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November 3, 2017 in Newsletter, Uncategorized

Thank you for supporting us throughout yet another year here in Israel, with your prayers and financial blessings.

As the holidays are upon us, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chanukah, we realize our website has not been updated for quite a long time and we would like to use this years ending newsletter to catch everyone up. (Ketchup, get it?)

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The Ark has been moving along, in more ways than one. The Ark was in search of a new Ark house when Ark Director Polly realized she could utilize her own home for these ladies since one of her foster children was moving on. Bless her!

We love to welcome women and their children.  It doesn’t matter if they are Arab or Jewish, or even from other countries.  It doesn’t matter what language they speak whether it be Russian, Hebrew or English.

Polly and our lovely Ark teacher Stacey have begun studying Arabic. After all, the very first Ark woman was Arab. Gratefully she spoke perfect Hebrew. That being said, we do live and work in a land where Arabic is almost as common as Hebrew. No sooner had they began their first lesson that Polly got a phone call asking us to accept an Arab woman. What are the odds?

Polly couldn’t turn down our new student just because she wanted her beloved dog by her side and since woman are often accompanied by their children, how could we turn down this woman’s member of the family? So, yes we are accepting this new student and her beloved pet.

Women, children, pets, how fitting for the Ark!

We still continue to do Ark jewelry.  We love getting special orders from those in our Messianic Fellowship here in Arad and elsewhere.  We are especially grateful when large groups come to bless us with their presence and perhaps even buy a piece or two. Oh how the women’s faces light up when their piece has been selected! Their sense of accomplishment is beautiful to witness.

We also enjoy watching our former students settle into new lives. A former student is once again doing this website, so check out all the new jewelry pictures that will soon be posted! She is also the new secretary and this is something Polly has praying about for quite some time.

A volunteer and her young son have received their Israeli citizenship and moved into their own place right here in Arad. She has just finished an intensive Hebrew course and now the two of them are embracing their new lives in this amazing land.

Barbara, the hair school instructor is back home in America and dearly missed.  Also, dearly missed is a recent volunteer who was with us for a couple of months and just got her MA in Business as well as a new job in her field of study. Of course we pray blessings upon blessings upon them as they have always been a blessing to us.

Now that the Ark has been incorporated into the director’s house, we are no longer in need of temporary volunteers, but we would like to thank those who were willing to come, just the fact that they were willing to come and serve, shows a lot to their character and love for the Lord’s work.

Please pray for us as we continue to accept new students into our hearts and lives. It is you, our prayer warriors and supporters that keep us encouraged. Never forget that we pray daily for you and it is our sincere hope that you are blessed beyond measure as you are more priceless to us than words can describe.

Testimonial

April 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

                                                         -RESTORATION IN THE NEGEV-

 

When I knocked on the door to a strange house in the middle of the Negev desert, I was an emotionally and spiritually shattered woman. With my little girl In tow, I was unsure of each step I took. All I knew at the time was that “The Ark in the Negev” was known to be a safe place of refuge and I was desperate.

I already had a rooting in the knowledge of Yeshua/Jesus, however my image of Him was more than a little corrupt. In my mind G-d was not a loving father who sent His only begotten son because He loved me. No, I understood Him as an abusive father, full of revenge because I was bad and deserved His wrath.

I had lived a life of constant chaos nearly every moment of my existence. I wanted so much to be free from the inner inflictions that had been plaguing my existence, but I did not even know how to ask, or who to ask. I desired safety and stability for me and my child, but I was positive that was something that would always be just beyond my grasp.

My situation in life seemed hopeless. Was I doomed to float like a fickle feather from place to place, starving, broken, sad and alone, dragging my child through her childhood years barely surviving? Not on my life! Definitely not on hers!

In the beginning I  struggled to grasp onto this lifeline that the Lord had put in front of me, “The Ark,” a place of refuge. I knew only enough to pray, even when all I saw was just a shred of light inside me. The amazing staff at the Ark banded around me and held my arms up when they became too heavy for me alone. I was encouraged and uplifted and yes, when necessary, reprimanded in a loving way. It is in this home where I received true deliverance.IMG-20151210-WA0000

I can honestly say that I know what it is like to be spiritually and emotionally shattered and then by the shear grace and pure love of G-d, I was snatched from the inner pits of hell where I had been suffering. I can still remember the moment that the Lord breathed life into me. I was no longer a shattered mirror of myself, I was whole! I became a whole woman in that moment. It is amazing how not just one life was changed this way, but two!

In my darkest hours, I was surrounded by amazing staff who prayed with me. When at my wits end as a mother, I was encouraged. And while physically broken, I can smile because I still feel whole. The staff at the Ark in the Negev are a light in the dark. They ignited a spark in me, and fed my desire to become free by pointing me in the right direction, to the one true King.

As I phase out of this program and my year finishes, I have only fond thoughts of my time here. From the time spent on my knees in tearful prayer, to the overwhelming joy that I feel as I watch my child as she thrives! I want to give back to this amazing cause. To think that I can help other women that are where I was spiritually and emotionally, means that every struggle, every single bit of brokenness that I suffered in my life, was worth it. I will remain with this amazing organization. I am joyfully looking forward to letting the Lord use me for His great name.

I am free, I am whole, and I have a wonderful relationship with my loving father in Heaven. My child and I are not merely surviving anymore, we are thriving!

I am surrounded by love. The staff have taught me more than words can even begin to describe. I have learned to walk with my Lord and savior Yeshua. What could be a better testimony than that?

I thank each and every person that has helped the Ark in the Negev exist and all those that support this place and places like this.

 

Written by one of the women at the Ark in the Negev

Our Goal

October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

mjj-2…to preach good news to the poor…to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives…and provide for those who grieve in Zion

Excerpted from Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)

Ministry Process

October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Ark in The Negev Ministry Process (12 Months Total)

  1. Settling-in
  2. Bible-based Discipleship (four hours a day)
  3. Vocational training:
  • Basic hair styling
  • Marketable handcrafts
  • Computer skills
  • English as second language

Statement of Faith

October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

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We believe that the entire Bible is the Word of God. We believe in the Father, the Son (Yeshua the Messiah) and the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation and eternal life can be obtained only by means of the shed blood of Yeshua.

Statement of Purpose

October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Ark in the Negev is a Messiah-based discipleship ministry for Israeli women (Jewish or Arabic) overcoming life-controlling problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, and abusive relationships.

Through a 12-month program providing spiritual, academic, and vocational training, single women and mothers begin to establish a loving relationship with God. The women gain an understanding that their addictions and past situations are not the source of their problems but rather issues of their hearts.

Through daily prayer and study, devotional time, and acceptance of the Lord’s love, the women experience their hearts being healed, as the Lord transforms their lives (and the lives of their children). He heals the rejection, removes the fear, teaches them how to forgive and, above all, guides them how to seek and acknowledge Him so He will direct their paths.