God, in His great mercy, is bringing back Israel’s exiles. Tents of Mercy was created to be an oasis of provision amidst the hardships that challenge Israel’s new citizens.
Tents of Mercy is impacting Israel through their humanitarian aid center where they distribute food, clothing, household items, toys, and baby supplies, and facilitate short-term, absorption housing and employment counseling services for new immigrants. They also serve the community with their soup kitchen, drug rehabilitation center, Pro-Life counseling office, and women’s prison ministry. Tents of Mercy has an established congregation built on the apostolic pattern of extending God’s Kingdom by sending teams to do humanitarian work, evangelism, and congregational planting in the unreached areas of Israel.
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In 1989, Tents of Mercy’s Founding Director, Eitan Shishkoff, had a vision of an oasis filled with tents of provision that would be a place of refuge and healing for Israel’s returning exiles. Six years later, this vision became a reality. It now provides humanitarian services to Israel’s immigrants, and also plants indigenous, Hebrew speaking congregations throughout Israel.
Eitan Shishkoff and his wife Connie lived on hippie communes in northern New Mexico during the early ’70s. In 1972 Eitan found the Messiah through a dramatic vision of His crucifixion, and soon after returned to his Jewish roots as a believer in Yeshua (Jesus).
In 1992 the Shishkoff family moved to Israel and three years later Eitan established Ohalei Rachamim (Tents of Mercy), a Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation and humanitarian aid center located in Kiryat Yam (North of Haifa).
Ohalei Rachamim has grown and planted 4 daughter congregations in the Galilee area. The humanitarian services provided by these ministries have expanded to include pro-life counseling, food and clothing distribution, soup kitchens, Holocaust survivor ministries and immigrant absorption.