- Session I @ 4:00 PM
“Israel in Types, Pictures, Shadows, as They Relate to God,
to Us and the World “
Presenter: Marcello Araujo
- Session II @ 5:00 PM
“Covenants and Feasts – What Do They Teach Us Today?”
Presenter: Charles Chaim Hopkin
- Session III @ 7:00 PM
” Israel Today and in the Future – What Comes Next
in Israel’s Calendar and the Lord’s Return?”
Presenter: Ben Volman
Marcello was born and raised in a Jewish family in Ecuador, South America. As he grew up, this nice Jewish boy became a political activist who wanted to change the world through Marxism. Marcello studied drama and eventually formed a politically oriented theatre troupe designed to spread the “good news” of the gospel according to Marx.
Today, Marcello uses drama and other creative means to effectively communicate the Good News of Messiah to the lost sheep of Israel.
Charles Chaim Hopkin
In 1983 in Dar es Salaam, Charles attended a Bible study; his life would never be the same. When the leader taught from Jeremiah 17:1-5 and Psalm 1, Charles totally surrendered to God and was transformed.
The LORD God led Charles and his late wife, Joan, to pioneer an English service in their local congregation. From this an Ethiopian and another ethnic congregation were started. As well, Charles ministered with other organizations, at a juvenile detention centre, an orphanage, in private and government-run schools.
Meanwhile, Charles and Joan joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM), working in England, Kenya, Uganda and Canada. They attended the Discipleship Training School, Basic Leadership School and School of Community Counselling. They also served as house-staff, school staff and as Team leaders of small teams in Kenya and Tanzania. Charles led prayer teams from Tanzania to Israel and to other cities in Africa. He has studied with Bible Study Fellowship International and has completed several Messianic Yeshiva courses.
Despite the fact that he has a Jewish heritage, Charles grew up without knowing anything about it – although he was always rooting for Israel. A visit to Jerusalem’s Kotel (Western or Wailing Wall) during the Fall Feasts of 1998 was a turning point. He felt Isaiah 11:11-12 become a reality in his life.
Eventually, God called Charles and Joan to Canada – the Land of Immigrants. Charles has been on staff with Chosen People Ministries (Canada) since 2008. He lives and serves in Winnipeg where he pastors our Messianic fellowship, Kehilat Haverim Mashiach / Friends of Messiah Congregation.
Ben Volman grew up in a conservative Jewish home in Toronto. As a young student of philosophy and English at the University of Toronto, he began to consider the reality of God and the person of Jesus of Nazareth. After reading the Bible, his search for truth led him to a campus meeting to hear the well-known Jewish evangelist, Art Katz. At that meeting in 1976, Ben allowed Jesus to become his Lord and Saviour and his life was changed.
Ben became involved with the Messianic Jewish congregational movement and felt led to become better equipped for leadership. He entered Knox College (Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto) and earned his M.Div., including a period of graduate work in Chicago, both at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Spertus College of Judaica. Between 1982 and 1991 Ben worked for three
missions, including five years as a Messianic congregational planter for Chosen People Ministries in Toronto.
Since then, Ben has been a senior fundraising administrator and a consultant to Christian ministries and is a published author. He has also been a national board member of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Canada and served on the administrative committee of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. He has been a contributing editor and Executive Director of The Messianic Times. His testimony and articles on Israel and Messianic Judaism have appeared in international publications. He is currently Vice-President and Canada Regional Director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). Ben re-joined our staff in 2010, congregation planting in Toronto and mentoring our newer missionaries.
Ben lives in Toronto with his wife, Sue, and their adult son, Jonathan.