Olive Tree Ranch is excited to
be launching a new and unique version of discipleship in the Galilee
under the oversight of Tents of Mercy. It is a 6 month work-study program
providing indigenous Hebrew spiritual discipleship together with working
hours both in olive groves and on a goat-dairy farm. The participants are
paid a work scholarship stipend while investing the time and effort in
the discipleship content of the program. The first session will run from
Autumn 2013 through Spring 2014.
Many young Israeli believers are interested in a season of intensive
discipleship after being released from three intensive years of mandatory
army service. At the same time, they want to "get on" with life by
working and saving money for the next phase, such as university studies.
This work-study program meets both of these needs in an Israeli context
of pioneering and working the land, and has already generated much
interest among young Israeli believers. The program includes an early
morning discipleship regimen of the Word, worship and prayer followed by
a good day's work and then homework and reading assignments in the
Added Value Incentive: The Israeli government has an established
channel by which it gives recently released IDF soldiers a substantial
monetary bonus after they have worked for 6 months in agriculture (one of
the priority national economic sectors). This bonus makes the project
even more attractive.
The participants of the first session are a very promising group of young
men who recently completed their mandatory service in the Israeli army,
in combat and other mission-critical roles. They have joined this
work-study program even though they could easily save more money through
Early Mornings in the Word
For example, "E" served in the border patrol of the Israeli army rising
to become squad commander. After the army he worked in a well-paying
civilian job for some time until he felt clearly led by God to take a
break in order to have a season of focused spiritual growth. He was so
enthused about being a part of our program that he came early and began
serving before the official starting date!
We welcome donor partners who want to help cover expenses in launching
the program. If you are interested in helping with prayer or finances,
feel free to contact David by email:
Contributions can be made to Tikkun with a separate note
Olive Tree Ranch Discipleship".
Early morning worship
D & E working on the goat farm