What is the main focus of your activities today?
The nations are raging against Israel. HaYovel brings Christian volunteers to serve Israel’s farmers, providing quality work, hearts of love and a positive international voice. Our volunteers deepen their relationship with the Jewish people and the God of Israel.
How long have you been doing that?
What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
So far, this year we have hosted 53 volunteers who pruned about 200 dunams of vines, produced a 30 day devotional called “Christians Meet Israel”, produced a book called “Jesus loves the Temple Mount”, started a weekly livestream educational program, continued our weekly “Joshua and Caleb Report” podcast, and continued our weekly “Heartland Report” email news blast. Before the year’s over we hope to finish another book project, host several hundred more volunteers, plant a couple thousand trees and whatever else the good Lord gives us to do!
How did you get to where you are today?
It was a very layered process! Other than God (of course), my parents are the main reason why I’m where I’m at. They began questioning unbiblical Christian doctrines and cultural norms then began testing the water for biblical alternatives. The first steps in their journey was to become more God aware and more biblically studied, which led to being more family focused and many major lifestyle changes.
What is your “testimony”?
I was born in Kentucky and raised in the hills of Tennessee, but found my life calling on the mountains of Samaria in the Heartland of re-born Israel. At the age of thirteen I dedicated my life to the God of Israel and professed Yeshua (Jesus) as my Lord and Savior. Little did I know, this commitment would lead me to a thriving vineyard on the Mount of Blessing in Samaria.
It was there, during the grape harvest of 2007, that the call was made clear – Almighty God was resurrecting the land and people of Israel and the nations needed to participate! That following year, in recognition of my managerial giftings that had blossomed while farming with my family in Tennessee, HaYovel’s Board of Directors voted me in as Director. After six years of much growth and success, I was promoted to the position of Executive Director.
In the spring of 2012, I chose Becca Jackson to be my bride. We are now the proud parents of four lionhearted little boys and two sweet, little girls.
For over two years I hosted a weekly radio show called “The Heartland Connection.” The stories from my unique life experience combined with thought provoking teachings from the Scripture have been broadcast around the globe.
Worshiping God through music and song is also a passion of mine. I began leading worship at our congregation at age 15. Together with my extended family and friends, we have produced several albums.
I am a leader and teacher in our congregation, and am dedicated to walking with, equipping and undergirding God’s people in the nations, empowering them to serve the God of Israel, bringing about the restoration of all things!
What do you think God is doing with regard to Jewish-Christian relations?
I think God is divinely orchestrating opportunities for Jews and Christians. I believe that God has opened the door for Christians to come to newly reborn Israel and join Him in bringing about the land and people’s restoration. Through this unconditional love and support for the Jewish people God has made a way for Christians to repent for the grievous sins they committed against the Jewish people.
As Christians from all nations come to Israel and find this place of biblical love, support and service, the Jewish people’s opportunity is to embrace it as a move of God. I see it as the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham that all the nations of would be blessed through him! It is also the fulfillment of Israel’s calling to be a “light unto the nations”. Israel being miraculously restored is a great testimony to the world. Allowing the nations to come see it, take part in it and touch it with their own hands is having a massive impact on the nations. It is sanctifying God’s name in the earth.
As these opportunities are being taken up and lived out, we are making significant steps towards the final redemption, when all the nations will come to worship the God of Israel at the Temple in Jerusalem. If we can accomplish that together, then I think we have fulfilled our roles in this world. May it come to pass soon and in our days!