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Tewodros (Teddy) Lema was born and raised in an Ethiopian Orthodox family by his grandparents until the age of 12. In 1996, he moved to Toronto, Canada to be with his mother and siblings. Despite attending a Pentecostal church with his mother for over five years, he refused to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He thought that accepting Jesus as Savior would be betraying his grandparents, who faithfully raised him in the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition. After many years of attending Bible studies with the church’s youth group, one day his heart was changed after reading Exodus 20:4. He came to believe and understand that Jesus was the only way, the truth, and the life. Teddy and Dvora both serve as missionaries in the Toronto branch. They have been married for close to 10 years. They have three children, who are also their best friends: Mielli, Tuvel, and Elroee.
Dvora was born in Ethiopia to a traditional religious Jewish family and was raised in Israel. She served as a lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces Education Corp for five years. After the army, she traveled to Pennsylvania to teach Hebrew in a Jewish summer camp. In 2011, she moved to Canada and met her husband, Teddy Lema, who is also a missionary with Jews for Jesus. Prior to coming on staff, Dvora worked as a Hebrew teacher at a Haredi pre-school in Toronto for three years. She speaks Hebrew, English, and Amharic. She came to faith in Yeshua in 2012 at the age of 23 when she went to visit her family in Israel. In that visit, she witnessed the power of Yeshua when He healed her sister in the most life-changing experience.
She is passionate about sharing the love of Yeshua with others and helping Jewish unbelievers see what she once denied and couldn’t see. Dvora and Teddy have three children: Mielli, Tuvel and Elroee.