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I grew up in a believing household; my parents came to faith when I was 6 years old. My step-dad started visiting a congregation in Beer Sheva (south of Israel) and accepted Yeshua as his savior. Not long afterwards my mum came to faith as well. I grew up in a congregation called ‘Grace and Truth’ and was part of the youth group, went to conferences in the summer and acted like a believer. Although I knew from an early age that God had His hand on my life, I was never willing to accept Christ into my heart. I felt that giving God my life was an irreversible step and I wasn’t ready to totally commit to Him. I was sitting on the fence trying to benefit from God and from the world.
At the age of 16 I started practicing music and at 17 formed a rock band. I loved being on a stage, playing and singing for my ego and my own “glory”. At the same time, I was also part of the worship team in church. I felt like I was serving two lords; God and myself, mainly myself. A time came when God touched my heart, I couldn’t do it any longer. I decided to put all my talents, all my capabilities, all that I am into God’s hands. I gave it all to Jesus, asking him to be my Lord, repenting of my pride and sin. I accepted Jesus as my Messiah giving him all that I am and decided to live my life building His kingdom – not mine.
I honorably discharged from the army in 2012 with a thirst for God’s word. There was a hunger to get to know Him more, spend time with Him and enjoy Him. I opted to serve and study at the “Shelter” Eilat, then did a 3-month discipleship program, where I met my beautiful future wife, Gefen who I married in 2014. Shortly afterwards I went on an outreach program with Jews for Jesus to India and started working with JFJ in the young adults ministry, evangelizing at cultural events and on the streets of Tel – Aviv, sharing the good news about Yeshua.
Gefen grew up in a believing home in Israel. When she was 14 years old, Gefen accepted Yeshua as her savior, but struggled with her faith during high school and military service. After finishing the army, she renewed her relationship with the Lord and participated in a 3 month discipleship program, where she also met her future husband Boris. In 2013, Gefen joined the staff of Jews for Jesus as part of the Youth and Young Adult Missionary team; helping to host events at the Moishe Rosen Center and to lead weekly meetings for women, youth, and soldiers. Over the last few summers, she has also been a part of training and sometimes leading our Massah teams, where groups of young messianic believers travel to India to share the gospel with Israeli backpackers. Because of her faith struggles as a young adolescent, Gefen truly has a heart to minister and disciple teenage girls, soldiers and young women.
Richard is a UK based-Jewish believer in Jesus (Yeshua) who has served with the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish people (CMJ) and as UK Director of Jews for Jesus. He became a believer in Jesus in 1974 from a Liberal (Reform) Jewish background. He taught Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at All Nations Christian College, UK, and was Academic Dean and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He is a past President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). His PhD was supervised by Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok and is published as Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive Approach (2009). He is now Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus, and spends his time writing, teaching, training, mentoring and drinking coffee in UK, Israel and around the world. His most recent book “Luther and the Jews: Putting Right the Lies” (Wipf and Stock, 2017) is a timely contribution to the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. He is married to Monica, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, and has two children and three grandchildren. my story
After Ziggy completed his post-doctoral studies in mathematics, a friend invited him to church, where he completed a course called Christianity Explored.” Ziggy then read Mark’s gospel and wondered: “Have I found the Messiah?” But he reasoned, “How can I accept Jesus as the Messiah when the rabbis have been rejecting him for the last two thousand years?” After reading the life story of Stan Telchin, Betrayed, Ziggy realized it was possible to be Jewish and believe in Jesus! When he pored over the prophesies in the Hebrew Scriptures, he became convinced that Jesus was indeed Israel’s promised Messiah. Ziggy joined Jews for Jesus as a full-time missionary in 2009.