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The Ohio Vision and God’s Haverim

And Hashem answered me, and said, Write the chazon (vision),
and make it plain upon tablets,
so that a herald may run with it.

Habakkuk 2:2 Orthodox Jewish Bible

Write the vision

In 1984, a Monsignor from my Catholic diocese called me to ask if I would attend a meeting with three key leaders of the Columbus, Ohio, Jewish community. I lived about 55 miles away, so I asked him why, and he replied. “Because the Bishop is sending us, and you are the only person he can think of in the diocese with a heart for Israel and the Jewish people!” Not long after, I began to host a local Christian radio program called Brunch Bunch that aired five days a week with different hostesses. Because of my love for Israel and the Jewish people, the station manager told me that I could focus my program along those lines. Two years later, an older seasoned woman of God asked me if I would like to come and pray with her for clearer discernment concerning the Lord’s call towards Israel and the Jewish people. Her invitation was a true blessing. Growing up in a farm family in a rural county in Ohio, I had little experience with Jewish people and none with Israel. And yet, from the day I turned my life over to God as a young adult and began daily Bible readings, the Jewish people and the entire Bible became as precious to me as my family tree.

Prayer time resulted in my experiencing an open vision where I saw a little group of Christians with a battering ram standing in front of what appeared to be a synagogue door. As we lifted the battering ram and prepared to batter the door, it opened, and the Jewish people inside invited us in. They were having some type of celebration and invited us to join them! We joined in. Then together, we went back to the door, opened it, and turned the battering ram to face outwards. As we repositioned the weapon, a projection screen unrolled before us with an outline of the State of Ohio. Suddenly, dots with the name of cities began popping up in different locations on the map. As the vision appeared, I spoke it aloud, and my partner kept praying. There were 8 of Ohio’s major cities on the map and a little star by my small city. After I called out my city’s name, the final one, the projection screen rolled up, and the vision ended. Having never had a prayer experience like this, I asked what to do. My prayer partner told me to write the vision down on paper and tuck it away until the Lord gives direction.

Six weeks later, I received a letter from the Government Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federations of Ohio. The letter asked if I would consider being a liaison with Christians in their cities to help them in the fight to free Soviet Jews. The invitation’s letterhead listed every city in the Ohio battering ram vision. I attended the meeting, my answer was yes!

For the chazon (vision) is yet for a mo’ed (an appointed time); it speaks of HaKetz (the End), and does not lie; though it tarry, wait for him [Moshiach— see Sanhedrin 97b]; because he will surely come, and will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2:3 Orthodox Jewish Bible

Canton was our first Ohio city. At my suggestion, the Jewish Federation’s President and I set out to find a group of praying women. Our ploy worked, and such a group of beautiful women surfaced. They felt we needed a name to cover our work. The name they selected was a word I taught them: haverim-in Hebrew, and it simply means “friends.

As I read the letter from Ohio’s Jewish communities, I knew this was confirmation the Ohio vision was of God. I knew, for His purpose, God called me, a spirit-filled Catholic, to find Christians to work with their Jewish communities throughout Ohio. For the many events in cities and Ohio radio stations (among others) that aired Haverim, I believe the confirmation is only the beginning of fulfilling God’s plan for Ohio. I have learned to pay close attention to the Hebrew words actual meaning in the Scriptures. When I read Habakkuk 2:3 in the Orthodox version of the Scriptures, I remembered what so many rabbis said to me over the years,

“Nancy, We wait for Messiah to come, you wait for Him to come back!”

Always with a twinkle in their eye or a smile on their face. I could only smile back because I knew when they sat down for a radio interview with me they encountered Him. I have great hope they will encounter His glory face to face again.

...The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,

Nan Montgomery

© 2022 Nancy Montgomery, The Israel Letters II

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