It is a great joy to report that the first extended Olive Tree Ranch
Discipleship & Agriculture work-study program has been successfully
completed. Over the course of half a year, four young Israeli men from
central and northern Israel participated in indigenous Hebrew spiritual and
vocational discipleship, overseen by Tents of Mercy. This is a real
breakthrough and a step forward in what is available to Israelis in terms
Every morning He awakens
my ear (Isaiah 50)
The young men were thirsty for more of God. Every morning we came
together to the well of living water from 6:30 AM to 8:45 AM for a time of
meditation in the Word, praise and worship, prayer and teaching
application. Afterward we put in a full day's work serving
practically with olive trees, goats, pruning, farm maintenance, etc.
Feedback from Discipleship Participants:
"This program offers a fantastic combination of things I had been longing
to be part of, specifically a community lifestyle of walking with God
together, while at the same time maintaining a full-time work schedule."
Pruning away that which does
not produce fruit (John 15)
"I grew in the fruit of the spirit and received lots of good on-the-job
vocational experience fostering a diverse set of skills."
"On weekends back at home I found myself longing for our morning times
together in consistent, un-hurried pursuit of hearing God's voice.
This has been a very special time in my life."
"The internship was greater than I knew while I was in it. Only after I
finished and looked back did I realize what a strong effect it had. When I
came, I had no idea what Yeshua had in store for me. I came in faith,
following His lead, and His grace met me here. I soon discovered that I was
learning under an anointing. I also found that God had placed around me,
not necessarily the men whom I would have chosen to live so closely with,
but men who challenged me, sharpened me, and honestly cared for me. These
friendships are still valuable to me. The lifestyle that was offered, of
worship and study and service in community, surpassed all my expectations.
This simple life is rich. I came with a certain understanding of life in
Yeshua. While here, that understanding changed. My perspectives were
deepened and my horizons broadened."
We saw the promises playing out before our eyes:
"Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgements, and
keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant
and the mercy which He swore to your fathers ... He will bless ... your
[olive] oil, ... and the offspring of your flock, in the land
of which He swore to your fathers to give you." (Deuteronomy 7:12-13)
The offspring of your flock
One of our main service projects was pruning 500 olive trees to help
breathe new life into an olive grove that had been neglected for several
years. We are looking forward to harvesting this grove next year, believing
that the oil quantity it produces will increase.
Another project we helped with was the "offspring of your flock".
During these months a few hundred kid goats were born on the goat farm
where we did much of our service and vocational training. We helped "catch"
the babies, and then fed them by bottle until they learned to eat grain and
hay. The guys learned tangible lessons, translating Bible parables
regarding flocks and trees into personal understanding and application.
Many other parts of the Word have taken on special meaning such as:
"Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His
harvest" (Matthew 9:38).
"He goes before them and the flock follows Him, because they know
His voice" (John 10:4).
The program also included taking monthly field trip/prayer days out into
inspiring nature venues in the Galilee with historical and Biblical
significance. One day we had the surprise privilege of immersing a tourist
brother in the Jordan River and receiving prophetic messages for him.
Joy of the harvest (Isaiah 9)
We appreciate your prayers and support which made this first extended
session possible! Planning is already underway for the next session to
begin later this year.
If you are interested in helping this program through prayer, financial
support, or equipment purchase, please contact us