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What’s in a Name?

If you are new to this site and unfamiliar with the Hebrew language, the name means friends, and simply explains what my ministry has represented over the years: Christian and Jewish friends with a heart for Israel whose common bonds are often varied.

 Haverim became a recognized name of a work begun in 1986 when I was asked by the Government Affairs Committee of Ohio’s Jewish Communities to be their Christian liaison to eight Ohio cities for the purpose of gaining support for the Ohio Jewish federations’ effort to free Soviet Jews. became a Charitable Trust  in Ohio in 1995 through the joint efforts of Christians and Jews. Haverim’s stated purposes¹, which include helping Jewish people make aliyah from any country in the world, never changed. is no longer a functioning organization, but as a Christian I still have the same commitment to helping the Jewish people and loving Israel.

Habakkuk 2:3 says,

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.”

   In 1986, I had a question for God that I had been pondering for some time.  Although I had no Jewish background or interest in Israel before I became a committed Christian, now my concern for Israel and prayers for the well-being of the Jewish people had intensified, and other than our biblical connection, I didn’t know why.  A kind lady with a gift for prayer had invited me to have a bite of lunch and to pray for this concern.  While we prayed, I was given a vision² which I described as it happened.  My prayer partner, an older wiser woman of God, wasn’t surprised at all while I was nearly overwhelmed at such an experience with the Lord.  Six weeks later I received a letter from leaders of Ohio’s Jewish community. This letter was totally unexpected and totally confirmed my earlier prayer vision.  It began a  joint work in Ohio in 1986 that became named Haverim and could only have been orchestrated by God.  It was the beginning of my understanding that I have a call on my life to serve the Holy One of Israel by helping His beloved Jewish people.

    Seven years later in 1993, I held a meeting in my home to bless a couple traveling to Israel to live for a number of months as volunteers for Bridges for Peace.   Following the meeting my guest was tucked in bed and I was having a quiet time of prayer; actually my whole family was tucked in bed and I was exhausted but happy to have helped lovers of Israel.  This was a tired, happy praise time before telling God, “Good Night!”  Suddenly I heard Him speaking to my heart asking me to start producing Christian radio again, this time with a specific purpose.  He asked me to introduce, “His people the Jews to His people the Christians” via a radio program that I would produce and name “Haverim.”  I was hesitant at first because of an awareness of many types of  spiritual backlash that comes when engaged in ministry and Christian radio, immediately came a vision.  It was a very clear and humbling vision,  I said, “Yes.”  And found myself eleven days later in Washington, D.C.,  sitting in the Embassy of Israel and taping the first interview for the new radio program.

     Recently, I was reading Habakkuk once again.  Perhaps I should have added verse four along with verse three above because because it says, “…the just shall live by his faith.”   Why would I want to include verse four? The answer is because it is purely our faith that causes us to know deep within our hearts that He is who He says He is.

       I am sharing background stories of to encourage those reading this page.  Please know that you are never too young or too old to respond to a prompting from God and learn more about Christians and Jews working together to support Israel, fight anti-Semitism, replacement theology or other issues that can unite us. My goal is to use these pages to help achieve just that!


Nan Montgomery, Founder

Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,
Nancy Montgomery, Founder

                        For I know My plans for you, says the LORD, plans for good and not for evil; plans for a hope and a future.
Jeremiah  29:11

  1. Haverim’s Stated Purposes Link
  2. Ohio Visions for and Haverim Radio
  3. Ohio Visions for and Haverim Radio

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