Beit Sar Shalom/Chosen People Ministries-Israel
Brian Slater was raised in a traditional but non-religious Jewish family in the San Fernando Valley in California. Before reaching his teens, however, he fell into drug and alcohol abuse. As Brian reached the end of high school, God rescued him out of the darkness to begin a new life of recovery and spiritual discovery with his Messiah Yeshua in 1987.
As a result of his new faith, Brian felt called to reach those with similar afflictions. He received his certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor as well as his nursing license in Los Angeles. During this whole time, Brian spent most of his days working and ministering in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers as well as locked down psychiatric units. His heart towards those suffering grew as he reached out to those in need of healing and deliverance, drawing on his life experiences and his study of the Bible and its power to change lives.
In 1996, Brian immigrated to Israel, where he met his Israeli wife, Racheli. They were married in 1997. Brian, Racheli and their three children permanently reside in Israel, reaching out to God’s chosen people. Racheli works as administrator for the largest messianic retreat and conference sports center that is also used for many messianic camps.
Brian is currently Director of the Netanya Humanitarian Aid Center and Soup Kitchen and has managed and established several others of the same works in Tel-Aviv. Most recently, an additional Food Pantry Outreach Center was established in the center of Netanya serving a big part of the Holocaust Survivor population. He works at times as a nurse, giving free medical care and assists in directing the day-to-day operations, leading Bible studies as well as counseling in a Messianic drug and alcohol treatment center in Netanya.
Poverty report and confirmation of vision: 1.77 million of Israel's residents are needy and approximately half of Israel's poor are children – at least 850,300. To make the picture clearer: According to a Dec. 26, 2010 poverty update some 5,500 kids have resorted to stealing food over the past year, 2,500 were forced to beg and 5,000 collected food that was thrown away. Moreover, 110,000 went to school without lunch, 100,000 have cut down on schoolwork to help provide for the family, and 260,000 walked around in torn shoes. Approximately 480,000 children went without dental treatments. The elderly population living under the poverty line does not fare much better than the needy children. According to the report, 71% are unable to pay for medicine and medical services – a 115% increase from five years ago. The biggest fear has been that 7% of the elderly are dying of starvation. About 75% of Israeli organizations report that demand for food by poor individuals has risen by 27%, compared to last year.
The above figures are a bit overwhelming; however they confirm that such ministries like ours are not only needed but also commanded by us as believers in Yeshua. My hope is to continue to expand and help others to establish such places to share the love of God.
Key Ministry Verses: Isaiah 61:1, Psalm 146:7-10, 1 Tim.6:18-19, James 1:27 and 2 Cor.1:3-7
When we bless, feed and clothe the poor, addicted, foreigner and Holocaust Survivors, we glorify God and call attention to the truth of Messiah Yeshua!
Key Prayer Points:
+Please pray for more laborers, intercessors and finances.
+Pray for the establishment of many more outreach centers that provide for the needy.
+Pray for abundance of food and clothing and other much needed materials
+Pray for protection of all workers on the front line.
Contact info: Brian & Racheli Slater- P.O.Box 5080, Kefar Yona, 40300, Israel
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