[Israel First Fruits Story] Ellie, an Educator & Entrepreneur

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Ellie* is an Israeli believer who grew up in a National-Religious family.

After finishing high-school at the age of 18, she was drafted into the Israeli army.  While serving in the IDF, she encountered the gospel through a tract about the Messiah. Ellie immediately felt that she found the TRUTH – Yeshua felt “natural,” fitting the values she grew-up with, her worldview and her understanding of the prophecies in the Jewish scriptures.

However, when she discussed this with her father, she quickly perceived that faith in Yeshua was “forbidden” territory. Nevertheless, the Lord was not done with Ellie and brought into her life a fellow soldier who was a believer. By the time her military service was over, Ellie had become a Messianic Jewish believer.

Following the army, Ellie enrolled in Teacher’s College.

“I always knew my calling was to be a teacher,” she shares. “After leaving home and completing my military service, I got my degree to become a teacher. Later, I felt the Lord leading me to get a second degree in education administration and then my Ulpan (Hebrew language) certificate.”

Pursuing her calling, she taught for many years. Then a new vision began forming.

“In the beginning, I thought God wanted me to start a new school. That was my vision. So, I started a daycare center.” Yet, like most first-time entrepreneurs, she did not have any business training and knew she needed help.

“I never had any business experience, so I decided to join the Firstfruits business course. I believed the Lord had a plan for me and that He had prepared this path for me. But I did not know what exactly God wanted or had in mind. I really believed it was the school. So, I came to the course to learn how to run my daycare.”

The course had a major impact on Ellie’s vision and practice. “After completing the course, I understood that my daycare could grow and get bigger. I was able to see how God was preparing me. I also began to see how my experience in education and everything else was to prepare me for what He had planned for me.”

But that was just the beginning of Ellie’s entrepreneurial journey.

“I always prayed that the Lord would expand my territory to reach as many people as possible. I wanted to be something unique and special.”

Still feeling she needed to start a school, Ellie closed the daycare business and started teaching Hebrew. Specifically, she began teaching doctors and pharmacists, many of whom are foreigners working in Israeli hospitals. Ellie developed specialized language courses for these medical professionals to aid their work with patients in the Israeli healthcare system. Offering several 6-month courses per year, with 15 students per class, she now employs another teacher to help.
Recently she updated the Firstfruits team regarding her new enterprise. Reflecting again on the business course, she shared how much it prepared her for this faith venture: “I learned how to manage business, how to consult with people and professionals, and how to negotiate. I also learned the importance of being organized – and my accountant is always complimenting me on how orderly I am.” Ellie also shared how she learned that God is her true “employer.” Her heart’s desire is to share the gospel and that God get all the glory through her work.

Not only is Ellie’s business growing and meeting a real need, but her work is an avenue to share about Yeshua. “I am able to be a light to so many people. I am able to share my faith with both locals and foreigners, many of whom are Arab Muslims. Some of these doctors come from Muslim countries – and I get to share with them about Israel and my faith. Recently, one Muslim doctor from an African country became a believer through my testimony. I never dreamed I would be sharing Jesus with so many people! ”

Thanks to the generous support and prayer of partners like you, Ellie’s Hebrew-teaching business continues to flourish and prosper, and she is fulfilling her calling to be a light in Israel and to the nations!

Thank you for being a part of Ellie’s story…and the story of Firstfruits!

*Due to the sensitive nature of her work, we have changed her name.