"One of our goals is to reach native Israelis. Most of our leadership team is made up of native Israelis and it appears that is helping draw others hungry for strengthening their foundations in the Lord."
 
 

Sha'ar HaKerem Discipleship Center
By Jonathan, Discipleship Center Co-Leader

Sha'ar Hakerem (The Vineyard Gate) is the discipleship center Revive Israel runs in cooperation with Yad Hashmonah (a Messianic Jewish moshav). We are privileged to receive young people from all areas of Israel, all backgrounds, and phases of relationship with God.

The semester that just ended has been our best ever. We are getting closer and closer to the goals we set for ourselves. For example, this semester all of our discipleship students grew up in Israel. This is very exciting because one of our goals is to reach native Israelis. Most of our leadership team is made up of native Israelis and it appears that is helping draw others hungry for strengthening their foundations in the Lord.

Below is a sampling of some of the latest students from this semester:

Ami (pronounced ah-mee) - Ami has just finished high school and had a few months before his obligatory military service. Ami took it upon himself to use this time to strengthen his spiritual life just as he had taken time to strengthen his physical body for army service (and boy is his body strong!). During this past semester of intensive discipleship, Ami was focused on understanding the work of the Holy Spirit, hearing His leading, and implementing it all into his daily life.

Boni (pronounced bone-ee) - Boni, is a 19 year old Sabra (native Israeli) and second generation believer in the Land. He has a deep understanding of the Word. Boni worked toward implementing Kingdom principles in daily life and achieving freedom from spiritual wounds of the past.

Daveed (Hebrew for David) - Daveed has experienced a lot in his 30 years of secular Israeli life. The Revive Israel team immersed him a couple of months before the intensive discipleship semester began and has continued pressing in to his relationship with God. Daveed greatly enjoys spending long hours alone with the Lord. During his time with us, he has been working on God's calling for his life, God's will concerning specific personal relationships, and receiving what others have to offer.

Yosef (Hebrew for Jospeh) - Yosef was an unexpected blessing as a participant in the program who contacted us after seeing a flyer. Yosef is unique to our program in a few ways. First, he has deep spiritual understanding and passion. Second, he is an Ethiopian Messianic Jew. Third, he came to us already stable in his walk with the Lord. In Yosef's case, I think we received as much from him as he from us.

While we are excited that these indigenous Israelis have been helped to become a little more like Yeshua, we also know that the road ahead of us is still long. So rejoice with us that these young people are being prepared for the harvest that will fulfill the promise "all Israel shall be saved" and cry out with us for the many others that have not!

By Jonathan
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Anointing And Integration
Eitan Shishkoff: On Their Shoulders
Moshe Morrison: Lord of the Hamantaschen
A Day in the Life of Sha'ar HaKerem