"The re-birth on the land is fleshed out by living on it, connecting to it and farming the land so as to restore its fruitfulness. For over 100 years this has been a central and vital part of Zionism - pioneers cooperating together to settle the deserted places and make the land flourish once again."






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"This aspect of "on the land" is an important, if occasionally forgotten, part of God's restoration of Israel. It is a neglected dimension of restoration that needs to be present in the Messianic Jewish remnant in Israel. God's promises and blessings are for all areas of life, including the land we live on and the fruit it produces."
 
 

After 2000 years of exile, Israel is being re-birthed:

    In the Spirit - by prayer,
    Through Politics - by diplomacy and the military,
    On the Land - by pioneering kibbutzim and other agricultural villages.

The re-birth on the land is fleshed out by living on it, connecting to it and farming the land so as to restore its fruitfulness. For over 100 years this has been a central and vital part of Zionism - pioneers cooperating together to settle the deserted places and make the land flourish once again.

THE VISION OF THE OLIVE TREE RANCH

The vision of the Olive Tree Ranch is to help reconnect believers from Israel and abroad, with the "LAND" of the land of Israel. At the same time and through activities centered on restoring the land we are seeking to produce not only physical fruit, but spiritual and relational fruit as well. This aspect of "on the land" is an important, if occasionally forgotten, part of God's restoration of Israel. It is a neglected dimension of restoration that needs to be present in the Messianic Jewish remnant in Israel. God's promises and blessings are for all areas of life, including the land we live on and the fruit it produces. This is expressed throughout Scripture, often referring specifically to the land of Israel: "If the LORD is pleased with us, He will bring us into this land, and will give it unto us, a land which is flowing with milk and honey" (Numbers 14:8).

The Olive Tree Ranch is located in an agricultural village on a hill surrounded by forests and farmland in the Eastern Galilee. So far it includes an olive grove, a fruit tree orchard, grape vines, a vegetable garden, and several goats. Here believers from Israel and the nations are jointly worshiping and working the land, in a practical outworking of the two branches of the Romans 11 olive tree. The primary spiritual connection and covering is Tents of Mercy, whose network congregations are among the users of the ranch. Other Israeli congregations and groups also utilize the ranch, as do fellow believers from the nations.

MAIN AREAS OF ACTIVITY

Our 3 main areas of activity are:

  • Discipleship Internships
  • Children's Outdoor Adventure
  • Volunteer Service Opportunities

DISCIPLESHIP INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

Our heart is to encourage and equip believers, especially young men in the 18-30 age range, with programs geared for Israelis in Hebrew and programs geared for visitors from abroad in English. The prophet declared: "the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers" (Isaiah 61:5). We have had the joy of seeing young men from abroad literally fulfill this scripture as they work among the vines with pruning shears in hand!

The ranch offers Israelis a focused, healing environment away from the bustle of modern Israeli city life. Interns from abroad experience Israel as they live, work and worship together on the land.

The internship programs consist of:

Worship - Extended daily worship and prayer

Word - Daily teaching from the Bible by ranch staff and Israeli pastors

Work - Harvesting olives, tending grapevines, gardening, goat herding, volunteering at humanitarian aid centers, etc.

Wilderness - Weekly hikes and field trips into nature settings, biblical/historical archeological sites, etc.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AND SCOUTING FOR CHILDREN OF ISRAELI CONGREGATIONS

Throughout the year, the Olive Tree Ranch hosts groups of children from Israeli congregations. We endeavor to make the Scriptures come alive with activities that that help the children experience how it must have felt to make mud bricks for Pharaoh in Egypt, or to fight the pagan Hellenists for the right to worship the God of Israel, as celebrated in Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication.

Character traits such as cooperation and teamwork are applied through tangible, enjoyable games. We also acquaint the children with God's blessing on the land, by growing fruits and vegetables, raising goats and just by being in and enjoying nature.

These activity days provide unique hands-on experiences and fun in an environment that is different from the kids' daily urban routine.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

We work with groups and individuals who want to participate in hands-on serving: picking olives, gardening/landscaping at the ranch, cleaning up litter along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and other tasks.

The ranch and its activities are subsidized and made possible by donations given through Tikkun. Special thanks goes out to those who have already supported, prayed, worked on the ranch and volunteered with children's programs!

"And the tree of the field will yield its fruit, and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure in their land; and they will know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bars of their yoke, and have delivered them" (Ezekiel 34:27).

Registration is open for 2012 Internship programs for young men 18 - 30. The next program is scheduled for October 15, 2012 - November 29, 2012. Please contact us if you are interested in being part of an internship program.

Feel free to contact us at: 1olive.tree.ranch@gmail.com








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Comments:
08:21 02Jul12 Haghios -
I suggest to make an experiment: try to graft a branch of wild olive tree on the trunk of a good olive tree. I want to see the result. Is there some amelioration, an improvement of the fruit of the wild olive tree?

11:37 02Jul12 Beverly Schneider -
This is great David!! I like the whole concept. I am thinking about different church groups here that like to go on short-term missions trips and who have a love for or a need-to-know-about Israel. Please let me know how they might go about doing this and what the costs involved would be for them. I am proud of what you are doing. You guys are great!!

11:53 02Jul12 Lisa Sowry -
My heart really connected with this article. Here in the States, we have what we have termed "City of Refuge" on our hearts, and it sounds much the same as Kibbutzim, with the added purpose of taking in those who need a safe place to land for a season. Loved this article and wish I could travel to Israel to see how you all do it, and learn from you! The Lord Bless and Keep you.

15:40 02Jul12 PR How wonderful it is to know there is a place like this! -

23:16 02Jul12 Tony Rolt -
It is exciting to see the LORD&039;s word being for filled before our very eyes. Scripture after Scripture is being fulfilled. As a gentile believer it is wonderful to see God working both with the Jewish believers and gentile believers. We have truly been grafted into the Jewish olive tree.

15:47 30Jul12 S. Lewis -
WHAT A BLESSING! I am an long-time supporter of Israel and Jerusalem and a firm Believer of the Word and what was spoken/prophesied by the Spirit through the Prophets. It is such a blessing to know of ways to continue to partner and support Israel, particularly through tree-planting and/or working the land in order to see the deserts bloom/flourish as was written in the Scriptures and promised by JHVH YHWH, now being fulfilled by heirs and descendants of the forefathers, and partnerships. I have never visited the Land of (Covenant) Promise; however, it is a Lifetime Dream to come to this Wonderful Blessed Land. May Thank you for your obedience to God and may He Reward you abundantly for your faithfulness and labor of love.

12:46 31Jul12 Maritess Samuelle Sanchez -
"Two Olive trees" ... in Zechariah 4: 3 - They represent the Eyes of the LORD which run to and fro through the whole earth! And, "two anointed ones that stand by the LORD of the whole earth!" "O Israel, you bearest not the root, but the root thee!" (Romans 11:18)


Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Did God Command Genocide?
Marty Shoub: I Have Installed My King
Mati Shoshani: Human Trafficking in Israel