27 November 2014

King of the Extras Meets King of the Universe


From time to time, we like to share the personal stories of some of the people in the ministries we work with.  Believers in Israel only make up 0.2% of the population, and yet God has established either home groups, prayer centres, or congregations in every city across the Land!

Hovav is a Jewish Israeli, born in 1944 during the time of the British Mandate. His long acting career, both on stage and screen playing comedic and supporting roles, led to a local filmmaker calling him "...the 'King of the Extras' who has appeared in every Israeli film made in the last 30 years."

The 1979 Jesus Movie
It was the opportunity to perform as an extra during the making of an extraordinary movie, that led Hovav to meet the King of Kings.  The 1979 film 'Jesus' was filmed in Israel using many local Israeli actors. Hovav was amazed by the story of the great Rabbi who taught with such wisdom. It was as he watched take after take of the crucifixion scene, that the love of the Saviour who gave his life on the cross touched him deep in his heart. He accepted Yeshua as his promised Messiah and Lord.

With an acting colleague during filming
Hovav has been following the Lord for over 30 years. He is the oldest member of Adonai Roi Messianic Congregation in Tel Aviv - sitting in the front row every Shabbat. This summer, Adonai Roi held a special birthday celebration for his 70th birthday. The congregation sang and prayed for their new septuagenarian as they dined and celebrated together, listening to his many testimonies and stories.

Pray for Hovav as he begins this new season in his life. Pray also for many opportunities for Israelis to hear the Gospel and to meet Immanuel (God with us), the King of the Universe, face to face!