SafeHouse Ministry-The House of Avraham.
Since 2013 two ministry houses have been raised up.
The first was when 8 homeless women were found sleeping around the wailing wall area. The Rabbis and authorities knew of the women, one being in prostitution with the Rabbis. As the sun rose the police would ruthlessly drive them away from the public eye. The ladies had not showered or changed clothes for months. The stench left in our shower took days to get rid of.These kinds of needs and others were the main reason this first house was started.
The last ministry house lasted 2 and a half years.The goal was to create community,communal living, and meetings, following the setting up of what we called a ‘Safehouse’ attracted the lonely ones, without family, who were spiritually hungry.
Due to problems with some enemies of the Gospel and of Messianic Jews, these houses only lasted for short periods of time.
We have now a group of mature people in Jerusalem, with different ministry gifts, eager to move forward and create a third “Safehouse”
Preparation for this ministry house
Preparing and building a team of Jewish and Gentile believers who will volunteer and work with us on a three-month rota basis.(shorter or longer if need be)
Our present possible staff for our new ministry center also includes friends,N and S.
S is a very personable, and has proved her ability to relate to the religious, who gravitate to her. She knows how to cultivate friendship and respect. She has skills in home-keeping so the basis of our ministry/outreach will be:
She will also help us with administration, book-keeping, and communication with our funders.
We realize the importance of communication and understand the inestimable value of those in the nations who want to partner with us.
N has been a friend of mine for many years and has teaching and technical skills along with a real grass-roots love for reaching the lost.
I will be involved with hospitality,teaching,writing and sending out information via my new built website
Shabbat meals(very important to community…the Orthodox thrive in community), weekly meetings and, during the day, having our religious acquaintances up for coffee and meals.
Teaching and writing ministry
We as a team will be including a ministry of writing and videoing.We desire to teach the hebraic/jewish background/context to the bible.
Political,Messianic and biblical prophecy articles will be sent out.
I have built a website and in time will be adding information,teaching,studies and videos.
Caring and hosting the poor and needy
Giving out food to the poor. This ministry is stated so many times in the scriptures.
This giving gives the opportunity for us to reach others with the greatest gift that anyone can receive-Salvation and relationship with and through the Lord Jesus(Yeshua)
Taking in new converts when needed-This will be a challenge and we will need wisdom and protection to know how,when and to whom.
Accommodating individuals joining us in ministry will be a necessary part of the SafeHouse
We will need help.How about you?
The Location of the Safehouse/Ministry Centre
The other two ministries in Jerusalem that have attempted to reach Orthodox have been violently forced out of their ministry homes by the Orthodox.
With this in mind, the house we want, and need is in a very secure building…the same building in which we established the most recent Safehouse apartment for two and a half years.
We chose this building because it is high class residential and is the only building that has 24-hour security…
No unauthorized person can have access and the security guard is instructed to call the police if someone unknown to them tries to enter the building.
This makes Orthodox who are coming to meals and meetings feel safe. There are also two secret ways to get them into building if they don’t want their peers to know they are keeping the company of Messianic Jews. This makes us able to work, minister out of sight in secret
- Hosting weekly meals, meetings,
- Discipleship and teaching,
- Giving out food to the poor
- Taking in new converts when needed
- accommodating individuals joining us in ministry
Important:We see this as a a joint Jewish/Gentile Mission.
The location is on the edge of Meah Sharaim, the most oldest famous religious neighborhood in Israel. This means Orthodox can visit us on foot on Saturdays without breaking the Sabbath. This will most likely become our main ministry day.
It is near Zion square. annually around 4,000 orthodox youth attempts to escape the religious communities, and escape to the secular side of the city, most of them congregate in Zion square with is the meeting please between the religious neighborhoods and the secular society
Zion square is Jerusalem’s main secular, cultural center, many schools, clubs all around the country come and preform songs, dances, pantomimes etc.
The flat has two sinks for washing, Orthodox who visit and fellowship with us won’t do so when we are not meeting the dietary laws. We need to keep dairy and meet separate/ also the uninstall used with dairy and meet stored separately and washed separately. This is a very basic need for entertaining Orthodox.
A security guard 24 hours a day
The flat is high up and sheltered so we can make some noise in meetings
Two secret entrances from two different streets.This is important so that Orthodox Jewish people do not get found out to be in contact with us and not risking themselves getting excommunicated from their communities.
The house Structured in a way where we can have more than one meeting simultaneously in different parts of the house without bothering one and other, also counseling and prayer rooms..
From experience, when Orthodox when they come to faith often get thrown out of their communities and need immediate accommodation.
“Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers-to Abraham,Isaac and Jacob-and to their descendants after them” Deuteronomy 1;8
There is a harvest among both Orthodox and secular Jews, and the common problem is there are not enough laborer’s who are willing to work when there is a harvest. We have a solid basis of good workers to start off.We have different gifting’s so that there is no competition,We complement one and other very well as well as having long-lasting friendships.
Accountability and transparency-we will be working and supervised by local messianic believing leaders along with a number of Pastors and leaders from overseas.
With this new direction and with some tours being cancelled I am needing to find sponsors and support.
Personal Monthly or Annual support-Rental for the family apartment for Ariella and the children along with food,education and the general cost of living.
Yes I will continue to Guide as much as I can so any tours that I have booked will go ahead as planned
But the Coronavirus is spreading and causing much fear and panic-(estimates are that global Tourism is losing US$47 billion per day-yes per day).
Support for the SafeHouse-The House of Avraham. Rental and monthly expenses for hosting,feeding and upkeep of house.
Transportation/Vehicle-Ideally we are wanting a Van for visitation and moving people around-picking people up and general needs.
We need partners who will help support this work of evangelizing the lost sheep of Israel. Please consider sowing to bring the Good News to the spiritually blind in Israel.
Please pray and consider supporting this new step in my life. If you or your Church would like to partner with us then please let me know.
Yeshua the King’s Great Commision
Before his ascension, Yeshua said to his disciples; … you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and through all of Judah, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:7-8.
I close with some verses of strength and comfort
In the midst of troubled and uncertain times. We have had hundreds of rockets and missles fired over to our land in the last month.Our Political situation is still very unstable after last weeks elections which saw another deadlock over a majority to build a coalition. With the Coronavirus spreading we really are in perilous times.
Jesus said that mens hearts will fail them for fear and for looking after the things that are coming on the earth.
But then he said”Lift up your heads;for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 2126,28
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Shalom from Jerusalem,and Happy Purim(Feast of Esther)
P.S.– For those of you who are asking how to send some support-or who are interested in purchasing my recordings of tours-you can do so by one of the following ways:-
1)Check sent whereby you are wanting final year statement for tax purposes- please send to the following.
The House of Stephanas’
1005 Elaine Trail, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Note:Please designate your checks to Aharon Levarko.
2) For a direct deposit to bank just request personal bank details.
3)To send something in the mail please ask for details for mailing address
Here is my PayPal
Different ways of Donating to the ministry
The uniqueness of this ministry
We give the gospel to Orthodox Jews and everybody freely. Most ministers in Israel are non-profit meaning they have an agreement with the government not to give the gospel.
After consultation with Christain Lawyers concerning the nature of our ministry, it was recommended to us that we should become a company. This means we can legally bring financial monetary support into the country for our work.
If you would like tax decorations from the country of your residence, this can be arranged in America and Ireland. We are working on other countries.
We are doing a vital work here and we ask you to make the effort to support regularly even if it means you don’t get a tax reduction.
We have a bank account in Israel,America and in New Zealand under Netanels personal name temporary until our Israel accountant decides we are ready for her to change our status to a company
We will be giving a quarterly statement of money received and what it used for.
For bank details or details of a tax-deductible donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org