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    The Aviv project is recommended by:

    JohnPexJohn and Judy Pex"I have known Dov Bikas for twenty-eight years as a faithful brother and Olga since she became a believer here in Eilat. They are both visionaries and have started ministries of evangelism among Russian Jews, church planting in the Negev, working among the poor and needy in the Land of Israel, and among the prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, and abused women. I heartily endorse this work which, at this time, is one of the most fruitful ministries in Israel. I pray the Lord continues to bless them abundantly in their labor for Him."
    John and Judy Pex, managers of Shelter Hostel and leader of Messianic Eilat Congregation (I Corinthians 15:58.)

    Alliance Church, Jerusalem. The Alliance Church of Jerusalem has also written a letter of recommendation, you can read this letter here.

    Jonathan Goldberg, Operation Mobilisation, has written this letter of recommendation.

    Oleg Korotkoij, Head of the Russian Department, Israel College of the Bible. This year in Israel College of the Bible (in Netanya, Israel), for the first time in its history, a Russian program has been launched in addition to the existing ones in English and Hebrew. Many Russian-speaking pastors, teachers and leaders of various Christian organizations began their studies within the framework of this program. I would like to point out, however, a remarkable fact: nearly one half of the students of the new Russian Department are former drug addicts. These are people who had completed a rehabilitation program, received deliverance form their addictions by God's grace and started serving the Lord in various areas of ministry. Later they realized that they needed education to become more effective servants and went to study in our college. I consider the work of pastor Dov and his team among drug addicts and the homeless to be one of the most effective ministries in Israel, since many of those who were formerly addicted to drugs find the Lord, grow spiritually and become faithful servants in the Kingdom of God.

     

    Womens Shelter3In 2020 we opened our Shelter for women and their children in crisis like domestic violence, prostitution, human trafficking and extreme financial difficulties. The Shelter’s goal is to supply the women’s basic needs, while at the same time helping them get spiritual, psychological and legal support to overcome the crisis and find the way out of it into a healthy and independent social and spiritual life and safe and stable situation for them and their children.

    Government shelters for women and children do exist in Israel, but their help is limited and, of course, they do not provide spiritual help which, as we are convinced, is the most important element of assistance these women need. Only the Lord Jesus can truly heal and restore them and their families. Besides, government women shelters are intended only for victims of domestic violence who need to hide from their husbands. For women who find themselves in any other type of crisis mentioned above there is no real help. The social services may just take the children from the mother, leaving her to sink or swim.

    We strongly believe that this ministry is a great evangelistic tool that can show God’s love and care not only to women who are in need of help but also to many people around them – relatives, social workers, judges, etc. We also hope that eventually these women and children will join our local churches and will become a testimony and a blessing for them and for our society in general.

    Here is the link to an article about our Shelter posted on a Messianic Israeli website, “Keholah News”:

    https://news.kehila.org/new-messianic-womens-shelter-opens-in-beersheva/

    What kind of help will the tenants be getting?

    Spiritual:Womens Shelter4

    1) Bible studies and lessons

    2) Spiritual counseling

    Physical/residential:

    1) Accommodations

    2) Provision of food and help to meet other immediate physical needs

    Social

    1) Assistance in the social, legal, medical, etc. matters (consultations, support)

    2) Assistance with childcare

    Our Shelter also provides confidential counseling for women in crisis who are not in need of a shelter yet, but still want social, spiritual or legal advice.

    Since the Shelter has an openly Christian orientation, we cannot receive any financial support from the government or the municipality. Therefore we rely solely on God’s provision through donations from Christian organizations and individuals.

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