Jacob*, Missionary/Field Representative
Ariel Israel - Karmi'el
Jacob’s first interaction with Ariel Ministries began in 2001 when he attended Camp Shoshanah and was baptized by Mottel Baleston and Dr. Fruchtenbaum. He is a graduate of the Horizon School of Evangelism and holds a BA in Theology from Valparaiso University and a MBA from San Diego State. His ministry background includes short-term missions, teaching, and writing. Jacob officially joined the Ariel family in 2015. His calling is to the Jewish people in Eretz Israel. He will be discipling believers in a local congregation, assisting the pastor, and seeking opportunities to share Yeshua with others.
Jacob’s wife Rachel enjoys counseling women one-on-one, caring for babies, and witnessing to unbelievers. Rachel’s experiences include medical assisting, working as a live-in nanny, and short-term missions. Her family roots include many Messianic Jews going back at least into the 1800’s and a few pastors as well. She has homeschooled and roadschooled their 2 young sons, Joseph and Benjamin. As a family they have lived in small and major cities, farmed in the country, RV’d full-time and traveled through all 48 contiguous states.
During a trip to Israel in 2014, Jacob and Rachel visited Karmi’el to meet with a pastor they had been supporting. Upon learning of the discipleship needs in his congregation they began praying about joining him. Over the next few months they became aware of the many connections between Ariel and the Karmi’el congregation, and God made it clear that he was indeed calling them to this service.
Karmi’el is a modern city set in the mountains of Galilee, halfway between Capernaum and the Mediterranean Sea, and due north of Nazareth. There are over 50,000 residents, but only a few hundred believers. It is also a favorite destination of new immigrants and is expected to grow to 120,000 people. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.