Stefan married Keren, a worship leader and songwriter from Jerusalem. And then in 2011 our delightful grand-daughter Avigail was born. In August 2014 we were blessed with another grand-daughter, Danielle. Josie and I are members of Carmel Assembly and Stefan, Keren and Jordan are members of the Hebrew speaking daughter congregation, Karem El. (the Vineyard of God). Stefan was ordained a pastor of Kerem El in 2016. Jordan is a gifted graphic designer and video editor/producer. Josie and I praise and thank the LORD for our wondeful family.
HOW WE CAME TO FAITH
Josie was brought up in a Christian home and she recommitted her life to the Lord in 1986 and after praying for me for the next year, I was radically saved in 1987. In secular life I was a salesman, a gifting which equates to an evangelist in the Kingdom. From the first day I received the Lord, I have had a natural unction to share the Gospel. Josie is a committed intercessor and prayer warrior.
We believe the full Gospel according to the Old and New Testaments and that YESHUA (Jesus) is the Messiah of both Jew and Gentile. We also believe that God’s Covenant with the Jewish people is eternal and that it is central to His end-time plan that the Jewish people return to their ancient homeland in these days, in preparation for their national Salvation. Then they will finally fulfill their calling to be ‘a Kingdom of Priests, a Holy nation’. (Ex 19:6, Is 11:11-12, Rom 11:26 and 29). When the restoration of Israel is complete, then Yeshua will return to re-establish the Kingdom of God in the Earth – in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the nation of Israel.
WHY WE MOVED TO ISRAEL:
We had visited Israel twice as tourists, but were quite comfortable and happy living a safe lifestyle in the peace and prosperity New Zealand offered. Late 1991 God spoke to me seven times in one week, calling us to come to Israel. The scriptures He led me to were 1 Kings 17:2-3 and Zechariah 2:7. I told Josie and He then confirmed His Word to her by way of a vision, which was confirmed through the song, ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord’. (Isaiah 2:3). In obedience we initiated the paperwork with the Auckland synagogue and by August 1992 we were in a new immigrant absorption centre in Haifa. After living in very basic conditions for seven months while learning Hebrew, God led us to rent an apartment on Mt Carmel. For the next 3 years, we fellowshipped at Carmel Assembly with many other new immigrant families. For the next 16 years we served and fellowshipped at Tents of Mercy congregation of which we were founding members. In 2010, the Lord called us back to worship on the top of Mt. Carmel at Carmel Assembly where we began. Josie is involved in an intercession watch there. Most of the people who we fellowship with are also Messianic Jews who have returned from the nations in recent years. We believe it is God’s will that Messianic Jews return to live in Israel, as well as secular and religious Jews.
OUR LIFE IN ISRAEL:
In 1994 David opened a small business detailing cars. The first years were extremely difficult as the Israeli market place was so vastly different to New Zealand, in every way. After 5 years the business was going well, with Salvatore, an Arab Christian brother, working with David. Once the Lord led us to move into ministry, David left the car detailing work behind
Israel is a very difficult place to make it financially, but we believe our business was an example to others, both believers and non-believers, that in spite of the often talked about “giants in the Land” that really do exist and do their best to break you mentally and spiritually, it is possible to make it, righteously, in Israel. This work gave David incredible opportunities to share the Lord with people as he worked on their cars. One of his first customers, Paul Sherbow, came to the Lord and now ministers to many people through an internet based radio and TV station.
painful “heart operation” in both of us, to change us and prepare us for the ministry He knew all about since the day we were born. Josie assists David in the administration ministry work of Out of Zion. She also travels to minister with him on some of his trips. She also heads up an email based international intercession network, Intercessors for the Restoration of Israel (I.R.I.) Intercessors For Israel This network focuses on praying in the things that will bring about the full restoration of Israel, thus hastening the coming of the Messiah and bringing real peace to Israel and the World and she is also currently involved in an intercessory watch on Mt. Carmel.
Our two sons have grown up in Israel. They attended regular Israeli schools and at age 18, they went into the Israeli army, both serving in specialised combat units. Stefan reached the rank of deputy company commander and was involved in the 2nd Lebanon War of 2006. Jordan rose to the rank of platoon commander, and was involved in the Gaza War in January 2009. They are both now finished their compulsory army service. They continue to serve in the IDF Reserve Force. They are both testimonies of God’s supernatural protection after all their dangerous assignments in the army and in mortal danger during the times of the war/s . It is a miracle we still have them here with us today.
Stefan and Keren were married in August 2008. They live close by on the slopes of Mt Carmel with their two daughters Avigail and Danielle. Stefan is now a pastor at Kerem El congregation in Haifa. Keren is a very gifted worship leader and songwriter, and produced an wonderful worship 12 track CD in Hebrew.
If you want to hear a sample of her songs go to www.kerensilver.com
Jordan had a supernatural experience that brought him back into a vibrant relationship with God in 2012. He is a qualified, creative graphic designer and manages his own graphic design business.
Stefan, Keren, Avigail & Danielle Jordan
HOW CAN YOU BE PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING ?
We are seeking out those who would stand with us in our work in Israel and in our ministry to the nations. We need much prayer support for our well-being and for the effectiveness of our ministry. We are always thankful for practical support as well, that enables us to exist here in Israel, accomplish being lights to the nations, and ministering to our people here in Israel.
Will you pray for the Lord’s guidance as to how you can be co-workers with Him and us, in this most important mission-field. The Restoration of Israel will bring about the coming of the Lord. (Acts 3:19-21)
The Lord bless you, and keep you,
The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you,
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
In Messiah Yeshua
David and Josie