Sean and Ayelet Steckbeck's ministry
in the Negev Desert town of Metar
the email notice on Nov 14, 2006
Supreme Court Case
We now know the day of our Supreme Court case in
Israel to be December 13th [the
Court will now hear the case in May 2007].
Since this is a precedent-setting case, we are asking
for as many prayers as possible. If anybody has contacts
with prayer chains, prayer lists, intercession teams, houses
of prayer, houses of worship, churches and congregations,
prophetic teams, etc. PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE
AS POSSIBLE TO PRAY! We believe this case needs
to be bathed in intercession and prophetic declaration.
For those of you who do not know us, our names are Sean
and Ayelet Steckbeck. Ayelet is a native Israeli that became
a believer after a supernatural revelation of Yeshua (Jesus)
while attending an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva in the Old City
of Jerusalem. Sean is an American believer that lives and
serves with his wife in ministry in Israel and has applied
for Israeli citizenship four years ago.
a year into the four-year process, the Ministry of Interior
in Israel harassed us for being believers. Receiving a hint
before they harassed us in the interview, our lawyer had
us wire ourselves for a public record of the harassment.
are refusing to give me citizenship on the basis that I
am a believer in ministry among the messianic movement in
Israel. After posting our story with an interview
on the Mabat Israeli News channel with the wired conversations
last year, our believing lawyer decided to take
our case with two other families in the “Bagatz”
or the Israeli Supreme Court. Now,
in my fourth year in Israel, we are going to the Supreme
Court in May 2007.
case has precedent setting features that include
making it illegal for government offices in Israel to receive
information from the anti missionary organizations (such
as Yad Lachim) that are the enemies of messianic Jews and
have been the main cause for our persecution.
pray for us--Sean and Ayelet and our children Maayan and
Asaf Steckbeck; for our believing lawyer,
Caleb Myers, and his assistants, Mike Decker and Sharon
Weisman. Pray for the head of the Supreme
Court and for the other two believing families who are also
being represented in this court case.
The Steckbeck Family
Update on Messianic Supreme Court Case from
December 12, 2006 email
A couple days they postponed the court date to May. They
only get one postponement, but this time they waited until
nearly the last second.
of the things to pray about is that we are requesting for
the case to be heard earlier than May. Our attorney was
not sure that this would happen.
A day after the case was postponed we had to go
to the Ministry of Interior to get my son's birth certificate
(I have a three month old and we had the hospital papers
and had not received a birth certificate as of yet). This
is a simple five minute process for every normal citizen
and of course has nothing to do with my status. I went to
do this when the Ministry of Interior decided to
take the hospital papers, my identity card (todat zehut),
and my wife's identity card and told me they would
mail it to me. I asked them why? They said something was
written in the computer that they had to check.
went to the car to tell my wife, who in turn called Caleb
to ask his advice. He told us to buy a tape recorder again
and tape the conversation and go back and ask them why.
So my wife and I went back, and we had an interview with
the Beer Sheva manager of the Ministry of Interior. She
explained to us that she had no idea why they had to check
with the main office in Jerusalem, but that is what the
we told her how the Jerusalem office is discriminating against
us because we are messianic believers. We told her that
it should in no ways effect us getting a birth certificate
for my son, and we told her that this is discrimination
at the highest level that we can not receive service like
all other citizens. She agreed with us. They had a conversation
between the managers in the back and called Jerusalem. I
overheard the Beer Sheva people saying that we were right
and what they were doing to us was wrong. THEY ACTUALLY
AGREED THAT WE WERE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND IT WAS
WRONG. In the end, they did everything they could and got
us the birth certificate we needed.
Please pray for the believers
who are faced with having to go before the highest courts
of the land to receive the justice and freedoms granted
to all other Israeli Jews. In the fight for freedom, sometimes
we have to do things--like taking others to court--in order
to secure freedoms for others and not just ourselves.
These legal battles of the believers in Israel are very
much like the battles that were fought in the U.S.A. in
the 1960's when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on
the bus and black children and young people had to be escorted
under Federal protection to attend the schools and universites
in their sourthern state communities.
Let's not idealize the persecutors just because the denial
of religious freedom is taking place Israel. Everyone
has the right to choose their religious belief without persecution
in their community because of their choice. To believe this
way is NOT anti-Jewish or anti-Israel, it is pro-freedom
remember that whenever you send out information about the
or make mention of it through your various forums and media,
that the following be included as a constant reminder:
case is not against Israel or against the Jewish people.
It is not to be used in any way
to foment or promote anti-Israel or anti-Jewish actions
It is already known through the Scriptures
that Israel at present is opposed to the good news of God,
so we are not out to make them an enemy.
Nor is our legal action intended to be used by any other
or religious groups in Israel to encourage or affirm anti-Israel/Jewish
the sake of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, Israel and
her people are beloved
by God the Father for His honor and glory, and for the honor
and glory of His Son.