Sunday, June 2, 2013
Israel has been involved in the Messianic movement since he was 5 years old. His father was a Messianic Rabbi in Long Island and Queens, NY. He was Bar Mitzvah at 13. The Nelson family moved to the Galilee when Israel was 16 during the first Iraq war. They became a part of the local body there which is considered to be the largest indigenous Israeli congregation in Israel. When he turned 18 he began working at Galtronics, a company founded to employee believers and Israelis in Tiberias. They became the largest private employer in the city through many miracles and in spite of much persecution. Israel met his wife, Cindy, in Tiberias through a set of miraculous circumstances and they've been married for 15 years and have 8 children and 1 on the way. In 2007 they left Israel and were not allowed to return because of problems with their visa. At that time the Nelsons relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where Galtronics had its US headquarters. In 2009 the Lord told Israel to fast and seek Him. During that time God said he was going to leave Galtronics and move into full-time ministry. In 2010 Israel became the Executive Pastor of Bethel Church in Phoenix. Their mission is to plant 10 churches by the year 2020 in the Phoenix area. Israel also stays connected with various Messianic Ministries. He will be travelling to Israel on Sunday, June 2, and it will be the first time back since 2009. Israel says "I've been so blessed to see how God has kept us so connected with the Land and His people!" Great music...and great interview!