Alexandra Lindstrom

Staff Highlight of the Week

*Staff Highlight of the Week*   Tommy and Sherri Waller (Founder and Co-Founder of HaYovel)   Since 2004, Tommy and Sherri have worked tirelessly, hand-in-hand, to facilitate the prophetic restoration of Israel through the support of independent, Jewish farmers in the heartland of Israel. However, prior to that, the Waller family was living off-grid in an Amish/Mennonite community in Tennessee after Tommy and Sherri, both quit their “day jobs” to live off the land and invest in their children. Today, they are seeing the fruit of their labor as they watch all 11 of their children pour their hearts and passions into the people and nation of Israel.   To read more about how they made this huge step of faith, go to our website:... Read MoreRead More

Life-changing Prophecy Fulfillment – Are You In?

The deadline to sign up for Harvest 2018 is August 5th – that’s just 2 weeks away! If you’re still considering joining us for this year’s harvest – or even if you’ve never considered it – we wanted to give you a few reasons why coming to Israel this fall will be a life changing and prophetic experience for you. The 6 Week trip will include: Harvesting grapes! Celebrating Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) Celebrating Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Celebrating Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), including going up to Jerusalem! Tours of the Heartland, including the Mount of Blessing, Elon Moreh, Itamar, Shiloh, Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Judea, and more. Will you join us for this year’s Harvest? The farmers in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria need assistance in harvesting their grapes, and you can fill that need. Not only will you help the farmers, but you will experience the Heartland like no other trip by touring the places where God’s covenants were given and meeting the brave pioneers that live here. Start your life changing trip... Read MoreRead More

I Am But One – A Harvester’s Story

It is easy to see a great need and think “I am only one person – how can I change all of this?” Samantha Moan, a 26 year old from the United States, contemplated this as she walked the somber halls of Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. “Why wasn’t there more of a revolt? Why didn’t more people stand up against the atrocity that the Nazi regime was carrying out?” she thought. However, maybe a lot of people had the thought, “I’m only one person.” Not only during the Holocaust, but throughout the ages. Since a young age, Samantha’s passion has been “How can I give my life to serve?” This year, she came on her second trip to Israel with HaYovel to serve the Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria. “When I’m here, I think ‘What is my place? How can I serve the Jewish people? How can I make a difference back home?’ And with every trip that I take, every teaching that I hear, and every Scripture that I read, more understanding comes. It’s one thing to hear what HaYovel is doing, but then coming to be a part of it brings a whole new perspective.” The perspective is this: If one person stands up, it will embolden others to do likewise. One action can have a ripple effect that changes the course of nations. “Mr. Tommy Waller stood up and was one person, one voice that gave a multitude of people the courage to stand up and be one person. Now, looking out over the vineyards, you can see the changes and the progress and everything coming to life.” Samantha exclaimed. She went on to describe how her decision to come to Israel and serve has sparked a fire in her hometown. As she goes home, she continues to tell of the restoration, redemption, and life growing on the mountains of Samaria, giving others the courage to come to Israel and take part. This is the ripple effect of one person’s decision to stand up and make a difference. Today, Tommy Waller’s one decision has also sparked a grassroots movement that is bringing hope and life to a need that was too big for just two hands. May we have the tenacity of Theodore Herzl, the endurance of Eliezer Ben Yehudah, and the faith of every Jewish heart that has stood in Israel against all odds, to be one person and stand up in the face of impossibilities.     Alexandra is a staff writer for HaYovel, determined to bring a good report of the land of Israel to the nations. She is passionate about seeing the restoration and redemption of Israel and its heartland, Judea and Samaria. HaYovel has worked tirelessly with the Jewish farmers to help them possess and restore this land through agricultural... Read MoreRead More

The Divine Breath of God

Since the creation of the world, the Holy One’s breath has been dividing waters (Genesis 1:9) and stirring hearts (1 Samuel 3:10). Genesis 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and Ruach (Spirit/Wind) of God hovered over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Light, be.’ And there was light.” At the sound of His voice, we see creation immediately springing into action in order to shema (hear and obey) the voice of the Creator. I have heard it said that the wind blowing through the trees, over the mountains, and stirring up the oceans today is the same wind breathed by God in Genesis 1 to create order out of chaos. It is the same breath that was used to speak purpose and meaning into something that was “formless and void.” We can see throughout history how the divine breath of God has still spoken purpose and meaning over something that was once empty and disorganized. For 430 years, the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt; their identity forgotten and their lives seemingly meaningless. God heard their cry, however, and came in all of His might and strength to deliver His people and bring order to the chaos that surrounded them (Exodus 3:7-8). After grabbing their attention with the miraculous signs and wonders being poured out on the Egyptians, God brought the children of Israel to Mount Sinai and breathed purpose and meaning into their wandering state. Through thick clouds and roaring thunder, the Holy One uttered the statutes that would establish the identity of the children of Israel as God’s chosen nation for generations to come (Deuteronomy 29:12-13) and charged them with possessing the land that was promised to their forefather Abraham (Joshua 1:2-9). Fast forward a few millennia, and the children of Israel are yet again outside the land promised to them, held in a different kind of slavery. During 1941-1945 – four long, devastating years, they were subjected to a life of horrific atrocities, even unto death. Yet they emerged from the battle still holding to the words of their God. With an outstretched arm, God heard their cry and came in all of His might and strength to deliver them from the hand of their enemy once more. In ways that are only described as miraculous, the children of Israel were again gathered to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and in 1948 were unified as a sovereign state. The words of God, spoken through the prophets all those years ago, continue this day to move like the wind over the face of the earth, bringing life to a desolate place. “So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) “I have not spoken in secret, in a place of a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in a waste place’; I, HaShem, speak righteousness declaring things that are upright.” (Isaiah 45:19) “Also, I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit.” (Amos 9:14) So here we find ourselves, humble harvesters, guests in a land that is springing to action at the words of the Holy One. Finding ourselves in the midst of a joyful creation, eager to hear and obey the words of the long-awaited redemption.   About the Author Alexandra Liebl is a staff writer for HaYovel who is determined to bring a good report of the land of Israel to the nations. She is passionate about seeing the restoration and redemption of the Heartland of Israel. HaYovel has worked tirelessly with the Jewish farmers to help them possess and restore this land through agricultural development. ... Read MoreRead More