Alon and Hannah met in
Florida after emigrating from their native Colombia. Born to large
families with Jewish roots, both sought a better life in the United
States. Soon after marrying, Hannah became pregnant, and the fear of the
Lord fell upon her. She felt she could only give her new child a good
life by turning her heart to the Lord. Alon joined in after seeing the
changes in Hannah, and they dedicated their growing family to Yeshua.
Soon they were worshiping together in a Messianic congregation.
Alon, Hannah and their family
at their daughter's wedding this year in Israel
Although life in Colombia had been hard, Hannah always carried a place in
her heart for her homeland. Alon missed his family, but did not have warm
memories of Colombia. After a few years of marriage, Hannah went back to
Colombia to visit her parents and 14 siblings. She shared openly about
her new found faith and her entire family - 30 people in all - prayed to
receive the Lord!
A few years later, Alon received a shocking phone call. His older brother
had been murdered in cold blood on the street, shot by masked men. The
motives were never proven, and the family - like many Colombian families
- learned not to ask questions.
Shortly afterwards, Alon and Hannah felt called to immigrate to Israel,
making it their third country of residence. After many obstacles and
ndless paperwork, they succeeded in this dream. By now their family
included five children, 4 girls and a boy. Soon after immigrating Hannah
became pregnant again, and their sixth child David was born - a sabra.
Adjusting to life in Israel was not easy. Learning a third language as an
adult is difficult, and starting over for the third time in a foreign
workforce is challenging. However, God always provided. Alon started a
cleaning and repairs business, and the family became involved in active
service within the congregational community.
However, in spring of 2013 tragedy struck their extended family in
Colombia again. A dear niece was shot on the street, also by masked
assailants. The closely knit family was distraught. As if this pain
wasn't enough, two months later yet another call came through.
Alon's younger brother, leaving his business at the end of the day,
had been shot and killed.
Alon, a burly man, broke down and cried like a baby. The devil was
literally destroying his family. His pain was heart wrenching. At the
Revive/Ahavat community we were able to support Alon with love and
prayer, but what about the rest of the family in Colombia? We decided to
help send Alon and Hannah to visit them, to bring them the love and
comfort that can only come from Yeshua.
Here is Hannah's account of what happened on this trip: Upon
arriving in Colombia, we were set up in a large home with extra rooms.
This was our base. As we visited family members Alon proclaimed the good
news of the Kingdom of God and confronted them with their sins. The words
he heard from the Lord were "iniquity" and "rebellion". He exhorted them
to live a holy life with the power of the Holy Spirit. He explained that
if they truly repent and accept Yeshua as Lord, He will forgive and
cleanse their sins. He explained that only Yeshua can stop these
tragedies from happening.
Repeatedly, individual family members would call the house and ask to
speak with Alon. They all said they had questions to ask. This was the
key, a sign to Alon that they were ready to receive. He again explained
about the iniquity in their lives, and with softened hearts they
unanimously repented. By the end of the trip, 60 extended family
members had prayed to receive the Lord!
One of the most touching moments was visiting the family of the brother
who was recently murdered. The wife and daughter were distraught, and the
son bitter and vengeful. However, upon hearing the good news, all three
prayed with Alon, and the son melted in his arms. Yeshua had replaced the
bitter anger with healing love.
Another moving testimony came from a close cousin, who is a professional
musician. Twenty years ago this cousin's band partner received the
Lord, and they separated. After this cousin prayed with Alon, he went to
a church service. The worship leader was his former band partner!
Alon and Hannah came back to Israel with joy and excitement in their
hearts. Although the pain is there and healing will take time, the Lord
has turned a devastating tragedy into joyous victory. We expect to
continue to hear many testimonies from this new family of believers and
rejoice with Alon and Hannah at this literal example of "the oil of joy