Adil Sapir's Testimony

AdilMy name is Adil Sapir. I am an early childhood school administer (Kindergarten), and pastor of a congregation in north Israel. The region is known as Galilee. This is my life testimony and how God is moving and allowing us to serve the people in our city.

            I was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1977, in a family with Muslim roots. When I was thirteen years old, my father passed away. One day when I was crying about my father, I looked up to heaven and suddenly started praying to God. I do not know why or how, but I told God that I was opening my heart and inviting Him into my life. It was very strange because nobody had ever told me how to pray.

Jesus begins His public ministry in Capernaum

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:12-17

            At that time, I started to study in a military school. Our government sent me with a group of fourteen year-old students to Turkey in an exchange program. After two years, I came back home, believing in God in the Muslim way. I was so surprised to hear that my mom, who had been a strong Muslim believer and my sisters, had been saved in a church in Tashkent and had become Christians. My mom asked me to come with her to the church meetings, and I unwillingly agreed to help her go there. During the fourth meeting, when I was listening to the pastor, I agreed to receive Jesus as my Savior. From that moment, when I was sixteen years old, God started His journey with me!

            Until the age of twenty, I was studying in a Military High School to become an officer in the Soviet Army. I left the Army when my mom passed away. Shortly thereafter, I met a beautiful young Jewish lady. In our culture, in Tashkent, nationality is not important. After a year and a half, we decided to marry. A year later, we had a beautiful daughter! Because we were a young couple, my wife’s relatives in Israel told us to move to Israel and start our life there. We liked this idea and sent our request to the Israeli Embassy. So in 1999, we arrived in the northern part of Israel. We were close to Syrian border. Later, we moved to a small city close to the Lebanon border. We fell in love with this city and we decided to stay. In Israel, God gave us two more children.

            We began participating in a home group and later in a church. After two years, I was ordained as an evangelist. God gave me a special love for the Jewish people, and I desired to tell them about their Messiah! We did many outreaches in the northern cities.

            After the second war with Lebanon, God opened a new door for us to begin a congregation. My precious wife, another sister, and I, started to serve the people of our city through a humanitarian center that we opened in 2006.

            God gave us the ability to serve our community with a food project, on a monthly basis. We fed 650 needy families in our city (around 1500 people) and to four rehabilitation centers, near to our city. In the humanitarian center, people can get free clothes. We were involved in constant prayer ministry. We prayed one week each month around our city and on both borders of Lebanon and Syria. Many groups from different countries joined us in our one monthly week of prayer. We also organize bus tours with groups of unbelievers (45-48 people). We took them to the different Biblical places in our beautiful country. During our trips, we had wonderful opportunities to tell them about the Gospel (we invited a believing tour guide for this reason!). Many people had the opportunity to hear the Gospel during our 10-12 hour tour. We were able to give them a full picture of our true Messiah. We have already made fourteen trips More than 700 people from our area have heard the truth about Jesus Christ. Praise God!

            We also have a vision to reach more than 24,000 Jewish brothers and sisters in our city with the Gospel. We are now in the process of reaching our goal to take the Gospel to our Tel Hay Academic College students (2,000 students). Please pray for us! As you can see, praise God, we have a lot of work to do in this wonderful field, in the Galilee area to take the light of Jesus to this nation!

Isaiah 19

I want to share about my experiences with you. I have participated in many different meetings and convocations during the last couple of years. When I receive an invitation from the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations: about upcoming meetings or the next conference, I always feel good in my heart and I am happy. I always feel that something good is going to happen. I was blessed to participate in many meetings of the Isaiah 19 Highway convocations held in different countries. I see unity between Arabs and Jews, based on our united faith in Jesus as the Messiah of all nations. This means much to me! I see how people from different generations and different backgrounds are building their relationships and friendships among themselves. It is amazing! To know that I can have a real family of God, brothers, and sisters among the Arabs, This is always encouraging to me.

            Last year I participated in a wonderful convocation in Turkey. We had a great time together with brothers and sisters from different Middle Eastern countries. Many pastors and leaders from Israel, Syria, Turkey, and other places participated in this convocation. It was a fruitful time together in sharing life testimonies and praying for our countries. It was a real blessing for me personally! It is through these meetings and the times that we spend together in these convocations, that gave the leaders the opportunities to strengthen their friendships among Arab and Jewish brothers. I have found many new Arab brothers whom I have already visited in Nazareth in their homes and churches. With one Arab pastor from Nazareth, we even decided to have a meeting together with our church members, once in my city and another time in Nazareth.

            I am glad to get an opportunity to have new close friends among our Arab brothers around the entire world! We really need each other to show the rest of the world that in Jesus Christ, we really are one body, one family, and united as brothers. I am looking forward to the upcoming convocations in this new year to continue to strengthen our relationship with our Arab brothers and with new leaders that God is raising up from the young Joshua generation. I like to see the new young leaders joining the vision of the Isaiah 19 Highway.

            We have a lot to do in our lives to develop this vision and grow in our friendships and brotherhood.

Prayer Points:

  1. Pray for a powerful team of leaders in our church.
  2. Pray for the project of building ten guest rooms for prayer teams from abroad and for volunteers.
  3. Pray for salvation of the people in the Galilee region of Israel. 

Adil Sapir's Hearing His Voice Testimony