During the 1970’s, a wave of revival touched Jewish youth in both Israel and the USA, bringing many to faith in Yeshua. At the same time, in the Christian world, we saw a growing awareness of the place of Israel in Biblical prophecy, and of interest in the Jewish roots of the faith. Together, these things gave birth to what we now call the Messianic Jewish movement.
One of the early Messianic congregations was Beth Messiah, located outside of Washington DC. Dan Juster moved there in 1978 to become the pastor. Asher Intrater, a new Jewish believer who grew up in the area, also joined the congregation.
Soon Eitan Shishkoff joined them; then Paul Wilbur, Michael Brown, Ron Cantor, David Rudolph, and others. There are many, many other dear brothers and sisters who contributed to the growth of Beth Messiah, and the many congregations that were birthed from it.
We believed that God was calling us to work together in a fledgling, Messianic "apostolic" ministry team. This team eventually took on the name "Tikkun" meaning "restoration" in Hebrew, based on Peter’s “prophecy” in Acts 3:21. Despite our many mistakes and immaturities, God has blessed and multiplied the work over and over.
In 1992 Eitan and Asher moved to Israel along with a few other team members. Eitan began serving in the north region, raising up what came to be the Tents of Mercy network; while Asher focused on the “central” part of the country (the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem corridor) and what became the Revive Israel network.
Amazingly enough, only by the grace of God, after over four decades all these congregations, ministries and leaders are still cooperating together and have become a testimony of covenantal faithfulness and partnership.